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Meatless Mondays + Nurturing Your Inner Herbivore

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You’ve heard of Meatless Mondays… but why would you want to skip meat for a day? While meat is a good source of protein, vitamins, and minerals, it needs to be eaten as a part of a well balanced diet (should you choose to indulge your carnivorous nature...we’re not judging!). Typically, people who don’t eat meat “generally eat fewer calories and less fat, weigh less, and have a lower risk of heart disease than non-vegetarians do.” (Mayo Clinic, 2016). Not only that, but there is evidence to suggest avoiding meat can improve overall mood by giving you more, sustained energy, and a confidence boost because you’re doing right for the Earth!

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You could say that tapping into your inner herbivore is as easy as skipping the meat section in the local grocery store. We’ve learned first hand that it’s a little more complex than that. Before we give you some tips on how to replace meat in your meals, let’s discuss how you can help the environment just by skipping the deli at lunch!

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The meat industry has surprisingly negative effects on the Earth:

  • 83% of farmland is being used for meat and dairy. To keep up with high demand of meat and dairy, ranchers/farmers must destroy wildlife areas to create space for more cattle. Cattle ranchers have cleared 1 million square kilometers of forest to create bigger farm space.

  • Cows creates 12x more greenhouse gases than any other farm animal. Cows release methane and ammonia that come from their waste.

  • Water pollution can be attributed to the result of animal waste contaminating the water. Also there is an increased use of freshwater to maintain the farm animals.

What you can do:

The popular and effective solution is adopting a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle. However, making this lifestyle change can be a long and difficult process, especially for a long-time carnivore like myself or like many others.

Here are some easy changes you can make right now!

  • Commit to reducing your meat and dairy consumption by just a few meals a week

  • Switch to vegan-friendly products such as skincare, cosmetics, clothing, and even household products

  • Read the ingredients labels. Some products might have animal byproducts you may choose to avoid such as Carmine, Gelatin, and Lanolin

In short, cutting down on meat intake can significantly improve your mood, skin, and overall health… all while helping preserve forests and the ozone layer! You can also join a Facebook group for support and to share tips & tricks; we recommend this one which has a broad focus on overall sustainable living.

Let us know what you think in the comments!

By Naomi Jackson, photos + links by Jackii Ramis


An Easy Way to Lessen Your Environmental Impact: Washing Smart

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Washing clothes can be a mindless task. Make a routine feel impactful in 5 easy steps. It is not a surprise that the fashion industry is incredibly wasteful and harmful to the environment. Yet, if you thought plastic was bad, the very machines we use in our homes are just as damaging.

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If you guessed washing machines, you’re right.  When washing, garments release half a million tons of microfibers into the ocean, which is the equivalent of more than 50 billion plastic bottles. The microfibers are near impossible to clean up, and can enter food chains harming us, as well as marine life.

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What can you do? Buying with longevity in mind is one way to help slow down this damage to our planet and health. Up to two-thirds of clothes’ carbon footprint occurs after you take it home, which is good news because this means it’s up to us to make change which can be done in a few simple steps.

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Sustainability and style can certainty coexist, and one of our favorite brands, Reformation, showcases this effortlessly. The eco-friendly company geared toward the millennial with some extra cash to spend on 70s-influenced silhouettes and retro denim has become a fan favorite. Reformation has shared with us some steps to incorporate into our daily lives when it comes to washing smart. Here are a few pro tips:

 

1.     Only wash as needed – Next time you feel lazy about not doing a wash, and instantly feeling obligated to do a load of laundry, sit back down, put your feet up and pat yourself on the back for being a smart washer. Re-wear and re-use clothes as many times as desired without feeling dirty. Not only are you saving water this way but your also saving the life and longevity of your clothes the less they are continuously washed.

2.     Skip the dryer – Avoid the dryer when you can, and try hang-drying your clothes instead. In fact, machine drying is not recommended at all for denim. To save the color and longevity of your denim, begin air-drying the next time you go to do a wash, especially for black denim!

3.     Cold water – When you do a wash set the water to “cold” to save energy and help clothes last a little longer. Heat breaks down fibers.

4.     Spot cleaner- Tell your BFF to move aside for the spot cleaner! If there is a stain in one visible spot, don’t waste water by throwing it in the laundry, use spot cleaner.

5.     Denim – Try bagging and putting it in the freezer for a day or two, this will kill bacteria and odors as well as keep your jeans in better shape. Consider it a science project!

 

Join Reformation and other sustainable brands like Indigo Apparel in efforts to shop smart and live responsibly. It is in our hands to make change!

Author: Amanda Asencio (Indigo Apparel)