Six Products, Six Carbon Footprints (WSJ)

I found this article very interesting. The Wall Street Journal has broken down some of our everyday consumer goods and reported the carbon footprint. What is a carbon footprint? It is the amount of carbon that a product produces while it is being produced, manufactured and delivered. Basically the amount of carbon it takes from raw goods to the point where you are consuming it.

First product up, obviously the car. The average car spits out 1 pound of carbon for each mile it drives.

Second, shoes. The biggest culprit here is the leather. Timberland has published their carbon footprint for most of their shoes. They range from 22 pounds to 220 pounds per pair. That’s a lot for some foot comfort.

Third, laundry detergent. It’s not the actual load of laundry that is at play here. It’s the detergent itself. The article states to use liquid detergent as opposed to powdered or even worse, pellets. Liquid uses much less energy to produce.

I’ll let you read the rest of the article.

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