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  • Writer's pictureSheRonda Berry

3 Ways To Help The Planet Without Going Vegan

You’ve decided that going plant-based just isn’t for you, but you still want to do your bit for the planet. Where do you begin?

We recognize that going vegan isn’t achievable for everyone, and while we’ll always advocate for plant-based diets, we know that even small lifestyle adjustments can have dramatic environmental benefits!

So, we’re here to help. Here are three accessible and affordable ways to reduce your environmental footprint without going plant-based.

Before we begin: It’s worth mentioning that even reducing your animal product consumption slightly can have profound effects. Did you know that giving up meat just one day a week for a year could reduce your greenhouse gas emissions by the same amount as cycling (rather than driving) a thousand miles?

Look Good in Sustainable Clothes and Shoes

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We all want to look good, but not to the detriment of the planet. The fashion industry is responsible for 10% of human-made CO2 emissions, so it’s clear that something needs to change.

Buying clothes and shoes that have been made using ethical and eco-friendly methods is one of the greatest steps you can take to reduce your carbon footprint. Luckily, many apparel brands are now using recycled textiles and slower production processes to offer more sustainable options!

If you don’t want to give up meat from your diet, why not go plant-based in your clothing and cosmetic choices? Choosing vegan alternatives to clothes, shoes and make-up when shopping won’t affect your style, but it’ll be kinder to the planet.

Fill Your Home With Vegan and Organic Products

Filling your home with natural, Earth-friendly goods is another simple yet effective way to do your bit for this beautiful planet we call home. Over the past few years, it’s become easier than ever to choose less ecologically damaging household products, including:

Chemical-free cleaning agents

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Reusable cleaning products, such as compostable dish sponges

Plastic, silicone, and paraben-free shampoo and conditioner

Vegan toiletries (don’t forget to find toiletries that are also free from microplastics)

Zero-waste food and drinks packaging

Biodegradable bin liners

Upcycled furniture

Recycled carpets, curtains, and bedding.

The key is to look for products that can be used again and again, instead of single-use items that’ll be thrown in the trash after a couple of days.

Switch Up How You Get From A to B

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Vehicle fumes are one of the biggest contributors to climate change, so if you’re serious about sustainability, evaluating your transport usage is a great place to start.

This could be as simple as putting your car keys down and walking to work twice a week, or maybe cycling to the grocery store if it’s only 10 minutes away. If you need to take a slightly longer journey, why not see if there’s a bus heading in the same direction?

If you’re a frequent flier, it may also be time to start researching alternative forms of transport or taking one less holiday per year. Long-haul flights are often necessary for work or visiting family, but if you can swap your next short-haul flight for a train, you’ll be doing the planet a big favor!

What steps will you take to become more environmentally conscious? We want to know! Connect with us at The Cultivated Vegan to keep us in the loop.

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