Around 80% of our carbon footprint in Scotland comes from consumption: from all the goods, materials and services which we produce, use and in the case of products, often throw out after just one use.
In other words, our consumption habits (more so in the world’s richest nations) are the biggest contributor to climate change.
Every purchase we make, be that a new laptop, lamp or loofah, we are heating the planet and using up its scarce resources. Our new responsible consumption campaign has been launched to show how climate change is linked to what we buy because there is a carbon cost to everything we consume. Our research showed that only one-fifth of Scots are fully aware of the negative environmental impacts of our consumption of new products.
Zero Waste Scotland have produced a suite of resources to promote our campaign with a clear message: Everything we buy has a carbon cost.
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