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What can you do as an individual?

In Scotland, around 80% of our carbon footprint comes from the things we buy and use.

Or, to put it another way, our collective consumption habits are contributing to the global climate crisis we now face. 

The choices and actions we take can have a hidden, negative impact on the world’s climate as everything we consume needs energy to grow, process and transport, whether made in Scotland or overseas.  

But, by making more sustainable choices – like buying stuff that’s built to last, choosing to reuse or repair items, and making sure they’re recycled where possible – we can all act now as individuals to make small steps to big changes.  

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Everything we buy has a carbon cost

Every time we buy anything, be that a new hat or headphones, we are heating the planet and using up its scarce resources - climate change is linked to what we buy because there is a carbon cost to everything we consume. Perhaps it’s time to shop differently?

12 ways to waste less

With four-fifths of Scotland’s carbon footprint being driven by our demand for new products and materials, it’s about finding ways to do a little bit more with a little bit less that will keep existing materials in use for longer and significantly reducing our carbon footprint.  

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