Carbon Footprint

We are living exceptional times. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth’s climate.

The stakes are high for us and our children.

The solutions are there today, we all have the power to change, it’s up to us to write what happens next. Act for the planet ! What are we waiting for?

Reducing your eco-footprint by following the rule of the three R’s: Reduce, reuse, and recycle. can be a good start. We all must help protect the environment. Check this website to pick your choice among these 100ways to reduce your impact. Just place your mouse gently on each of the tips and an explanation will come up.

Personally, I find step 62 a very funny one: if it’s yellow, let it mellow, if it’s brown, flash it down.

If you want to go even further, one of our most famous TV hostess, Mercedes Milá, dropped a bombshell some time ago admitting to love peeing in the shower. She said it was eco-friendly in that there’s no toilet to flush and no paper used. Lastly, she said it was the only time she could ever pee standing up, so she likes to take advantage. When hearing about it, many people started giving their opinion which went from a “Heck yeah! What’s the big deal?”, to an honest “Only if I really need to” or to an extremely gross thought “Ewwwwwww….no.”
Some countries like Brazil are making it news. Television ads in that country encourage people to pee in the shower as a way to save water, don’t you believe me? check the ad

…and, always sticklers for protocol, the British don’t want to get caught in the same situation without laying out a set of rules. Have a look at them

Is there any you like or follow? Pick one and leave a comment on it.

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7 Responses to Carbon Footprint

  1. Maite 17B says:

    This is my tip:
    When you are going to have a shower you should waste a great amount of water before it gets warm (waterheaters…). Well, you can collect it in a bin/ bucket to throw it into the toilet after you pee or poo

  2. Jorge Coves 19B says:

    Recently, the company I work for has started to give workers the monthly payroll by a pdf file, instead of the classic printed paper. Thus, only if you we need the payrolls to be printed they’ll do it. We no longer waste and accumulate worthless papers.
    Think green! 😉

  3. Marina Quiles 17.b says:

    Have you seen all the small lights that you’ve got at home?even when you switch off your appliances, small red lights or small screens are on.
    You can install a switch to cut the energy of each appliance completely.
    At the end of the month you will have saved some energy.

  4. Alicia 17B says:

    Pay your Bills Online – If every family did this then we would save millions of trees every year.
    A very useful green tip to save millions of trees every year is not asking the Abstract of ATM when you withdraw cash, or asking to receive online bills of electricity, telephone or water instead of regular mail, also, you can find more information in pdf version.

    Think Global, Act Local!

  5. Luis R. 17-B says:

    To save energy is very important to use energy saving light bulbs. It is also highly recommendable not to leave the door fridge open longer for longer than what’s absolutely necessary, for example, when we go to take a cold drink, we mustn’t leave it open while we are serving our drink.

    Regarding the consumption of water, another measure to consider is not to let the water run while we’re brushing our teeth. It’s better to use a glass of water for rinsing.

    Remember. Just do it! Save the planet. Yes, we can.

  6. Belén says:

    Well, maybe this tip (that I just saw in the attached link) is a little silly, but I do it. When I go shopping to the supermarket for some food, I like to see where the products are grown and I try to pick those that are grown in Spain, especially in our community.
    For example, white asparagus are produced in many countries. Well, I try to take those that are made here, and I pick Navarra’s asparagus (why there is only one autonomous region that sells this product in Spain?) And, of course, bananas from the Canary Islands.
    But, there are many products that are grown in our community, like cheese, pomegranates and dates from Elche, fish from Santa Pola….
    So, step 8: Buy local!

  7. Adrian Poveda says:

    Hi friends,
    People should know before recycling there are two things that we must do: reduce and reuse. In developed countries, a person produces about 1 kg of organic waste per day. Few years ago, we produced an amount of waste nowhere near as big as today. We used to buy milk in reusable bottles or have a cloth bag to buy the bread instead of a plastic bag and those habits were far better for the preservation of our planet. So, in my opinion, nowadays, we are living far better than in the past with new technologies but we can´t forget good old traditions.
    So I invite you to reduce, reuse and recycle, of course, but in this order.

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