Where Do You Stand On The Global Carbon Footprint?

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Does anything surprise you?

As a tea drinking tree hugger (I’m not a hippie, I’m more bohemian in style and taste.

When I saw this foot print put on the website by: Pixel77 I really wanted to explore it more.  It’s interesting and those living in Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Panama should be amazingly proud.  However those that have more seem to have more carbon footprints.  Look at the United States and China shortly followed by Russia, Japan, Germany and India the size of their carbon footprint compared to the rest of the world.

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You can view this info graph HERE

So what is a carbon footprint? A carbon footprint is defined as: The total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities, usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).

A carbon footprint is composed of two parts, a primary and secondary footprint. The primary footprint is the sum of the direct carbon dioxide emissions of burning of fossil fuels, like domestic energy consumption by furnaces and waters heaters, and transportation, like automobiles and airplane travel. The secondary footprint is the sum of indirect emissions associated with the manufacture and breakdown of all products, services and food an individual or business consumes. (WhatIs)

Why does it matter to us the tea lovers?

It matters to the fact that as tea drinkers we are definitely not a major part of the footprint let’s compare the carbon footprint of:

Tea  21g

Coffee  21g

Sodas 129g

Large cappuccino 235g

Large latte   340g

A cup of cow’s milk 225g

A cup of beer  374g

Some surprises here as well.

Tea bags also contribute to the carbon imprint so if we are loose tea lovers we are aiding our plant.

Tea can be steeped again adding more of a savings.

Then after the tea is used it can be used as a fertilizer, can be used to clean the home, as an aromatherapy and tea can even be used to stain clothing or walls for an antiqued look.

Tea Drinkers can be proud that compared to other popular drinks we add the least amount to our carbon footprint and after that, after we consume the tea goodness we give back to our environment by the many re uses of tea.

I’m sitting pretty proud right now!  You?

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