It is the end of April and we’re back: Qataris, Americans, Australians, and many Europeans have already consumed what Earth produces in a year.
The planet gave us 12 months to replenish our “survival account” of water, food, air, etc. But we spent it all in just 4 months! And to say that we freaked out when there was an overdraft in August…
Of course, this is all your fault! Of course, you are not exactly sure why.
You work full time (or you are full-time busy looking for a job!) and you are having trouble wrapping up the end of the month. But the banker is banking on you to make up for the overdraft.
And you ask yourself where this TERRAble hole in your bank account even came from. Turn off the lights, save water, walk, recycle… How come we still can’t figure this out?!
Simply look around your supermarket because that is where most of our consumption takes place. For example, in the spices aisle: in bazaars, they are sold loosely, however, in your supermarket, they always have nice packaging of some sort. This needs to stop!
Take this pot of mayonnaise. It’s convenient, it’s all “ready”. Yet, you do not need to be charged for the glass, plastic pot, nor all its additives (sugar, starch, dye, flavors, dextrin, lutein).
One egg yolk, one mustard teaspoon, somme vinegar, salt/pepper, a lot of vegetable oil, and even more elbow grease! It is better to consume immediately. It is less chemical. It avoids plastic packaging, oil, greenhouse gases, water pollution, etc.
So, mayo now consider making your own mayonnaise?
YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL SAVINGS*
When you decide to make your own mayonnaise instead of purchasing a ready-made one, you are helping to save approximately:
- 5.8 gal. / 22 liters of water (growing of canola and mustard plants, petrol extraction),
- 13.5 fl oz / 400 ml of petroleum oil (packing and transportation),
- 88 kW of power (manufacturing operations and packaging),
- 16.9 oz / 480 g CO2 equivalent (electricity production, petrol extraction, and transportation),
- 1851 ft² / 172 m² of ecological footprint (virtual forest required to absorb CO2 emissions)
- 2.8 oz / 80 g of plastic waste (empty tube),
- 2 to 4 euros/USD
These values are calculated according to a plastic tube containing 415 g of mayonnaise.
Attention: Homemade mayonnaise must be consumed in a maximum of 2 or 3 days!
(*) These data are statistically estimated for personal use only. Any use for scientific, business or legal purposes is strongly discouraged.