In the United States alone we use and throw away a staggering 500 MILLION single-use straws PER DAY. Although the plastic drinking straw may not be the top contributor to the eight million tons of plastic trash which now flows every year into the world’s oceans ~ straws are wasteful, harmful to marine life and birds, and simply unnecessary.
It takes 1,000 gallons of water are required to produce 1 gallon of milk. And that livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. (source: cowspiracy.com) The more we switch out animal products from our daily lifestyle, the greater we can help protect the planet's precious resources.
From a health perspective, dairy milk is designed to grow things BIG. Specifically, cow milk is
One day we will see other living beings in the same way we see ourselves.
We will recognize that they too care for their families - just like we do.
They too feel loved, happy and safe as they feel fear, pain and suffering - just like we do.
One day, we will no longer tag their ears with numbers reducing them to "property" or a mere "commodity."
We will not push them into crowded, dark places to grow isolated from their Mothers.
I used to buy leather shoes, belts and purses and didn't give it a second thought. It was the "normal thing to do." And I used to think buying leather and suede jackets were cool in my late 20's. Although I never ate a lot of meat, I used to think that leather was a by-product of the meat industry. But as I evolved and educated myself on the subject, I changed. Now I strive to lead a leather-free life. Here is why: Despite popular belief, leather is not a byproduct of the meat industry. It’s produced because it is a highly profitable and a very lucrative billion dollar business. In fact, much of the leather sold, especially the growing demand for exotic leather, comes from animals killed primarily for their skins. Cows provide the bulk of leather used, while goats, pigs, sheep, ostriches and dogs and cats (in China) supplement the high demand for leather products.
Almost all of us has heard of the term "Recycling." But what about the term "Upcycling?" With this innovative eco-friendly concept, we turn someone trash into another person's treasure. Upcycling - also known as creative reuse - is the process of transforming waste materials, useless and/or unwanted products into fresh, new materials or products of better quality and/or better value. In the photos above by Recman Brasil, for example, old inner tubes (of tires) or fire hoses are upcycled into stylish and durable (vegan) handbags, wallets or belts.
As conscious as some of us are becoming, humans continue to generate all the pollution and cause all the damage on the precious planet. From deforestation for Palm Oil and development, overfishing, climate change, industrial chemical waste, ocean pollution, air pollution to our growing trash filling and closinglandfills around the world....we must start to make collaborative efforts to tread more lightly on our home. People often ask me: what can we do as Individuals to help the planet? There are many daily things we can do to reduce waste and energy use.
But the single most powerful thing we can do daily is to adopt a plant-based diet.
Ethics and not wanting to hurt animals is my #1 motivator for this lifestyle. From an environmental perspective, however, each person can REDUCE their impact on the Earth in a significant way by going Veg.
Just ONE PERSON can annually REDUCE :
400,000 gallons of water 💦
15,000 lbs of grain (fed to livestock instead of hungry people) 🐷
7,000 lbs of CO2 Emissions
11,000 sq ft of Forest from being clearcut for cattle - destroying the habitat to millions of animals 🌳🌳🌳
365 Animals from being consumed (not counting fish.) . 🔪🐮🐔🐥🐷
The days of eating salad as a Vegetarian are over. There internet is overflowing with an influx of resources (instagram, pintrest, google) and recipe E-books with everything from the most bad-ass veggies burgers, the most delicious breakfast, lunch and dinners, acai bowls, and gorgeous nutrition-filled smoothies and raw meals.
You can do it gradually, (or watch movies such a Earthings, Unity, Cowspiracy, and What the Health) and do it overnight. I am happy to help guide as well.
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Pause from the fast-paced, busy day. Close your eyes. Breathe. Relax. Create space.
In stillness, we can break away from the inundation of information entering our mind, and make space for our own unique creativity to spark.
In stillness, we create the space to access our inner Calm.
In stillness, we can listen to our inner guidance system.
In stillness, we experience those "aha" moments of full presence and connection to all people and all life.
In stillness, we can feel how deeply our souls are connected to Nature.
In stillness, we can listen to our Truths.
In stillness, we can be attuned to which areas in our life require tenderness, healing and courage.
In stillness, we can hear that little voice that whispers what our next steps are for growth and expansion.
In stillness, we can tap into the power of our Soul.