What you can do right now:
Reduce your weekly dairy intake
Set aside one day a week to go without dairy products to help reduce your overall dairy intake.
Alternatively, opting for smaller quantities of dairy will help reduce your weekly intake: buying one less pint of milk or a smaller block of cheese for example.
Choosing a local dairy supplier can help reduce your food miles too (some local suppliers still deliver milk in reusable glass bottles which is also preferable to single-use plastic).
Try switching to plant based milk
Plant based "milks" have a lower impact on the environment as a whole, however, some are a more eco-friendly than others (Almonds for example take an incredible amount of water to produce).
Even making the switch to a plant based milk for your breakfast would help reduce your overall dairy intake.
Pea milk, coconut milk, and oat milk are some alternatives to try! Before buying, use the Giki app to see how local and sustainable a product is.
Cut out dairy entirely
Cutting out dairy entirely is a great way to help reduce your environmental impact.
Opting for plant-based alternatives or cutting out one dairy product at a time are great ways to transition on to a more dairy-free diet.
Find what works for you, if you really love cheese for example: why not see if you can cut back on all other dairy products. Any step to reduce is a step in the right direction.
Why is this important?
According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN: "Livestock is the world’s largest user of land resources, with grazing land and cropland dedicated to the production of feed representing almost 80 % of all agricultural land"— this is both massively inefficient and completely unsustainable.
Reducing our dairy intake, is a great step towards reducing the environmental impact of the livestock industry and a more sustainable diet for everyone.