Why eating a little less dairy can make a big difference

Why eating a little less dairy can make a big difference - H!P Chocolate
Modern day dairy farming is yet to become a sustainable process: dairy cows and their manure produce greenhouse gases that damage the environment and mass farming requires an immense amount of land, energy and water. Sorry in advance if this is TMI, but a single cow produces about 150 pounds of methane every day through belching and flatulence.

When you make more sustainable choices with the products you buy, it’s easy to feel like a small fish in a big pond, but what you’re doing has important ramifications for creating more environmentally-friendly supply chains as the demand for sustainable products and brands increases.

When it comes to reducing your own environmental impact, food is one of the easiest ways to make a positive change. According to a recent report by the World Resources Institute (WRI), about 20% of all human-generated CO2 emissions come from our diets. So, small swaps can make a big difference.

This doesn’t mean you have to cut out dairy completely. Keep an eye out for brands produced locally, helping to offset transportation emissions, and choose milks that are certified organic, meaning they come from farms that avoid synthetic pesticides and fertilisers.

However, there are loads of dairy-free brands out there that taste just as delicious and have a much lower carbon footprint. It comes as no surprise that oat m!lk (and oat m!lk chocolate) is our personal favourite plant-based swap, but we’re equally obsessed with dairy-free yoghurts, like Nush and Cocos Organic, vegan cheeses like Violife and Pure’s buttery spread as a butter substitute. 

So, next time you’re on your supermarket shop, consider cutting down on the dairy and upping the plants. And you know you won’t have to miss out on your favourite sweet treat, because you can buy the most delicious chocolate around without worrying about dairy.