Meat Free Monday?

Hello everyone!

If you have followed my blogย for a while, you may be wondering where last week’s Meat Free Monday recipe was? I’ve decided that 52 was enough and I’m not a good enough cook to create 52 more unique and tasty vegetarian and vegan dishes… If you want inspiration then it’s all still here on the blog!

Ultimately, the challenge to blog about it each week showed me a variety of new ingredients that can be used as a substitute for meat. It also showed how varied a diet can be without including meat at all… Especially as around half the meals were also vegan!

This has shown me I CAN go meat free consistently, therefore my New Year’s Resolution is to go vegetarian apart from when I go out to eat (and then avoid red meat). Also, I’ve switched to dairy-free milk and yoghurt, so I’ve drastically reduced my dairy intake! For me, this is quite a change.

I may still blog a recipe when I find a great new one, but it definitely won’t be every week! I hope this all makes sense and I’m still going to be blogging regularly about sustainable living.

Happy Mother Earth Day!

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So today is Mother Earth Day according to the UN! The theme this year is to ‘be mindful of the impacts our choices have on this planet, and what those impacts will mean for future generations’. I feel like this encapsulates what I want my blog to be like so I had to include it!

Remember, everyone can make a difference; it can sometimes seem like we’re ants, crawling around the earth, but we can have a huge impact!

I took this photo last weekend –ย this time of year is so pretty in England. Try to appreciate wherever you are in the world and make mindful choices ๐Ÿ™‚

Why is Earth Hour So Important?

Earth Hour began in 2007 and I have to say that when I first heard about it I thought, what’s the point?! Turning your lights out for 1 hour, 1 day a year is not going to have a huge impact!

I was wrong. First of all the WWF have a map that shows you all the individuals and organisations that are taking part in your area. This in itself is pretty empowering and shows what people can achieve once they get organised!

Even Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace are switching off! This is a huge symbol to show how much the UK cares about the planet. And we’re not the only ones – landmarks across the world are doing the same.

Already #EarthHour and #YourPower are the top two trending hashtags on Twitter. This is pretty impressive! So much awareness is being raised about climate change and what you can do as an individual.

OK, so one hour of no lights might not save too much electricity! But it puts climate change in the front of your mind, and hopefully this will impact the climate talks in Paris later this year.

Here’s the video, in case you haven’t seen it! Are you switching your lights off at 8.30 tonight?

Surprisingly Ethical Brands!

Since people will pay a premium for items that are more ‘ethical’/’environmentally-friendly’, some companies are pretending that their brands are more ethical than they really are. This is so so annoying for those of us who want to support genuine brands!

But there are also brands that are genuinely ethical, but choose not to advertise this! I wanted to share some of them with you guys so you can make simple changes to everyday purchases ๐Ÿ™‚

Bulldog is a skincare brand in the UK, targeted at men and advertised as no nonsense stuff. But it’s also completely animal-friendly and ethical consumer ranks it highly. It’s not expensive at all, so a great find ๐Ÿ˜€

There are a couple of make up brands as well that are completely cruelty free that you might not expect; ELF, GOSH and Barry M. They’re all reasonably priced (I hope to do a few reviews using these brands in the future) and widely available.

There are also a few high street clothing brands – these aren’t as ethical as the more expensive brands, but are great if you want to reduce your impact and are on a budget! H&M, New Look and Zaraย are all making progress on improving their supply chains and reducing their environmental impact.

Plain Lazy is a great brand if you have teenagers to buy presents for! Or anyone who’s relaxed ๐Ÿ™‚ A lot of their products use organic cotton, and they don’t break the bank.

Arena Flowers are a flower company that top the charts on the ethical consumer list. They stock Fairtrade Flowers and British Flowers too – a couple of great options!

La Tasca is a restaurant that I love – it’s a Spanish restaurant that tops the ethical consumer charts! It’s no more expensive than other chains, and is that much better for the world ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you found this useful. If there are any other ‘secretly ethical’ brands you know of, please list them below!

Becoming Vegucated

I’ve been looking for more information about the environmental impact of different foods and health implications; I’m aware of the basics, but wanted to know more as I transition to a more plant based diet.

I found Vegucated on Netflix – it’s just over an hour long, but seriously changed my perceptions on food! You start off with three people who eat a ‘normal’ Western diet, and watch them attempt to go vegan.

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It’s not too preachy and has a human element that makes it interesting. It also starts off with really basic information and then follows with more complex stuff, so it’s interesting for newbies and seasoned vegans alike.

Warning: there are a couple of scenes with dead animals/animal cruelty, so may not be suitable for young children.

It’s the best documentary about food that I’ve seen for a while, has anyone got any recommendations for me? I’d love to keep learning about healthy eating and reducing my impact on the planet! It’s inspired me to experiment with milk alternatives so look out for some vegan recipes soon ๐Ÿ™‚

Living My Ideals and a Change

As I am on a zero hours contract at the moment, my income is unpredictable, but I still want to donate to charity. I’ve donated some money over the past year but not as much as I would like, so I thought a bit outside the box… I donated my hair!

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There’s a charity called the Little Princess Trust, which is based in the UK and it makes wigs for children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy. They need at least 7 inches of hair in order to make a wig, so if you’re thinking about going short then look at this site!

It’s a charity that is trying to make the world a slightly better place. Also, from a sustainability perspective, it now takes a fraction of the time, water and product to wash my hair!

Hope you’re having a great weekend – remember, ‘go into the world and do good’ and ‘be the change you wish to see in the world’!