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Gardening or driving a Tesla, which has a lower carbon footprint?

Are you aware of the term carbon footprint? Your carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) released into the atmosphere as a result of activities performed by us.


Tesla has been shown to significantly reduce our carbon footprint compared to other petrol cars but does gardening or plant ownership reduce it just as much, or even more?


Carbon emissions contribute to climate changes that lead to issues like unstable agriculture and serious consequences for humans and their environment. Let's take a look at how owning plants could seriously benefit our planet for the future. 

The Carbon Footprint of Driving a Tesla

There is a good chance that driving a Tesla may prove easy on the pocket than a petrol-powered car in the long run, but how environment-friendly is it is the matter of exploration.


Undoubtedly, cars manufactured in the Tesla units differ from a standard vehicle in so many ways but saying they are unconditionally environment-friendly would be an injustice.


According to an article published in Dailymail although electric Teslas are being marketed as the world’s most environment-friendly vehicles, they may be no greener than diesel and petrol cars. One of the reasons they give for this are that the energy used to manufacture Teslas and generate electricity for them is equivalent to an ordinary car. Moreover, these cars are charged with power station energy and that certainly release some amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.


It simply means every time you drive your Tesla, you release some amount of CO2 for sure. According to new research, conducted by a team at Engaged Tracking, even Tesla’s most luxury car Model S has the same emissions as an ordinary petrol car i.e. around 1.5 tons of CO2 annually. Now you can imagine the carbon footprint for an average user driving a Tesla.

After having a look at these researches and studies, you could say that though Tesla is leading the transition to a sustainable future yet it doesn’t make it an entirely eco-friendly investment.


The Carbon Footprint of Gardening

Growing a garden isn’t only good for you but also for the environment as it helps in reducing the carbon footprint. We all know that plants and trees absorb carbon dioxide, but do you know when you grow them into your garden you help the environment in various ways? Let’s find out how!


You will be surprised to know that for the average Australian, around 8% of their carbon footprint comes from food. And of that large percentage, only food transportation has a big share. When you grow vegetables and fruits in your backyard, you cut down this percentage to a great extent.


Besides this, when you use compost instead of synthetic fertilizers in your garden, it reduces carbon footprint. Don’t forget that fertilizers need energy to be produced and transported.


How much CO2 plants consume depends on the plant itself and the environment they are growing in. According to the research of NC State University, an average tree can soak up around 48 pounds of CO2 by the year and seize about 1 ton of CO2 by the time it reaches to 40 years old. It means even if you plant 10 to 20 trees in your garden, you can minimize a big percentage of carbon footprint. Even if you drive a Tesla car throughout your life, you won’t be able to help the environment that much.Safe to say if you want to help the enviroment its much cheaper and conclusive of a better outcome to enjoy a garden. 

 

www.plantstoday.com.au




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