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Say boo to moo

Soy latte18% of the world’s carbon dioxide is produced by cows. That’s more than cars, planes, and all other forms of transportation combined.

We’ve suggested before to eat less meat. Cutting out milk and cheese is a great next step towards reducing your carbon footprint.

The folks at AlterNet have compiled a great list of reasons (environmental and otherwise) to say boo to moo.

I can hear our French readers now, “La monde sans fromage? Quelle horreur!” And, certainly, our American readers are wondering how they’re going to manage without that bowl of Cheerios in the morning. It takes some getting used to, but soy and rice milk both make nice alternatives to cow juice for cereal. Soy cheese, yogurt, sour cream, and ice cream are pretty good as well. Especially the ice cream. Mmm, ice cream.

It’s important to note that soy is not a panacea. Do your homework to know which brands are environmentally responsible in the way they source their beans.

Like most things, cutting back is better than doing nothing. If nothing else, next time you’re at Starbucks, make it a soy latte.

Photo from Veggie Terrain

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Posted on October 3rd, 2009 in Water | 4 Comments »

Bottle your own water

Chris Jordan's image of water bottlesWhy not? It’s usually just tap water, anyway.

Bottled water sucks. It’s expensive, the bottles contribute to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and, seriously, it’s usually just filtered tap water.

Wrap your head around these statistics:

  • manufacturing and transporting that 1-kg bottle uses 6.74 kg of water
  • bottled water costs roughly 2,000 times more than tap water
  • 26,000,000,000 bottles of water are sold in the North America each year
  • 26,000,000,000 plastic bottles mean that it took 17,000,000 barrels of oil to produce, enough to power 100,000 automobiles for a year
  • 26,000,000,000 also means that at least 2,550,000 tons of carbon dioxide were emitted

By her own estimates, 1,456 of those bottles are consumed by Jennifer Aniston alone.

By the way, reusing the bottles probably ain’t the greatest idea, either.

So, get a (safely) reusable bottle and bottle that water yourself!

Photo credit: Chris Jordan

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Posted on August 18th, 2009 in Water | 1 Comment »