Our household reduced its carbon footprint by 1 tonne in a year...let me tell you how! Let's go! Curious to find out whether there had been any movement in our climate footprint since I last calculated it about a year ago, I took the 5 minute WWF survey and compared results. I haven’t noticed any massive changes in the way we do things recently but I think that some of the behaviours we started over a year ago have become more like second nature now. It has been an effortless progression helped (I suspect) by the pandemic lockdowns which encouraged the buying of less ‘stuff’ as well as more of an emphasis on ‘local’. Calculate your carbon footprint here So why did our footprint decrease? These are the ways in which I think we have reduced our carbon footprint: Somewhat reluctantly but with the climate emergency very much in mind I bought a reconditioned mobile phone (SAMSUNG S9+) and it has been FANTASTIC. I will never buy new again. I deliberately buy less stuff – only stuff I need. I have found that avoiding shops helps me to avoid temptation. I have reviewed the clothes in my wardrobe and have discovered several more ‘outfits’ by being more creative with what I wear and by modifying some of the things I haven’t worn for a while. Now that the trains are quieter and more accommodating for bicycles, I have started to take my bike on the train which has increased the scope of where I can go by bike. eg. Thetford Forest, Cambridge etc. Our dog and our compost bin continue to be the most effective methods of recycling every scrap of food we might otherwise have to ‘donate’ to our green wheely bin. This has reduced the amount of dogfood and compost that we would have otherwise bought. And what next? Buying locally grown food. Apart from our dog, we are a vegan household and rely on soya-based products and a wide range of fruit and vegetables. It seems to me that there is always a balance to be struck between locally grown, packaging, organic, seasonal produce and items that you just can’t grow in the UK. Most of my carbon footprint dilemmas occur when I am doing supermarket shopping!