As global warming becomes an increasingly urgent issue, many of us are trying to do our bit to save the planet. From eating less meat to adopting eco-friendly transport methods, there are plenty of ways to significantly lower your carbon footprint.

Whilst most consumers have good intentions, however, some are falling prey to unhelpful myths surrounding the impact of certain goods and services. We’ve debunked a few below to help you make informed choices.

<h2>Myth #1: Eat locally-raised beef to save the planet</h2>

Whilst eating locally-raised beef is better than buying meat that has travelled long distances, eating a plant-based diet is a much more effective way of cutting your carbon footprint. Indeed, most emissions released in food production are generated at the growing and processing stages. Beef is one of the most carbon-intensive foods available due to the high amount of plant matter needed to feed a growing cow and due to the fact that cows generate huge amounts of methane.

Fortunately, there are plenty of delicious meals that can be made with only plant-based products. What’s more, if you’re not quite ready to let go of burgers or steak, there are plenty of vegan and vegetarian alternatives that look, taste and feel like the real thing.

<h2>Myth #2: Buying eco-friendly goods is too expensive</h2>

In today’s throw-away society, many of us have become accustomed to purchasing new clothes, accessories, and homeware on a regular basis. Whilst eco-friendly goods may be more expensive than others on the market, they are designed to last longer and encourage you to buy less overall. Try to only buy goods that you need and ensure that the stuff you do invest in is of high quality.

<h2>Myth #3: Use cotton tote bags instead of plastic bags</h2>

Many plastic bag alternatives actually have very high carbon footprints attached to them. Rather than searching for the perfect bag to carry your groceries in, simply use the bags you have to hand and use them until they start to fall apart.

<h2>Myth #4: Solar panels are unreliable and too expensive</h2>

The cost of solar power has plummeted in recent years and is becoming an increasingly feasible option for families around the world. It is also becoming an increasingly reliable source of energy that could end up saving you money in the long term.