(BPT) - Our communities are feeling the impacts of climate change in many ways, both large and small. As our collective impact on the environment becomes more and more apparent, people are looking at how they can make a difference.
Climate change is not something that can be addressed by one person, business or government alone. True change requires action on all levels and through a concerted, collaborative approach.
Let’s explore how you can make a positive impact by living a low-carbon lifestyle.
Why does a low-carbon lifestyle matter?
First, let’s unpack some key concepts that are crucial to this discussion. When carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere, it contributes to the greenhouse effect, trapping the sun’s radiation and warming the earth. This effect leads to climate change.
Carbon dioxide emissions come from a number of sources that burn fossil fuels, including energy production, transportation, manufacturing, food production and more.
A low-carbon circular economy is another key concept that has gained prominence in response to climate change. This approach takes the entire life cycle of a product into consideration — from sourcing raw materials to renewable energy and sustainable manufacturing processes to end-of-life uses for products or materials.
Companies that participate in a low-carbon circular economy design their products to minimize waste and environmental impact by ensuring materials are reusable, recyclable and renewable.
For food packaging and processing company Tetra Pak, embracing a low-carbon circular economy means taking a holistic approach to its products.
“At Tetra Pak, we’re rethinking food packaging from the ground up. While recycling minimizes packaging’s impact, we know we can’t stop there,” says Jeff Fielkow, President & CEO, Tetra Pak U.S. and Canada. “For example, our shelf-stable carton packaging reduces food waste by keeping it safe from spoiling for months without the need for refrigeration or preservatives. Cartons are also mainly made from renewable materials, are recyclable and have a low carbon footprint.”
Tips for living a low-carbon lifestyle
The actions companies take play a significant role in the low-carbon circular economy. There are also some simple ways you can reduce your impact. Here are a few examples:
Traveling and on-the-go
On your plate
These are just some ideas to get you started as you explore new ways to reduce your carbon footprint. But don’t stop here! Take a closer look at your daily routine to discover more opportunities to reduce your impact. Remember, small changes can add up to make a big difference!