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I have been rescued by a calculator. Seriously!

I’ll be honest, I was feeling rather overwhelmed by the resolution I had set myself. Where do I start? There are so many changes I need to make! There is so much information I want NOW! There are so many contradictions and green washing is rampant!

But luckily, my sanity has been saved. By an online calculator! An ecological footprint calculator to be precise. I have found the process of calculating my ecological footprint extremely helpful.

As revealed previously, I found that my ecological footprint can be broken down into the following areas, from greatest impact to least:

1. Food
2. Goods (i.e 'stuff' like clothing and appliances)
3. Services (gas, electricity and water)
4. Shelter (house)
5. Transport (car and petrol)

Now I know where to start…I’ll start with those areas of my lifestyle that have the greatest impact. So i’ll start by focusing on food and then work my way through the rest. Obviously I wont restrict myself to my focus area, but I guess it will be my 'main' focus (thats if i can stay focused!).

Now that I have a focus I am enjoying my journey much more. As I keep reminding myself, there is nothing wrong with taking it 'little eco footstep by little eco footstep'.

There is so much great information out there regarding eating sustainably which makes my task much easier. I have been particularly inspired recently by Simple - Green - Frugal.

Have you calculated your ecological footprint? What factors contribute greatest to your footprint? The online ecological footprint calculators are very quick and easy and each take less than 5-10 minutes. Visit these earlier posts for more information and a list of links to Australian Ecological Footprint calculators. Those of you from the United states can find a great calculator here. It is important that you use a 'local' calculator as environmental impacts vary from country to country due to varying conditions like electricity supplies, water supply and agricultural practices