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How a Flexitarian Diet Could Be the Key to Saving the Planet

February 7, 2019
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Your food choices might seem like they could only affect a limited number of things — primarily you and the people you eat with. But your diet has a much larger sphere of influence than you’d think. What you whip up for lunch could even contribute to the earth’s future.

Maybe you’ve tried going vegan, vegetarian or pescatarian before, but you didn’t see the benefit of it. Or perhaps you don’t know exactly how an ecosystem could respond based on how you snack. Find out how the environment can change for the better based on a flexitarian diet, and discover a simple way to start eating responsibly.

Meat-Heavy Lifestyles and the Environment

America is notorious for consuming large amounts of red meat, and the pattern of meat-prominent diets could have serious consequences. According to a 2018 study based on current trends, worldwide food demands by 2050 could become too taxing for the planet to safely function and act as a sufficient home for humans.

A substantial consideration in the earth’s state is climate change, and greenhouse-gas emissions are a major factor. Animals in the food system produce these gases through manure and rumination, and the meat and dairy industry passed the fossil fuel industry as the top polluter in the world in 2018.

The beef industry is responsible for increased levels of methane, and the process of feeding cows generates emissions too. Even the amount of water that food industry animals have to consume is higher than what many crops need to grow. Other meat sources, like pigs, chickens and sheep, take more resources than vegetables, legumes and fruits to cultivate.

Clearly, meat production requires high levels of environmental resources, pollutes the world and contributes fewer useful products than plant production. A shift toward sustainable food options could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and set the earth on a beneficial track.

Meat-Based Diets and Personal Health

Aside from the environment, the impacts of meat on a person’s diet are concerning, mostly due to the level of saturated fats in red meat. Eating foods high in saturated fats is linked to heart disease and high cholesterol. There’s also the potential for a higher risk of diabetes and some kinds of cancer with regularly meat-heavy meals.

However, fruits, nuts, vegetables and grains are a natural solution to promote wellness. With unsaturated fats and natural sugars, a plant-based diet is beneficial for your body. Reducing meat intake and increasing plant consumption can help you in the long run.

What Is a Flexitarian?

If you don’t think you’re interested in going full-fledged vegetarian or vegan, that’s okay. Flexitarianism can improve the environment without restricting your eating habits too much. Essentially, the diet means you can be a flexible vegetarian. A flexitarian diet is a manageable way for anyone to lessen their diet’s impact on the environment. Many types of meat can provide iron, protein, nutrients and vitamins, and some feel that their diets are incomplete without meat for these benefits. Occasionally eating meat can make up for any drawback.

This style of diet is becoming popular because it promotes personal choice and aids people when they’re eating out. Due to its customizable nature, the transition into flexitarianism isn’t strenuous.

The central principle of this diet is to approach your eating with the goal to eat less meat. But the flexibility allows you more freedom and accommodates several kinds of lifestyles. Whether you have an on-the-go career or a laidback schedule, you can set your own degree of commitment. It’s a simple step to caring for the environment through your food choices, and it could improve the planet’s well-being.

How to Become a Flexitarian

To begin a flexitarian diet, decide your level of involvement and establish a plan to adjust your eating. A basic start is to map out your meals for the next week and pick a few days that can be meatless. Or you can cut down on your meat portions over the course of the next few weeks. Intentionally select alternate foods that are high in protein, like beans or imitation meat. You might be surprised by the meat substitute choices available.

A helpful way to introduce vegetables and fruit into your day is to alter your go-to recipes. If you fix a hamburger for lunch every other day, opt for a bean burger instead. Gradually alter your meals to feature more plant-based foods. With the wide variety of vegetarian recipes at your disposal online, you can explore creative options as you go.

Although you’re reducing the level of saturated fats in your meals, healthy fats from avocados and nuts can enhance your plant-based meals. Cacao nibs are also a tasty treat with natural fat and antioxidants, which is especially appealing to dark chocolate lovers.

Protect the Planet

Simple changes to your diet can contribute to the planet’s health, but other choices you make can influence the environment too. Discover new ways to maintain your home and its future, and use your voice to inform others about green practices and responsible living.

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10 Best Meat Alternative Brands for Vegans

January 24, 2019

Meat eaters all have a common complaint they often use to justify their carnivorous diet. You’ve no doubt heard, at least once or twice before: “I can’t find any substitute that tastes like the real thing. If there were some equivalent to chicken, beef, pork and fish, I might consider going vegan.”

In truth, there’s no shortage of companies that produce imitation meat, and they can replicate the flavor and texture of chicken, beef, pork and fish with impressive authenticity. To show just how many options there are, here are 10 of the best meat alternative brands on the market today, along with a few examples of their contributions.

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2018 Environmental News and Recap

December 31, 2018
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The future of the planet isn’t often a positive topic of discussion, and it’s admittedly easy to see the negatives. As fluctuating temperatures, unseasonable weather and natural disasters such as hurricanes and forest fires grow more common, it seems our current course is taking us toward even greater environmental disaster.

In truth, there’s still time to change the future’s trajectory, and politicians and entrepreneurs have made incredible progress in the renewable energy sector and other areas of restoration and conservation. 2018 was a pivotal year for the planet, and we’ll recap some important environmental news everyone should know about.

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The Top Sustainable Beauty Brands

December 27, 2018
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This is the fifth and final part of our series looking into environmental issues with the beauty industry, areas it’s excelling in sustainability and where we can expect to see sustainability efforts improve in the future. You can find the previous post here. Hope you have enjoyed reading!

 

You’ve decided to switch to sustainable beauty to benefit your health and the planet we all share. Good for you, eco-warrior!

Followers of this series already know some handy tips and tricks for making your daily beauty routine greener. Still, companies that have already gone the extra mile in implementing sustainable practices deserve some major props and increased patronage (although I’m not an affiliate with any of these brands — just a fan of sustainable companies). Read up on some top sustainable beauty brands that can make your grooming more Earth-friendly.

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Sustainable Cosmetic Packaging Revolutionizing the Beauty Industry

December 24, 2018
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This is the fourth of a five-post series looking into environmental issues with the beauty industry, areas it’s excelling in sustainability and where we can expect to see sustainability efforts improve in the future. You can find the previous post here.

 

While environmentally friendly personal care companies originally marketed primarily to those with a hippie or new age mindset, today, beauty product manufacturers who ignore trends toward sustainability risk becoming obsolete. Conscientious consumers, especially millennials and Gen Zers increasingly demand products that treat the planet kindly. As science develops ever more eco-friendly packaging materials, cosmetic manufacturers benefit both the Earth and their bottom line by utilizing these innovations to decrease their carbon footprint.

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How to Identify Sustainable Beauty Products by Their Ingredients

December 20, 2018
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This is the third of a five-post series looking into environmental issues with the beauty industry, areas it’s excelling in sustainability and where we can expect to see sustainability efforts improve in the future. You can find the previous post here.

 

Many people know that switching to sustainable beauty products helps the environment, but did you know it may improve your health as well?

As many of the chemicals typically used in cosmetic production have yet to undergo rigorous testing, no one truly knows the impact these synthetic substances may have on health. But we do know that the skin absorbs chemical additives like a sponge. So avoiding personal hygiene products laden with chemical additives and preservatives just makes sense.

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How Did Sustainable Beauty Begin, and What Are the Current Trends?

December 17, 2018
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This is the second post in a five-part series environmental issues with the beauty industry, areas it’s excelling in sustainability and where we can expect to see sustainability efforts improve in the future. You can find the previous post here.

 

In today’s electronically connected world, consumers have greater access to information about the products they use than ever before. As a result, manufacturers face increasing public pressure to abandon wasteful production practices and embrace cleaner, greener alternatives.

The beauty industry stands at the forefront of the sustainability movement. Consumers criticize non-essential items most harshly. While few people encounter public scorn for activities such as driving — which pollutes heavily but remains a necessity — choosing to patronize beauty brands accused of unsustainable practices has long raised eyebrows. Cosmetics manufacturers continue to experiment with new techniques to create products that enhance beauty without destroying the planet.

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Common Beauty Industry Environmental Issues

December 13, 2018
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This is the first of a five-post series looking into environmental issues with the beauty industry, areas it’s excelling in sustainability and where we can expect to see sustainability efforts improve in the future.

 

More people than ever before recognize the importance of going green to humankind’s continued existence on this planet and with good reason. The most recent National Climate Assessment strongly suggests that failing to take immediate action to address climate change will cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars.

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How Climate Heroes Are Saving Our Planet

December 6, 2018
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Most people accept climate change as a reality and one of the biggest collective challenges humanity has yet to overcome. With few exceptions, the general public sees climate change for what it is: a threat.

Though many people understand the danger climate change poses to the planet and both human and non-human lives, the concept can seem abstract at times. Unless you’re a prominent environmentalist or study climate science yourself, you may not be familiar with the world’s climate heroes. These individuals are taking direct action to stop environmental destruction in its tracks.

Who are today’s climate heroes? What role do they play in stopping climate change? And how can the average citizen contribute? Humanity’s ability to create big environmental change relies on the answers to these important but often overlooked questions.

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