A minor diversion on this auspicious day. As the years go by I become more concerned about sustainability and my ‘footprint’ in various forms – and I know others have mentioned it - so I thought it may be useful to have a thread for thoughts, tips etc.
I shall use the medium of my morning coffee as an example of the difficulties of this stuff. I am addicted to coffee, can’t deny it, and my usual morning drink is a skinny flat white – skinny mainly because I think the coffee tastes better with less fat. Now, all this is problematic for starters because I read somewhere that the production of one coffee shot uses 150 litres of water if you account for irrigation, washing the beans etc, and most of this takes place in water-poor countries.
So I probably just shouldn’t drink coffee at all. But then you are helping to support developing countries and ultimately, how far do you take the sackcloth approach? By rights, the first thing you should do is ditch football what with all the resources used for travel, TV coverage, reporting etc.
Anyway, back to coffee. Acknowledging that milk has a significant global warming footprint, I thought about and tried almond milk*. It’s fine, but if you use that you’re probably adding even more water use. You can’t win. There isn't really an acceptable means of equating different sustainability issues
*Oatmilk, by the by, is just fucking awful.
Whatever, I s’pose, back to the football.
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