Since I went vegan over five years ago, my biggest obstacle
at Easter has always been finding vegan chocolate eggs. I’ve went from barely
being able to find one in the shops to having a huge variety to pick from.
However, now I can’t help but notice the sheer volume of plastic that they come
We all know how damaging plastic is to our planet. There is
no planet B. We need to stop taking the world for granted and start making
smart decisions which will not do irreversible damage.
So, if you are looking to buy Easter eggs this year then please think the plastic that you’re also purchasing. To make it a little easier for you, I’ve put together a list of the top five most eco-friendly vegan Easter eggs I could find.
For someone like me who has been wearing monthly contact lenses for around 18 years now the fact there is now a contact lenses recycle scheme is such a welcome announcement.
According to my maths skills, I have probably thrown away somewhere in the region of 450 contact lenses and plastic packages (I’ve rounded the number up to include the extra ones that I used to rip when I first started to use them). That’s a huge amount of plastic that I’ve had to throw away because there was no other solution.
Did you know that 4.3 million disposable menstrual products are used in the UK each year?
Considering that conventional period products contain up to 90% plastic, with menstrual pads containing the equivalent of 4 plastic bags, you can only imagine how damaging it is to the environment! I’m ashamed to admit that I had absolutely no idea how damaging menstrual products are until a few years ago. Growing up, there was never any mention of it. You either used tampons or pads, and it was pretty much as black and white as that. There was no discussion about plastic free alternatives, however in the past year there has been a lot of noise made about sustainable periods and what other options are out there.
Last weekend, I headed north to Leven to take part in the first OneKind beach clean. I’ve been interested in doing one for a while so when our Fife volunteer group suggested we do one, it was a great way for me to begin my beach clean journey, and I still can’t believe how much rubbish we found.
Happy Veganniversary to me!! That’s right, this week marks five whole years since I decided to try out Veganuary (read my blog on their website here) the switch to a vegan lifestyle. I actually went vegetarian around 20 years ago when I was just 12-13 years old. I didn’t really know anything about the meat industry at the time, I just knew that I didn’t want animals to be killed just to become food on my dinner plate. Over the years, thanks to the internet and films like Cowspiracy, my eyes have been opened and I constantly remain horrified by what really goes on in slaughterhouses and farms across the country.
The reason I didn’t go vegan sooner was that I honestly didn’t think
enough about the dairy and egg industries. I have never drank cow’s milk and
very rarely eat eggs, although I did consume both products in other foods. If
you’re vegan then you’ll know the frustration of finding milk in every product
from crisps to biscuits and pretty much every other product in between. For me,
the switch vegetarianism to veganism was an overnight one and I haven’t looked
back since. I can say 100% that I will never go back to eating animal products,
and I’d encourage anyone to give veganism a try. I mean, what do you really
have to lose?
So, here are some reasons why you should think about going vegan this
Did you know almost a third of plastic packaging used by supermarkets in the UK is either non-recyclable through standard collection schemes or difficult to recycle? Then there’s the packaging that can be recycled yet people choose to throw it in the bin instead.
Some supermarkets are taking steps in the right direction. A few months ago, Morrisons announced that all their fruit and vegetable bags will be compostable by spring 2019 and all single-use carrier bags will be removed from the shops by March 2019. And Iceland made the announcement that its bananas will be sold in a recycled paper wrapping instead of plastic by the end of the year.
While these are all steps in the right direction, we can’t just sit around waiting for the supermarkets to change everything for us. There’s lots of ways that we can take control of how much plastic we consume when we shop right now.