HOT WEATHER – Stay hydrated, have fun, be green: all three at the same time, it’s possible. Of course, water is the best student of green drinks. So don’t hesitate to drink regularly as the heat wave hits France this Wednesday August 10th and puts our bodies to the test.
But maybe now you are at the edge of a swimming pool, wondering what your snack or appetizer will be made of and you tell yourself that a richer drink would be a good idea… Before ordering, The HuffPost gives you the map of the worst consumers on the planet and has discovered a homemade recipe to improve the taste of water.
Alcohol is not green at all…
Now you can forget about alcohol. For health reasons, alcohol should be consumed in moderation, and it does not hydrate in times of high heat. And for the health of the planet, we cannot say that alcohol is virtuous. But if you have to choose, 1 liter of beer produces 1.5 kg of CO2 compared to 6 kg of CO2 from wine or whiskey, according to figures from a Danish study published in 2010. So beer, per liter, has a climate footprint 4 times lower than that of wine and strong alcohols.
What is expensive in the carbon footprint of wine and these alcohols is transport. Many are imported. But also the packaging. While glass is well recycled, the glass used in alcohol bottles is very thick and heavy, which emits a lot of CO2 during its manufacture. To be more ecological, you can buy your alcohol in Cubi of several liters. This carton pack is lighter than traditional glass bottles and can be stored for several weeks in the refrigerator.
Nor should we forget the astronomical amount of water required for the production of alcohol. According to the organization Water Footprint Network, a single glass of wine requires the use of 109 L of water. As for beer, with half a pint you consume… 75 L of water. This water called ” Virtual “ is linked to the production of alcohol (irrigation of the vines, pressing and fermentation of the grapes, brewing, etc.).
Coffee and tea imported from the other side of the world
We think about it less in summer, but the French continue to consume a lot of coffee. So it’s not terrible there… Between deforestation and importation from the tropical regions where it is grown, coffee has a heavy environmental baggage.
The tea is not much better… It is also mainly imported from India and China. In addition, a survey in the magazine 60 million consumers published in February 2022 reveals that our tea bags and herbal teas are regularly sprayed with insecticides to increase yields. But not all teas are the same, the worst students are green teas and glyphosate (a highly criticized pesticide whose European authorization expires on December 15, 2022, editor’s note), has been found in some black and green tea bags. Only organic infusions are guaranteed “zero pesticides”says the study.
Water-intensive soft drinks
Also avoid sodas. These drinks are very water intensive: 1 L of soda requires an average of 5 L of water to make. Several journalistic investigations show that the factories of the Coca company dry out the poor countries where they are installed. Director Julie Delettre recounts in a film dating from 2016 the depletion of water resources in the Chiapas region of Mexico: “They have received authorization from the National Water Commission to pump 500 million liters of water a year! This dries up the surrounding villages, those that are connected to the network no longer have anything in the tap and those that lived off the water from the wells see them becoming more and more empty”complaint to the Public Senate.
For juices, it’s all about the fruit…
No alcohol, no coffee, no soft drinks, so what are we drinking? Very fresh juices and smoothies, but not with just any fruit… You should know that fruits and vegetables account for 44% of air traffic food products. The most imported fruits are bananas and citrus, followed by melons and strawberries. So we avoid these fruits that have traveled and prefer local and seasonal ones.
In summer, you can for example prepare a smoothie with apples, pears, with some strawberries if they grow near you. The same goes for homemade lemonade, if you live in a region of the Mediterranean basin where lemon trees do well in gardens. Also favor organic fruits and vegetables, to promote more sustainable agriculture and limit pesticide residues on your fruits. Drinks made from local, seasonal fruit, preferably organic, are quite eco-friendly, but there are still better ones for the planet.
Homemade infusions: THE organic recipe
Here is the simplest, cheapest and most ecological trick to pamper the taste of water: add fruit to the bottom of your pitcher. Put some carrot strips and apple slices with a little mint in a bottle, pour water and cool. An hour or two later: Your water has flavor. And the recipe, tested by The HuffPost, even works with a simple slice of cucumber. For the planet, the best recipes are often the little home hacks!
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