We take care of our planet!
It’s no secret that we have to take care of our planet to keep it healthy! You contribute to the emission of greenhouse gases, and so do they. Everyone contributes!
However, by changing our lifestyle, we can make a difference and reduce our ecological footprint. Here are 6 tips to help you reduce your ecological footprint through your diet and lifestyle!
What is the ecological footprint?
The ecological footprint is a measure of the amount of land needed to maintain you. The transportation you use, the amount of electricity you use, the clothes you wear and even the food you choose to eat have an impact on the amount of greenhouse gases you produce.
How can you reduce your ecological footprint?
Yes, you can reduce your ecological footprint! Here’s how.
Stop wasting food!
Food waste is a huge contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Over a period of 100 years, it is estimated that methane produced during food decomposition has 34 times more impact than carbon dioxide on global warming.
Tons of waste...
On average, it is estimated that each person wastes 194 to 389 kg of food each year! To give you an idea of what that represents, each person would waste the equivalent of 1,900 apples annually!
This is no small task! Reducing food waste is the easiest way to reduce your environmental footprint.
Tips for saving food:
- Plan your meals ahead of time;
- Save leftovers for later;
- Buy only what you need.
Give up plastic!
Reducing plastic use is an important way to transition to a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. A lot of plastic is used by consumers and the food industry in the packaging, storage and transportation of food. However, single-use plastic is a major contributor to the production of greenhouse gases.
Tips for reducing your plastic use:
- Avoid plastic bags and plastic wrap when buying fresh produce;
- Bring your own reusable grocery bags to the store;
- Drink from reusable water bottles and don’t buy bottled water;
- Store your food in glass containers;
- Cook more and buy less take-out food, which is too often packaged in Styrofoam or plastic;
- Use reusable dishes or bags for lunches.
Eat less meat!
Several studies have shown that reducing your meat consumption is one of the best ways to reduce your ecological footprint. In fact, a plant-based diet is more environmentally friendly than a diet made up in part of animal-based foods. Beef and dairy farming account for 14.5 % of the greenhouse gas emissions caused by humans worldwide.
You don’t have to become a strict vegetarian or vegan to reduce your ecological footprint!
Simple efforts can have a positive impact on the environment. For example, you can start with one meatless meal a week, one meatless day… All efforts are welcome and make a difference!
Include more plant-based proteins in your diet
Eating more plant-based proteins can drastically reduce your greenhouse gas emissions. People who eat a strictly plant-based diet (fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds…) produce the least amount of greenhouse gases.
However, you don’t have to cut out animal products completely to contribute to a supportive environment.
For example, by eating only one meat meal a day with a serving size of about 85 g, you can greatly contribute to reducing your ecological footprint. Try other alternatives to meat such as tofu, tempeh, legumes…
Reduce your consumption of dairy products
Reducing your consumption of dairy products including milk and cheese is another good way to reduce your ecological footprint. A study showed that dairy production was the second-largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions after meat production.
Since cheese requires a lot of milk to produce, it produces more greenhouse gases than some animal products like pork, eggs and chicken.
For example, if you eat a lot of cheese, you can try to reduce your consumption!
Also, plant-based beverages are a great way to reduce your consumption of cow’s milk.
Buying local and encouraging local producers goes a long way to reducing your ecological footprint. Out-of-season foods are mostly produced elsewhere and require a lot of transportation, which contributes to greenhouse gas emissions.
Yes to local products!
By choosing local and sustainable animal products such as eggs, poultry and dairy products, you also reduce your ecological footprint.
As you can see, the tips given in this article to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions are just as beneficial to your health. There is no reason not to apply them. Don’t forget that a small change can make a big difference!