Everyone can go online and find a website where you can calculate your carbon footprint.  Most of these sites include the obvious contributors, like how often and far you drive and fly and how much heat and electricity you use.  It is easy to come up with ways to reduce your consumption of these aspects of your life, but you might not consider how much plastic you purchase and use as being part of your carbon footprint.  Remember—plastic is made from oil!  A recent study from the University of California, Santa Barbara conducted the first global assessment of the life cycle of greenhouse gas emissions from all plastics, and determined that emissions from plastics will reach 17% of the global carbon budget by 2050.  So, if you’re feeling good about having made changes to your lifestyle to reduce your standard footprint, now you can add reducing your use of plastics to feel even better. Read more:  https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190415144004.htm

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