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.