A project carried out in 2007 by the University of Manchester estimated that a typical Christmas dinner for eight people, turkey included, produced a total of 20kg of CO2 emissions. The total emissions as a result from Christmas dinners in the UK therefore add up to around 51,000 tonnes each year- which is the same as 148 million miles travelled by car. Furthermore, the research attributed 60% of these emissions to the life cycle of the turkey, while the vegetables account for 10%.
To reduce your own Carbon footprint you can try eco-friendly alternatives listed here or you should try to source your turkey locally. Ensure you only buy the size of turkey that you need and use as much of the bird as possible, to further reduce waste.
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