A carbon footprint is the number of greenhouse gases generated by a person’s activity. What are greenhouse gases? These include carbon dioxide and methane. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is essential to conserving nature.
Biological activity generates some greenhouse gases. However, human activity contributes the most.1
Common sources of greenhouse gas emissions are:
- The burning of fossil fuels.
- Rising animal and human population.
- Increased deforestation.
- Power plant.
- Land-use change (building, mining).
Among the causes, energy production (heat, electricity) accounts for 72 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions.2
Greenhouse gases absorb the sun’s infrared radiation and cause an increase in the temperature of the earth, leading to many issues, including melting of polar ice to the expansion of desserts.3
According to nature.org, an average person’s carbon footprint in the United States is sixteen tons. This value is about four tones per person for the rest of the world!
Scientists estimate that the average global carbon footprint must be reduced to less than two tonnes a year by 2050 to avoid two centigrade increase in the earth’s temperature.
We cannot reduce our carbon footprint overnight. It is a gradual and systematic process. More importantly, it is a lifestyle change. Let’s take a look!
Quick ways to reduce your carbon footprint and conserving nature:
1) Reducing or stopping meat consumption.
Animal agriculture requires large amounts of fresh water, and animals produce more greenhouse gases than burning the fossil-fuels! Reducing or stopping meat consumption is the fastest way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
2) Reduce electricity consumption.
Unplugging your unused devices (chargers, adapters) reduce unnecessary energy usage. Replace standard light bulbs with LED or CFL bulbs. Make use of sunlight or solar-powered equipment when possible.
3) Reduce driving.
Consider leaving the car at home whenever feasible. Take a walk, bike, bus, or carpool. Maintain your vehicle in optimal condition.
4) Plant a plant, any plant!
Any plantation will reduce greenhouse gas; this includes a tiny flowering plant on a balcony, a small vegetable garden in a backyard, or a massive forest.
5) Consume locally produced items.
Buying local from groceries to clothes reduces transportation and related greenhouse gas emissions and cuts the carbon footprint.
Using organically produced items further reduces toxic waste and associated damage to nature.
6) Line dry your clothes.
A dryer uses far more energy than a washer. Line drying your clothes significantly cuts your carbon footprint.
Industries have a role in greenhouse emissions too. Kusum Cosmetics has several unique ways to reduce carbon footprint and conserving nature:
Kusum’s unique ways to reduce carbon footprint and conserving nature.
1) Vegan product line.
Kusum’s product line is entirely vegan. Vegan products eliminate the use of animal products and reduce livestock-related greenhouse gas emissions.
2) Organic cultivation.
Kusum uses organically cultivated raw materials whenever possible. Using organic ingredients provides our client with the best nature has to offer while supporting organic cultivation and nature conservation.
3) Optimized algorithms for supplies and manufacturing.
Kusum utilizes optimized algorithms to purchase supplies and time manufacturing to reduce storage times and related resource utilization.
4) Sustainable and environmentally responsible purchasing.
Kusum selects suppliers that promote and practice environmentally responsible cultivation and maintain natural habitat as much as possible.
5) Optimized production algorithms to minimize waste.
Manufacturing any product generates waste. Products that use natural, plant-based ingredients are no exception. Kusum Cosmetics minimizes this waste by using strategic sourcing, timing, and production. Our algorithm results in the utilization of most resources that we acquire.
6) Accelerated compost collection and disposition.
Any material suitable for compost purposes is meticulously identified and separated from the remainder of the waste. We dispose of such natural material to compost resulting in high-quality fertilizer in a farm for organic cultivation.
7) Plant-based agents for cleaning and disinfection.
Fossil-derived sanitizing agents and chemically sourced cleaning agents remain most commonly utilized for industrial purposes. Kusum Cosmetics uses plant-based, biodegradable cleaning and disinfecting agents.
8) Clean energy for production.
Utilizing energy (electricity, gas) during peak daytime hours results in excess greenhouse gas generation as power plants increase output to meet the demand. Kusum Cosmetics uses solar energy for the manufacturing process whenever possible and optimizes the production schedule to minimize electricity usage during peak demand.
9) Improving energy efficiency.
Kusum Cosmetics uses energy-efficient, energy star products to improve efficiency and thus reduce energy demand.
10) Buy local.
Whenever possible, Kusum chooses local suppliers. Our location allows us to use local resources, from talent to ingredients to packaging. We use optimized transportation algorithms and carbon-neutral shipments to reduce transportation-related emissions for the elements that are unavailable locally.
11) Packaging selection to optimize recycling.
Sustainable, recyclable packaging envelope Kusum products. We emphasize the use of recyclable glass bottles, PET bottles, dispenser pumps, and paper for optimal recycling.
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