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10 ways to reduce your ecological footprint

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Saerun Traustadottir

on 9 October 2012

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By Saerun Traustadottir Ways to reduce your footprint ecological 1) Reduce your carbon footprint 2) Reduce your goods and services footprint. REFUSE REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE VEGETARIAN DIET 3) (and local if possible) 4) 5) EAT FRUITS AND VEGETABLES THAT ARE IN SEASON MAKE YOUR HOME ENERGY EFFICIENT WORKS CITED

6) REPLACE CHEMICAL PESTICIDE FOR YOUR LAWN/GARDEN WITH A NON-TOXIC ALTERNATIVE 7) DOUBLE-SIDE YOUR PHOTOCOPIES 8) INSTALL RAIN BARRELS TO COLLECT WATER FOR GARDEN USE 9) FIX AN ITEM INSTEAD OF REPLACING IT 10) PICK UP LITTER The ecological footprint of vegetarians who eat a moderate amount of milk and eggs could be 40% lower than their counterparts who consume a low-meat diet. Research shows that 16,000 litres of water is needed to produce one kilogramme of beef, which is over five times that needed to grow a kilogramme of rice. Growing our own fruit and vegetables reduces all the energy and waste which normally goes into getting food from the field to our plates – such as transport, refrigeration and packaging. The average UK home throws away over one tonne of materials every year. Avoid over packaged products when shopping. Donate unwanted items to charity shops. -INSULATING AND DOUBLE GLAZING -Reduces energy bills
-Quick and easy
-Keeps the room temperature steady On average we can reduce our total ecological footprint by as much as 20% if we don't own and drive a car. Using it less will reduce your footprint.
On average 10% of our footprint is made up of the things we buy. Our houses are often cluttered with items we only use or wear a few times. The average drill is used for just 15 minutes in its lifetime. TURN DOWN THE THERMOSTAT-- By turning down your thermostat by just one degree you could cut your heating bills by 10% turning it down by four degrees could save the average home 5% of their total ecological footprint. People litter because:

-there is a presence of other litter.
-it’s the easiest way to get rid of unwanted things.
-littering is acceptable by people who pay taxes to have someone else pick it up.
-dumping is a social activity we learned from our parents and passed on unconsciously to our children. If every person picked up just one piece of litter today, there would be over 300 million fewer pieces of litter. If every person picked up 10 pieces of litter, there would be 3 billion fewer pieces damaging our environment. In recent years, due to pesticide legislation, several garden chemicals have been removed from sale and can no longer be used in the garden, house or greenhouse.
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