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So, What Exactly is a Carbon Footprint?


You’ve probably heard the phrase “carbon footprint” quite a bit these days. But, what exactly does it mean? A carbon footprint is defined as the amount of greenhouse gases, primarily carbon dioxide, that is released into the atmosphere by a particular individual, family, event, organization or product. Unfortunately, these emissions cause air pollution and global warming. If you are curious about what your family’s carbon footprint might be, there are many calculators online that give you an estimate. This number is calculated by inputting details concerning household energy use, transportation, diet, and recycling habits.


It’s important to know how to reduce your carbon footprint, especially as a parent. Your household probably produces a lot of waste with little ones. Plus, it’s good to teach your children about making the planet a better place while they are young and impressionable. So, here are a few ways to reduce the carbon footprint for your household.  

  1. Use reusable products

Instead of using single use products, invest in some reusable ones! Glass or plastic food and beverage containers, straws, napkins, shopping bags and utensils are available nearly anywhere nowadays. They’re perfect for at home and on the go, making them an effective way to reduce your household’s waste.



  1. Switch to cotton diapers

We all know that standard diapers cause an absurd amount of waste. That is one of the many reasons parents are making the switch to reusable cloth ones! As daunting as they may seem, cotton diapers are perfect if you want to reduce your carbon footprint.


Although they may cause some extra hassle, they’re totally worth it. If you want to read more about switching to reusable diapers, check out our recent blog post about them!


  1. Use second hand products

Whether you’ve just welcomed your first baby home, or are adding another to the family, there are probably a million things on your shopping list. And, since little ones grow out of things at the speed of light, you have to continually buy more. That’s why the best option is to use second hand. It’s better for the environment and your wallet! Second hand baby and kid products usually cost little to no money. Ask your friends or check your local thrift store for items like clothes, strollers, toys, cribs, etc.


  1. Recycle

Reduce, reuse, recycle! Recycling is an essential step to reduce your family’s carbon footprint as it decreases the amount of garbage that goes into landfills. Landfills emit a lot of greenhouse gases and pollution. When people think recycling, they typically only consider trash waste. However, it’s important to recycle other items as well. Clothes, furniture, and toys can be donated and given to families in need. This will help other families reduce their carbon footprint as well!


  1. Make your own baby food

Another way to reduce your family’s carbon footprint is to prepare your own baby food. This sounds much more difficult than it really is. Simply buy organic fruits and veggies from your local farmer’s market, add it to a blender or food processor, and voila! Not only is this super yummy and healthy, it’s budget-friendly, too!



How does your family reduce their carbon footprint? Let us know in the comments section below! And, if you’re looking for other ways to become a more sustainable parent, check out this blog post!

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