As an experiment, I asked a large group of my friends (thank you, Facebook!) what they do to reduce their carbon footprint. And, not surprisingly, I got a lot of responses--I assume, because people are proud of their green efforts.
"We recycle as much as possible, use reusable grocery bags, try to use more products that are truly 'green,'" one friend commented. Several others remarked that they use rechargeable batteries, buy cloth diapers and breastfeed their babies, compost a majority of their garbage, and drive hybrid cars. One friend goes as far as reducing her family's meat consumption, "given that factory farming is responsible for a large portion of greenhouse gas production in the U.S.," she explained, adding that they also "eat and shop for more eco-friendly food--locally grown, sustainably farmed and organic."