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This restaurant in Canada tells you the carbon footprint of each menu item

Canadian restaurant Highlevel Diner is creating a unique dining experience: customers can now see the carbon footprint of the meal they're eating.

The Edmonton brunch place has teamed up with a local non-profit organization — Northern Climate Stewardship & Sustainability — to create the environmentally-friendly menu.

Each carbon footprint was calculated by how the food was produced, transported, and then cooked at the restaurant.

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Courtesy of Debbie Parker

The menus launched earlier this week.

Unsurprisingly, burgers and meat pies — which typically have a larger carbon footprint than plants, fruits and vegetables — are the biggest offenders.

The Spinach Pie, for example, has a carbon footprint of 0.88 CO2e, while the Guinness Cottage Pie clocks in at 4.62 CO2e — more than four times the amount of carbon emissions.

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Courtesy of NCSSS

The NCSSS says that their goal is to "encourage Highlevel Diner restaurant patrons to make low carbon food choices and reduce their carbon footprints."

After a period of time, the organization will review diners' orders in the hope that patrons of Highlevel Diner begin to choose more sustainable meals.

The Canadian diner has shown a long-term interest in sustainability, having banned plastic straws in April 2018.

Lead photo by

Polyanna Gorius


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