I have traveled all over the world and by doing so, it has made me very aware of what my carbon footprint looks like. I am so thirsty, I stop in a store to get that bottle of water to quench my thirst, and in 5 seconds, the bottle is empty, I am still kind of thirsty, and now I have this empty plastic bottle that is going to probably stay empty and on this earth a lot longer than my desire for water. Do this every day, and you are responsible for 365 empty bottles.
Now throw in you soda and High Fructose Corn Syrup drinkers and your are looking at several bottles a day, just being used give you 8 big gulps of fluid. To satisfy your thirst and your mind that is telling you, you need that fluid.
Now throw in all the other stuff you buy and use on a daily bases, food. You get it to-go, and you get a styrofoam container and a plastic bag. Both will out live most animals here on earth. And you took that bag to carry your food home, when it would have fit just fine in your hand. ( no bag needed ).
I am talking about this, because it is ALWAYS on my mind. I am always aware and conscious of what I am doing and what its effects may be. I am renting in Costa Rica right now, and after living here for 6 months, I have to say I am an expert and reducing waste. I produce about one small garbage bag of garbage a month. How do I do this? I am not buying a ton of packaged foods. I buy big 5 gallon containers of water to fill up my smaller bottles that I carry with me places. That alone has reduced my carbon footprint by 75%. When I get plastic, It gets recycled, and so on, but what really brought this to my attention is this. I went to the beach the other day and I walked past my garbage can that was now so full, the lid would not stay on. Why was it full? Because I had two Americans, a man and a woman, come down and rent out the other house on the property for 4 days. In that 4 day period, they were able to produce more trash than I am able to in 4 months.
I am not telling anyone what to do here. I am just asking that you step back, and just take a look at how your actions effect the world around you. Justin Timberlake did a concert once and added up what his carbon footprint was for that 1 concert. He then took his own money and planted trees in that town to offset that footprint and try to bring in more balance.
What are you using once today?