1. Think about your food before it reaches your table. 45% of the carbon emissions from food comes from production (on the farm), 28% in food processing, 7% in packaging and 19% from transport. Home grown has the lowest carbon footprint!
  2. Learn how to cook a new vegetarian or vegan meal each week. Why? Switching to plant based protein is better for your health and carbon budget. 1kg of beef or lamb releases 19kg CO2e (cows and sheep burp methane); chicken releases 4.5kg CO2e; beans only 2kg CO2e; and lentils a tiny 0.9 kg CO2e.
  3. Cut back on cheese and dairy products. Cows burp methane, a very strong greenhouse gas. Eat more plant based alternatives like oat or soya “milk”, hummus, olives, nuts and seeds.
  4. Stick to tap water. Bottled water comes with a 320g per litre carbon footprint, whereas tap water is a mere 0.24g CO2e per litre. If you don’t like the taste of your home tap water you can install an under the sink water filter, or pick up a filter jug.