March 22 2021

SU-EATABLE LIFE - Newsletter 5

Discover the SU-EATABLE LIFE sustainable cookbook.

On World Water Day, SU-EATABLE LIFE presents its sustainable cookbook: lots of recipes, ideas and tips to reduce carbon and water footprint through our eating choices.

Daily, we eat more water than we drink.

This is the hidden water used to produce the food we eat and which, by changing our food habits, we could save. Not all foods, in fact, have the same water footprint. A few examples? The water needed to produce one kg of vegetables is 336 litres, about 4,615 litres are used for one kg of legumes, 6,299 for one kg of pork and even 15,139 litres for one kg of beef.
In just one day, adopting a sustainable diet rather than a non-sustainable one, you could save up to 4,000 litres of water, equivalent to 80 washing machines fully loaded or 33 showers of 10 minutes each.
But what does it mean to eat in a healthy and sustainable way? The SU-EATABLE LIFE sustainable cookbook guides us in choosing and preparing a variety of tasty dishes, rich in nutritional properties, sometimes curious and particular, and with a small impact on the environment (carbon and water footprint). Try them all, selecting them based on their seasonality.

Togheter we can make a big impact!
It starts from you and your daily choices.

Go to the cookbook
Here are three tips to help you reduce your water footprint through your diet, without giving up the pleasure of food.
  1. Drink more water, but eat less of it! Animal products generally have a much larger impact on water resources than vegetable products. Red meat, in particular, is the most water-intensive food. On average, the water needed to produce 1 kg of beef is four times larger than for poultry, more than six times larger than for fish, nine times larger than for cereals and forty-five times larger than for vegetables. Adopting a sustainable diet rich in veg, fruit, pulses and whole grains permits to save up to 2,000 litres of water per meal compared to a meat-based daily menu.
  2. Reduce food waste. Do not forget that every time you throw away food, you are also wasting lots of water. by wasting less, we could help improve food security and ease the pressure on natural resources, such as water, which have been used to produce food.
  3. Drink tap water. Drink out of a reusable bottle that you can fill up at home or on the go. You can save the water that goes into producing bottled water, and at the same time use less plastic. For each 1.5-litre bottle of water we purchase, we consume an additional 1.9 litres of water used for bottling operations, industrial processes, packaging and transport.
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