July 30, 2017 4 min read
It’s hard to find a cafe in Australia that doesn’t have some form of smashed avo on their breakfast menu, not to mention all the media attention regarding the apparent link between millennial housing affordability and their affinity for smashed avo. But have you ever thought of making that Sunday smashed avo a ritual that will not only save your hip pocket or your house deposit but also the environment? Its time the smashed avo gave us something other than a reason to sip our soy decaf lattes in swanky parts of your local suburb.
Assuming there is a link between housing affordability and smashed avo intake, then why not make the obvious choice and serve this Sunday morning staple at home, and invite your friends, family or that significant other over. What you need (serves 2):
Of course serve with your favourite coffee, freshly brewed (not from disposable pods) and from socially responsible certified beans.
But what about the avocado seeds? Here’s the eco bit. It is estimated for the recipe above you will generate roughly 3 kg of carbon dioxide (CO2), but a single avocado tree will absorb approximately 880kg of CO2 over its lifetime (75 yrs). That means, on average the avocado tree will absorb approximately 12kg of CO2 per year, or roughly four times the estimated emissions from your meal per tree! And here’s the best part. Avocados are dead easy to grow, so not only will you have those fuzzy warm feelings of completely offsetting your carbon impact but if you are lucky may also have fresh free avocados for future Sundays. But what about bacon? Adding just 2 rashers of bacon to the above recipe will add roughly 1.3 kg of CO2 to the meal, which is over one third of the previous emissions and responsible for more emissions that any other ingredient on the list. We’ll leave that decision up to you. If you opted for the Vegan option of mushrooms, your emissions are roughly equivalent, largely due to the energy used in frying or cooking them.
To start your avocado green thumb, follow these simple steps:
A word of caution. Avocados can grow to be very large trees. In our calculation we estimated a trunk diameter of 40cm, and 10m tall so plant your tree wisely. Planting a different tree with the same approximate dimensions and life span will give similar results.
Ingredient Summary – CO2 Generated
|Avocado||x2 (200g)||0.22kg (2)|
|Sourdough Bread||x4 slices (500g)||0.450kg (1)|
|Lemon||x1 (100g)||0.11kg (2)|
|Tomato||x1 (100g)||0.11kg (2)|
|Himalayan Rock Salt||1 tsp (10g)||0.005g (5)|
|Cracked Pepper||<1 tsp (10g)||0.005g (5)|
|Extra Virgin Olive Oil||2 tsp (20g)||0.03kg (6)|
|Basil Leaves||1/4 cup (20g)||0.0113kg (7)|
|Coffee||2x Large Espresso Shots (44g)||0.21kg (8)|
|Electricity||2kW for 4 mins||0.133kg (9)|
|Bacon (Not Included in Total Below)||2 Rashers||1.26kg (1)|
|Mushrooms (Not included in Total Below)||100g||0.036kg (10)|
|Cook Mushrooms (Not included in Total Below)||9.5kW for 4 mins||0.633kg (9)|
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