Have you ever thought about adopting a greener lifestyle or how to reduce your ecological footprint? If the idea of reducing your ecological impact is appealing to you, you’re in the right place. Here, we offer you some simple and practical tools and tips for a more environmentally respectful daily routine that can alleviate environmental pressure.
What is the ecological footprint?
The ecological footprint is the measurement of the human demand and impact on the Earth. It evaluates the amount of natural resources consumed by a person, community, or country to maintain its way of life. This analysis includes variables such as the resources used for the production of goods and services, fossil fuel consumption, and the disposal of the waste generated.
Changing your personal consumption habits is the first step toward sustainable development and an eco-friendlier lifestyle! We will see in this article how your efforts to modify your consumption activities can help reduce your personal footprint!
Our 10 tips for reducing your ecological impact
Reducing your ecological impact may seem like a complicated task given the levels of pollution and carbon dioxide emissions that we generate. However, there are many simple actions that you can take on a daily basis to contribute to sustainability.
Through these actions, each person has the power to help preserve our planet for future generations. Here are a few tips to help reduce your ecological footprint with the whole family and make a positive difference for our planet!
1. Buy local
These days, shopping local is at the heart of our concerns when it comes to reducing our ecological footprint. By buying local, you make sure to reduce product transport times and thereby avoid additional carbon emissions!
This is also a great way to discover and encourage Quebec businesses, to eat seasonal foods grown near you, and to encourage short shipments.
Many initiatives can help you find businesses that offer products from Quebec. For example, the Solution Locale site lets you find local businesses by region.
2. Opt for second-hand shopping
Buying second-hand items is a great way to reduce your ecological impact. Not only does this help prevent the production of new goods, but it also gives a second life to objects that have already been manufactured! A solution that works for almost every item in the house.
3. Little eco-friendly gestures for school
In addition to using public transit or greener modes of transportation as much as possible, taking little eco-friendly actions during your daily school routine can make a difference in terms of carbon dioxide emissions!
In particular, you can help reduce your ecological footprint at school by using reusable utensils and containers, such as:
• Bamboo utensils
• Reusable water bottles
• Packaging made from recycled materials
• Lunch boxes
And to continue the eco-friendly gestures at school, choose to reuse! Opt for second-hand books and equipment, choose bulk products for snacks, and avoid producing food waste by only packing the amount of food your kids actually consume.
4. Focus on reusing and creating
These days, there are many local and eco-friendly alternatives to replace disposable everyday products or even create them yourself! Your home is full of wonders that can be reused to create eco-friendly solutions for your different needs. Household products, cosmetics, and everyday items can be reinvented to reduce your ecological footprint.
Our advice: start by taking stock piece by piece. For example, explore your bathroom products. Collect your shampoo and shower gel bottles and even your jars of creams. These can be used to shop for your next bulk products or even to create them yourself!
For an eco-friendly gesture for your home, discover our guide on making your own laundry soap.
5. Opt for recyclable and recycled packaging
To continue the cycle of the materials and prevent them from ending up in the garbage unnecessarily, recycling remains an important element in reducing your ecological footprint. By reducing our amount of single-use waste, we can adopt a greener lifestyle and gradually reduce single-use waste!
Cascades Fluff & Tuff® is contributing in its own way to reducing the ecological footprint with the launch of our new packaging made entirely from recycled resin in the fall of 2021! Our Enviro products are also made from 100% recycled fibres.
6. Review your commutes
Reviewing your commutes is another effective way to reduce your ecological footprint. Opting for one of the following modes of transportation can considerably reduce your carbon footprint as well as your energy consumption:
- public transit
7. Rethink the way you travel
Choose means of transport with a low carbon footprint, such as trains, and favour local destinations for your vacations. Why not opt to discover the different regions of Quebec as a family or with friends? A choice that’s eco-friendly but also economical.
8. Refuse brochures and printed material
Refusing unnecessary brochures and printed material from certain companies can help reduce your paper consumption and, consequently, your environmental impact.
9. Turn off unused appliances
Switch off unused appliances to lower your electricity consumption, reduce your environmental impact. This will also help you save money on your power bills.
10. Save water
Saving water is another simple measure to reduce your ecological impact and save natural resources. This can be done by :
- taking shorter showers
- repairing water leaks (even small ones!)
- using rainwaterto
Small changes can make a big impact
One step at a time, little efforts and creative solutions help create a green lifestyle while respecting the rhythm of the family.
At Cascades, we’re also doing our part to reduce our ecological footprint. Our Cascades Fluff® Enviro and Cascades Tuff® Enviro lines offer toilet paper and paper towels made from recycled fibres. Discover our other benefits to learn more about our commitments.
Things to remember
Reducing your ecological impact doesn’t necessarily require major changes to your lifestyle. Simple daily actions and low consumption can make a big difference in tackling global warming. These everyday gestures, when adopted on a large scale, significantly contribute to reducing our ecological footprint.
This fall, let’s take the time to think about our consumption habits and adopt more environmentally friendly behaviours. Together, we can help preserve our planet for future generations.