BRING SUSTAINABILITY TO THE CHRISTMAS TABLE

20.12.2021

Turning your traditional Christmas dinner into a sustainable Christmas feast has never been easier or tastier. All it takes is making a few little changes, like bringing some people- and planet-friendly plant-based options to the table. As our little gift to you, we’re giving you five great reasons to set a sustainable table with Pulled Oats® plus a bunch of delicious holiday recipes!

1. MAKE A PLANT-BASED CHRISTMAS MEAL THAT’S A GIFT TO THE ENVIRONMENT

Here in Finland, ham is the center of most Christmas tables. But hey, traditions are made to be broken and sustainable new plant proteins are made to be served!

Did you know that Pulled Oats® has around 70 % smaller carbon footprint and water footprint than Christmas ham? That means if every Finn (there are around 5.5 million of us) would replace just one meal of Christmas ham with Pulled Oats, we could save around 2,5 million kilos of emissions (kg CO2e). For that you could fly around the world approximately 329 times! Not to mention saving 10 million bath tubs full of water (2 billion liters)! The cold Nordic climate isn’t for everyone, but oats sure do love it. Did you know that oats are one of the most environmentally friendly and nutrient rich crops on the planet? [1, 2]

2. ADD WELLBEING TO THE TABLE WITHOUT COMPROMISING ON TASTE

Pulled Oats – The plant protein that beats meat

The unique combination of oats and legumes creates products that are naturally nutritious: Pulled Oats® is full of protein and iron, has lots of fiber and is low in saturated fat. It’s rich in goodness and free from compromises. Pulled Oats® Nude has also been granted the Finnish Heart Symbol, which means that a product is a better option for health. And most importantly – Pulled Oats® is delicious!

3. MAKE A MEAL THAT’S A GIFT TO KIDS AND FUTURE GENERATIONS

Working with UNICEF is just one of the ways Gold&Green Foods is building a healthier future for people and our planet.

The world is full of children who are essentially being robbed of their lives by poverty, discrimination, lack of education and the effects of the climate crisis. According to a report published by UNICEF, up to half of the world’s 2.2 billion children live in countries that are at extreme risk due to climate change and other environmental risks. Supplying a sufficient and healthy diet for the world’s growing population while keeping our biosphere intact requires radically different ways of farming, the reduction of food waste, and dietary changes. [3]

The work we do with UNICEF is one way that we at Gold&Green Foods are contributing to building a healthier tomorrow for people and the planet. We’ve signed a three-year partnership agreement with UNICEF Finland for 2020–2022 that supports UNICEF’s work for the most vulnerable children and increases awareness of the significance of nutrition in the development of children and adolescents. It also aims to educate people about the environmental impacts of the food-related choices we all make every day.

4. CUT COSTS AND EMISSIONS BY WHIPPING A CHRISTMAS FEAST FROM FOOD WASTE

Every year, Finns throw a way a whopping 25 kg of food per capita and 500 million euros.

Fight food waste by whipping up a delicious Christmas feast made of food waste or holiday leftovers. Did you know that every year about a third of all the world’s food produced for human consumption gets wasted? The food thrown away by people in Europe create an average of 680 kilos of carbon emissions (kg CO2e) per person per year. That’s around the same amount as a round-trip flight between Helsinki and Berlin. Finns throw away 107-137 million kg of food every year, which is around 20-25 kg per person. And that calculates to around 500 million euros. [4, 5]

5. EAT GOOD, DO GOOD AND MAKE IT A MERRY CHRISTMAS FOR ANIMALS TOO 

The only beastly thing about Pulled Oats® is its attitude.

How we eat directly impacts how we live. Choosing plant-based options is a great way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and keep our water and land clean. At the same time, the human food system is also directly contributing to the loss of biodiversity. Just 4% or the world’s mammalian biomass is made up of wild animals, with people making up 36% and a whopping 60% made up of farm animals raised for human consumption, so animals like pigs and cows [6]. By choosing delicious plant-based food this Christmas, everyone can have a happy holiday – including animals.

RECIPES FOR A SUSTAINABLE CHRISTMAS TABLE

SUSTAINABLE CHRISTMAS STARTERS

TRADITIONAL HOLIDAY FAVORITES GO VEGAN

FROM WASTE TO WONDERFUL – TURN YESTERDAY’S LEFTOVER INTO TODAYS FESTIVE FEAST

MERRY OATMAS!

Merry for you, merry for the planet. Take your seat at the table, change is served.

Sources:
[1] CarbonCloud 2021, Pulled Oats, Nude, Finland & CarbonCloud Benchmark for Ham, cured, in Finland
Flying: Calculated by CarbonCloud, with emission factors and high-altitude multipliers from Kamb, A., Larsson, J., & Åkerman, J. (2018). Klimatpåverkan från svenska befolkningens flygresor 1990–2017. Chalmers, Göteborg.

[2] Jalava & Kummu. 2018. Nyhtökauran vesijalanjälki. Tutkimusraportti, Aalto-yliopisto https://wdrg.aalto.fi/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/nyhtokauran_vesijalanjalki_2018.pdf

[3] UNICEF 2021, Report: Climate Crisis is a Child Rights Crisis
https://www.unicef.org/reports/climate-crisis-child-rights-crisis

[4] FAO, Food wastage footprint & Climate Change https://www.fao.org/3/bb144e/bb144e.pdf

[5] Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), Food waste and the circular economy of the food system https://www.luke.fi/en/natural-resources/food-and-nutrition/food-waste-and-the-circular-economy-of-the-food-system/

[6] Bar-On et al. 2018, The biomass distribution on Earth https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29784790/

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