An ecological footprint is the impact of a person such as yourself or of a community on the environment. Meaning, the amount of land required to sustain your use of natural resources. Therefore, it is a good indicator for how eco-friendly your lifestyle actually is. Sometimes it is surprising to see which one of your choices and everyday habits grow your ecological footprint. Sometimes the results are sadly just as expected. We’ve gathered some options for you to look into to reduce your impact on the environment.
Water is one of humankind’s most valuable resources, so it is essential not to waste it. Therefore, reducing your water use is our top tip to improve your ecological footprint. Everyone has probably heard this before: we need to stay in the shower for three minutes tops – or whatever the latest number is. But the biggest amount of household fresh water goes to our yard. Why not transform your garden into a water-wise oasis and conserve water instead of wasting it?
#2 Eat Less Animal Products
Feeding animals for your culinary pleasures also takes up tremendous amounts of food, space and water: space and water to grow your food’s food and, on top of that, their drinking water! Producing a single burger consumes as much water as a single person showering for 100 days and as much greenhouse gas as a car driving 320 km. The forage that goes into producing a single steak could feed two people for an entire day. You probably already know where we want to go with this one: going vegan (or at least become a vegetarian) is a real game changer when it comes to your ecological footprint. Getting started isn’t as difficult as one might think. Having a vegan day per week or a vegan meal a day goes a long way.
Driving less is a good thing to do for the planet and it is not as difficult as you might think. Try to take the bus, train, bike or any other alternative available to you. Take a walk every once in a while. It’s good for the planet AND for your health! It’s a good exercise and soon you’ll feel fitter, happier and you make sure you’re getting some fresh air. And if you have to take the car, try to carpool as much as possible.
In addition to improving your ecological footprint, you can also reduce the emissions of your food. Don’t let it travel thousands of miles to get to your plate. Our foodstuff travels more than we do! Try to go for local businesses and transparent companies. A trip to the farmer’s market might be nice? Otherwise it is always nice to choose canned goods. With canned goods you get exotic fruits and veggies without the rush to fly them in before they get spoiled. It’s a win-win situation!
#5 Make the Switch
Opt for renewable energy. We know, not all of you might have the option to do so, but look into it and if possible, make the switch. Nowadays you can get your energy up to 100% from clean sources like solar power, wind energy or other renewable options with the right provider. Additionally, we advise to take a closer look at your energy consumption in general.
#6 Consider Your Trash
We have written about how to avoid creating trash before when it comes to eco-friendly grocery shopping and in our tips for zero waste novices. If you are uncertain about recycling, we have you covered as well. That’s why we are so passionate about cans – they recycle forever without needing additional raw materials and tons of energy.