Scientists reveal the carbon footprint of your sandwich

January 29, 2018 by  
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Researchers at the University of Manchester have the distinguished honor of having conducted the first-ever study of the carbon footprint of sandwiches. The research team analyzed the emissions impact of 40 different kinds of sandwiches, taking into account the entire life-cycle of everyone’s favorite quick lunch. Production of ingredients, food waste , packaging, and refrigeration were all in the mix to determine the true cost. According to their analysis, the “all-day” pre-made, store-bought breakfast sandwich, loaded with emissions-intensive pork, eggs, and cheese , is the least environmentally friendly sandwich option. Scientists found that sandwiches containing pork, cheese, or prawns/shrimp had generally higher carbon footprints. However, the study also showed that a home-made ham and cheese sandwich had the lowest carbon footprint of sandwiches studied. Making your own sandwich rather ordering out was shown to have reduced that sandwich’s carbon emissions by half. The refrigeration required for store-bought sandwiches accounts for about a quarter of their emissions cost. Packaging is up to 8.5% of emissions, while transporting refrigerated ingredients and materials accounts for 4%. Related: White Castle goes vegan… for the buns on all its tiny sandwiches This University of Manchester study is of particular interest to the British people , who consume more than 11.5 billion sandwiches each year. “Given that sandwiches are a staple of the British diet as well as their significant market share in the food sector, it is important to understand the contribution from this sector to the emissions of greenhouse gases,” study co-author Adisa Azapagic told the Guardian . “For example, consuming 11.5bn sandwiches annually in the UK generates, on average, 9.5m tonnes of CO2, equivalent to the annual use of 8.6m cars.” The worst offending all-day breakfast sandwich alone generates the emissions equivalent of a car driving twelve miles. Researchers recommend that ingredients with high-carbon footprints, such as meat, cheese, lettuce, and tomato, be limited or removed when making a sandwich. A less meat-and-cheese intensive sandwich also would be a healthier choice for personal health. Via The Guardian Images via Depositphotos (1)

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MUMA’s Ultra-modern Whitworth Gallery redesign breathes new life into old architecture

February 9, 2015 by  
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Residents Evacuated as Hurricane Force Storm Rips Through the UK

February 14, 2014 by  
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Overturned trucks, uprooted trees, and torrential flooding are just some of the unfamiliar sights that greeted residents in the city of Manchester when unprecedented storms thrashed the UK. One estate was left in shambles when the fronts of three houses were ripped off and thrown across cars parked outside. An elderly couple trapped inside at the time narrowly escaped with their lives, and others are reeling as hurricane force winds have left a trail of destruction in parts of the country. Read the rest of Residents Evacuated as Hurricane Force Storm Rips Through the UK Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bad weather UK , Beech Grove storm damage , houses torn in half by wind , hurricane-level storms in the UK , Manchester storms , storm damage in Manchester , storm evacuation in the UK , UK flooding , UK storms , UK storms 2014        

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Most ‘Outstanding’ BREEAM One Angel Square Officially Opens in Manchester

November 21, 2013 by  
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The Shipping Container News: Boxes Turned Into a Playground in Manchester, Popup Stores in Toronto

August 15, 2011 by  
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Images credit BDP architects Proof that big boys can still have fun playing with boxes; BDP , the second biggest architectural firm in the UK has built a temporary installation of “music boxes” for the Manchester International Festival. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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How To Build a Container Garden (Slideshow)

August 15, 2011 by  
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Photo Credit: KC Kellner , Flickr Creative Commons Attribution License Container gardening truly marries the beautiful with the practical. You can personalize your garden, simply by picking or making unique containers. How you place those containers allows you to maximize your planting space, take advantage of bright, sunny areas, and change the look of your garden whenever you want. It’s no wonder container gardening is so popular. If you’re just getting started in contain… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Double Impact: Why Reusable Containers Are Better Than Disposable

August 15, 2011 by  
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Last week, we asked you to join in the Giveaway 4 Good and vote on a new Double Impact challenge by telling us how you prefer to eliminate toxins from your home. The votes are in and the majority of readers selected using reusable containers instead of individually-wrapped, disposable containers. Here’s why The Smart Mama suggested that as an option for this poll. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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"People Are Annoying": the Secret Key to Facing Peak Oil? (Video)

August 15, 2011 by  
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Image credit: miguelb , used under Creative Commons license. From disasterbation and doom mongering to unbridled optimism or naivety , there are many possible emotional responses to the environmental, economic and social challenges we face. Psychologist Kathy McMahon has spent a lot of time looking into the way people respond to the idea that… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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