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The PB&J Campaign

I can't remember now where I found this, but The PB&J Campaign encourages people to have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (or other plant-based food) for lunch to help the environment:

A PB&J will slow global warming.

Next time you have one you'll reduce your carbon footprint by saving the equivalent of 2.5 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over an average animal-based lunch like a hamburger, a tuna sandwich, grilled cheese, or chicken nuggets.

That's about forty percent of what you'd save driving around for the day in a hybrid instead of a standard sedan.

If you were going to have a ham sandwich or a hamburger, you save the equivalent almost 3.5 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.

A PB&J will also save water.

That's about 280 gallons of water over the hamburger. To put this in perspective, three PB&Js a month instead of hamburgers will save about as much water as switching to a low-flow showerhead.

A PB&J will save land.

Have a PB&J and save 12 to 50 square feet of land from deforestation, over-grazing, and pesticide and fertilizer pollution.

It's interesting to me that, although I try to go vegetarian one day each week, I've never thought too much about the environmental benefits of doing so. Seeing them made explicit is eye-opening.

One of the suggestions on the site is to start a PB&J club at the office. I'm talking about it with a colleague here -- a day where we all brown-bag vegetarian lunches.

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