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A New Year and a New Word


We love learning a new word.


Climatarian


We first heard this word during Cop26 - how long ago does that seem now!

There were probably more important things to remember, but we rather like this new word.



Climatarianism is a new way to eat if you are not ready to go vegetarian, or vegan, but still want, whenever possible, to choose the low carbon option.



Of course, it is also a healthy way to eat and is kind to nature.


What we really like about this way of eating is that you can take one step at a time and gradually build up your carbon savings. It's also not as rigid as some diets so you don't need to feel you are missing out, or that you have failed if you pop the wrong thing into your mouth.


Why not start now?


Choose just one of these suggestions and you are on your way.

  • eat less meat

  • eat only a moderate amount of sustainable fish

  • choose seasonal food

  • avoid air flown food

  • grow your own

  • avoid heated greenhouse grown food

  • avoid highly packaged food

  • eat out only in moderation

  • drink draught or local beer*

* thus helping to avoid the estimated 700,000 tonnes of beer bottle waste


Which reminds us of another interesting fact we came across recently.


We had assumed that it would always be best for the climate to avoid wine - which we buy occasionally! - that has come from the other side of the world. But no!


Here's the good news. Wine imported from Australia and California is generally transported by ship - always good as a container ship emits just 0.02kg of CO2 per kilometre travelled, compared by 0.028 for rail, 0.45 for a diesel HGV truck and a shocking 1.232 for air freight (62 times as much) - and, not only that, 80% of

it is transported in bulk (in effect huge balloons) to be bottled here in the UK.


Sorry to be giving you all these stats, but we think they are meaningful.



A standard shipping container holds 12-13,000 bottles of wine, packed in cardboard boxes on pallets. But these bulk carriers contain the equivalent of up to 32,000 bottles of wine in the same space. That's 2.5 times as much wine per trip, so you can easily imagine the savings in transport costs and carbon emissions.


So our other message to you today is to look at the wine label. Was it bottled in the UK? Excellent, you may put it in your basket or trolley with a clear conscience.



And back to where we started today, if you want to find out more about climatarianism, we thoroughly recommend you head over to


https://climatarian.com/


There's lot of fascinating information there.


Perhaps you would like to pour yourself a glass of wine while you read? Cheers :)

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