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LIVING SUSTAINABLY

 After becoming vegan and travelling in a van for a year, I became much more aware of my impact on the environment. This was further heightened when I began working as a Publishing Editor for the Royal Society of Chemistry and now I read papers about sustainable energy and environmental science every single day.

Since then, I've been exploring environmentalism - a movement focused on protecting nature and the environment. People have been exploiting and damaging the environment for centuries and unfortunately the damage increases with every generation. Although big changes desperately need to come from policy-makers and businesses, we are all guilty of adding to the burden that our planet bears - the energy/electricity we consume, the clothes we wear, the food we eat, the packaging we buy. In the Western world in particular, we live a life of convenience that comes with a price. The good news is that we each have opportunities to make changes for the better and reduce our impact on the environment.

Our home-made vegan pizza is my favourite treat and proof that you can still make delicious food without meat or dairy.

I'm going to be sharing my favourite vegan recipes and purchases as veganism isn't 'just' about not harming animals, but it is also much more eco-friendly. I've been particularly inspired by a study from 2018 by researchers from the University of Oxford that found that switching to a vegan diet could reduce your carbon footprint from food by up to 73%.

I also try to reduce the plastic I buy and have been making eco-friendly swaps for our house. There's still much I can do but I prioritise sustainability now and I think very carefully about every decision and purchase I make - which I think is the most important change. We must try to improve at the very least because the world as we know it is at threat. 

Swapping toothpaste for Dentabs is one easy way I've found to reduce plastic in our bathroom.

In fact, the natural world we know now is already very different to the one our grandparents grew up in. Global wildlife numbers have plummeted by 60% in the last 50 years according to the Living Planet Report 2018 which is truly shocking. Additionally, communities all over the world are feeling the effects of climate change and pollution. Every little change we can make helps and so I'm going to be sharing sustainable tips and tricks and anything I learn about how we can do better and become better informed. 

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