6 Methods to Reduce your Supply Chain Carbon Footprint

According to the Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks 1990-2017–the national inventory that the U.S. prepares annually under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change–transportation accounted for the largest portion (29 percent) of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2017, which includes cars, trucks, commercial aircraft, railroads and all other sources. On average, more than seven percent of an industry’s carbon footprint is attributed to emissions from the supply chain.

As you can see, the transportation industry has a role to play in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse gas emissions are a main contributor to climate change and global warming. Manufacturers, retailers and logistics companies can reduce their carbon footprint by changing the way they do business. This includes reducing waste in the supply chain, improving energy efficiency, conserving natural resources and promoting the use of clean energy.

Reducing your supply chain carbon footprint can help you reduce your operating expenses, improve revenue and make the right impression on potential business partners and consumers–particularly those that want to preserve the natural environment. Regardless of what role your company plays in the U.S. supply chain, use these tips to reduce your supply chain carbon footprint.

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Best Eco-friendly Rug materials for your Home

What eco-friendly materials are best for your rug?

As pollution indoors can be higher than pollution outdoors due to toxic gases emitted from the furniture and floor coverings, we should consider carefully what materials are used in the production of our furniture as well as rugs. Rugs that are made of natural fibers are not synthetic or chemically treated and they are derived from plants. Many of them are also made with renewable resources. Some of the most environmentally friendly rug materials are wool, cotton, hemp, jute, bamboo and a few others.

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Can E-bikes help the Environment? [Infographic]

Using an e-bike regularly could have a positive impact towards fighting climate change

  • After only 1,000km an e-bike would offset all carbon emissions produced by its production
  • 89.5 million tonnes of CO2 is produced by road travel per year, whereas e-bikes produce none
  • Built-in battery packs on modern e-bikes can take you 257 laps of an Olympic track

Utilising data from The Department for Transport**, an infographic has been created that looks at total greenhouse gas emissions produced by standard modes of transport versus e-bikes. This is in a bid to encourage people to think about the environment and their role in helping it.

Commissioned by cycling specialists, Cycle Republic, the infographic highlights that if sustainably produced electricity is used for the manufacturing of e-bikes, they will emit almost zero CO2 and produce very little noise whilst on the road.

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Flower blooms by Season [Visual]

Fresh flowers can make any space come to life. While buying flowers can be expensive, purchasing fresh, seasonal blooms can save you money and help reduce your carbon footprint.

Local flower stores can purchase in-season blooms from local farms and greenhouses, rather than having to ship out of season flowers in. This makes it both more cost effective and healthier for the environment to buy in season flowers.

While spring and summer are the most popular blooming seasons, there are beautiful bulbs in every season available to consumers. In addition, there are also plenty of year-round blooms that are always available.

Zola created this seasonal blooming guide to showcase all of the seasonal blooms for spring, summer, fall, and winter. Bookmark this page so you always know what’s in season, so you can make more eco-friendly flower choices next time you purchase fresh blooms.

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Practical ideas for Plastic-Free July [Visuals]

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics?

Below are some tips to find out how you can reduce plastic waste. Anyone can get involved and start out small, or really challenge yourself! Get inspired with these ideas:

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