Reduce your Carbon Footprint with Giki Zero’s Bite-Sized Actions
Are you wondering how to reduce your carbon footprint, but struggling to know where to start? Giki Zero is the tool you need to understand your personal impact on the planet, and work to reduce it through bite-sized actions which add up to a significant change.
How to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint One Step at a Time
Reducing your carbon footprint may seem like a daunting undertaking (or even an unachievable one!), but it needn’t be. Which is why we’ve organised a selection of over 120 different actions across 7 categories to help you build a personalised action plan to suit your lifestyle. One step in the right direction is the start of your pathway to a low carbon life.
Step 1: Take Action & Help Spread The Word
Many of the ‘Action’ steps are about spreading the word and getting other people involved in the journey to discover how to reduce carbon emissions, alongside educating yourself to grow your knowledge. Whether it’s in your work or home life, your voice is one of the strongest tools you can use. Better still, all of these steps are completely free and most of them are low-effort! See all the Action steps below:
Step 2: Make Changes To Your Diet
The food and drink we consume makes up around a quarter of our carbon footprint. One of the most impactful steps in this category is switching to a plant-based diet, but there are plenty of actions to take you on a more gradual journey, such as reducing red meat consumption, trying plant milks and going vegetarian. Reducing food waste is also an important part of the story here. See all the Food steps below:
Step 3: Keep Your Home Eco-Friendly
Home is the largest action category on Giki Zero, covering a broad spectrum from home energy consumption, to waste, to the cleaning products you use. These actions run the gamut from super-simple (for example only boiling the water you need in the kettle) to the more hardcore (such as installing a heat pump for those with old boilers). Check out our full list of actions and find out how to reduce your carbon footprint in the home:
Step 4: Shop Responsibly
Buying too much stuff has played a big role in the climate crisis, which means that reducing your purchase of new products and carefully considering any purchases you do make are key steps in how to reduce your carbon footprint. We live in a society accustomed to instant gratification and next day delivery – the challenge is to rethink these attitudes and make the best of what we already have. These are our Purchases actions:
Step 5: Switch to Greener Services
When it comes to banking and your pension pot, put your money where your mouth is to show that you’re not happy to support fossil fuel companies. You might think that your individual efforts will have little impact – but if everyone thought that way, nothing would ever change! It’s never been easier to switch to a more responsible bank or provider, so take a step in the right direction by checking out our Services actions:
Step 6: Choose Low-Carbon Transport
This category is straightforward: the aim is to reduce your reliance on carbon dioxide-emitting and heavily polluting modes of transport. Whether that’s swapping some car journeys for a walk or cycle or reducing how frequently you fly, most of these actions will save you money as well as reducing your carbon footprint. So it’s a win for your pocket and for the planet! See the full list of Transport steps below:
Step 7: Plant Trees Or Make Your Garden Even Greener
The planting of new trees and the protection of existing forests and other habitats is essential to combating climate change. Over 5 years a newly planted tree can absorb around 20 kg of carbon – just imagine how much a fully grown forest is capable of taking in! There are some great tree-planting organisations to which we encourage you to donate. There are also actions as simple as using Ecosia, a search engine using its ad revenue to plant trees. So if donating isn’t feasible for you, there are other ways to help the cause; see the full list of Trees actions to reduce your carbon footprint below:
Now that we’ve given you a run down of some of the most effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint using Giki Zero, the next step is to sign up today and start your journey!