How to reduce your carbon footprint

·Lifestyle contributor
·2-min read
Recycling at home. (PHOTO: Getty Images)
Recycling at home. (PHOTO: Getty Images)

The haze, crazy weather patterns, the increasingly hot climate - the proof is in the pudding what climate crisis is real and we need to play our part in reducing our carbon footprint that exacerbates the issue.

Reducing our waste, taking steps to consume less energy from power grids, and becoming as self sufficient as possible are the main ways we can all move towards carbon neutral territory. These ideas sound harder to achieve than it really is, you don’t need to have a complete life change to help fix the problem. Here are some very easy, simple steps that you can take to reduce your own carbon footprint.

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Reduce plastic bags or paper bags when you go out shopping. Choose from one of these shopping totes instead.

Muun. (PHOTO: Shopbop)
Muun. (PHOTO: Shopbop)

Muun mini caba woven straw tote, $174

A.P. C. shopper tote. (PHOTO: Shopbop)
A.P. C. shopper tote. (PHOTO: Shopbop)

A.P.C. leather and canvas shopping tote, $515

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Karl Lagerfeld tote. (PHOTO: Shopbop)

Karl Lagerfeld Stylebop.com exclusive K/Cities shopper with leather, $362

Or get one of these cute owl foldable shopping bags when you’re out doing your groceries

Shopping bags. (PHOTO: Shopee)
Shopping bags. (PHOTO: Shopee)

Owl shopping bags for $1.85 each.

Or this cute Harrods shopping bag that zips up into a wee pouch

Harrods Westie Foldaway bag. (PHOTO: Harrods)
Harrods Westie Foldaway bag. (PHOTO: Harrods)

Harrods Westie Foldaway bag, $14.70.

Grow your own herbs and vegetables by getting one of these hydroponic grow kits, perfect for beginners

Indoor garden lamp herb full spectrum hydroponics kit. (PHOTO: Shopee)
Indoor garden lamp herb full spectrum hydroponics kit. (PHOTO: Shopee)

Indoor garden lamp herb full spectrum hydroponics kit, $64.75.

Soilless vegetable growing equipment indoor balcony hydroponic system kit. (PHOTO: Shopee)
Soilless vegetable growing equipment indoor balcony hydroponic system kit. (PHOTO: Shopee)

Soilless vegetable growing equipment indoor balcony hydroponic system kit, $36.61

Sort out your waste with these nifty, and sleek-looking recycling bins

Simplehuman rectangular dual compartment recycler bin. (PHOTO: Harrods)
Simplehuman rectangular dual compartment recycler bin. (PHOTO: Harrods)

Simplehuman rectangular dual compartment recycler bin, $278.90

This home-y compost bin that’s pretty enough to sit on the countertop

Countertop compost bin. (PHOTO: Etsy)
Countertop compost bin. (PHOTO: Etsy)

Countertop compost bin, $158.48 (this product received over 347 reviews with 5 stars)

Or this practical and economic compost bin that can go in your garden or under your sink

Kitchen food recycle waste compost bin. (PHOTO: Shopee)
Kitchen food recycle waste compost bin. (PHOTO: Shopee)

Kitchen food recycle waste compost bin, $87.81

Line dry your clothes instead of using a dryer which zaps energy, while saving on your electricity bill too! This retractable clothes line is nifty, as it doesn’t take up space when not in use

Clothesline hanger. (PHOTO: Aliexpress)
Clothesline hanger. (PHOTO: Aliexpress)

Stainless steel clothesline hanger for indoor or outdoor use, $14.05

Drive less! Non-renewable energy and fossil fuels are one of the main contributors to the climate crisis. Take public transport; get an electric scooter or bicycle if you live far away from an MRT station, like this Xiaomi electric scooter that goes up to 30km per charge and folds up when not in use

Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Mijia M365 Smart E Scooter. (PHOTO: Aliexpress)
Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Mijia M365 Smart E Scooter. (PHOTO: Aliexpress)

Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Mijia M365 Smart E Scooter, $631.97

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