Monday, September 3, 2018

Sustainable September 2018 - Day 3

Yesterday was all about water bottles. I was given some awesome information about a really helpful app that helps you find a place to refill your water bottles for free. infact the app actually rewards you for refilling. The app is called "Refill"! 
I don't know if the app is UK only or world wide, so let me know.

I have now officilly moved to Reading, England for my new job in archaeology. This is a little different because I am still looking for a permanent place to rent. However, I will keep doing my best to keep this short and sweet.

Back to Sustainable September...

Day 3 - Eat More seasonal vegetables 

This could be a whole lifestyle change to a plantbased diet, or it  could mean being a weekday vegetarian or even just participate in Meat Free Mondays.

As it is the first monday of Septembe, I thought it would be a perfect time to advocate for Meat free Mondays. If you cut down the amount of meat you are using, it makes a significant saving to your hip pocket and it makes a huge difference to the environment too.

“According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the livestock sector is “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global”. The FAO estimates that livestock production is responsible for 14.5 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, while other organisations have estimated it could be as much as 51 per cent. World scientists on the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) agree that we need to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere by 80 per cent by 2050 in order to avoid catastrophic climate change.” (Meat Free Monday 2018)

In terms of money saving the Meat Free Mondays website also has something to say about that… "According to Office for National Statistics figures for 2014, the average UK family spends £15.80 a week on meat and fish, with £4.20 and £3.50 being spent on fresh vegetables and fresh fruit respectively. The cost of meat has risen 10 per cent since 2007, yet most of the staples of a meat-free diet are comparatively cheaper: plant proteins such as dried beans or lentils typically cost less than the equivalent amount of animal protein. In fact, most of the world’s people eat a mostly meat-free diet made up of inexpensive commodities such as beans, rice and corn. Eat less meat + more veg = save money!” (Meat Free Monday 2018)

This is great news for us, because we can both save cash and save the environment. Then there is also the whole vegan/vegetarian case for the welfare of the animals that are being used for meat. I wont explore that here, but ask any vegetarian or vegan and ask why and you will get a range of reasons.

I often cook simple vegan recipes, and they are really easy. Check out my Instagram account for more ideas @daenaguest! Or check out the hashtag I often use #AccidentallyVegan.

All you need to do is type in "vegetarian recipe" or "vegan recipe" into ecosia/google and you will get an extensive collection of recipes.

I hope this finds you all well.
Love Daena

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