Ready to reach the next level of low carbon deliciousness? Here are some resources to help.
Carbon and nutrition
- Database of carbon footprints and protein contents of meat and meat-alternatives. Includes portion sizes and (where available) source location.
- Database of full life cycle carbon footprints of Tesco products.
- Online food diary tool analysing carbon content and nutritional content of your meals.
Packaging and transport
Transportation is a proportionally smaller emitter in the food chain, unless the goods are chilled/frozen and/or air freighted to the UK.
Higher carbon footprints:
- Short-life items such as veggie sausages/burgers which need to be chilled or frozen.
- Flown goods.
Lower carbon footprints:
- Fresh local and seasonal produce.
- Canned goods – industrial scale cooking tends to be more efficient than home cooking and cans are recyclable.
- Dried goods – weigh less so lower transport footprint. However, the packaging is often not recyclable and cooking at home will add extra emissions. Use refill stations or bulk buying for lowest emissions.
- Efficient cooking equipment such as an induction hob.
- LCON and Good Food Oxford Local Food Directory: local producers, shops and veg box schemes.
- Oxford Community Markets: buy direct from local growers and producers.
- SESI Food and Household Refills: food and household product refills.
- There are a number of wholesale ethical food buying groups in Oxford or set up your own with friends and neighbours. Order from coops such as Essential Trading, SUMA, Infinity Foods, or buy smaller quantities direct from OxCoop.
- Hodmedods UK-grown peas, beans and pulses.
- Brand comparison from Ethical Consumer.
- Sustainable fish list from Marine Stewardship Council.
- The Good Food Oxford network includes many sustainable Oxfordshire restaurants.
Eating less or no meat is one of the biggest carbon cutting and healthy lifestyle changes you can make. Fine-tuning your veggie eating will of course make your diet more eco-friendly, but you’ll make a bigger impact but encouraging others to do the same.
If you’d like to speak to a institution or business about sustainable food, try these resources: