Beth Kayser

Low carbon living in lockdown, pt 4

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Shiny metal showerhead against a white tiled wall

It’s been a busy week at Pawprint with the launch of our crowdfunding campaign.  But the lockdown continues, and so does our series of lockdown tips.

6 more tips to lower your carbon footprint during lockdown

1. Shower for 1 minute less in the morning and save around 20 Kg CO2e per year; the same as driving 38 miles in terms of emissions.

At least we aren’t suggesting cold showers! The hardest bit of this tip is getting the timing right…

2. Cook big batches of food at the same time (using up more of the oven space) and save around 25 Kg CO2e per year; the same as driving 47 miles in terms of emissions.

This also gets more of your cooking done in one go - the excess can be used in the days ahead and/or frozen for later.

Pawprint’s carbon footprint data is powered by Mike Berners-Lee’s Small World Consulting.  Mike Berners-Lee is an advisor to Pawprint and author of How bad are bananas?  the carbon footprint of everything

3. Run your dishwasher one less time per day and save around 237 Kg CO2e per year; the same as driving 445 miles in terms of emissions.

It seems as if the dishwasher is full all the time just now, because it is. Challenge yourself to run it only once a day (or twice, depending on numbers in your household) by re-using cups and glasses throughout the day and making one-pot meals at lunch/dinner.

4. Make a flask of tea/coffee in the morning to avoid re-boiling the kettle and save around 22 Kg CO2e per year; the same as driving 41 miles in terms of emissions.

You’ve probably never made up a flask for staying in before, but this works whether you are busy at your desk/dining room table, or curled up on the sofa watching Netflix.

Thanks to Allyson Pellicci for suggesting this one. If anyone reading this has some ideas for carbon-reducing lockdown tips, feel free to reach out to

5. Only eat seasonal veg and save up to 75 Kg CO2e per year; the same as driving 140 miles in terms of emissions.

The carbon footprint of veg that isn’t in season can be 4x higher! How? Well, there is a good chance it’s been flown in or grown in an energy-intensive hothouse. You are on safe ground if you buy local veg, so check the label and refer to our blog on in-season veg in April and May.

6. Share and borrow lockdown essentials and save up to 60 Kg CO2e per year; the same as driving 110 miles in terms of emissions.

If you’ve already done all the jigsaws, read all the books and done as much gardening as you can with the tools you have, you might be thinking of ordering new ones. But perhaps you could do a swap of these, and other items, with family, friends and neighbours instead.  

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