Devon Council recently asked the question:
How can we reduce the carbon footprints of products manufactured by factories a long way away and out of our control?
This is what they suggest, which is basically buying less and better-quality – so tell us your thoughts:
Quality, long lasting products have an immediate influence, because if a product lasts five times as long, it has one fifth of the carbon footprint of purchasing five low quality products over the same period of time. So, don’t automatically go for cheap as best!
Money – Over time the long-lasting product costs less per year.
Time – Less time spent shopping and researching new products.
Hassle – Well made products have usually had more design time so make your life easier.
Suggestions from the website include:
FOOD: Cook a vegetarian meal
TRAVEL: Go for a bicycle ride
ENERGY SAVING: Switch to a renewable energy supplier
KEEPING WARM: Book an online energy-saving or insulation survey
FOOD SHOPPING: Buy some food from a local organic shop
GOODS SHOPPING: Research a long-lasting version of the next appliance you will need to replace
HOLIDAYS: Plan your dream UK holiday
Not so difficult, really …