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Little by Little: My Monthly Plan

How I’m making small changes for a big impact.

Each one of us matters, has a role to play, and makes a difference. Each one of us must take responsibility for our own lives, and above all, show respect and love for living things around us, especially each other.

Jane Goodall

In my path to sustainability, I knew I had to make it “bite-sized.” Like most people, I’m short on time and money, but I still felt like there had to be something I could do. So, for my 2020 New Year’s Resolution, I decided that every month, I would make at least one change in my life to be more sustainable.

January Goal: Go Meatless

Credit to: EatingOurFuture.com

My goal for January was to eliminate meat from my diet. The meat industry is one of the largest pollutors out there, and I knew that by not eating meat, I could not only reduce my carbon footprint, but save money, as meat was routinely the most expensive thing on my shopping list. According to a 2018 article from The Guardian (linked below), the meat and dairy industries produce 60% of agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions. While it was pretty easy for me to cut out meat, dairy is a huge chunk of my protein intake (and favorite foods, for that matter), so that is a change to be made further on. For more information about my efforts to go meatless, click here.

February Goal: Take a Closer Look at My Cleaning Products

Credit to: PublicGoods.com

My goal for February was to find substitutions for the everyday cleaning products I use. Cleaning products are a really common change made that can reduce the amount of waste you produce. The usually are in plastic bottles and are full of harmful chemicals that pollute the water and make recycling the bottles harder. I wanted to find cleaning products on the market that weren’t going to be pollutants, but would still be effective and reasonably priced.

March Goal: Overhaul My Grocery List (Part One)

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My goal for March is to overhaul my grocery list, focusing on elimating single use plastics, wasteful packaging, and non-sustainable purchases; and replacing the things I eliminate with organic, eco-friendly, and sustainable alternatives that are still easily accessible and affordable. Since I operate on a really tight budget, I’m really going to focus more on low-hanging fruit here, and try to stores that aren’t Walmart, but are still accessible to everyone. Organic grocery shopping can be really expensive, so I’m not too worried about having an entirely organic grocery list until I have more disposable income. Something that is important to realize is that our duties as activists are directly proportional to our privilege. The priviliege you have, the more you can (and should) take on as an activist.

April Goal: Overhaul My Closet (Part One)

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The clothing industry is also one of the biggest pollutors out there, contributing 35% of the plastic that’s in the oceans according to Business Insider, particularly fast-fashion stores like H&M, Forever21, Zara, etc. Unfortunately, those are my favorite places to shop. Fast-fashion is an multiple offender when it comes to sustainable, contributing not only to pollution, but to continued worker exploitation throughout the world. An estimated 260 million children are employed around the world, with over half of them being engaged in child labour (as defined by the UN, “work for which the child is either too young – work done below the required minimum age – or work which, because of its detrimental nature or conditions, is altogether considered unacceptable for children and is prohibited”) according to UNICEF, and many of them are employed in the fashion supply chain. My goal for the month of April is clean out my closet, eliminating pieces I don’t need by either donating them or selling them, and replacing pieces I do need, but that aren’t sustainable with new pieces that are more sustainable. I hope to find sustainable clothing stores that are high quality, accessible, and affordable

May Goal: Good-Bye ALL Single Use Plastics

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This is something I’ve been working on for over a year now, but I want to dedicate a month to truly eliminating single use plastics from my life. I already use reusable water bottles and don’t personally buy plastic straws, cups, plates, or utensils, but I want to invest in a no-plastic kit for traveling and day-to-day use. This can be one of the most expensive parts about going zero-waste, but I hope to find alternatives that are (say it with me now!) accessible, effective, and affordable.

June Goal: Zero-Waste Bathroom

Credit to: Lush

I use a lot of personal care products, and my goal for June is to make sure as many of them as possible are as sustainable and green as possible. I’m going to try making as many of the day-to-day products that I use as possible, as storebought alternatives are usually not as green as they claim to be. I struggle with this aspect of being zero-waste, because I have high maintenance skin and hair, am a big fan of make-up and need high performing make-up, and am allergic to coconut and highly sensitive to essential oils. Shopping list for this month: castille soap, beeswax, and shea butter.

July Goal: Overhaul My Grocery List (Part Two)

Credit to: The Today Show

My goal for July is to overhaul my grocery list, again. Eliminating even more waste and plastic, and finding a cheap places to buy products that I use on a daily basis (rice, pasta, beans, etc) in bulk. Hopefully between July and March, I will have found good sustainable shopping places near me that I can lean on for this. Buying in bulk not only is more environmentally friendly, but is more budget friendly, something I really rely on, as a self-proclaimed broke b*tch.

August Goal: Take a Break!

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I don’t want to overextend myself or burn out, so for the month of August, my goal is no goal. I want to focus on self-care and saving during this month. Activism, particularly the kind that involves so much personal change, is exhausting, and you cannot be effective as an activist unless you take care of yourself too. I am particularly prone to burn out and putting extreme amounts of pressure on myself to overachieve, and feel guilty when I’m not performing in the way that I feel like I should be, so I find it incredibly useful for me personally to schedule in self-care and make it a goal.

September Goal: Overhaul My Closet (Part Two)

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My goal for September is to closely inspect my fall and winter clothes and see where I can improve the sustainability of my closet. Sweaters and jackets are going to be my big focus, as they most often have the synthetic properties (such as polyester) which don’t break down and make it harder to recycle clothing items. I want to learn to do more with less and focus on getting a few key pieces that will last a long time and be sustainable.

October Goal: Composting

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As someone who lives in an apartment, composting is a tricky task. So, my goal for October is to find ways that I can compost my food waste at home and in my city. Since my outdoor space is limited and shared and I have a very mischevious cat, I need to find ways to compost inside in a way that is at low risk of being knocked over and spilled everywhere. Good places to start for this are farmers markets and community gardens, or some Whole Foods have community composting bins!

November Goal: Sustainable Christmas Shopping

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I tried to have a completely sustainable Christmas in 2019, and I would say that I had a 75% sustainable Christmas. I went out of my way to shop only at smaller companies, buy only products that were cruelty free or sustainable, and managed to completely avoid shopping on Amazon (which was a feat), but I set the goal for myself too late to be able to truly stick to it. This year, I want to try to make as many Christmas gifts as possible, shop from places like Etsy and support individuals and craftsman, and shop from local small businesses. A secondary goal of mine for the month is to find sustainable and eco-friendly ways to wrap my gifts, from recyclable wrapping paper to shopping at antique shops, flea markets, and thrift stores to find wrapping paper alternatives.

Credit to: Seattle University

December Goal: Raise Awareness

Like most people, I see most of my family during December, so I want to really focus on finding ways to raise awareness about sustainable and zero-waste practices. I’ve found that most people are willing to make changes to be more sustainable and produce less waste once you tell them how to. However, no one wants to be the preachy cousin, so here’s hoping I can find ways to spread awareness without coming off as condescending (yikes!). This is a line I struggle to walk sometimes, as someone who spends a lot of time thinking about and researching various topics surrounding politics and activism. Its easy to forget that not everyone has unlimited free time and energy to spend researching sustainability, and just because I do, does not make me an inherently better person. Mantra for the month: “Don’t let arrogance turn your virtues into vices.” (Paraphrase of a quote attributed to Dominque Bouhours)

Obviously, all this is just a start. By the end of 2020 my goal is only to be about 50% or 60% along the way to bein zero-waste and in 2021 is when I hope to make the major cuts and changes necessary. Check back on this post to see updates and subscribe to my blog to be notified whenever I post new content!

Sources:

(In the order that they appear in the post)

Carrington, Damian. “Avoiding Meat and Dairy Is ‘Single Biggest Way’ to Reduce Your Impact on Earth.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 31 May 2018, http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/31/avoiding-meat-and-dairy-is-single-biggest-way-to-reduce-your-impact-on-earth.

McFall-Johnsen, Morgan. “The Fashion Industry Emits More Carbon than International Flights and Maritime Shipping Combined. Here Are the Biggest Ways It Impacts the Planet.” Business Insider, Business Insider, 21 Oct. 2019, http://www.businessinsider.com/fast-fashion-environmental-impact-pollution-emissions-waste-water-2019-10#many-of-those-fibers-are-polyester-a-plastic-found-in-an-estimated-60-of-garments-producing-polyester-releases-two-to-three-times-more-carbon-emissions-than-cotton-and-polyester-does-not-break-down-in-the-ocean-8.

Moulds, Josephine. “Child Labour in the Fashion Supply Chain.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 22 May 2017, labs.theguardian.com/unicef-child-labour/.

Kellogg, Kathryn. “A Composting Guide for Apartment Living.” Going Zero Waste, Going Zero Waste, 3 Oct. 2017, http://www.goingzerowaste.com/blog/composting-for-apartments.

Greenwashing 101

How to Spot It, How to Avoid It, How to Change It

It’s Profitable to be “Woke,” but Who is Really Walking the Walk?

Greenwashing. Also known as “green sheen,” greenwashing refers to when companies market themselves as being sustainable, low-waste, eco-friendly, or just generally green. This video by Hasan Minhaj does an excellent job of pointing out two prominent examples of companies who are claiming to be green, but who are really poisoning the environment, using sweatshops and other unfair practices, and lying to consumers: H&M and Zara.

H&M and Zara are the two leaders of the fast fashion industry. They are large, international chains who have both made sustainability pledges in one form or another, which is great, right? Wrong. The Norwegian Consumer Advisory Board investigated H&M’s claims, and told Fast Company that “H&M is ‘misleading’ consumers by failing to provide adequate detail about why their garments are less polluting than other garments.” H&M and Zara claim things like their t-shirts are made with “ecologically grown cotton,” “recycled materials,” or that jackets are made with “the most sustainably produced polyurethane,” when in actuality “ecologically grown cotton” is not refering to any kind of standardized metric, only the tag on the garment is made of recycled materials, and there is no such thing as “sustainably produced” polyurethane (it’s just oil and plastic!).

It can be difficult to judge a company’s true sustainablility, because we don’t really have a ton of across-the-board ways to judge it. There’s a difference in using organic cotton vs non-organic cotton vs recycled synthetics (hint: one decomposes quickly, one veeery slowly, and one never will). There are no industry standards, especially in fashion for what sustainable means, but there is a rapidly growing demand for more transparency in “sustainability reporting.” Harvard Business Review proposed a scorecard which places emphasis on the “Triple Bottom Line” (a phrase first coined by sustainability expert John Elkington in 1994) in 2015. The TBL is now a major part of the way a lot of companies self-monitor and report, and is a theory that states that companies should focus on more than THE bottom line (profit), and should view their environmental and social impacts as just as important as their profit margins. This may seem like a no-brainer, especially to anyone who has studied business recently, but under capitalism, as it is traditionally defined, a business has no responsibility to anyone except stakeholders (and they’ve only been considered in that way since the 70’s). The idea that there is more to a company’s value and merit than its ability to turn a profit is somewhat revolutionary (read Concious Capitalism by Whole Foods CEO John Mackey and Rajendra Sisodia, which came out in 2013 and is seens as kind of mind-boggling to some capitalist business scholars).

So we’ve defined greenwashing and identified two offenders, but how do we avoid greenwashing? The simple answer is don’t shop at places who greenwash, but in reality, it so much more complex than that. There are so many behemoth companies that own so many smaller companies that it is almost impossible to find an actually sustainable company. Not everyone has the time or resources to spend hours researching sustainable companies, so I’ve compiled a list of some basic indicators of a company’s sustainability:

Transparency: A transparent company will provide easily accessible information about its labor practices, supply chain, spending, details about the company’s carbon footprint, and/or what their products are made of. Allbirds is a good example of material transparency.

Certifications: There are some certifications that are pretty good indicators of a company’s sustainability:

  • Fairtrade Certifcation: To recieve this certification, a company must meet the some standards:
    • Fair Trade Premiums: Workers decide democratically how to allocate additional funds
    • Worker Voice: Workers recieve training on their rights and have confidential channels to report grievances or complaints, both within and outside the facility
    • Women’s Rights: Specific provisions to protect women’s rights, prevent sexual harassment, and promote equal pay are in place.
  • Global Organic Textile Standard: Textiles are composed of a minimum 70% organic fibers and meets a certain standard of “energy and water resources and their consumption per kg of textile output, target goals and procedures to reduce energy and water consumption per kg of textile output.” GOTS also keeps a public database of producers, retailers, and brands that contains information on their GOTS standing, material composition, and more.
  • There are countless other ceritifications, here are 25 other common ones.

Packaging: The packaging a product comes in can tell you a lot about the company’s commitment ot sustainability. If a company claims sustainability or a low-waste status but packages its products in non-recyclable, wasteful, or single use packaging, that tells you that they are not really sustainable.

How do we change the culture? How do we make it clear that greenwashing is not acceptable and is not “woke?” For starters, don’t shop at companies that are known for greenwashing. The only real power the consumer has under capitalism is in where they choose to spend their money. Which brings us to the second way to stop greenwashing, which is being loud and calling it out. One person boycotting a store won’t do anything, but a few thousand people boycotting a store does. Thirdly, and connected to the second one, get politically active! Vote for and donate to candidates who are solid on issues regarding corporations and their environmental impact, and lobby for changes at any level you can, whether national or local. Lastly, you should try to support companies that are actually sustainable, whether by shopping there or just sharing information about them. They are the ones fighting an uphill battle against giants, and if we want to move towards a zero-waste, sustainable future, we have to help out those who are also trying to get there.

This is obviously not a comprehensive resource on this topic. For information, I would recommend checking out one of my favorite blogs, GoingZeroWaste. Kathryn makes a lot of good points in her article about greenwashing and points out a lot of common tricks and misconceptions.

Thank you for reading this post, and please don’t forget to check out my other posts! Follow me to stay updated on what I’m researching, learning about, trying in my journey to go zero-waste!


Sources

(In the order that they appear in the post)

Patriot Act. “The Ugly Truth Of Fast Fashion | Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj | Netflix.” YouTube, Netflix, 25 Nov. 2019, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGF3ObOBbac.

Segran, Elizabeth. “H&M, Zara, and Other Fashion Brands Are Tricking Shoppers with Vague Sustainability Claims.” Fast Company, Fast Company, 8 Aug. 2019, http://www.fastcompany.com/90385370/hm-zara-and-other-fashion-brands-are-tricking-consumers-with-vague-sustainability-claims.

Thomas, Martin, and Mark W. McElroy. “A Better Scorecard for Your Company’s Sustainability Efforts.” Harvard Business Review, Harvard Business School, 25 Oct. 2017, hbr.org/2015/12/a-better-scorecard-for-your-companys-sustainability-efforts.

Kenton, Will. “How There Can Be Three Bottom Lines.” Investopedia, Investopedia, 5 Feb. 2020, http://www.investopedia.com/terms/t/triple-bottom-line.asp#:~:text=The triple bottom line (TBL) is a framework or theory,, people, and the planet.

“Our Materials – Wool.” Allbirds, http://www.allbirds.com/pages/our-materials-wool.

Flynn, Erin. “4 Ways To Know If A Company Is Ethical & Sustainable.” Cladwell, Cladwell, 25 Jan. 2016, cladwell.com/blog/2016/1/22/4-ways-to-know-if-a-company-is-ethical-sustainable.

Why Make the Change?

Trying to Make a Difference in the World, One Step at a Time

If inividual action isn’t going to cut it, why advocate for it?

Studies have shown that individual action is not going to be enough to reverse the negative effects of climate change on the planet. We cannot stop global warming, we (by we, I mean governments of large companies and corporations) can only try to lessen its effects and protect those who will be affected by it. So why do I care about it?

For starters, I care about lessening my impact because I consider myself to be an ethical person, and my biggest ethical tennet is “Do no harm.” While I know that I’m not to blame for climate change, I cannot consider myself to be an ethical person if I don’t do whatever I can to reduce the amount of harm that my existence does to the world. I can do small things to help where I can, and know that despite my inability to create large scale change, I can try to put some positive change out there.

Secondly, I believe in peer pressure as an effective way to motivate social change. Making changes in your life to be more sustainable can influence other people to be more sustainable, and large scale change is what we need in this situation. One person shouting isn’t a whole lot of noise, but a whole stadium full of people all yelling is ignorable. This article by the Washington Post makes lots of good points about this, for example, people are more likely to want to buy a new car when they see that one of their neighbors has just bought a new car. One person buying a fuel-efficient car can prompt the people around them to also buy fuel-efficient cars. In an interview with the BBC, Professor Kelly Fielding of the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia said this, “What we know as social psychologists is that people are very influenced by what others do, even though we don’t think we are… It’s a paradox. We think we make our own decisions, but the truth is we look to others for guidance about how we should behave.” Therefore, the more people who make an effort to be zero-waste, sustainable, and/or eco-friendly overall, the more other people will be influenced to make these changes too.

Thirdly, I think it’s important to walk the walk. I cannot be effective as an activist in educating other people and trying to effect change at a legislative level if I am not making the changes that I’m asking other people to consider making. It has been shown that climate advocates who practice what they preach are viewed as more credible, and people are more willing to make changes based on what they recommend.

The moral of the story is, I am willing to make changes in my life that inconvenience me, make my life harder, and take away things that I enjoy because it is the right thing to do. It would be so much easier to not care, to only blame corporations and the government, but that doesn’t fit with my worldview or meet my expectations of myself. It is the government’s respsonsibility to make nationwide changes to prevent and protect against the consequences of climate change, but it’s my responsiblity to support candidates who will make those changes and lobby for those changes to made. It is corporation’s responsibility to work harder to lessen their impact on their environment, but it’s my responsibility to support corporations who do this and speak out against those who don’t.

If you’re reading this, I assume that you’re either considering the sustainable lifestyle or are already in it and are looking for more reasons to be and resources to lean on. If you fall into the first category, I hope you decide to make the change. If you’re in the second category, welcome! Thanks for reading and don’t forget to follow my blog and check back often for updates!


Sources:

(In the order they appear or are referenced in the post)

Clendaniel, Morgan. “Focusing on How Individuals Can Stop Climate Change Is Very Convenient for Corporations.” Fast Company, Fast Company, 11 Jan. 2019, http://www.fastcompany.com/90290795/focusing-on-how-individuals-can-stop-climate-change-is-very-convenient-for-corporations.

Howarth, Richard B., and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong. Perspectives on Climate Change: Science, Economics, Politics, Ethics. Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2009.

Frank, Robert H. “Perspective | How Peer Pressure Can Help Save the Planet.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 20 Feb. 2020, http://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/02/20/how-peer-pressure-can-help-save-planet/?arc404=true.

Rowlatt, Justin. “Climate Change Action: We Can’t All Be Greta, but Your Choices Have a Ripple Effect.” BBC News, BBC, 20 Sept. 2019, http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-49756280.

Fryling, Kevin, and Jim Hanchett. “IU Research Shows Climate Scientists Are More Credible When They Practice What They Preach.” IU Bloomington Newsroom, University of Indiana Bloomington, 16 June 2016, archive.news.indiana.edu/releases/iu/2016/06/attari-climate-credibility.shtml.

January Goal: Go Meatless

Month One of Making Changes for a More Sustainable Life

Good-bye cheeseburgers, fried chicken, and turkey legs…

So how can a picky eater like myself eliminate a large chunk of their diet and still eat? With surprising ease it turns out. I had already cut red meat out of my diet because eating it made me feel physically horrible (sweaty, bloated, nauseous, etc), but I would have never imagined I could function without chicken. Chicken has historically been the foundation of all the meals I cook for myself (fried chicken is one of my favorite foods and I spent a lot of time perfecting my recipe!), and I have yet to find a good vegetarian chicken substitute (I guess tofu?). I also am not the biggest fan of vegetables. I have the taste of a kid, I’ll admit it, so I worried a lot about just having enough different things to eat. And yet, here I am meat free for almost two months at the time of writing this. Here’s how I did it:


The Goal: Be 100% meat free by January 31, 2020.

The Plan: Go as cold turkey as possible.

Was it a success? Yes!


I am proud to say that I am now 100% meat free. I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a strict vegetarian as I still eat things like parmesan cheese and gelatin which contain animal products, but I do not eat meat outright. I would eventually like to go vegan, however cheese is what I’m relying on to fill the protein void that meat left. I have a very fast metabolism and I struggle to keep meat on so here are the ways I have replaced meat in my diet while still getting all the nutrients that I need from meat:

Protein

Gouda, Cocoa Roasted Almonds, Grape Jelly, Cracked Pepper Triscuits

Cheese: One of my favorite smaller meals that I eat is gouda cheese with cocoa roasted almonds or some kind of jam (blackcurrant and fig are my favorite, but grape works just fine!) and cracked pepper Triscuits®. Seriously, if you haven’t tried this combo, you haven’t lived! The sweet and salty compliment mild gouda perfectly! This is really easy to prepare and travel with, and is full of protein, calcium, and iron (all things I relied on meat to provide)! This is also a super affordable option, as all the ingredients cost less than $20 at Walmart! Plus, you get the added benefit of feeling like a Pronvencal villager eating their humble meal of nuts and cheese, and that vibe is a great one when it comes to food. (Yes, food does have vibes, don’t argue with me on this.)

Lentil Soup

Lentils: I love Meditteranean food and lentils are big part of many Meditteranean dishes, my favorite of which being lentil soup. Lentil soup is super easy! This is the basic recipe I usually use, with some changes depending on what I’m craving. I usually leave out the corn, because I’m not the biggest corn person and I don’t feel like it adds anything to the recipe, reduce the amount garlic (I have a sensitivity to it), and add in Tony Chachere’s cajun seasoning to give it a little kick. I have found that this recipe usually makes enough for about 4 or 5 meals, particularly if I eat it with a grilled cheese (which I always do!). It is super filling and nutritious.

Edamame: I eat so much edamame! The PictSweet frozen edamame bags are delicious and super cheap and easy to prepare. I absolutely devour these whenever I have them on hand, they’re usually gone in about 3 days because they scratch the same itch for me as eating potato chips, but with some nutritional value. They’re a pretty good source of iron and a really good source of protein!

Iron

Chickpea Meatballs

Chickpeas: I eat hummus every single day. I eat it on sandwiches, with pretzels, on flatbread, any way I can get hummus into my mouth, I get hummus into my mouth. Chickpeas have the most iron out of any other legume, nut, or bean, providing around 4.6-5.2 mg or iron per cup when cooked, so they make up a huge part of my diet. Chickpeas are also great to make “meatballs” out of. When ground up, chickpeas have avery similar texture to ground beef and are neutral enough in taste that when seasoned correctly, are very hard to distinguish from beef! This is my go-to chickpea meatball recipe, but because I can’t just take a recipe as is, I always make changes! A teaspoon of liquid smoke, about a quarter cup of brown sugar, and worcestershire sauce to taste gives you more of a barbeque flavor, or put some super finely shredded cheese and a bit sour cream and you have a meat-free sausage ball! Chickpea meatballs are a huge crowd pleaser, so I always make them for parties and holidays!

Potatoes: Potatoes are a huge staple in my diet, from baked potatoes to sauteed potatoes to hash browns to french fries, I eat a ton of potatoes. Most of the iron in potatoes is in the skin, so I try to leave the skin on as much as possible. Potatoes are also great sources of fiber, which super important to get as someone who doesn’t eat meat (particularly a person who doesn’t love vegetables).

Calcium

Lactose-Free Milk

Lactose-Free Milk: Believe it or not, I’m allergic to lactose. Does that stop me from consuming massive amounts of cheese? Of course not. However, I do not drink regular milk, because while I may be a glutton for pain, I’m not a glutton for that much pain. I buy lactose-free cow milk for several reasons: a) I love the way cow milk tastes and I think lactose-free milk; b) I’m allergic to coconut, so I can’t use coconut milk for anything; c) it is just as high in protein and calcium as regular milk. I also rely on lactose-free milk because it is a perfect substitution for regular milk in cooking. I have actually found that when it comes to making sauces and baking, I get better results, because lactose-free milk is thicker and creamier than regular milk! While lactose-free milk is considerably more expensive than regular milk, I find that I go through it less quickly, and since it is more highly pasteurized it has a longer shelf than regular milk. Ultimately, I think the value evens out with the higher cost.


These are just a few of the different things I’m more reliant on since eliminating meet from my diet. I also eat a lot more peanut butter, granola, and yogurt to get the protein, calcium, and fiber I need. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches have a daily meal, since they are cheap, easy to make, and filling. I am also a huge proponent of taking multi-vitamins! I take One-A-Day Women’s multivitamins because they are chock full of iron and calcium!

Obviously, going meat free is not an option for everyone. Not everyone has the time, energy, or ability to cut meat out of their diet. People who are gluten-free, have a B12 deficiency, IBS, allergies to nuts or soy, anaemia or other health conditions that put restrictions on food often times cannot and should not eliminate meat from their diet. People who are recovering from restrictive eating disorders also should think carefully about eliminating meat from their diet. Additionally, not everyone can afford to eliminate meat from their diets. It is classist and ableist to make sweeping claims about vegetarianism and veganism being for everyone, and I do not ever want to preach that.

The moral of the story is that going meat-free was a great choice for me and an easy way for me to lessen the amount of waste I produce!
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