how to reduce your footprint: the basics

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when it comes to sustainability, recycling and reducing our consumption of single-use items is just a piece of the pie.

we're not striving for perfection here, but rather identifying ways that we can slightly reduce the impact we each have on our planet.


  • eat less meat + dairy - *disclaimer: eating meat and dairy does not make you a bad person; however, it's important to understand that animal agriculture is a larger producer of dangerous greenhouse gas emissions than cars, planes, and trains combined, red meat being the main culprit.

  • reduce food waste - try buying just what you need from the grocery store and meal prepping so most of the fresh ingredients you have on hand have a recipe destination to be used up

  • wash your clothes in cold water - running your washing machine with cold water instead of warm water can save up to 500 pounds of carbon dioxide a year

  • switch to LED lightbulbs - LED lighting uses at least 75% less energy and lasts 25 times longer than incandescent lighting, which ends up saving you $$ in the long run, too

  • unplug your devices - if they're not in use, unplug them to avoid using unnecessary energy that increases your carbon footprint