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Veganuary 2019

Hey! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful festive break. It’s January in a few days, can you believe it?! January not only marks the start of an exciting new year but it is also Veganuary.

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Just incase you don’t know, Veganuary is a challenge where people try going Vegan for the whole month of January. 168,542 people signed up to take part in Veganuary in 2018 and as of this post one person is signing up every 8 seconds for 2019. With Veganism hitting the mainstream this year and 2019 being proclaimed as the year of the Vegan, there has never been a better time to consider researching it and giving it a go!

Why take part?

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Going Vegan has a wide number of benefits. It is the most effective way to help our planet, with animal agriculture being the leading cause of climate change, not funding the dairy, egg or meat industry is the biggest way you can help save the planet. This is because eating a plant-based diet can cut our greenhouse gas emissions, reduce pollution and water usage, prevent deforestation and save wild animals from extinction .

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Going Vegan can greatly improve your health. Cholesterol is the leading contributor of heart disease. With cholesterol only being found in animal products, going vegan means you considerably lower your risk of heart disease alongside other health benefits. Plus Vegan food is increasingly tasty with new alternatives being brought out all the time. The only way to fund new innovations in Vegan food is to create demand.

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Going Vegan helps reduce animal suffering. Animals are sentient beings who have the capacity to feel happiness and pain and eating meat, dairy and eggs causes them to suffer and be killed just to be eaten. No life should be valued less than your taste buds. For a cow to produce milk, they must be pregnant. Unfortunately, the most efficient way to do this is to artificially inseminate them. Then when their baby is born, for humans to drink the milk, farmers take the calf away from the mother. If the calf is female, it is raised to produce milk again and if it is male, the calf is either killed as it’s too expensive to raise or kept in small cages to produce veal. If this was something that happened to humans, society would not stand for it. So why should it be any different because it happens to an animal?

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Eating meat, dairy and eggs is a completely unnecessary action, when we can survive and thrive on a plant-based diet. Why do we decide to love cats and dogs yet pay for innocent animals to be killed because that’s “the way it’s always been”? You can’t love one, yet pay for the other to be mistreated and killed. We in the West have such anger when we see people in Asian countries kill dogs for meat, yet continue to eat cows and pigs without making the connection. Every animal deserves the right to live and there’s no way to humanely kill an animal that does not want to die.

Veganuary provides you with such an abundance of help, support, recipes, tips and resources when you sign up to take part that you will be guided every step of the way to make trying veganism as easy as possible. With so many vegan food items and products readily available now and so many being brought out all the time and by major brands and retailers, going vegan has never been so easy.

Here are a list of resources/further information that I recommend if you’re interested in Veganism:

Obviously www.veganuary.com for more information, resources and to sign up.

Eating Animals Book by Jonathan Safran Foer

How Not To Die Book by Dr Michael Greger

Earthlings Documentary - Graphic, more of an animal perspective

Cowspiracy Documentary - More of an environmental perspective

Forks Over Knives - More of a scientific and research based perspective.

What The Health Documentary - More about the nutrition benefits

So, if you’ve made it this far that you’ll consider researching veganism a bit more and even give the 31 day challenge a go. After all, it’s only for a month and if you try it and don’t like it, that’s fine, maybe it’s not for you right now. If you try it and enjoy it or feel better for it, then hey, that’s a wonderful thing! You can decide to carry it on!

It’s a win win.

Elle x


World Environment and Oceans Days - Beat Plastic Pollution
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This week it is World Environment and World Oceans Day. Each year they pick a theme to focus on and this year they have both picked "Plastic Pollution." World Oceans Day provides a unique opportunity to honour, help protect and conserve our world's shared ocean. Whereas the UN's World Environment Day encourages worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment.

The ocean is important as it generates more than half of the oxygen we breathe and absorbs the most carbon from it, it helps feed us, regulates our climate, cleans the water we drink, offers a variety of medicines and contains a whole ecosystem of marine life.

However, there is an estimated 12.7 million tonnes of plastic that end up in our oceans each year. This ranges from plastic bottles and plastic bags to microbeads. Due to the plastic travelling on ocean currents, it is ending up all over the world, even trapped in Arctic ice. The impacts this is having on marine life is devastating. Most of us will remember the harrowing scenes from Davd Attenborough's Blue Planet series of the Albatross dead with plastic inside their stomachs or the Whale carrying her dead calf around with her after it died from drinking her pollution contaminated milk.

Although the majority of plastic bottles are technically "recyclable", most of them don't actually make it to the recycling plant. However, plastic doesn't actually biodegrade, it photodegrades, which means that the plastic breaks down into smaller, more toxic fragments which then pollutes the land and ocean. This then leads to them being ingested by animals, which can then be eaten by humans, or it can kill them.

                          THINGS WE CAN DO TO HELP - PLASTIC ALTERNATIVES

-Use tote/canvas bags instead of plastic ones
-Invest in a glass/steel straw and say no to plastic ones in bars
-Invest in reusable coffee cups and water bottles and take them with you to coffee shops.
-Shop in bulk food stores - bring your own containers, household cleaners, pasta, lentils etc.
-Buy fresh bread in bags
-Buy fresh fruit and veg loose and bring your own bags
-Buy bar soaps instead of bottles - lush do some great packaging free products.
-Stop using cling-film and use reuseable tupperware.

There are obviously many more ways we can help reduce our own plastic consumption and I have shared some of these links below.

Greenpeace
Mother Nature Network
Friends Of The Earth
WWF

Also I don't claim to do all of these methods, but I am slowly working towards reducing my plastic consumption as much as possible, which is all anyone can reasonably do.

Hope you enjoyed reading this post and you are leaving feeling inspired to ditch the plastic!

Elle x

Vegan Inspired Etsy Finds

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Many of you may know that I have been Vegan since March 2017 and it is something that is very important to me. I myself have been designing and working on some Vegan inspired products for you all but until they are ready I thought I would gather together some of my favourites from other Etsy sellers.

World's Okayest Vegan Jumper - Warya Tshirts - £17.10

This jumper is a perfect statement piece. I love the slogan for those days where you feel less like buddha bowls and more like Oreo's and vegan ice cream.

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Not your Mum, Not Your Milk Tee - The Goose and Rabbit - £18.19

This wonderfully illustrated design shows the exploitation of the dairy industry in a striking and artistic way. It's cute, yet informative and is simply gorgeous.

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Vegan Tattoo Mug - All Glamour No Guts -  £10.00

I do not have enough mugs. This is one I definitely NEED. This Vegan tattoo style heart design is perfect on this mug. Simple, straight to the point and stylish, this mug is a win.

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Avocado Boob Tee - Cactus and Spoon Prints £14.50
This screen printed t-shirt design is made using a hand-printed lino cut design. This cheeky t-shirt is sure to be a fun and casual way to show off your Vegan pride, or just your love of Avocados.
 

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Vegan Badge Pack - Hello Treacle £5
These 38mm Vegan pin badges are designed, printed and handmade by Hello Treacle. The illustrated designs are perfect for popping onto bags, clothes and accessories. Plus the products and packaging are made from recycled materials where possible. Check the listings for further information.

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Vote With Your Fork Print - The Creative Toucan £12
I love the Vegan prints by The Creative Toucan so much that it was hard to choose between them. My favourite design is the Keep Calm and Become Vegan print. Although this design is perfect for your kitchen walls. These prints are beautifully designed and illustrated and make the perfect vegan statement.

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Plants are Friends Jumper - Tme Printing £13.29
This screen printed jumper design is wonderfully illustrated and quirky. The company also operate a "Tees for Trees" initiative in that for every item they sell, they will plant a tree on your behalf. This is carried out with their partners at "Trees for the Future." So not only are you getting a great piece of clothing, you're also helping the environment in the process. Win Win!

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Those are my first 7 picks! I really enjoyed coming up with this list and I still have SO many items saved in my Etsy favourites, so let me know in the comments if you would like to see another one in the future! I hope you go and check out these wonderful Etsy sellers and their great Vegan inspired items.

Elle x