As per the request of one of my teachers I measured my ecological footprint.
My footprint was 7.11 hectares, and you can check to see exactly how here.
My footprint was on the lower end but not the smallest amongst a few of my friends. It was also quite high by my thoughts at least.
Ten actions that currently are making it worse:
- Long showers
- All new clothing
- Not wearing all of my clothes
- Still quite a bit of garbage
- Used to have quite a bit of transportation in my daily schedule
- Lots of electronic time (unavoidable)
- Eat lots of inorganic foods
- Mid-sized vehicle
- Lots of dairy in my diet
- Lots of inorganic meats
Some things I can do to fix some of these problems:
- Reduce shower length
- Work to buy more clothes second hand or get from family
- Wear a wider variety of clothes or work to buy less in the future
- Try even harder to reduce my daily garbage output
- Attempt to incorporate more organic products into my diet
- Maybe have a little less dairy in my diet or change to alternatives
In these next weeks or into the future I will attempt to do most of the six things I mentioned above. In the next little while, I will take shorter showers, wear more of my clothes, reduce my garbage, and eat more organically, especially regarding meats. As well, in the future, I will work to only buy clothes I am sure I will use, possibly second-hand.
Some changes that were an easy switch were showers, clothing, and food. As soon as I recognized that I took so long in the showers, I was able to be efficient and finish in less time than I did before. I also wore a wider variety of my clothes so that all of them got used before washes and got their most usefulness. However, this doesn’t mean that I still didn’t wear the same clothes a few times a week. Finally, I simply asked my parents when they were shopping to buy more organic. Simple as that. I also cooked a few of these new products myself, and I do think they taste different.
One thing that I can’t change right now is about buying my clothes. Since I can’t change that currently, I can’t say anything about it. However, I plan to buy more clothes second-hand and less overall. I see that I have quite a few outfits that just sit at the bottom of my drawer, and I plan to stop that from happening.
The most challenging thing that I had to do was cutting my garbage output. I pride myself on trying to minimize my garbage as much as possible. However, there was still room to improve. The thing about that area to improve was that I couldn’t help some of it. For example, packaging. I usually ask for anything that could be bought in bulk to be. Though, this point in time isn’t really conducive to that, and most things are now only sold pre-packaged. I was actually unable to fix this problem over my attempt of a few weeks.
In the future, I plan to continue with at least most of the things that I have already changed. As well, I mentioned earlier about something that I will already attempt when buying clothes once more. This little experiment wasn’t hard and it yielded many good results, so I see this as an absolute win.