Healthy Eating - Helping The Environment

July 27, 2018

It is an obvious concept, that eating healthily will help your own personal wellbeing – but what many aren’t aware of is how much making a conscious decision to eat healthily can help reduce your carbon footprint and help the environment. Recently ‘WeWork’, a business in the US with over 6,000 employees announced the entire company was going meat-free with immediate effect. This was aimed to tie the actions of the brand in with its community message, but mainly to ‘improve the environment’.

 

WeWork estimated that their employees would be healthier for not having meat with every single meal – and therefore told their staff that ‘the company will no longer serve meat at employee events or reimburse (staff) for meals that include red meat, poultry and pork’. Furthermore, their research has suggested that by ensuring they do endorse meat at events or on site, that they can save ‘an estimated 16.7 billion gallons of water, 445.1 million pounds (201.9 million kg) of CO2 emissions, and over 15 million animals by 2023’ by eliminating meat at their events.

 

Although at Healthy Nibbles, we do not endorse any particular diet – as everyone’s body is different, and everyone’s nutritional views are valid and varied, there is arguably some logic in reducing the amount of meat in our diets. Trends like ‘#MeatFreeMonday’ have grown exponentially in recent years as research has suggested that just cutting down marginally on meat is good for your body and the environment. Eating fruit and vegetables can improve digestion by increasing dietary fibre, whilst reducing meat consumption can help lower cholesterol. Furthermore, simply eating less meat means less of the worlds natural resources have to be used on farming.

 

Away from just reducing meat consumption, eating home cooked meals and actively avoiding food sources with copious plastic packaging can massively reduce your carbon footprint. Likewise, ready-meals tend to not only use large amounts of plastic, but are famously high in fat, sugar, and salt. There are arguments on either side regarding meat and the environment – many have said that WeWork’s proposal is progressive and shows the company believes passionately in reducing the impact of climate change. Others have said that the policy is ‘cutting back on employee benefit’ and that employees should be allowed to choose a diet that fits them.

 

At Healthy Nibbles, we offer products to suit every diet whether it be; vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, paleo or keto. That being said, we are highly sustainable and go about being environmentally friendly in a number of ways. Our vending machines offer best in class Energy Efficiency (EVA EMP A++) and are 78% recyclable at end of life, whilst we offer an array of completely carbon neutral products, we work with ClimatePartner to offer neutral print and collateral, whilst we ensure none of our products contain unethically produced substances such as palm oil.

 

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