Every time you complete this action, you will reduce emissions by an estimated 2902 lbs. CO2e.
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More than anything else, it is what we buy that contributes to climate change. Well over half of our carbon emissions come from producing, distributing, and disposing of the goods and services we use. That’s not all bad news though. First, since we have a large degree of control over our purchasing habits (more so, perhaps, than over our housing and transportation habits), there is ripe opportunity here to make big reductions in our carbon emissions. And second, making those changes can actually save big bucks.
Try to trim needless consumption by buying durable, non-disposable, used, and recycled goods, and by cutting out extraneous purchases that aren’t really of any benefit. Cutting out just a tenth of your non-food, non-residential, non-transportation consumption will eliminate an average of 2900 pounds of carbon dioxide and save well over $500 each year.