Vegan Living

5 Simple Yet Impactful Ways to Save the Planet

1. DITCH THE PLASTIC H2O!- Invest in a few eco friendly water bottles for your on-the-go hydration needs.  Try your best to choose these when possible.  Granted, there will be times when convenience will win or you forget to bring your refillable bottle with you.  Don’t beat yourself up over it… just be aware of it and try again next time.  I remember getting so excited when the 24 pack of Poland Spring were on sale 3 for $10.  That’s 72 plastic bottles in one shopping trip that would last about two weeks.  Now I cringe when I walk by the water isle and see all that unnecessary plastic that will soon end up in a landfill or in our waters, wreaking havoc on our planet.

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2. CHOOSE REUSEABLE OVER DISPOSABLE-  Refrain from using everyday disposable dishware.  I know this convenient method saves time on washing dishes, but the environmental impact this waste has is definitely worth changing some habits over.  Use reusable dishware whenever possible and try to leave the disposable stuff for large gatherings and parties.  I went from buying plastic Solo cups and paper plates every few weeks, to using glass mason jars and dishes at home instead. I even started investing in reusable sandwich bags for Isaac’s lunches. This change is definitely pro zero waste living and budget friendly, yet doesn’t feel like a huge sacrifice.  Save your money while saving the planet!

3. INVEST IN REUSABLE BAGS-  This one is probable a no brainer to most.  I think the most difficult thing about this is actually remembering to bring your bags with you when you shop.  Keep a stash in your trunk as well as your pantry.  Go a bit further and also invest in reusable produce bags to eliminate having to use those fussy little plastic bags as well.  For the most part, this is one of the easiest things I’ve gotten in the habit of doing for a greener planet.  What I find however, is the grocery plastic bags being useful for my dog and chicken poop waste. Sometimes I would purposely forget my reusable bags when we were really low on plastic ones.  To solve this dilemma, I’m working on investing in bio degradable poop bags whenever possible.  I stocked up recently when I found some at Burlington Coat Factory for cheap.  It made my day!

4. SWITCH TO BAMBOO TOOTHBRUSHES- These have become more and more convenient to find and are by far the more eco friendlier choice than regular toothbrushes.  Your local TJ Max, Marshalls and Home Goods (for my East Coast peeps) carry them at super cheap prices.  I paid $3.99 for a 2-pack with charcoal bristles.  I’m in love.  I also bought a 5-pack for $9.99 and how cool is this…each toothbrush has different color bristles so you can easily tell them apart!  They are worth the switch, trust me.

5. BUMP UP THE PLANT BASED MEALS-  Last but certainly not least, work on adding more plant based meals to your diet.  This is the most important thing you can invest in for a greener plant and healthier you.  Animal Agriculture leaves the biggest carbon footprint on our dying planet and also leaves such a stain on our “civilized” society. The deplorable animal cruelty behind farming animals doesn’t happen because we need to eat their dead bodies to survive, but because we choose habits, convenience and greed over their suffering.  Since most people center all three of their daily meals around animal products, baby steps and slow transitions are key.  Try adding 1 or 2 plant based dinners every week and work towards 3-5 plant based dinners per week.  Then maybe try adding a plant based breakfast or lunch throughout the week too.  Small changes make big impacts.  Strive to make plant based meals a common thing, yet go at a slow and steady pace that works for you and your family.

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Vegan Living

Earth Day Every Day

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Since transitioning to veganism, I have made many small, positive environmental changes along the way and there’s still about a few hundred more I need to strive for.  Aside from my food choices, I’ve been working on reducing my waste and making more sustainable purchases.
To be honest, we all should strive to reduce our waste since our one and only home (planet Earth) depends on it. The amount of plastic and trash we dump into our oceans is heart wrenching to acknowledge.  The fact that meat consumption is this planet’s main threat, yet the majority of humans consume animals several times a day, leaves such a stain on our environment.
Some baby steps I’ve taken so far have been to stop buying plastic ware for the house. I can not believe i used to buy Solo plastic cups and plates every month. I also used to pat myself on the back for reusing the same cup every now and then. I’m so glad that we’ve phased them out completely and just use our glassware now.  In the future, I’d love to phase them out of parties I host as well.  I still have some leftover plastic supplies to last me another year or two, so there’s no excuse why I can’t start investing in more earth friendly options as I replace them.  I’ve also purchased a few stainless steel straws so I can easily refuse the plastic ones. Luckily, I’ve cut way back on the Dunkin Doughnuts coffee runs; reducing plenty of plastic and straws. This doesn’t mean there hasn’t been a bunch of times I’ve forgotten my straws at home when I order on the road. Perhaps a car kit filled with on-the-go sustainable products is an order??
What I’m currently working on is investing in bio degradable poop bags for both my dog and hens. I’m really good at refusing the plastic bags at the stores, however they do come in handy for all our poop scooping needs. Sometimes, I purposely forget my reusable bags when we’re really low on plastic ones. Then I get bummed out because I know better. Convenience gets the best of me and I know I can’t be the only one!
Always strive to do better when you know better but at the same time, let’s not beat ourselves up when we hit a snag. Unfortunately our “normal” living habits have not yet caught up with just how much of a mess we need to clean up. We’re not told on a daily basis just how bad our environmental crisis situation really is. We’re not taught to be held more accountable to do our part on making more ethical and sustainable every day choices.
We must consider the negative consequences our present choices will make on our future generations. On our children’s and grandchildren’s future, since they’ll be the ones impacted by our actions the most.  Let’s aim for baby steps towards honoring Earth Day, every day.
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