It's the little things.

It's the little things.

Simple, inexpensive things you can do to help the planet


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Bid farewell to Fido

Sad (environmentally unfriendly) puppyAt It’s the little things, we love pets as much as the next person, but some new research has concluded that owning a dog is the equivalent of driving a SUV.

The primary source of carbon emissions isn’t your pet’s poos, but the production of meat to feed him. One of the best things you, as a person, can do for the environment is to eat less meat. The same goes for pets. If you can afford it, you could give vegetarian pet food a try.

Another alternative to giving up the companionship of the-only-one-in-the-world-other-than-your-mother-who-truly-loves-you-unconditionally is to buy carbon credits to offset the impact of your pet.

It almost goes without saying that you should always get your pets spayed and neutered to prevent more little carbon factories from coming into the world.

Sad as it is to say, it may be time to say so long to Spot.

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Posted on December 22nd, 2009 in Earth | No Comments »

Bring your shopping bags

Paper or plastic? Reasonable people disagree about which of these is better for the environment. Is it worse to consume trees or to contribute to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?

Why not avoid the debate altogether and bring your own bags with you when you shop? Keep a couple of cloth sacks in your car (or better yet in your bike’s panniers!) so you won’t ever again have to answer the dreaded question.

Many grocery stores sell bags you can reuse. For purpose-designed sacks, you can buy online at Reusable Bags. (Note, we have no affiliation with Reusable Bags. We just think it’s a good idea!)

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Posted on July 21st, 2009 in Earth | 4 Comments »

Eat less meat

Cute cow faceEating less meat is a simple, effective way to reduce your carbon footprint.

Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the world’s leading authority on global warming, recommends cutting back on meat consumption as a “sacrifice that would help tackle climate change.”

Meat production accounts for nearly one-fifth of global greenhouse gas production. In some parts of the world, industrial ranching (particularly beef) compounds the problem by driving deforestation. It takes 3kg of plant protein to produce 1kg of animal protein.

You could try 1 meatless day per week or eating simply until 6 o’clock. Either way, isn’t a little less meat in your diet worth it to help the planet?

Not sure where to start?

If you’ve always made meat the focus of your meals, you might be wondering exactly how to do this. Eating meals without meat doesn’t mean you’re stuck with salad! Popular foodie site Epicurious is one of many with great meat-free recipes.

If you want to go hardcore, you could try eating raw/vegan a few times a week using recipes from Gone Raw or Fatfree Vegan. With gems like pistachio-cilantro pesto, you won’t be suffering. (Thanks to Karen Brown and Stephanie Hedges for the links!)

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Posted on July 14th, 2009 in Earth | 11 Comments »