Eco-living in the city 1

Muesli economics

1) Eco (ish) – muesli making by Anna   €5.50 euros a kilo, 2.5 hrs of your time

  • eco-raisins 500g €2.58, eco hazelnuts 250g €3.50, eco walnuts 200g €4, cranberries 200g €2, muesli mix of cereals 1.5k €2.70, coconut 100g €0.34    TOTAL : 2.7k – €15.12   so 250g is €1.40
  • Time to go to Casa Perris to buy this stuff : 1hr. Time to smash nuts (with a rolling pin in a lose plastic bag), chop cranberries, mix stuff in a bowl then transfer it to a plastic bag, or even better giant jars : 1.5hrs
  • time is spent in a pleasant shop, then preparing food in your kitchen with or without the radio.
  • environmental cost is low due to less packaging, organic farming methods, you can ask where the food comes from and how it is farmed, more ethical/local PYME business rather than a multi-national with poor ethical code.
  • social costs lower as you are not buying from a large company constantly using its influence to put pressure on workers down the supply chain and deny workers rights.
  • health benefits are high as you know for sure that all ingredients are healthy and you know exactly what’s in it, (add sugar or honey if you want to!), plus spending time preparing food is part of a healthy lifestyle.

2) Muesli from the supermarket   €12 a kilo, not much time

  • about 3 euros for 250g
  • not much time
  • unpleasant lighting, music, jingles, advertising, queueing. potentially handing over personal information to massive corporations
  • environmental cost is high due to packaging, transport, intensively farmed ingredients, ethical stance of the huge company you buy from.
  • social cost is high due to supply chain pressure, health impacts of intensive farming, workers rights abuses, human rights abuses (maybe)
  • health benefit is not that high due to sugar (?) chemicals and preservatives, highly processed ingredients,

3) Muesli from the eco-shop €18 a kilo, not very much time if you know where to go

  • about 4.50 for 250g
  • more time to buy it as you need to go further
  • environmental and social costs fairly low and health benefits probably good.

 

One response

22 11 2013
Guiu Jordi

Love this series Anna, i think this is an important path into which educate ourselves: Ideas for next articles,
natural hygiene (deodorant, shampoo..),
make your own… yogurt, soap, bread…
water (re)cycles at home: including a rain collector or not

and… i’m thinking this needs a more visual approach as well. But still have not figured out what. I’m thinking on a website, very colorful, very fun to play with in which you discover this things. (very ambitious)

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