Vegan Alternatives for More Than Just Your Diet

With the movement of veganism gaining momentum, many know about the specific choices included in a plant based diet. Although enjoying a plant-based diet and adopting a vegan lifestyle may have similarities in regards to food, some remain unaware of the other changes vegans are making. In addition to changing their diets, vegans also change how they shop, what they buy, and how they get around to reduce their overall carbon footprint. If you are not ready to give up meat and cheese, here are a few switches you can make to contribute positively to the environment.

1. Buy bamboo toothbrushes

Many don’t realize how much plastic they actually use. We all (hopefully) have stopped using single-use bags, but plastic grocery sacks are not the only waste we produce. Toothbrushes are a major contributer to the trash ending up in our oceans. They never decompose and they leak toxins. By switching to sustainable toothbrushes, you can reduce your plastic usage drastically.

2. Stop using Amazon Prime regularly

Amazon Prime has gained a massive customer base over the past few years. Many love it for the simple fact that they can receive their goodies within one or two days after placing their order. Although this speedy shipping is sparkly on the surface, Amazon Prime has hidden environmental effects that are detrimental. What proves damaging about rapid shipping? More trucks are being used to deliver your packages. There is also an increase in packaging waste. This is not only adding more cardboard to our landfills, but increasing the pollution in our air. So if you can, wait the standard five days for your parcel.

 3. Buy Secondhand Clothing

Many are familiar with the term “fast fashion” or fashion that is produced at such quick rates that we view it as disposable. It allows the marketplace to have affordable apparel aimed mostly at young women. Some of the most popular fast fashion brands include H&M and Zara. There are constantly new looks on mannequins, resulting in both fashion flops and excess waste. By buying secondhand, you not only stop contributing to major corporations that are harming the environment but also save surplus material. And a little tip to all fellow college students, its also still cheap (if not cheaper).

So as you can see, giving up your prized grilled cheese is not the only way to reduce your carbon footprint and have a positive impact on the environment. Start taking initiative in other ways by buying secondhand or buying sustainable alternatives. No matter what choice you make to minimize your waste, I’m sure the Earth will thank you later.

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