Do You Know Which Product Has a Lower Carbon Footprint?
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Cheese or milk? Plastic or glass bottles? Our survey found many consumers struggle to identify the more sustainable product. See how you fare.
Which product has a lower carbon footprint?
Which Product Has a Lower Carbon Footprint?
Single-use plastic bag
A bag made of cotton, a resource-intensive crop, would have to be reused 131X to break even with a plastic bag
How comsumers answered
How consumers answered
Dairy cheese generates more greenhouse gases than pork, chicken, and eggs. Plant-based options can reduce emissions by 50%.
Sorry, the correct answer is
Do not know
The weight of the glass can be up to
40 times the weight of plastic, which boosts transportation-related emissions.
Single-use cotton bag
The weight of the glass can be up to 40X the weight of plastic, which boosts transportation-related emissions
A bag made of cotton, a resource-intensive crop, would have to be reused 131 times to break even with a plastic bag.
1 kg of cheese
1 pint of milk
Cheese production creates around
7 times more carbon dioxide than milk.
1 kg of milk
Cheese production creates around 7X more carbon dioxide than milk
Organic and inorganic meat create about the same amount of emissions, which are about 10 to 50 times higher than plant-based products.
You didn’t get a single answer correct … Hopefully this was an educational exercise!
75% of our survey respondents didn’t know or were incorrect when asked the same questions.
Source: Bain US ESG Survey 2022; US (n=3,947)
You didn’t get a single answer correct… Hopefully this was an educational exercise!
If it’s any consolation, your score is nearly
in line with most of our survey respondents.
Woohoo! You’re ahead of most of our survey respondents in your carbon-footprint awareness.
Look at you go!
You’re well above average.
Woohoo! You’re ahead of most
of our survey respondents in your carbon-footprint awareness.
Congratulations! You were almost perfect. Maybe next time …
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Source: Bain US ESG Survey 2022; US (N=3,947)