University of Michigan Ross

Welcome! 👋 Claim an offer below or scroll down to see the impact of our community’s plant-based and BYO efforts…
🌱 Free plant-based milk, burgers or burrito when you submit this form, buy a bottle / carton / box / burrito (from any store!) and text a pic of your receipt to 734-926-9178 to get reimbursed. Then, buy more to earn more…

☕ Free coffee when you submit this form, Bring Your Own mug to any coffee-serving place in Ann Arbor, and text a pic of your receipt to 734-926-9178 to get reimbursed. Then, keep bringing it to earn more… (Why coffee? While plant-based eating is our priority we dig other sustainable efforts, too — like waste reduction 🙂

What’s the most effective individual action we can take to live more sustainably? Eating fewer animal products and more plants 🌱

And the U-M Ross community is doing just that! Here are some of the plant-based options we’ve enjoyed in 2018 and the impact* those choices have had…

1 gallon plant-based milk 🌱🥛
960 gal water conserved 🌊
vs dairy milk

0 plant-based burgers 🌱🍔
0 kg CO2e reduced 🌎
vs 1/4 lb beef burgers

0 plant-based burritos 🌱🌯
0 acres land demand reduced 🌳
vs 1/4 lb beef burritos

And plant-based eating isn’t only better for the planet, it’s also better for our health and for animals. True win-win-wins are hard to come by—but this is one of them!
* A note on impact measurements…
Different plant-based options within each category vary in terms of environmental impact. Among plant-based milks, for example, almond milk requires more water to grow than pea milk (both of which require less water than dairy milk). To keep things simple, we’ve calculated these options’ unique impacts and highlighted a cumulative stat: gallons water conserved 🌊. We take this approach for other categories, too. And if some plant-based alternatives are actually less environmentally friendly, we’ll point that out. We want to be as objective and thorough as possible (and certainly avoid greenwashing)—without losing the forest for the trees.

🌱 milks include pea, almond, cashew, soy, oat, hemp and others.

🌱 burgers and burritos include a variety of plant-based ingredients: peas, soy, beans, mushrooms, quinoa, etc.

Have thoughts on how to improve our impact measurements? We’d love to hear them! Text us at 734-926-9178 or email to let us know.
A few more notes…
☝ While plant-based options are better in many ways, we can’t assume they’re better in every way. We must be informed shoppers, eaters, and advocates.

Take plant milk, for instance. It’s better for the planet than dairy milk—but doesn’t always provide the same nutritional benefits. Nut milks, for example, often have very little protein. (Thankfully, there are plenty of other plant protein sources! 💪) But then there’s pea milk, which contains as much protein as dairy milk and more calcium! Again, we shouldn’t lose the forest for the trees but we should be thoughtful in our plant-based eating efforts.

🐮 The animal agriculture industry operates the way it does to provide the quantity of meat we demand at the prices we expect. But we can change things by simply eating fewer animals and more plants! (Worried about protein? Check this out…)
…and a disclaimer:
Wellwith has no official relationship with U-M Ross (although one of our team members is a Ross student) — but we dig what they’re doing for the environment and sustainability and would love to team up to make plant-based eating easier 😄

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