little broccoli – making small green changes

Eat for the environment

Yes, it really is possible to eat for the environment. By making eco-conscious choices about what you choose to consume you really can create a  better future for the planet and everyone who lives on it. Below we discuss why and how you can make small green changes that have a BIG green impact.

Make the switch to plant-based milk

A mom hands her child a glass of vegan plant based milk

There has never been an easier time to make the switch to plant-based milk plus, using plant-based milk is one of the quickest and easiest sustainable switches you can make for the health of the planet. Almost every UK supermarket has a wide range of dairy alternative options including delicious choices such as soy, almond and even coconut.

But why is it important? In addition to concerns of animal welfare, the dairy industry is a top consumer of the planets water supplies and a number one contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.

If you are interested in trying non-dairy milks you should check out this article from One Green Planet which looks at the environmental impact of various types of milk.

Isn’t fish healthy

We are often asked the question ‘isn’t fish healthy’? Well the answer is no. Consuming fish and overfishing is definitely not good for the health of the environment.

Environmental friendly grafic that shows a whale in the ocean below a small tropical island

Overfishing is when fish are caught faster than their stocks can be replenished, leading to an overall depletion of fish populations which is likely to result in their collapse. If we continue to overfish and neglect the ocean, we could see virtually empty oceans by as early as 2048.

The health of the ocean is synonymous with the health of the planet. The ocean absorbs 4 times as much CO2 as the Amazon Rainforest and up to 85% of the world’s oxygen comes from phytoplankton in the water.

Ready to make a change? Our friends at PETA have created the Ultimate Guide to the UK’s best Vegan Fish to help you find your favourite alternatives for fish and ocean friendly meals.

Eat less meet

Vegan cooking in a western kitchen with plenty of vegetables and plant based ingrediants

By simply choosing to eat less meat and include one or more plant-based meal each week you can make a huge positive impact on the environment. Finding ways to reduce your overall consumption of animal products is a huge step towards an eco-friendlier future.

Avoiding meat and dairy is ‘single biggest way’ to reduce your impact on Earth according to a ground-breaking Guardian study. The study revealed the huge footprint of livestock – it provides just 18% of calories but takes up 83% of farmland. You can read the full article here.

A great first step is trying a plant-based version of a family favourite. Check out our quick and easy vegan Chili Non Carne recipe which is also included in our Vegan Bowl Recipes.

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