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Reducing with the Carbon Trust

We all want to make shopping decisions we can feel good about – for our family, for our wallets and forcarbon trust the environment too. Most of us want to do our bit – it just needs to be quick, easy and not cost the earth, literally!

Small steps can make a big difference, particularly when it comes to reducing our carbon footprint – the contribution that each of us makes to rising greenhouse gas emissions that are having a detrimental impact on our world. Easy to say, not so easy to do when we’re all living busy lives and faced with lots of information about how to tackle climate change.

Now help is at hand. The Carbon Reduction Label helps you see at a glance that the products you’re buying have made a commitment to reduce their carbon footprint.  Lots of leading brands have already signed up – in fact you’ll find carbon labelled products in most aisles of the supermarket.

Tesco was one of the first retailers to come on board – now you can find over 100 of its own brand products carrying the Carbon Reduction Label, from milk to orange juice and potatoes to washing powder and loo roll. Other household favourites such as Kingsmill bread, Walkers crisps, Quaker Oats and Morphy Richards irons also carry the label.

Over the next tcarbonwo months the Carbon Trust will be here on Mumsnet to share useful tips and easy ways we can all reduce our carbon footprints. In the coming weeks Euan Murray from the Carbon Trust will be holding a Q&A session to answer all your conundrums about the Label  and any other burning questions you have about how to reduce your family’s impact on the world.! Watch out for it in the Discussions Boards.   

The Carbon Footprint Challenge

As part of our Carbon Footprint Challenge we are working with five Mumsnetters and thcarbon logoeir families to help them begin to reduce their carbon footprints. Our families will be footprinted by our carbon experts.  We’ll then set them a series of challenges over the coming weeks to reduce their footprint, from shopping for the Carbon Reduction Label to cooking in a more carbon friendly way.

The Mumsnetters taking the Carbon Challenge will be posting regularly about their experiences so make sure you check in to see how they’re getting on, we’ll also be posting the challenges on the discussion boards so you too can get involved! Click here to see the Footprint Challenge Diary Thread.

In the meantime, explore the links below to find out more about carbon footprinting – how we calculate a carbon footprint, how you can reduce yours and which of your family favourites are already committed to cut theirs ...

About the Carbon Reduction Label
Calculating a Carbon Footprint
Where can you find the Carbon Reduction Label
Flower Power
Food miles
Tesco story
Kingsmill story
innocent smoothies shake up carbon thinking
Walkers story
About the Carbon Trust

Last updated: over 3 years ago