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National PB&J Day: lower your lunch's environmental impact

peanut butter and jelly sandwich

This Saturday, April 2nd, is National PB&J Day. While such an event seems aimed at our sense of childhood nostalgia, the folks at the PB&J Campaign have latched on to it (they didn’t add it to the calendar… they swear) as an opportunity to get us all thinking about the environmental impact of our lunch choices.

Lunch? Yeah, it’s not the biggest of impacts, but the choices we make for that midday meal do make a difference. The mission of the PB&J Campaign, which has been around for a number of years, is to highlight that impact, and give people a positive planet-friendly choice for one of their daily activities. According to the campaign, the humble peanut butter and jelly sandwich (or another plant-based lunch choice) creates the following savings when compared to meat and dairy-based options:

  • 2.5 pounds of carbon dioxide,
  • 133 gallons of water, and
  • 24 square feet of land.



The idea here isn’t to guilt people out of eating meat and dairy products (because, for one, that just doesn’t work very well), but, rather, to provide a tasty, climate-friendly alternative… that’s kind of fun (c’mon… admit it!).

Got a favorite PB&J combo? Particular kinds of bread, jelly, or peanut butter? Share them with us…

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