CO2 is the major greenhouse gas. It’s responsible for much of the global warming that’s putting our lives and our planet at risk and most of it is sent into the atmosphere due to human activity.
…which is good news in a way, because that means we humans can do something about it!
Here are the first 5 ways to reduce CO2 emissions at home.
- Plant a tree or two (or three) in the garden. Even a sapling absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere. On average, a new tree in your garden will soak up 10kg of CO2 per year for the first 20 years of its life. Plant 5 trees today and you will have kept a tonne of CO2 out of the atmosphere by 2042. Better yet, your trees keep on helping the planet for decades after that.
- Turn the central heating down a bit. Burning fossil fuels for home heating produces CO2, so every 5 degrees C you drop the thermostat saves about 250kg of CO2 per year in the average gas-heated home. It saves you money too, of course.
- Eat less meat. Farming animals for food is environmentally inefficient in terms of land use and animal emissions. Animals emit methane, which is a greenhouse gas. Land clearance for livestock farming also reduces plant cover, which reduces the land’s ability to sequestrate (soak up) CO2. It has been calculated that every year, a vegetarian’s carbon footprint is about 700kg lower than that of a meat eater! Vegans do even better!
- Shop locally whenever possible, for local produce. Transporting food long distances is expensive and environmentally unsound. Although it’s lovely to have food from all over the word in our supermarkets, it’s important to realise that every mile pours more CO2 into the atmosphere.
- Walk, bike or go by rail when you need to travel and try hard to reduce the amount you fly. If it’s too far to walk or bike, taking the bus is half as dirty as driving and the train is even better. London-Paris by Eurostar emits 22kg per passenger. By air, it’s 244kg! Even if you drive an electric car, you’re still being greener if you take the train.
These changes will help cut your CO2 emissions at home and reduce your personal contribution to global warming.
Now here’s a 6th change that can cut home CO2 emissions by over a tonne in one go!
Choose a Love Cork Floor when you next decorate your home.
Yes, when you lay a Love Cork Floor in your kitchen, bathroom, playroom, lounge or hallway, you’re not just being carbon neutral, you can actually be carbon negative.
Your floor, while growing as natural cork on the tree, removed much more than its own weight of CO2 from the atmosphere.
The whole cork forest retains up to 14 million tonnes of CO2 every year and each tree becomes more and more efficient at doing this every time it is harvested for its cork. A harvested tree soaks up, on average, five times more CO2 than one that hasn’t yet been harvested.
And, of course, these remarkable advantages translate directly to Love Cork Floors. When laid in an average sized room, a beautiful Love Cork Wood Design or Cork Design floor can represent a home-emissions saving of up to 1020 kg of CO2eq!
Now, you don’t just have to choose a Love Cork Floor to save CO2.
You could plant 5 trees in your garden and wait 20 years. Or become a vegetarian for 18 months. Or get rid of the car and walk, bike or travel by bus. Or buy a (locally knitted) jumper or two and turn the heating down a few notches!
Here’s an idea – why not do all of them?
You’ll cut your home’s CO2 emissions by 3 tonnes or more and enjoy beautiful, hard-wearing, soft-walking, easy-cleaning Love Cork Floors in your home!