Many people and businesses talk about aiming to be low carbon and reduce their carbon footprint. But what does that mean? Low carbon simply means low energy consumption, and therefore less carbon dioxide and pollutants in the environment. If a food, product, or service is referred to as low carbon, a low amount of greenhouse gases were released from the production, transportation, etc. of the product. Greenhouse gases of course contribute to climate change and negatively impacts the environment.
The Down-Low on Low Carbon
There are a few things individuals and small and large businesses can do to best care for our planet and practice sustainability — and working toward the concept of low carbon is one part of that. When it comes down to it, you might already be following some of the guidelines recommended under a low carbon diet or lifestyle! Aiming to reduce your carbon emissions and purchase low carbon foods and products can start with reducing your food waste, eating seasonal, avoiding packaged goods, and more. Other things to watch for when keeping your carbon emissions low include:
- Consumption of meat and dairy products.
- Shopping locally to reduce motor vehicle emissions from transport.
- Composting: Here at LivBar, we do our part to reduce the amount of single-use plastic discarded by using compostable packing for all LivBars.
- Avoid processed and manufactured foods.
- Cook at home more often rather than eating out.
- Reduce, reuse and recycle: A cliché that nevertheless remains true!
- Use public transport, ride your bike, or walk rather than driving.
Specifically, some people follow a “low-carbon diet” that opts for “low-carbon” food and eco-friendly practices surrounding one’s diet. Bon Appétit’s Low Carbon Diet is all about making those low carbon choices on the way to encouraging a healthy planet: Check out the company’s guidelines on the low carbon diet here to learn more about it.
Working Toward a Low Carbon Economy
A low carbon economy sounds simple in theory, but it can be hard to achieve. An economy that releases a very low amount of carbon emissions would aim to positively impact the environment and society by opting for low carbon practices and processes. While many economies strive for this, the roadblocks to get to this point remain challenging: This means replacing and rewiring communities with “greener” technologies (think solar-powered energy, renewable energy, and efficient public transit to start).
As one individual person, it can seem daunting to try to work toward a low carbon economy. Changing infrastructure and energy resources are big steps to take: But there are certainly several smaller steps you can take in an effort to reduce your personal carbon footprint. To start, there are many carbon footprint calculators and questionnaires available on the internet to guide you. This carbon footprint calculator by the EPA shows you how much your footprint is and where you can cut down on carbon emissions in your lifestyle and diet. For example, if you drive your car 2 miles to work, consider opting for a bike ride. If you wash your clothes in warm water, switch to cold instead.
Sustainable Business Practices
Small and large businesses all over the country and world can maintain sustainable business practices in an effort to reduce their carbon emissions. Business owners should take a look at how and where energy is used and make changes where they can. Start by reducing factory manufacturing, imported products, and need for transportation. Work with customers and clients to understand the sustainable business practices that are best for your business and product or service. In this way and in encouraging sustainable business practices, you can promote environmental sustainability from the top down!
LivBar works toward environmental sustainability through multiple routes. In addition to its compostable packaging, we use renewable energy via solar panels at LivBar’s office and production facility! Plus, organic certification means reducing erosion and toxic materials in the environment.