There are lots of things that can be done to reduce our carbon footprint during the Winter Holidays. My daughter June learned about carbon calculators during her Fall semester at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.
She learned carbon footprints could be measured daily, for example, by watching our household electric and water meters over time and identifying best practices to reduce our use. And over extended periods, we could scrutinize number figures of our vehicle use, vacationing habits, and dining habits.
Our human behavior differs from person to person, especially, during the Holiday shopping season. Lots of energy, travel, and of course, spending is involved. Let us think more about our carbon footprint during the Holidays.
Here are just a few things to think about:
- Buy early, buy online. Not all gifts have to be store-bought
- Buy local. Mark your calendar and visit local bazaars and markets
- Choose gifts made from recycled materials and sources
- Choose ‘battery-free' gifts