5 Simple Ways To Consume Less Meat | Collaboration With The Blog Girl

I am incredibly excited to introduce you to Meg, the author of this week’s instalment of The Plastic Plan. As a vegetarian, I thought it would be appropriate to write about my experience of being meat-free. You can check that out by clicking here. Meg, on the other hand, is relatively new to vegetarianism and her post includes 5 easy ways to reduce your meat consumption. So, let’s get into the post!

1. Have 1 or 2 days a week designated to consuming no meat

In my house we have ‘Meat Free Monday’ which means that no one in my house eats meat on a Monday. At the start it was quite difficult to find recipes that were delicious without meat, but as time went on it became easier. I don’t even think about eating meat on a Monday! It has become my favourite day for that reason. If you are struggling for meat-free recipe ideas, I wrote a blog post compiling them all together. The link is here for those interested.

2. Buy less meat products in your weekly shop

This forces you to eat less meat because it isn’t there in the first place. For example, if you usually would have ham sandwiches for your lunch everyday then don’t buy ham for a week and see what else you could have for your lunch! You may even find something else you like more than ham sandwiches – that is meat-free – which may become your usual lunch.

3. Involve a friend to become vegetarian alongside you for a week

Having someone commit to being veggie with you helps you stick to your goal because you can help each other cook yummy veggie recipes and prepare meat-free snacks. If you enjoy the week together then you could make it more consistent. Perhaps one week a month, or even try going cold-turkey and ambitiously cutting out meat straight away.

4. Think of the benefits this simple switch creates

If everyone in the world went vegetarian for one day a week think of how many animals’ lives would be saved. This year around 184,500,000 tons of meat has been consumed, as of Monday 13th July. Going vegetarian for 1 day a week means you have been vegetarian for around 52 days in a year and that would be a massive achievement!

5. Incorporate eating less meat into your daily life

Make it seem normal and it soon will become normal

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I feel like I’ve touched on this tip before but I want to discuss it in more depth. If you make yourself eat less meat just within your day it won’t seem as daunting. For example, instead of reaching for some jelly sweets, which contain gelatine, why not choose a breakfast bar or even a chocolate bar? *most chocolate bars are vegetarian, but always check* To step it up a notch, you could reach for some fresh fruit.

6. Don’t cut meat out all at once (if you regularly eat meat)

It is much much harder to stick to being vegetarian without a plan. Although I said 5 tips, I felt this was too important to skip over. What I mean is: if one day you wake and promise you are going to be vegetarian from now on, you will find it really hard if you haven’t researched meat alternatives or found any meat free recipes. Finding things hard may result in giving up, and that is not ideal. Especially not in the circumstance of saving the planet. Therefore, gently begin the process of becoming vegetarian if you know it will be difficult for you. Ease yourself into a meat-free lifestyle, with the tips I have previously mentioned!

I really hope you found my tips useful and are now going to have a go at a meat-free lifestyle! Remember, little changes make a big difference.

Which tip did you find most useful?

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Now you’ve read the post, it’s about time you go over and check out Meg’s blog! It’s a multi-niche blog, covering lifestyle, food and positivity. If you’re interested in the food aspect, I think you should follow her wonderful Instagram. Her beautiful feed includes lots of baking photos, with her captions being equally – if not more – important. Meg never fails to brighten my day with her sweet comments and our little chats. I would highly recommend all of her profiles!

That’s it from me. If you wish to hear about My 2 Year Experience Of Being Vegetarian, click here.

Love you all loads!

catherine x

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Why You Should Stop Buying Fast Fashion | Guest Post By Ava Santa Ana | Stats, Facts + Where To Avoid

To kick-off The Plastic Planet series I have invited Ava to discuss a topic we are both passionate about: fast fashion. Through Ava I have learned a lot about this industry and stopped buying fast fashion all together. Please take a look at Ava’s Instagram and YouTube once you have finished reading this post – she constantly updates her socials with information on this subject. Before we get started, what even is fast fashion?

Hi guys – my name is Ava and I feel so honoured to have been asked to write the first post for The Plastic Planet Series! Although this isn’t technically to do with plastic, I’m going to be writing about the fast fashion industry and the implications it has on both the environment and the people actually creating the clothing.

I actually made a super in-depth YouTube video about this so if you do want to learn more then you can feel free to check it out hehe: http://youtube.com/avasantaana

Some Facts + Stats About Fast Fashion

  • 1.2 billion tonnes of carbon emissions are produced by the global fashion industry each year
  • The clothing industry is the second largest polluting industry
  • It is estimated that 60,000,000 people work in the fashion industry worldwide
  • 85% of textiles are sent to landfills which is around 21 billion tonnes per year
  • The lowest paid garment workers in the world are paid 3$ per day
  • Fashion is the most labour-dependent industry on earth
  • On average, the garment workers are working 96 hours a week
  • Garment workers are the 2nd highest at-risk product category for modern slavery

I feel like these figures really speak for themselves, but it is so clear that something needs to change now!

Fast Fashion Brands To Avoid

When I first began my slow fashion journey, I was really unsure of what brands I should and shouldn’t be buying from. I have chosen some of the worst for this list, but there are so so many more and I would really recommend the website/app ‘Good On You’ which has a directory ranking basically every brand on their sustainability policies.

  • Victoria’s Secret
  • H&M
  • Urban Outfitters
  • Primark
  • Zara
  • Topshop
  • Forever 21
  • Shein
  • Boohoo
  • GAP
  • Uniqlo
  • ASOS
  • New Look

I gave up buying fast fashion around this time last year. After watching some videos and documentaries about the reality of this industry, I knew it was something that I no longer wanted to be investing my money in. Although it was definitely hard at first, I have discovered some sustainable brands that I love and I am proud to say that I have become a lot more conscious of my purchases.

My Favourite Sustainable + Ethical Brands

  • Depop – my absolute fave place to shop! Buying secondhand is so underrated because you can get some really cool stuff for cheap prices because it has already been worn. I love buying vintage clothes from Depop and the overall shopping experience on the app is really nice and easy, could not recommend it enough.
  • Charity Stores – charity stores can be really hit or miss, but you can find some amazing stuff in them for absolute bargains! 
  • Organic Basics – this was the first sustainable brand I bought clothes from. I won’t lie, it is expensive but you are definitely paying for quality. Their factories ensure that their workplace is free of child labor and forced labor, their workers are surrounded in a safe working space, paid a living wage, offered employee perks like free lunch and childcare and are treated with respect at all times.
  • The Hundred Club – this is a UK based small business that only creates 100 of each item of clothing to combat waste. I love their designs and I think they are very on-trend whilst also being high quality
  • Lucy and Yak – they have the absolute cutest clothes and are also very very high quality at a relatively affordable price (and everything is made of organic cotton too) Their tailors are paid 4 times the state minimum wage, their factories are powered by solar panels on the roof and I love how transparent they are about the whole process of creating the clothing
  • TALA – this is a sustainable activewear brand, which is amazing because it is so hard to buy fitness clothing sustainably. It is run by Grace Beverley (who I completely want to be) and I think it’s amazing that she has created a brand that focuses on empowering people of everybody type, whilst also being good for the environment. Their items are created from sustainable materials and whilst they are slightly on the pricier side, I think it is definitely worth it.

Thank you so so much to everyone who has taken some time to read this! I really hope it made you reflect on your own purchases and awakened you to some of the realities of the fashion industry.

Ava xx

Would you like to know more about fast fashion?

Stay tuned for next week’s post written by the lovely Millie Button. It’s going to be another fast fashion related post. I will conclude this mini-series with my own thoughts on the fashion industry – then we shall return to plastic-based posts. However this subject is still going to be pending on my mind!

If you have something to say about fast fashion, drop me an email to be featured.

erin x

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You Won’t Want To Miss This! | Exciting Announcement | The Plastic Plan(et)

You never see my passion for climate change on my blog. However, I don’t want to keep those two parts of my life separate any longer. It seems wasteful to not use my platform to promote positive change in the environment. That is why, today, I am announcing The Plastic Plan(et).

Concentrating mainly on plastic waste, this project is going to be a weekly series where I chat about all things environmental and encourage you to take action. There will be tips, advice and all-sorts in an easy-to-read format so you can commit to change right away! Despite the name suggesting plastic, I will also be inviting fashion bloggers to come and write about sustainability within modelling, fast-fashion and the many silent battles the media doesn’t portray. Hopefully this will fuel you to create similar posts, and get The Plastic Plan(et) trending.

Please, if you are to write a post about climate change, pingback to my recent post so I can see it! This isn’t just a month-long series, this is continuing well into the future.

The climate change posts have their allotted spot on a Friday. If you have anything to share, any guest posts you would like to write about this topic, email me! I really want this to be a community effort rather than solely my personal stance on the issue. Having different perspectives is how we connect with one another! So get writing.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

erin x

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5 Ways To Save The Planet This Christmas

Christmas is the most wasteful season in the year but making a small change will make a huge difference. Listed in this post are some good habits that you can try to implement. They will help to reduce your waste in this time of climate crisis but they also won’t be noticeable in your day-to-day life!

  • Use brown paper to wrap your presents

The commercial wrapping paper is made from non-recyclable materials such as plastic among other things. It is really hard to recycle and often goes straight to landfill. To avoid this you can use brown paper! I much prefer the aesthetic of brown paper anyways because it adds a rustic effect and it can be personalised! You can draw and decorate it if you have time (which congratulations if you do)

  • Carefully unwrap presents so that you can reuse the wrapping paper

If the brown paper doesn’t work for you (I know that as a child I wouldn’t be best pleased with plain brown!) then you can always reuse paper from previous years. Our family has a small stash of wrapping paper that has already been used once.

  • Don’t send cards with glitter on them

I didn’t realise how many cards have glitter on them! If you put into action any of these tips then please make it this one. Glitter is non-biodegradable which means that the whole card won’t be able to be recycled. At the rate trees are being cut down it’s essential that we decrease the demand for paper buy recycling what we already have!

  • Don’t send cards to people you barely know

Linking to the previous advice – don’t send cards to people you barely know! If I was to receive a card from my great-uncle’s girlfriend’s son I wouldn’t really care about it. Only send cards to people you know and if they are close family then make it! It’s so special to receive a card that you know someone had spent time making. No big, fancy card can beat it!

  • Shop locally/at independent stores

Knowing where your presents come from adds a reassurance that you don’t get when you buy at retail parks. Supporting your local economy is a really important investment and will return is different forms such better public services and more books in the library!

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It’s really important to reduce waste at Christmas but the season is already stressful enough. I hope that these tips are easily achievable and don’t add any weight on your shoulders! Sometimes I can sit down and feel peaceful though throughout most of the week it’s a rush of school, theatre, blogging, social events, cooking, cleaning and the anticipation of the weekend. There is clarity but there isn’t much relaxation!

How are you going to spend Christmas? Do you find that the effort you go to pre-Christmas is ever rewarded?

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