The majority of the environmental impact of wine is in the bottle and the growing, where you get it from pales into insignificance. Consider buying wine in a box which you can then recycle or even better go to the local independent brewer and have a pint of their finest cask ale instead. If you do buy a bottle, please recycle it otherwise it will just sit in landfill forever, recycle the lid too, preferable not still on the bottle but don’t worry about the metal collar your recycler has a method to sort that too.
1 box wine = c. 400g CO2e
1 bottle = up to c. 1500g CO2e
Because beer is heavy, the transportation of it is significant in its carbon foot print.
Local brewed cask ale in the pub = c. 300g CO2e.
Local bottled beer or pint of foreign beer in a pub = c. 500g CO2e.
Bottled imported beer c. 900g CO2e.
So treat dad to a locally brewed pint down the pub.
A posted card has a carbon footprint of c. 18.5g CO2e, to reduce this you could buy a card that is made of recycled card and hand made locally, make your own card or send an e-card. Please don’t throw cards into your landfill bin. Card does rot, but releases methane while it does so, which is a much worse greenhouse gas than CO₂
Buy locally made, not tat that will end up in landfill, make your own present, treat to an experience or cook or go out for dinner (see below). Think that anything you buy has probably gone through a long energy and resource intensive process that has possibly used child or exploited labour, created pollution and emitted greenhouse gases.
A 50g bar of chocolate has a carbon footprint of c.169g CO2e and growing cacao is responsible for a lot of deforestation globally. If you don’t buy it, you don’t eat it and you don’t put the weight on. If you do buy it make sure it is Fairtrade or Rainforest Alliance accredited.
Going out for a meal
The impact of a meal can vary hugely. Vegan has less environmental impact than vegetarian which has less environmental impact than meat. Meat itself varies hugely, chicken is much better than pork, which is better than beef, which is marginally better than lamb.
A restaurant that sources its food locally and seasonally has less of an environmental impact than one selling prepacked processed meals.
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