Global warming, which has become one of the most important problems in the world, is caused by the greenhouse effect of the gases released into the atmosphere. Individual awareness and changing consumption habits are the solutions to the global warming problem.
Changing the consumption habits of individuals can lead to a decrease in the carbon footprint of the products produced and consumed by activities such as transportation, heating, and even a change in the life cycle.
What is a carbon footprint?
Although the subject of “What is a carbon footprint?” is a subject that many people are aware of, most people do not have full knowledge of this subject.
If we explain the carbon footprint in its most general definition, it is the amount of carbon dioxide that each individual creates in nature as a result of his personal activities. It is the traces we leave in the environment we live in, just like the footprint we leave while walking.
The amount of carbon footprint expressed in tons and cubic meters is expressed at different rates depending on the type and amount of energy we use in every step we take, regardless of personal preferences. The carbon dioxide that we create after almost every step directly causes irreparable damage to the world we live in, natural life and our environment.
Each person living on earth produces an average of 7 tons of CO2 per year, while the average amount produced by a US citizen is 20.4 tons per year.
What are the Factors Affecting the Carbon Footprint?
Carbon emissions are basically the result of burning fossil fuels such as natural gas, coal, and oil. Fossil fuels contain carbon and this carbon is released when they are burned. Each individual causes different amounts of carbon emissions depending on where they live and their way of life. We all have different carbon footprints, depending on the type of food we eat, the way we travel, and the type of transportation. Studies conducted in 2017 distributed the functions that make up a person’s carbon footprint in the following proportions:
– 15% – Natural gas, petrol, coal and other fuels
– 14% – Entertainment, travel, vacation
– 12% – Electricity consumption
– 12% – Activities in the public domain
– 10% – Individual vehicle use
– 9% – Basic household items
– 7% – Share in vehicle manufacturing
– 6% – Holiday transportation
– 5% – Food and beverage consumption
– 4% – Clothing consumption
– 3% – Public transport use
– 3% – Financial movements
1. Personal Vehicle Use
Since vehicles generally consume fossil fuels, they directly cause carbon emissions. In the calculation of your carbon footprint, the increase in the number of vehicles per capita directly affects the total of your footprint.
2. Domestic Fuel
Fuels such as natural gas and coal used for heating at home are also one of the direct causes of carbon emissions. However, natural gas emits pollution at a much lower rate than coal. By choosing heating with electricity and solar energy instead of fossil fuels, you will reduce your footprint and make a heating choice that is beneficial to nature. (the carbon footprint of 1 kg of coal is 2.87 kg of CO2e).
3. Electricity Consumed
Since fossil fuels are used for electricity generation, carbon emissions increase indirectly as the amount of electricity demanded increases.
4. Home Appliances
Electrical or technological household appliances also increase the electricity consumed at home. The increase in the consumed electricity indicates that the total footprint has increased in the carbon footprint calculation.
5. Air Travel and Public Transport
Although public transportation is recommended instead of using individual vehicles, vehicles such as buses, trains, and subways also emit carbon dioxide depending on their fuel consumption and distance traveled. However, the most common mode of transportation among them is air travel. If you have to travel by plane, you can contribute to reducing emissions by choosing direct flights rather than connecting flights. (1 hour flight = 182 kilos of CO2e)
As Homelover we create our products with great care for the nature. We have recently lowered the impact of our carbon footprint by reducing the amount of electricity and water we use while producing our towels and bathrobes.