Most of us are very aware of the need to reduce our carbon footprint. We all have children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews or friends who we want to grow up healthy and happy, so we need to do what we can to leave them a healthier planet. There are a lot of changes we can make on a daily basis to help save our planet. These are some of the things that we do in my home:
- Walk instead of drive, when possible
- Wash clothing in cold water
- Use energy efficient appliances
- Fill reusable water bottles rather than purchasing bottles of water
- Grow our own vegetables
- Unplug appliances not in use
Some other ways to reduce your carbon footprint:
- Carpool or use public transportation
- Hang your clothing out to dry
- Drive an electric vehicle
- Use solar or wind power
- Use recycled materials
Researching companies and choosing to give your business to companies with an interest in our environment is another way to take care of our planet. Many companies, like Silk Canada, take measures to reduce their own carbon footprint while providing quality products. To inspire Canadians to reduce their carbon footprint, Silk Canada has partnered with Tree Canada and created a Carbon Calculator on Facebook which asks Canadians to pledge to reduce their carbon footprint.
When you go to the Silk Canada facebook page, you will see their recommendations for reducing your carbon footprint, and you can make a pledge to make a difference. I pledged to use less bottled water, to reduce my shower time and to increase recycling. The page calculates the environmental impact each pledge makes so you can see exactly how much of a difference you are making. For every pledge, Silk will donate an additional dollar to Tree Canada to plant more trees!
So with the help of Silk Canada and Tree Canada, we can do our part to not only make every day changes for our planet, but our pledges will also ensure more trees are planted! That’s a win win!