5 simple (and wallet-friendly) ways to reduce your carbon footprint in 2021.

2020 was a shocking year that will live in infamy! However, 2021 is here and, if you haven't already, it's time to set goals and make New Year's resolutions.

The global covid pandemic dominated headlines in 2020 for obvious reasons. Other worrying news stories relating to climate change have taken a backseat but we must not forget that the global climate crisis continues to march on at an unprecedented pace. According to NASA, 2020 was the warmest year on record, leading to rising sea levels, droughts and we even saw a plague of locusts in East Africa!

Against such an onslaught of negative news, we as individual consumers can sometimes feel helpless to make an impact. However, it has never been easier for us to make smart choices to minimise our impact on the environment. There are big changes like switching to electric cars or even switching to cycling. For must of us, those options are either impractical or way out of our budgets to even consider. I recently saw a "special offer" to contract lease an electric car from a Swedish manufacturer for just £799 per month. Ermmm, perhaps not!

This article will introduce 5 easy and wallet-friendly ways to make a big difference to your carbon footprint in 2021.

The first thing I would encourage everyone to do is to calculate your carbon footprint. Head to the WWF website and take their short questionnaire to give you your annual carbon footprint. You don't need that information, but I think it's nice to know and it can give you some immediate pointers on where most of your carbon emissions stem from.

OK, so how do you reduce your carbon footprint?

1. Plant trees for free by downloading Treeapp.

The simplest way to offset your carbon emissions is by planting trees! There are often community initiatives where you can actually go and physically plant trees, which is a really fun activity to do with kids or to encourage your school/university/business to take part in.

A much simpler way of planting trees from the comfort of your own sofa, is to download Treeapp. It's available on the Apple and Android stores and is completely free. You can plant a tree every day in locations across the world as part of the Eden reforestation projects.

Every day is sponsored by an environmentally friendly business. In order to plant a tree for free, you just need to answer 2 or 3