How I Lost 4000lbs in 150 days

Here’s how I slashed 2 tonnes per year off my carbon footprint. And, in the process of saving the planet, I saved money, boosted my health and enhanced my general well being. Doesn’t get much better than that!

  1. Calculating my initial consumption using the WWF carbon footprint calculator
  2. Switching to bar hand soap, bar shampoo, bar conditioner, bar bodywash and bar facewash (and storing them all on these natural soap racks).
  3. Switching to 100% renewable electricity and 100% carbon offset gas after selecting the best deal on the Simply Switch Green Energy Comparison.
  4. Going vegan. Buying the amazing cookbooks Bosch! and Dirty Vegan helped make it a really smooth transition. Cutting down on meat, fish and dairy, can have a huge impact on reducing your carbon footprint.
  5. Ditching my laundry detergent and fabric conditioner and replacing them with an eco egg.
  6. Swapping our plastic for bamboo toothbrushes and children’s bamboo toothbrushes to match.
  7. Making my own deodorant (instructions) ingredients as follows (this natural deodorant balm looks great too):
    Coconut oil
    Baking Soda
    Shea butter
    Arrowroot
    Essential oil
  8. Switching to reusable sanitary pads (some people prefer a mooncup).
  9. Replacing my broken electric lawnmower with a manual lawnmower.
  10. Getting into the habit of switching off appliances at the wall, not leaving them on standby.
  11. Using the tumble dryer much less and, when it’s unavoidable, throwing in a couple of dryer eggs, to speed up the process.
  12. Planning meals, buying local, cooking from scratch and storing leftovers in freezable, microwable, dishwasher safe, non-BPA food containers. Growing fruit and vegetables in a vegetable trug would be even better.
  13. Investing in packed lunch items such as vegan food wraps, cutlery, reusable straws, a leak-proof water bottle, thermal flask, cotton napkin and a fab bag to carry all that around in!
  14. Keeping reusable bags and a collapsible coffee cup handy at all times.
  15. Cutting down on using the car and using public transport/walking more.
  16. Considering eco-friendly holidays that are kinder to the planet.
  17. Buying paper cotton buds instead of plastic ones.
  18. Buying recycled and recyclable wrapping paper.
  19. Buying eco-friendly gifts.
  20. Transferring my disheveled sewing kit to an organised sewing kit box for instant motivation to repair damaged fabrics.

I have a long way to go to cut my remaining carbs but I’ve started the journey and every step seems easier than the last. I’ll keep you posted.

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