(Also called the ecological footprint, the environmental footprint, the carbon footprint or the CO2 footprint.)
The eco-footprint is a measure of the impacts of human lifestyles on our planet's natural resources and ecosystems. The eco-footprint helps us to understand how we can use resources more efficiently and how we can progress towards more sustainable practices for our own and the world's wellbeing. Each one of us can take simple steps to reduce our eco-footprint and support Earth's sustainability.
New Internationalist brings to you some of the coolest gadgets that harness alternative energy like wonderful Nokero solar light bulb, which is bringing light to thousands of impoverished households across Africa.
Recycle your laundry water onto the garden. By using nature's own soapnuts instead of laundry detergent, you can utilise both the washing and rinsing water on your garden. The soapnuts are sustainably harvested in India, and ours are Fair Trade too.
Gardens can benefit the environment by creating spaces for wildlife. Gardens can benefit you by being beautiful and restful living spaces and by providing organic food with zero food miles. Nurture your garden with nutrient-rich organic compost. The Bokashi composting system will provide you with compost and concentrated nutrient liquid.
Sources this page: www.greenbeings.com.au; www.epa.vic.gov.au
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