Your carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions that are generated by your actions on an annual basis. Greenhouse gases are produced as a by-product by many processes that we rely on daily – from driving a car to creating cement that is used for buildings.
The average global carbon footprint per person is roughly 4 tonnes annually.
However, the average footprint for a person living in a developed country, including the UK and US, is closer to 16 tonnes per year – the equivalent of burning 37 barrels of oil!
This number might seem crazy, but it all comes down to what we use and where we source our products – this includes animal meat and dairy, burning petrol when driving and flying, and buying the latest smartphone manufactured in China. All our actions have a carbon footprint attached.
There are many reasons why people are looking at plant-based products right now.
It could be that you’ve set yourself a 2021 target to cut down on your meat consumption. Or the growing public support in the fight against battery farming and other intensive farming methods leading you to consider what other options are out there. Or maybe you’ve just been swept up in the Veganuary promotions and figure “why not”!
Whatever the reason, the common question we hear all too often is – where do I start?
To help you on this journey, here are 5 simple products swaps to help you as you explore the best that a vegan lifestyle has to offer.