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.
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.
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.