Sustainability Tips From Cassie & Alexa

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Meet Cassie (she/they) & Alexa (she/her): Sustainable-ish living

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First Tip: Do your best and learn as you go! 

 

Food Miles = environmental impact of foods and their ingredients based on how far they have to travel to get to you and the method of transportation.

Check out a food miles calculator here.

Food-Miles and the Relative Climate Impacts of Food Choices in the United States. 

Weber and Matthews (2008) found that U.S. food carbon emissions were from the following sources: 

  • 84% food production
  • 5 % wholesaling and retailing food
  • 11% transporting food

Depending on the food group there is a large range in greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Red meat is around 150% more greenhouse gas intensive than chicken or fish.
  • Shifting less than 1 day per week’s worth of calories from red meat and dairy products to chicken, fish, eggs, or a vegetable-based diet achieves a greater greenhouse gas reduction!

Dietary shifts may be a more effective means of lowering your average household’s food-related climate footprint!

 

Some Ideas for Gardening

 

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Global seed saving missions when vegetables and herbs are going extinct!

 

Composting

You can get compostable bags that you just throw in with it and they break down.

 

The Simplified and Short Science Behind Composting

Microorganisms (bacteria and fungi) digest the materials and help things to decompose. They need 4 things: a source of energy (carbon - brown matter), a source of protein (nitrogen - green matter), oxygen, and moisture. 

**Understand the balance of greens to browns so you don’t end up with mush!**

  • Brown matter (leaves, saw, newspaper, peanut shells) = carbon-rich
  • Green matter (grass, veggie scraps, fruit, coffee grounds, food, garden waste) = nitrogen-rich
  • Ratio 30:1 [Carbon (brown) : Nitrogen (green)] - If the C:N ratio is too high (too much carbon), decomposition slows down. If the C:N ratio is too low (too much nitrogen), it’s going to be super stinky.

You can find out more here.

 

Quick swaps to be more sustainable: 

Sustainable living products that Cassie & Alexa love!

 

Sustainable Companies Cassie & Alexa love:

Food52

Grove Collaborative

Lush Cosmetics 

 

Source: C.L. Weber and H.S. Matthews. Food-Miles and the Relative Climate Impacts of Food Choices in the United States. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2008, 42, 10, 3508–3513