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How Is Your Carbon Footprint Measured?


Being human does not come without a price to the environment. As we live, breathe, drive cars, and cut down trees, we as a people emit greenhouse gases into the air. This is quantified by individual by what’s called a carbon footprint and in general, a zero-waster wants their carbon footprint as low as possible. The higher the carbon footprint, the more waste or greenhouse gases a person is creating and contributing to the atmosphere.

Fortunately, there are several things individuals and people as a society can do to reduce carbon footprints and offset carbon emissions. For example, creating less waste by living a low-waste lifestyle is a great start to reducing your own personal carbon footprint. On a grander scale, society can invoke activities such as paying carbon offset taxes in order to lower carbon footprint and lessen the impacts of particular human activities. Flying, for example, is one of the worst processes for the environment; eco-conscious people can opt to pay a carbon offset tax that puts the voluntary money towards activities and processes that then offset the negative impact of flying. This could include planting trees or donating the tax money toward environmental research.