Posted 06 November 2011 - 04:45 AM
Posted 06 November 2011 - 01:07 PM
This must have something to do with the environment; this is after all a site about the environment and energy use. I was trying to guess what the likely meaning may be. The first thought that came to mind was what effect (lasting effect, I would think) I have on the environment. So, let's say, if I have chopped down trees, that is my footprint. This is all sheer hypothesis, you realize.
I'd appreciate some explanation, and if possible some examples explaining this term. It may be I'm doing something that is affecting the environment negatively without being aware of it. It's good to know these things.
Posted 06 November 2011 - 03:28 PM
Ok, for instance:
You're buying clothes washing stuff.
Liquid with lots of phosphates has a larger footprint (damage to the Earth)
than that same chemical mixture in powder form, if you don't recycle the plastic because paper (cardboard)
breaks down in decades verses 1000+ for plastics.
And if you get detergents with less chemicals/phosphates, it's not as harmful to the water. (which we
drink, although they "say" they clean it before pumping it back to us-but that's another thread.)
If you recycle the containers, plastic or bulk cardboard, you are reducing your footprint even more.
Less Saudi Arabia oil (plastic) fewer trees cut down for the cardboard.
The shopping choices we make not only effect our immediate health, but also effect the long term
health of our planet and therefore us, and our ability to survive on it.
Reducing your electrical use, as another example means your burning less coal. Coal still powers most
of this country. So you are reducing CO-2 emissions by getting cfl's/ or l.e.d lights, installing power
strips on electrical equipment (and shutting them off when not in use) and it saves you $$$.
Go green to save green.
Some footprint sites to check out and see how you rate.
Posted 06 November 2011 - 05:03 PM
Thank you for the explanation. It will make me more aware of the consequences of my decisions as to the products that I use, and how I use them.
Posted 04 February 2012 - 06:06 PM
After ten years of being strictly organic vegan, on August 1 last year, I went 100% organic raw. I don't grow too much of my own vegetables yet, but I am working the pot plants. The heat just kills everything instantly this time of year though and I work full time, so I'm not there to swap them from indoors to outdoors. :-( I do, however, sprout my own grains and legumes and soak nuts and seeds. The grains and beans yield a volume increase of over ten times that of the original!
According to my research, changing our diets to an organic plant-based one is the greatest possible way (aside from going aquarian, solarian or breathairian), to reduce our individual footprint upon the earth's resources, with numerous and far-reaching other side-benefits.
How about you?
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