With global carbon emissions reaching record highs, it’s never been more important to assess our impact on the planet. Canada alone contributes 2% of all greenhouse gas emissions, despite accounting for just 0.5% of the world’s population. Reducing Canada's carbon footprint is an essential part of tackling the climate crisis - time to join the movement!
In this blog, we’ll be sharing some of the cheapest and easiest ways to reduce your carbon footprint in your own kitchen. No expensive investments and no life-changing sacrifices – just straightforward tips that are proven to make a big difference.
Keep reading to find out more!
How Carbon Footprint is Calculated
Your carbon footprint doesn’t just involve the carbon dioxide you put into the air – it denotes your contribution to all greenhouse gas emissions, including things like methane and Hydrofluorocarbon products (HFC's).
This means there are literally hundreds of lifestyle factors affecting your personal carbon footprint, including what you eat and how you travel. While no carbon footprint calculation can be 100% accurate, these handy predictions can help us to recognize how certain activities impact the planet.
Check out this carbon footprint calculator to work out your personal contribution!
5 Cheap and Easy Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint In the Kitchen
1. Eat Less Meat
As well as draining resources and consuming land, meat production has a huge impact on our collective carbon footprint. Believe it or not, the meat and dairy industry accounts for a whopping 14.5% of all greenhouse gas emissions.
If everyone in the country reduced their consumption of beef, pork, and poultry by a quarter and substituted plant proteins, we’d save about 82 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year.<