Buy Green

A lot of emissions are released to the atmosphere when a house is built, mobile phone components mined or a bag of grapes transported in a refrigerated truck from the farm to the supermarket.

Goods & Services Carbon Footprint

While renewable energy and electric vehicles are the most talked about actions to drive greenhouse gas emissions to zero, the elephant in the room is the embodied emissions in food we eat, the clothes we wear, the houses we live in and the gadgets we use in our 21st century lifestyles. By taking action on embodied emissions we take full responsibility for our carbon footprint and accept the challenge to live more sustainably on this planet.

What You Can Do

  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

This is the hierarchy for the reduction of embodied emissions. It’s basically the waste management hierarchy through the lens of greenhouse gas emissions. Get with the program and be a leader in the 3R’s.

Carbon Neutral Product 

Certified carbon neutral products are usually produced with lower energy inputs than competing products, with remaining emissions offset through the purchase of carbon credits. When you buy carbon neutral products you add your purchasing power to the consumer voice that says ‘we want more product suppliers to be carbon neutral’. Do you remember when the only vegetarian product at the supermarket was tofu? As consumer demand grew, so did the vegetarian food options. Buying green sends the same message to supermarkets and their suppliers.

Carbon Neutral Products

Certified carbon neutral products are usually produced with lower energy inputs than competing products, with remaining emissions offset through the purchase of carbon credits. When you buy carbon neutral products you add your purchasing power to the consumer voice that says ‘we want more product suppliers to be carbon neutral’. Do you remember when the only vegetarian product at the supermarket was tofu? As consumer demand grew, so did the vegetarian food options. Buying green sends the same message to supermarkets and their suppliers.

Buy Local & In-Season Produce

Reducing food miles, or the carbon emissions associated with the refrigerated transport of fresh produce is one of the simplest ‘buy green’ actions you can take. Start by taking stock of where your current purchases of fruit and vegetable come from then start to preference local, regional and Australian produce (in that order).

Consider the Provenance of All that you Eat

It’s important to consider the carbon emissions associated with the food that you eat. Reducing your intake of animal products including meat and dairy can help reduce your carbon footprint substantially. Purchasing food that is produced carefully, using low carbon or even carbon positive production processes is another way to reduce the carbon emissions associated with your food. Biodynamic and regenerative farming practices are examples of ways in which food can be produced using methods that are beneficial for the environment.

Adding edible plants to your garden is another way to reduce your carbon footprint and have fun with your family!

Consider the Provenance of All that you Eat

It’s important to consider the carbon emissions associated with the food that you eat. Reducing your intake of animal products including meat and dairy can help reduce your carbon footprint substantially. Purchasing food that is produced carefully, using low carbon or even carbon positive production processes is another way to reduce the carbon emissions associated with your food. Biodynamic and regenerative farming practices are examples of ways in which food can be produced using methods that are beneficial for the environment.

Adding edible plants to your garden is another way to reduce your carbon footprint and have fun with your family!

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