Every sandwich with egg, bacon and sausage, ecology deals the same damage as a car to travel 19 kilometres, and together in only one UK sandwiches lead to the release into the atmosphere quantities of carbon dioxide, as emissions for the same period of 8.6 million vehicles. This is the conclusion reached by researchers from the University of Manchester.
Experts estimate what quantity of greenhouse gases enter the atmosphere when the production of sandwiches and sandwiches. This production is understood as all the stages, starting with the cultivation of plants and animals, which later became the ingredients of the dish. Also take into account the preparation of packaging for prepared sandwiches that you can buy in the store, their transportation and storage in the refrigerator.
As it turned out, even the sandwiches significantly increase the concentration of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere, however, in the case of sandwiches ready, this figure was approximately two times higher. According to experts, the British eat every year more than 11.5 billion sandwiches, which leads to emissions of 9.5 million tons of carbon dioxide.
According to scientists, their work will allow to understand at which stages of production “ready” sandwiches, the environmental damage could be reduced. The study was published in the journal of Sustainable Production and Consumption.
Recently published another study, which the authors studied the effect on the environment of microwave ovens. As it turned out, as a result of their exploitation in the countries of the European Union into the atmosphere every year gets 7.7 million tons of carbon dioxide, comparable to emissions of 6.8 million cars — that is less than the sandwiches in the UK. At the same time, experts noted that the Europeans are buying a new microwave oven more often, and the old one discarded, which leads to increased amount of waste, and due to the fact that microwave ovens consume a lot of energy, is the depletion of natural resources, that is, the microwaves cause damage to the environment in many ways.
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