It is not easy to know what kind of juice is best from a climate and environmental point of view. Juice is energy-intensive to produce, transport and store. Here are some climate-smart tips for conscious consumption with the environment in mind.
- According to a study from the Swedish Board of Agriculture, juice squeezed here in Sweden by imported oranges has the greatest climate impact, as oranges are bulky to transport. It is more efficient to squeeze the oranges in place in the country of origin.
- According to the National Food Administration, most fresh oranges are imported from Spain and orange concentrate from Brazil.
- Due to the long-distance truck transports, freshly squeezed juice from Spain gives a higher climate footprint than juice from concentrate and freshly squeezed juice from Brazilian raw material. Climate emissions for juice depend on various factors such as transport distance for the raw material, distribution to the market and energy efficiency during processing.
- Juice has an average value of about 3 kg CO2e / per kg product in climate footprint according to the food-climate list, produced by SLU.
- Growing fruit also has social and environmental consequences, read more under fruit & vegetables.
Advice for conscious consumption of juice
- Choose juice that is locally produced from Sweden in the first place.
- Choose organically produced juice.
- When it comes to orange juice, concentrate is the best option from a climate point of view.
- Because the production of juice is energy-intensive and transported long distances, we can actively choose to reduce our consumption of juice.
In Sweden we get drinking water directly from the tap, but in many other countries you have to buy bottled water. Choosing packaged water therefore usually means an unnecessary environmental burden. Choose tap water in the first place – it is of high quality and is also cheaper than buying in a bottle.
- Bottled water costs at least 250 times more than tap water, says Swedish Water.
- Buying bottled water is an unnecessary burden on the environment due to emissions from transport and packaging.
- Tap water has the highest requirements for quality, followed by mineral water, spring water and table water.
- Producing and transporting 1 liter of bottled water consumes at least 300 times more energy than draining a liter from the tap.
- The emissions speak for themselves: Avoid buying bottled water.
Advice for conscious consumption of water
- Bring a bottle of water from home, so you do not have to buy water if you get thirsty.
- Invest in a thermo water bottle, there are several varieties on the market and your water can be kept refrigerated for several hours. Tips on two varieties are Klean Kanteen and Glacial.
- Store a jug of water in the refrigerator instead of letting the water run unnecessarily long in the tap.
- Choose locally produced if you choose to buy bottled water and avoid foreign varieties that have been transported far.
- Keep your water bottle cool, when the plastic bottle gets hot it secretes small plastic particles.
- Order and recycle PET bottles and cans.
- Do you really want carbonated water and are a big consumer of bottled water? Then maybe you should invest in a carbonation machine, then you can both save your money and reduce unnecessary waste.
Page updated 2021.