Could you go dairy free for a day a week?

What do the following recipes have in common?

That's right - they're all completely dairy free. Many people eat a dairy free diet through choice - such as vegans - or through necessity - such as those with an allergy. But lots of people are now choosing to reduce the amount of dairy in their diet for another reason - the environment.

According to research published today, which is World Environment Day, by the Carbon Trust, in partnership with Flora Freedom, eating plant-based alternatives to dairy products is much better for the environment. The Carbon Trust found that plant-based foods have a significantly lower impact on climate change, freshwater consumption and land use. 

Flora is on a mission to educate kids and families on where their food comes from through their Powered by Plants initiative.  As part of this mission the company has launched Flora Freedom - a new dairy free spread. It's certified by The Vegan Society and is suitable for those with a lactose-free diet. It can be used as a spread instead of butter and also in baking. 

Earlier this year we tried out some Flora Freedom and the whole family enjoyed it. It's particularly good with Marmite on a slice of toast! And I'm convinced that it melts into toast better than some of the other dairy free spreads on the market. It's a great choice if you're trying to introduce more plant-based foods into your diet.

The Carbon Trust's research shows that if a family of four were to swap butter for Flora Freedom for just one day a week the family would reduce its carbon emissions by the same amount used to keep a TV on standby for seven years!

If you'd like to have a go at eating less dairy then take a look at these recipes from me and some of my fellow bloggers for inspiration (or click on the photos above to be taken through to the recipe).

Disclaimer: this is a collaborative post with Flora.