Lose 10lbs of carbon each week!
What you eat matters. Did you know that meat, especially red meat has a pretty big carbon foot print? Reducing the amount of meat and cheeses you eat can create a big impact over time. Plus it has been shown to be good for your health.
- Meals without meat don’t have to be boring or unsatisfying. Check out meatlessmondays.com every week for inspiring and healthy new recipes, The Terrapass Footprint’s recipe archive, or these vegetarian recipes, provided by MOM’s Organic market.
- Plan the week’s meals out on Sundays, and start each week off right with a nutritious meatless dinner on Monday nights. It’s often much easier to eat vegetarian at home than going out for meals, so your meatless Mondays would be a good time to spend time with family, or invite some friends over to try out your newest dish.
- Not everyone loves the taste of tofu, but lentils, Greek yogurt, and almonds are also good vegetarian sources of protein that will leave you feeling satisfied.
- Lamb has the highest carbon footprint per pound of any meat, 50% more than beef. You can reduce your carbon footprint by choosing only grass-fed lamb, or cutting lamb out of your diet completely.
- Most traditional Indian dishes are vegetarian but still full of flavor. Here’s a fast and easy chick pea and cauliflower curry recipe.
The EWG conducted a very complete life cycle analysis of the impacts of meat and we used their calculations to inform this challenge:
Save 2.27 kg/day * 2.2 = 5lbs/day Meatless 2xweek for 12 weeks = reduction of 120lbs
weighted average of 1 kg of meat = 15.34 CO2e; weighted average of 1 kg of vegetable protein = 2.14 CO2e. Average daily meat consumption of 6.4 ounces (USDA 2011) is replaced by a vegetarian meal with equivalent protein content. 2.80 kg CO2e- .53 kg CO2 e = 2.27 CO2e saved per day. 2.27*52 = 118 kg (.118 metric tons) CO2e saved per person for going meatless one day week.