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5 tips on what you can do to combat climate change

Climate change is progressing; the planet keeps heating up. We have already explained the causes and that this has far-reaching and devastating consequences in our blog article on global warming . In the last 150 years alone, the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere has increased by 40%. To put this in perspective: In 2016, according to statistics, every German contributed 8.9 tons. Climate protection concerns us all. Here you can find out what you can change in everyday life without much effort to save CO2:

1. Light and warmth

If you want to save CO2, you don't have to do without electricity and heating entirely. But small steps can also make a big difference at home. By switching to an eco provider , a three to four person household can save up to 1.9 tons of CO2. Switching to LED lights instead of incandescent bulbs is also worthwhile: According to a British estimate, an entire coal- fired power station could be switched off if every household were to swap just one conventional light bulb for an LED.

Of course, you don't have to be cold either, but just lowering the room temperature by one degree can make a big difference. Especially at night - when you're lying under the warm blanket anyway - you can turn down your heating and save CO2 while you sleep.

It is also worth investing in thermal insulation for your apartment/house. If you seal air-permeable windows and doors, you save not only energy but also money.

toaster and energy

2nd laundry

You can also save CO2 when washing your textiles. If possible, do without the pre-wash and wash your laundry at a maximum of 60 degrees and only in exceptional cases at 95 degrees. Worn, not (or only slightly) soiled laundry is also cleaned at 30-40 degrees and can then be dried on the drying rack instead of in the dryer, saving CO2.

Washing machine

3. Diet and shopping

Meat on the plate fuels global warming. We have already written a number of articles on this in our blog . It's just one of many reasons why we do not use animal ingredients in our products - not only for our health, but also for the climate. Did you know that a balanced, meat- reduced (or even better, meat-free) diet saves the global climate around 400 kg of CO2 per year? Focusing on plant-based foods makes perfect sense.

Buying regionally and seasonally has the advantage that less distance has to be covered when transporting the goods and consequently less CO2 is emitted. Long transport routes also release unnecessary emissions that are eliminated with regional products

Buying organic also reduces greenhouse gas emissions. In contrast to conventional farming, organic farming does not use artificial fertilizers and pesticides that are harmful to the climate, and only about half the energy that conventional farming needs is required.

A visit to the weekly market provides variety, fun and CO2 savings.

Buy fruit regionally and seasonally

(Not only) food is too often wrapped in unnecessary plastic packaging . It is better to buy unpackaged and above all try to avoid single-use plastic . In order not to have to reach for the plastic bag, take your own cloth bag with you and also buy in moderation rather than in bulk so as not to waste anything.

4. Means of transport

Not only the transport of food releases CO2, but of course also the transport of people . Rather take the bike or use the bus and train on the way to work and in everyday life and walk short distances - that also keeps you fit.
Huge CO2 slingshots are airplanes. Think about whether you really have to take the next short-haul flight or whether you can take the train instead. A single return flight on the Munich-Hamburg route causes a whopping 340 kg of CO2. The train journey takes longer, but is much more environmentally friendly.

Save CO2 when traveling in an environmentally friendly way

5. Technique

You don't have to give up your movie night completely, but switch off your devices whenever possible, as they also consume energy in standby mode . If the device doesn't have a power button, connect it to a power strip that can be turned off.

It is also worth taking a closer look when buying new devices – and not just at the price. In the long run, the cheapest offers are not really cheap. If you shop cleverly and look at the energy efficiency , you can save up to 50%!

In particular, technology that you only need for a short period of time can also be bought used more cheaply, or you can ask around in your neighborhood or among your friends to see if someone can lend you something.

Environmentally friendly and energy efficient technology

Stop climate change – let's do this together

By definition, any measure that does not harm the climate contributes to climate protection. Each of us can make our own contribution by making the smallest changes in everyday life. The climate crisis affects us all, after all we want to make a world worth living in for the next generations , right? It is neither the sole task of a state nor of a single company to let the earth breathe again. No one can do it alone, but that's exactly why:

Let's tackle it together. 🌍