Five simple habits to reduce your carbon footprint

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Help save the planet by changing your routine

WHAT IS A CARBON FOOTPRINT?

The carbon footprint is a methodology developed to measure greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere. These emissions come from products, services or processes throughout their life cycle.

How do you get to work? What do you eat? What kind of clothes do you wear? All of these questions make up our daily lives and create our habits, and they are precisely what result in our carbon footprint.

WHY SHOULD I REDUCE MY CARBON FOOTPRINT?

Humanity’s carbon footprint is a crucial indicator in our quest to save the planet from environmental collapse. Greenhouse gases accumulate in the atmosphere and cause profound climatic and social changes, so the bigger your carbon footprint, the more you are changing the planet for the worse.

WHAT HABITS CAN I CHANGE IN MY DAILY LIFE TO REDUCE MY CARBON FOOTPRINT?

Changing your habits is fundamental to reducing your carbon footprint. Some small changes that help in this reduction are:

  • HOW DO YOU GET AROUND THE CITY?

Replace a gasoline-powered car with a bicycle or public transportation method. One liter of gasoline emits 2.3 kg of carbon equivalent in the atmosphere and the production of a car emits 17 tons over the entire lifetime of the car.

  • CHANGE YOUR EATING HABITS

Decrease your meat consumption, reduce the amount of processed foods (such as chips and soft drinks) you eat and give preference to locally grown products or make your own organic garden.

  • RECYCLE

Set aside plastic bags and use reusable ones. Whenever possible, choose  recycled products. The manufacturing of five plastic bags emits 1 kg of carbon equivalent in the atmosphere.

  • AVOID EXCESS CONSUMPTION, GENERALLY

Do not waste food, do not buy new clothes (which will not be used often) and give preference to recycled products (as we have talked about in the previous item).

  • CHANGE YOUR CLEANING PRODUCTS

Most cleaning and laundry products available on the market contain chemical components made from fossil fuels, a non-renewable source of carbon. Exchange your traditional cleaning products for natural products like vinegar, lemon and baking soda.

HOW CAN MOSS HELP ME OFFSET MY CARBON FOOTPRINT?

One option to reduce and even completely offset your carbon footprint is to purchase MOSS carbon credits. MOSS is the largest environmental platform in the world that offers this service.

Today, any natural or legal person can acquire the MCO2 Token carbon credit. When you buy this asset, you support the financing of projects that focus on environmental protection, forest management (especially of the Amazon Rainforest) and social responsibility, thereby improving the quality of life of people in the region where the project is present. A carbon credit is a certificate that proves that a ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) is no longer emitted into the atmosphere. By purchasing these credits, you are helping finance projects that aim to capture excess carbon dioxide, thereby reducing the greenhouse effect and offsetting your carbon footprint. Some of them have already been detailed here on the blog, such as: Agrocortex Project, one of the largest sustainable forestry initiatives in the country, focused on long-term timber production; Fazenda Fortaleza Ituxi, with a focus on sustainable management to reduce carbon dioxide emissions; and Amazon REDD + IFM, which aims to conserve more than 20 thousand hectares of forest in Amazonas.

To purchase your carbon credits, just click here. It takes less than two minutes, and it’s cheap (around US$ 15.00 per credit); in addition to being a perennial asset, it is safe and audited by international institutions that regulate the carbon credit market.

Now, with MOSS, you can rethink your habits and offset your emissions in a few minutes. The change that can save the planet is in our hands, every day, just a few clicks away.

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