My Five Year Vegan Anniversary

Wearing my favourite vegan t-shirt!!

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 January –

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How to do a plastic free food shop

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.

  • Take your own produce bags
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Zero Waste Travel Kit

Travel Kit

It’s time for another trip away, and I’m trying to do it as zero waste as possible. I’m heading to Ireland on Wednesday for a mini break to attend a wedding and visit my boyfriend’s family.

Usually whenever you head through security at the airport you’re met by millions of miniature products that not only cost the same as a standard size product but are so unnecessary.  I try to take the minimal number of products possible and use things which I can just refill or reuse so I don’t create more waste.

So here’s my travel essentials:

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Where To Bulk Buy in Edinburgh | Real Foods

A couple of months ago, I wrote a blog about bulk buying in Edinburgh (it’s here if you’d like to see) and I wanted to spread the word about another great place in the city to bulk buy from.

I absolutely love Real Foods. I used to work across the road from one of the stores, so I have spent a lot of lunch breaks trying to pick what kind of vegan chocolate I needed to get me through the rest of the working day.

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Oh, hello there!

It feels like it has been forever since I posted a blog, and I guess it has been.

Summer was incredibly busy and keeping my blog updated with regular content was just not going to happen. In August, I was working full time while also reviewing theatre shows every evening so I didn’t have much free time.

Since then I’ve moved my blog onto a new hosting site and given it a whole new name, so welcome to Simply Sustainable Sarah. I started Zero Waste 30 when i was 30, and while I liked that name (it’s a take on Zero Dark Thirty), I want to change the blog identity a I like having my name in the title when a lot of my social media account use my nickname Moyesy rather than Sarah.

So what else is new?

My day job is very busy. If you don’t know then I work for an animal campaigns charity called OneKind, and we’re currently doing lots of work on salmon farming, live exports, fox hunting and mountain hare culls.

I’m also run the social media accounts for Plastic Free Scotland. So follow us on Twitter and Facebook to hear more about our campaigns.

My plan now is to upload regular content on both my blog and kick starts things again.

So keep your eyes peeled.

Vegan Banana Bread // Plastic Free July

Banana bread is one of those great cakes that you can make with ingredients from your cupboard and now I can bulk buy vegan chocolate chips, the recipe is zero waste too. It’s also a great way to use up any bananas that are too ripe too eat so you don’t end up with food waste.

I made this cake last night and as you can see from the photo I’ve already eaten about a third of it which can only be a sign that it tastes good. It’s really quick and easy to make and you don’t need any fancy food processors or equipment.

 

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My Zero Waste Bathroom // Plastic Free July

Happy Plastic Free July!

I hope that you’re all enjoying the challenge of trying to cut ditch single-use plastics and look for zero waste alternatives.

Of all the rooms in my flat, my bathroom is definitely the most zero waste. It was the first area of my life that I really tackled, and I’m proud that it’s a plastic free zone. So I thought I would share the products I use to inspire you to make some plastic free swaps this month.

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Where To Bulk Buy in Edinburgh | The New Leaf Co-op

Want to know where to bulk buy in Edinburgh?

Well The New Leaf Co-op has all your zero waste needs.

I discovered this shop last year, and these days I can often be found there scooping chickpeas into jars and looking at all the shelves of spices.

The store is open from Monday to Saturday and is the best place in Edinburgh to buy in bulk. The shop sells loose fruit and veg, bread without packaging, and lots of bulk foods including grains, pulses, pasta, spices, herbs, dried fruit, cleaning products, and they have a nut butter machine!!

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Zero Waste Mascara

My makeup bag is probably one of the areas of my life that isn’t very zero waste. If you know me well then you’ll know I don’t wear much makeup anyway, but one of my must-have items is mascara. I was previously using drugstore mascara which came in a plastic bottle, but since it ran out a few weeks ago, I decided it was time to find a zero waste alternative.

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