Each week we provide one action item for YOU to reduce your carbon emissions. We also share the amount of emissions that you save by taking the action, and we track your overall reductions for you.
Week 18: Action of the Week
Reduce Waste From Your Home.
Did you know that the average American generates 4.9 lbs of trash per day? Much of that waste cannot be handled sustainably. Instead it fills our landfills and our oceans, while polluting the air and adding to climate change.
All that trash and waste negatively affect us in three major ways. First it contributes to the growing climate crisis. Trash dumped in landfills releases methane gas, which traps heat 28 times more effectively than carbon dioxide. Second, it impacts and hurts our wildlife that confuse trash for food, which damages the entire ecosystem. Third, it effects overall human health.
So what can we personally do to help? A realistic goal is to aim to reduce your trash by 25%. 4.9 lbs. of trash per day ends up being about 4,700 lbs of CO2 per year. If you divert 25% of that, you can save about 1,100 pounds of CO2 emissions per year, or 56 gallons of gas! How can you do that? Here are some quick tips (many of which may look familiar from previous week challenges):
Use reusable bottles, cups, cutlery and avoid single use plastic
Use reusable bags
Purchase fewer items, especially those requiring special shipping or that have heavy packaging
Compost organic waste or bring that food/yard waste to community gardens
Buy secondhand items (and donate your items as well)
Curb paper including newspapers, magazines and junk mail
Recycle paper, plastics and glass
For “how to” resources and even more creative ways to reduce your waste, check out this blog.
Ready to take action? We will track your emissions for you and send you regular reports.
At 7th Generation Advisors we are diligently working with scientists, policymakers, activists and clean tech companies to create a clean energy economy for all, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and to protect all living things seven generations into the future. We care about the future of our planet. Will you join us?