Thursday 24 November 2022 01:17 PM Simple supermarket swaps you can make to cut your 'carbon calories' trends now
Whether it's turning off lights when not using them or deciding to walk instead of drive, many of us try to take measures to reduce our carbon footprint.
Now, scientists have revealed the simple supermarket swaps you can make to cut your 'carbon calories'.
Their findings suggest that people looking to go greener should swap feta for mozzarella and make their own burgers instead of buying premade ones.
Scientists have revealed the simple supermarket swaps you can make to cut your 'carbon calories'
Feta (left) requires huge amounts of water to produce, and releases 34kg of CO2/kg during production, according to CarbonCloud. Instead, they suggest that shoppers should consider swapping to mozzarella (right), which produces 9kg of CO2/kg
In the study, researchers from food data firm CarbonCloud were commissioned by natural energy drink TENZING to investigate the carbon footprint of the average shopping basket.
The team studied the production of 30 popular food products, all the way through from farm to supermarket shelf.
Factors considered included the nitrous oxide levels from fields, emissions from fertiliser, emissions from deforestation, energy use at factories, and the productivity of crops.
Based on their analysis, the team was able to estimate the number of kilograms of CO2 produced per kilogram of finished products.
Their findings show that feta and goats cheese both require huge amounts of water to produce, releasing 34kg of CO2/kg and 46kg of CO2/kg respectively during production.
Instead, the experts suggest that shoppers should consider swapping to mozzarella (9kg of CO2/kg) or halloumi (30kg of CO2/kg).
Looking at popular meats, ground beef was found to produce 25 per cent less CO2 than premade burgers, while ham from the deli counter is a greener option than pre-sliced ham.
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