THE ECO-CALCULATOR EXPLAINED
According to a UCLA Study, dogs and cats are responsible for 25 to 30% of the environmental impact of meat consumption in the US. We looked at this and concluded that we need a change. So, at Jiminy’s, we replace traditional animal protein with insect protein. Sustainability is what we’re running towards (we try not to drive when we can use foot power). Our insect protein uses exponentially less land, emits almost no greenhouse gases and requires less water.
We thought it might be fun if we gave you a chance to see how much land, water and greenhouse gas you can save by switching your dog to Jiminy’s. Our Eco-Calculator takes into account the size of your dog, how much you feed them along with what you feed and then calculates how much you will save in a single year by making the switch to Jiminy’s!!
HOW IS THIS LEVEL OF SAVINGS POSSIBLE?
These are big numbers. We’re super proud that we can have this level of impact! You might be wondering how the numbers can be this high. Don’t worry, we poked at it too!
The difference is huge due to a number of factors, but basically it takes more resources to grow the other protein sources (cow/chicken) than it does to grow insect protein.
A few factors drive the numbers: 1) the amount of feed and water the animal (protein source) consumes during its lifetime 2) how long the animal lives before it is harvested 3) how much space the animal needs in order to grow to maturity (or to the time when it is harvested – these are not always the same thing).
We have a lot more information on each of these topics along with nutrition comparisons on this website.
Here’s a few areas if you want to explore further.
Feed Conversion & Protein per acre: https://jiminys.com/why-crickets/eco-friendly/
Amount of Natural Life lived: https://jiminys.com/why-crickets/humane/
Nutrition (because it is as important as sustainability): https://jiminys.com/why-crickets/nutrition/
We had to make a few assumptions to make this eco-calculator, and here they are:
- A standard toilet used 1.5 gallons per flush
- You can sustainably plant 450 trees per acre of land
- The average car gets 25 miles per gallon and one gallon of gas produces 8.887 kilograms* of GHG.
*Source the Environmental Protection Agency