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It’s no secret that livestock farming contributes to global warming. Without going into too much detail or getting too technical animals produce methane (when they burp or fart).
Methane is 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide and speeds up the Greenhouse Effect. As we are consuming more and more meat we need more animals. More animals means more methane.
The good news is that lots of us are cutting back on our meat consumption which is a great start. We are not a meat-free family ourselves but we have reduced the amount we consume. I’ve also started buying sustainable crowdsourced meat and take part in meat-free Monday every week.
My philosophy is “The people who make the biggest difference are the ones who do the little things consistently.”
‘The livestock industry is one of the most environmentally harmful practices on the planet, and the single biggest contributor of greenhouse gases on the planet, even more than vehicle emission. Also, 25% of the impact from the meat industry can be attributed to the pet food sector. There is a population of over 17 million cats and dogs in the UK. 9 – dogs, 8 – cats.’ Bug Bakes
I’ve recently been made aware of a company that is trying to help our over-consumption of meat problem…
The Bug Bakes Story
Bug Bakes mission is to reduce the environmental impact of pet ownership by making products which are as good for your dog as they are for the planet. The company is the brainchild of Ross Lamond who after learning at university about the impact that livestock farming has on the planet decided to try and do something about it.
Ross says “You get some funny looks from friends and family when you tell them you plan on selling insects to dogs instead of getting a real job… But I was naive enough to give it a go despite having no prior experience in business. How hard could it be?!”
Bug Bakes was born!
“Today, I am pleased to offer a flexible, zero waste subscription model which uses customised compostable packaging shipping to four-legged eco-warriors across the country.”
‘We are the first company in the UK to use insects as a sustainable alternative protein source for dogs’
Crickets are a great source of sustainable animal protein for dogs.
It saves water!
To produce 1kg of protein, the following amount of water is required…
- Beef – 30,000L
- Pork – 3,500L
- Chicken – 2,300L
- Cricket – 15L
It saves on feed!
To produce 1kg of protein this much feed is needed…
- Beef – 24kg
- Pork – 4kg
- Chicken – 4kg
- Cricket – 2kg (and can be fed organic waste)
It saves land use!
To produce 1kg of protein it takes up this much land…
- Beef – 250 m2
- Pork – 55 m2
- Chicken – 45m2
- Cricket – 15m2
It reduces emissions!
It’s a well know fact that livestock farming plays a bit part in contributing to greenhouse gasses globally. Farming crickets produces hundreds of times fewer greenhouse gasses than livestock.
What Makes Bug Bakes Eco?
- Crickets are a sustainable protein source
- Organic ingredients
- Sustainable refill bags
- Bug Bakes donates to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust
Sustainable Protein Source
As I already said above crickets are a sustainable protein source as they use up less water, feed and land compared to animals.
Organic farming promotes wildlife on the farm by 50%. It’s especially good for bees and butterflies. It also promotes healthy soil which absorbs five times as much carbon as forests.
Sustainable Refill Bags
I must admit when I first heard about Bug Bakes I thought it all sounds great but I bet their packing is plastic. However, I was happy to discover that Bug Bakes really had thought of everything, including the packaging they use. They use lightweight compostable packaging and mailing materials. No plastic, no waste.
Supporting Bumblebee Conservation Trust
For every bag of treats sold Bug Bakes will donate 5p to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.
Bug Bakes aim to be fully transparent about their products and practices which I believe is something that consumers are wanting more and more these days.
Here’s an example of the ingredients in a packet of Bug Bakes…
- Organic Oats
- Brewers yeast
- Organic cricket flower
- Organic carrots
- Organic parsnips
- Organic honey
- Organic garlic
Here are the analytical constituents…
- Protein 20%
- Fat 8%
- Fibre 2.4%
- Ash 1.9%
There are only 3 calories per treat. 55 treats per pack approx and they have a long shelf life.
How To Buy Bug Bakes
You can buy Bug Bakes on their website here. You have 3 different options for buying…
You can opt for a single pack, currently, priced at £3.
Buy In Bulk
You can buy in bulk, 14 packets for £35 + free shipping.
Bug Bakes also have a fantastic subscription service which is the most cost-effective and eco-friendly way to buy the treats. You choose how often you’d like one or more refill bags delivered and they will sort it out from there. There are no commitments and you can cancel at any time.
As an added bonus the refill bags can be customised with your dog’s name and face at no extra cost.
You also have the option of referring a friend where they will get a free bag and you’ll get rewards when they sign up! Prices start from, just £9.
Free Packet For Gypsy Soul Readers
Bug Bakes have very kindly offered Gypsy Soul readers a £3 discount on any purchase. That is the equivalent of a free bag of treats, you just pay postage.
To claim your £3 discount enter the code ‘gypsysoul’ at the checkout.
My Thoughts on Bug Bakes
I really love this company!
Being a dog owner myself I know how hard it is to find eco-friendly dog treats that not only use eco-farming processes but also arrive in eco-friendly packaging and at affordable prices. It’s so hard in fact that Bug Bakes is the first company I have heard of that tick all of those boxes.
I will definitely be buying Bug Bakes for Charles.
What are your thoughts on Bug Bakes? Would you like your dog to try them?
About Gina Caro
Gina is a content creator and award-winning blogger. Her aim is to help you live a more sustainable & simple life. Her blog covers zero waste, minimalism, wellbeing & thrift. She currently lives in Cornwall with her partner, two kids and Charles the dog.
This is a collaborative post with Bug Bakes.
As always, I only ever recommend products or services that I either use myself or I feel will help you to live a more sustainable lifestyle.
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