7 easy ways to green your commute

Reduce the carbon footprint of your daily travel

Ditch the car

It might seem drastic, but ditching the car altogether is a viable option for city dwellers who don’t do a lot of driving. Given that the average annual cost of owning a car is greater than $10,000 (according to the Canadian Automobile Association), and each vehicle produces approximately four to five tonnes of emissions per year, there’s a lot of room for “green” savings, in both senses of the word. You can still drive when you need to – car sharing services such as AutoShare, car2go, VRTUCAR and Zipcar are popping up all over Canada. According to AutoShare, members of car sharing organizations reduce their carbon footprint by as much as 1.2 tonnes of carbon dioxide per person each year. You could also switch to an electric scooter (we love Volo Scooters and Amego Electric Vehicles). Bonus—see if your city has EcoCab, a fun, free shuttle service that uses zero-emission state-of-the-art pedal cabs.