Some aspects of your life will have a bigger impact than others on your carbon footprint. If you’re like most people, food and drink, household energy and transport will be causing the biggest chunks of your carbon emissions.
Food and drink account for a quarter.
Household energy is around 16%.
A car adds about 14%.
(Source: Small World Consulting. You might see slightly different estimates elsewhere, depending on the method they use and what they include in their calculations.)
Other ways you’ll add to your carbon footprint include shopping and waste, for example.
If you want to lower your carbon footprint and tread a little more lightly on the world, explore our guides below. They offer practical advice to help you make changes.
Lines v circles
At the heart of these guides is the idea of a ‘circular economy’, recognising that many of our resources are finite and we should be reusing them, instead of the ‘linear economy’, where they’re thrown away. Find out more about this in the circular economy box on this page.
How big is your carbon footprint?
Find out what your carbon footprint is now with the CAfS carbon footprint calculator.
As you make changes to your lifestyle, you can use the calculator to track reductions in your carbon footprint.
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