Refresher Course: Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Refresher Course: Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Amber Byfield
Mar 3, 2010

Changing the way we eat is one of the easiest (we say that because it doesn't normally involve major renovations) and most effective ways to curb that carbon footprint. We know that. We also know that walking, not driving, to the store wins major green points. So what's the news here?

We're not surprised by the recommendations to 1. go vegetarian (or at the very least, eat less red meat) and 2. walk or bike to the grocery store. The thing is, we were surprised by this article over at Treehugger because these these two ways make a very big impact on our carbon footprint, according to a new study by Brighter Planet.

In fact, the study shows that personal transportation to and from the store accounts for more than two-thirds of the transportation-related carbon emissions of most foods!

The new study recommends focusing on your transit to and from the grocer just as much as you focus on eating locally and sustainably.

It might not be news to us greenies, as the Treehugger post points out, but it is another way to take in the information, and maybe convince naysayers to make a few more changes.

(Image: Amber Byfield for Re-Nest)

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