Homemade yogurts: Such an udderly good idea!

It is the middle of the night and you’re hungry. Diet or not, you need to eat something, so what about a yogurt? You probably think that it is as much smooth as it’s healthy but it actually doesn’t swirl so easily.

Here is the scoop: yogurt is not really good for your health and the planet. First, its ingredients travel all over the world. Milk can be produced by dairy cows in Brazil or Pakistan and their breeding involves heavy pollution of the air and water. Strawberries might have been grown in China and coconut in the Caribbean or Brazil.

Moreover, the production of your yogurt requires a lot of oil, electricity and greenhouse gases. And, of course, the plastic yogurt pot is itself a derivative of oil. Such a culture pearl!

No need to speak Greek: it is time to make your own yogurts! You don’t even need to spend money on fancy incubating equipment: the recipe only requires some whole milk and one organic yogurt!

A trick shared by Gilles

YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL SAVINGS*

Every week you make your own 6 yogurt pots, you save around:

  • 186 gallons / 705 liters of water (fruit growing, raising of cows, and pollution by oil extraction)
  • 14.8 fl. oz / 439 ml of oil (transportation and packaging)
  • 2.26 kW of power (manufacturing)
  • 3.3 lbs. / 1.5 kg of CO2 equivalent (oil extraction, power production, and transportation)
  • 47 ft2 / 5.2 m2 ecological footprint (virtual forest required to absorb CO2 emissions)
  • 4 to 8 US Dollars / 1.20 to 2.80 euros

Your dairy product may not have also mentioned that some yogurts are sometimes a mixture of so many processed ingredients that you do not really know what’s inside. Enjoy your nice reconstituted milkshake, or maybe not!

(*) These data are statistically estimated for personal use only. Any use for scientific, business or legal purposes is strongly discouraged.

 

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