What to drink during the heat wave while thinking of the planet?

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Avoid alcohol, coffee and sodas and favor homemade flavored drinks to refresh yourself while being green.

HEAT WEATHER – Drink between 1.5 l and 2.5 l of water per day. This recommendation is known to you by heart, but it is more vigorous than ever with the extreme heat that is taking hold of France this Wednesday, August 3. Water also has a second advantage: it is by far the greenest drink.

Only, during an aperitif with friends or for a snack with the family, we would like a sexier drink… and one that respects the environment. The HuffPost gives you the map of the worst drinks on the planet and gives you THE greenest drink.

  • Beer is better than wine

Already, you can forget about alcohol. For health, alcohol should be consumed in moderation, and does not hydrate in periods of high heat. And for the health of the planet, we cannot say that alcohol is virtuous. But if you have to choose, 1L of beer produces 1.5kg of CO2 against 6KG of CO2 for wine or whisky, according to figures from a Danish study published in 2010. So beer, per litre, has a climate footprint of 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. Even though the glass recycles well, that of alcohol bottles is very thick and heavy, which generates a lot of CO2 during its manufacture. To be greener, you can buy your alcohol in Cubi of several liters. This cardboard container is lighter than traditional glass bottles and can be stored for several weeks in the refrigerator.

We must also not forget the astronomical quantity of water necessary 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 that linked to the production of alcohol (irrigation of the vines, pressing and fermentation of the grapes, brewing of beer, etc.).

  • Do not add milk to your coffee

We think about it less in summer, but coffee is still widely consumed by the French. So there, it’s not terrible… Between deforestation and importation from the tropical regions where it is grown, coffee has a heavy environmental baggage. If you really can’t live without it, at least avoid adding milk. According to an expert report by British researchers published in the scientific media The conversation, milk accounts for about two-thirds of the total carbon footprint of coffee. In fact, it’s because milk comes from cows leaving a lot of methane, a gas that warms the atmosphere. With vegetable milk, it’s already better.

  • Not all teas are created equal

Same advice if you’re more of the tea team, don’t do as the English do: don’t add milk to your cup. Especially since tea also has a considerable ecological footprint so no need to add more. A magazine survey 60 million consumers published in February 2022 reveals that our tea and herbal tea bags, mainly grown in India and China, are regularly sprayed with insecticides to boost yields. 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”, specifies the study.

  • Water-intensive sodas

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 have shown that the factories of the Coca company dry up the poor countries where they are established. Director Julie Delettre recounts in a film dating from 2016 the depletion of aquifer resources in the Chiapas region of Mexico: “They have received authorization from the National Water Commission to pump 500 million liters of water by a ! This dries up the surrounding villages, those who are connected to the network no longer have anything on the tap and those who live to live on water from wells see them emptying more and more, ”she denounces to Public Senate.

  • For juices, it’s all about the fruit…

No alcohol, no coffee, no soda, so what are we drinking? Very fresh juices and smoothies, but not with just any fruit… You should know that fruit and vegetables account for 44% of air traffic food products. The most imported fruits are bananas and citrus fruits followed by melons and strawberries. So we avoid these fruits that have traveled and we 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 around the Mediterranean basin where lemon trees acclimatize 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 fruit, seasonal, preferably organic, it’s rather green, but there’s even better for the planet…

  • Homemade herbal teas: THE eco-friendly recipe

Here is the simplest, cheapest, and greenest trick to pamper the taste of water: add fruit to the bottom of your carafe. Place some carrot strips and apple slices with a little mint in a bottle, pour water and chill. One to two hours later: your water is flavored. And the recipe even works with a simple slice of cucumber. For the planet, the best recipes are often the little homemade tricks!

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