Eat Carbon Neutral With UCapture
Guest piece by Mara Soo from UCapture
The eating habits of millions around the world are changing as we find ourselves suddenly eating every meal at home. Restaurants are pick-up or delivery only, or are closed entirely. Grocery shopping now involves masks, gloves, sanitizer and silently thinking to yourself, “Hiss, stay away from me!” every time you pass a fellow shopper. Even farmer’s markets and community gardens are off limits.
What does this mean for the eco conscious consumer? This opens a new world of decision-making, especially when it comes to how and where we get our food. Reducing our environmental impact starts with looking at the carbon footprint of the things we eat.
The carbon footprint of your diet is a measurement of the greenhouse gases emitted as a result of the production, processing, transportation, storage, preparation and disposal of the foods you eat. These greenhouse gases are what cause climate change. According to the University of Michigan, food typically accounts for 10 - 30% of a household’s total carbon footprint. Eating isn’t optional, so how can we improve the carbon footprint of our diets?
How Do You Reduce Your Carbon Footprint?
You can reduce the carbon footprint of your diet by choosing lower-carbon foods, like replacing beef and dairy with plant-based products. In the average diet, beef and dairy alone make up almost 80% of the carbon footprint. There is, however, no way to completely eliminate the carbon footprint of your diet by making more environmentally friendly food choices. If you’re eating food, you still have a carbon footprint.
This is why carbon offsets are a necessary part of living carbon neutral, or having a net zero carbon footprint. A carbon offset is a reduction in emissions of greenhouse gases made in order to compensate for emissions made elsewhere. Common forms of carbon offsetting are reforestation, renewable energy, and methane capture projects. Purchasing carbon offsets makes it possible for anyone to neutralize their carbon footprint, but one challenge remains: carbon offsets aren’t free!
UCapture's Mission: Carbon Neutrality
UCapture addresses this challenge. UCapture’s free browser extension gets 25,000+ stores to fund carbon offset projects, at no extra cost, when you shop online. Once you’ve installed UCapture on Chrome, Firefox or Edge, their partner stores will automatically fund the carbon offset project of your choice, at no extra cost. It doesn’t collect your personal data, but it does save you money by automatically applying coupon codes!
Visit ucapture.com/SOKTI and add UCapture to join the SOKTI community in combating climate change. Then, you’ll be saving money and saving the planet when you shop online, including when you order groceries and meals. Visit UCapture’s Food & Drink category to find environmentally friendly grocery and meal options for pick-up or delivery.
Thank you for joining us in the fight against climate change!
For more ways to reduce your footprint and to fight your Eco-Anxiety, find Jenessa Stark's article here: https://www.sokti.com/post/positive-news-eco-anxiety
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