Seven months into the challenge it is time to evaluate how I am doing compared to last year. The table below compares my current progress with last year and the calculator helpfully gives a 12 month projection showing that I am on track for a 0.28 tonne reduction compared to last year.
|Item||2013 (12 month footprint)||2014 (7 month footprint)|
|12 month projected||6.35|
I am pleased with my progress and I am on track for a reduction but in the next 5 months I will need to make some other lifestyle changes to reach that 1 tonne target.
The largest change in the footprint will be through the secondary calculation. Through the rubbish diet I have reduced the amount of packaging I use, selecting products with only recyclable or reusable packaging therefore reducing the amount of waste I produce so this has meant that I have reduced that calculation from 4.09 tonnes to 3.79 tonnes over the year. I also mostly by local produce which is the weekly delivery of local organic veg that I get in my veg box which is lowering my food mile impact.
Most importantly I try to make do with the things I have already or borrow items if it is for a one off event. When I need something new I only get second hand items and appliances. An example is that my new phone was one that a friend had lying in a drawer so I am glad to be reusing it.
For the 12 months these small life style changes will give a total secondary footprint of 3.53 tonnes which is a 3 tonne reduction and off sets the increase in flights and train travel this year.