Highstreetmax.com suggests ways to reduce carbon footprints in the UK
London, England. December 2007… High Street Max, a Shopping Discounts programme offering great savings on everything from fashion at major high street retailers to discounts on music, games and things for the whole family has issued the following statement regarding carbon footprints produced by Individuals in the UK.
In the hustle and bustle of the developed world, many people do not take the time to stop and think about the impact that their daily routine has on the environment. There are numerous reports about carbon footprints and their affects. But what does it all mean? Highstreetmax.com interprets carbon footprints as the following: the amount of carbon dioxide (Co2) that one emits on a daily basis. Carbon dioxide is emitted when one burns fuel for example heating a home or business, driving a vehicle, cooking a meal or something as simple as switching on the television. According to the PATT Foundation the average individual in the developed world emits approximately 10 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide every year. This is huge amount of pollutant; carbon dioxide is a green house gas that is directly linked to global warming. When released into the atmosphere this gas acts like a thermal blanket that traps the sun’s heat and causes the globes temperature to rise. Therefore, in short an individual’s carbon footprint equates to the amount of Co2 emissions they release.
Highstreetmax.com suggests that the public could try to reduce the amount of emission produced each year by adopting some of the following guidelines. Highstreetmax.com is a family orientated programme therefore High Street Max does not advocate solutions that will take the enjoyment out of life but improve the quality of life for individual, their families and the environment as a whole.
High Street max advocates that the best place to start reducing ones carbon footprint would be at home. The public is invited to look at the way in which they consume energy at home. Are appliances left on standby that could be switched off? Could ordinary light bulbs be replaced by energy efficient ones? If lofts and windows are properly insulated, heating bill could be reduced and the amount of energy used to heat ones home could be significantly cut. Having central heating on a timer or switching it on and off as required may also help. Could meals be reheated in the microwave or do they require heating on a traditional gas or electric cooker? These are all questions that one could seek to answer action and enjoy the benefits of. If desired, individuals can take further steps to reduce their carbon footprint via looking into alternative types of energy for their homes like solar, hydro and wind power.
Highstreetmax.com understands that changing the type of power supplied to ones home may not be an option for many people and suggests other things that members of the public do to reduce their carbon footprints. Surprising shopping online could help individuals to reduce their Carbon footprint. By ordering goods and service from a source local to ones home, individuals could help to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emitted from their vehicles as well as reduce congestion. Many people have already discovered the joys of shopping online and realise how stress free and convenient shopping can be not to mention green.
Highstreetmax.com suggests that buying local product could further help to reduce carbon footprints. A lot of energy is invested in the transportation of goods to the shelves of super and hyper markets. Food and other products are flown in from all around the world and for UK consumers many fruit and vegetables are rarely out of season. Carbon labelling of produce was introduced in the UK in March 2007 by the Carbon Trust (Wikipedia.org 30/11/2007) ‘Examples of products featuring their carbon footprint are Walkers Crisps, Innocent Drinks and boots shampoos’ (Wikipedia.org 30/11/2007) High street Max is not advocating non indulgence in exotic foods high street max is merely pointing out that these foods generate a lot of Co2 gases in transit to the UK shops where they are sold.
Highstreetmax.com does not believe that individuals should necessarily cut down on the amount of travelling that they do. High Street Max just urges the public to be responsible when going about daily activities. Using public and other modes of transport such as cycling could all help to reduce carbon emissions. Highstreetmax.com would encourage the public to travel and see the world offsetting their carbon footprint with carbon life credits.
Carbon life credits could be purchased from non- profit organisation/ charities. These credits allow non- profit organisation/ charities to invest in green initiatives on the individuals behalf that combat the effects that Co2 gases have on the environment. Some of the key activities carbon credits can be use for are reforestation as well as wind farming and other alternative energy harvesting.
High Street Max simply wishes assist the public by highlighting the areas in which Carbon dioxide is generated and specify measures that can be taken to eliminate or offset it.
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