We save 37,500 litres of water every Meat Free Monday!
What Meat Free Monday?
Meat Free Monday is a movement started in 2009 by Paul, Mary, and Stella McCartney.The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the detrimental environmental impact of eating meat, and to encourage people to help slow climate change, conserve precious natural resources and improve their health by having at least one meat free day each week.
Animal agriculture facts
- Global animal agriculture water consumption ranges from 34-76 trillion gallons annually.
- Most of the water humans consume is not from homes or day to day use. In fact, only 5% of water consumed in the US is by private homes. However, approximately 55% of water consumed is for animal agriculture. Animal agriculture uses 20%-33% of all fresh water consumption in the world today.
- Animal agriculture makes up 18% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, which is more than all of the emissions caused by all types of transportation combined.
Moreover, water contamination is also a huge problem caused by livestock. A lot of water from industrial waste goes back into usage without full, correct treatment. That water is then used for agriculture. More damagingly, manure contains nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous, which in overabundance of causes water pollution and can cause algae blooms, which can harm or even kill marine life. The cycle then repeats itself.
Agriculture takes up 70% of the earth’s fresh water resources, which is dominated through the rearing of livestock. Based on several studies, producing 1 kg of rice takes approximately 3,500 liters of water while 1 kg of beef requires about 15,000 liters!
What are we doing about it?
There are many more disturbing statistics like the ones above and that is why, at Life Solutions, we have committed to reducing our meat consumption with Meatless Mondays. Every Monday, our in-house cook provides freshly cooked vegetarian and sometimes vegan dishes that are not only delicious but environmentally friendly.
Our cook estimates that she would normally purchase 2.5 kgs of meat when she visits the fresh markets each morning for ingredients to cater for our office of over 20 people. Therefore, according to the above statistics, by removing meat from our lives every Monday – for just one day of the week, we are saving up to 37,500 liters of water, every Monday, every week. Life Solutions saves nearly 2 million liters of water every year!
We care for our planet and our team’s health, so we have taken these steps to reduce our meat consumption, thereby decreasing our water waste as well as our energy and resources consumption. This one of the ways that Life Solutions lives our mission of inspiring China’s transition to clean and healthy drinking water through outstanding customer service and environmentally friendly solutions.
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