1. Eat Plant-Based & GO VEGAN
- Eating more plant-based meals, free of meat, dairy, and animal products, is not only beneficial to your body, but also the animals and the planet too. According to studies by the University of Oxford, eating a plant-based diet is one of the biggest ways to reduce your impact on planet earth and to help our climate crisis. Animal agriculture is the biggest driver of deforestation as forests are being cleared to make way for growing animal material feed and grazing. We are running out of land and space to grow food for the world’s expanding population. ⅓ of the world’s cereal crop is fed to animals for more meat, fish, and dairy consumption. Squandering any food is wasteful, but when meat, fish, or dairy are thrown away, all of the grain and water used to produce these resources are considered a waste too. Currently more than one million animals are threatened with extinction due to not only the climate crisis, but also animal agriculture. Half of the world’s marine species is also on the brink of extinction. Many people believe that going vegan or plant-based is solely about wellness, but it’s much more than that. It’s also about not contributing to more cruelty in the world. There are infinite benefits to going vegan and consuming more plant-based meals.
- Some of my favorite recommended documentaries that help to change lives are Cowspiracy, Seaspiracy, What the Health, Forks Over Knives, Earthlings, Kiss the Ground, and more. For more daily educational information, follow my friends on Instagram at Plant-Based News, Seaspiracy, Sea Legacy, Forks Over Knives, and We are Veganuary…just to name a few.
- Since we are talking about sustainability, one way to live more in alignment with nature is to grow your own food. You can start growing a garden or plant fruit trees. If you have a small space, you can even try growing sprouts or microgreens on your countertops. Fresh is best. There are many ways in which you can begin to grow your own food and start reconnecting with your food. If you’re looking for the best quality organic and non-GMO seed starter kits, I use and recommend the ones from True Leaf Market, and I have linked ALL of those
- Juicing! Don’t forget about juicing! If you’re just getting into this lifestyle and trying to find your way, an easy way to get in more nutrients and to drink your greens is through juicing. I have so many recipes on my channel for you to try. The health benefits of juicing are endless, and it provides you with more options to try on this lifestyle. If you’re looking for a new juicer, give the new Nama J2 juicer a try. I love it because it saves me time and prep, and it also allows me to batch juice several jars of juice at a time. I’ve included a special $55 off code and off code and link for you below. The code is FULLYRAW55 at www.namawell.com
- I believe that everyone can commit to consuming less animals if they wish to do so. One meal a day makes a HUGE difference for your body and the planet.
2. Use Non-Toxic Products
- A part of being sustainable is being a conscious consumer. We vote with our dollar, and it’s our job to shop responsibly for products or with brands who are also in alignment with eco-friendly and cruelty-free practices. Several brands are changing their approach to either go organic, be climate neutral, use less harmful additives, use less toxic chemicals, and more. More and more studies are coming out showing that many toxic ingredients can be linked to cancer, disease, chronic illness, and more. What you put ON your body matters just as much as what you put IN your body. Make sure it’s good for YOU, the animals, and the planet.
- One of my favorite non-toxic and cruelty-free vegan brands is OSEA, a seaweed based and climate neutral skin-care line. OSEA’s products are a part of my morning and daily routines. I’ve made several videos before showing you how I use their products on my face and skin. I love washing my face every morning and evening with their facial cleansing mudd mixed with their vitamin c polish, followed by their hyaluronic sea serum, then their blemish balm and other moisturizers. They have recently reformulated their hyaluronic sea serum to be even better, reducing fine lines and wrinkles to help tighten the skin. I’m absolutely obsessed with their Undaria Algae Body Oil and their newest Undaria Algae Body Butter. Both of these body moisturizers leave your skin feeling soft and silky, without the use of any harmful chemicals. They also come in beautiful glass bottles with eco-friendly packaging. If you’re interested in trying OSEA’s vegan skin care products, you can get 10% off your entire order by using the code: OCEAN10 at www.osea.com. I hope you give them a try and enjoy.
- Other eco-friendly products that I love and use are linked below for you as well and are linked on my website at www.fullyraw.com. I recently did a giveaway with OSEA, Vitamin A Swim, and BlueJay Electric Bikes, and it was so much fun!
- Clean beauty products and home-care products use less chemically driven ingredients that are better for the animals and the planet.
3. Reduce Your Waste & Compost (Go Zero Waste)
- Learning how to best reduce my waste and go zero-waste was an area I definitely needed improvement in, and I’ve studied minimalism and other practices to help me get closer to this goal. I’ve always been good at composting my fruits and veggie scraps, but I wanted to get even better at approaching consumerism in a more conservative and sustainable approach.
- Let’s touch on composting for a moment. There are several ways to get started composting. For years, I have simply purchased compostable and biodegradable bio bags for my trash, and I’ve filled them with my scraps, buried a hold, and buried the bag. It decomposes naturally and turns back into soil. Since living on a farm, there have been other ways I’ve explored composting. There are many different compost bins out there available for purchase, and you can simply spread the composted soil in your yard, pots, or garden. Vitamix recently released their compact FoodCycler where it recycles and transforms fruit cores, vegetable peels, dairy, chicken bones, and more food scraps into fertilizer and reduces your family's food waste. The Vitamix and FoodCycler is an easy way to reuse food waste and to take care of yourself and the planet. Their FoodCycler is currently on sale, and I’ve linked it below for you.
- Other ways to reduce your waste are to avoid plastics. Ask for paper instead of plastic. Pay attention to how products are wrapped. Paper wrapping is always more sustainable and better for the planet. I now avoid plastic like the plague. Simply search on google how plastics are ruining our earth. It’s devastating. Micro-plastics are now being found in marine wildlife bodies as well as in human bodies as well.
- Another way to reduce your waste is to avoid fast fashion and start looking into finding thrift shops or swapping for second-hand clothing. Fast fashion and the fashion industry in general have contributed much to animal cruelty and climate issues. I’ll have a future video coming up soon on some of my favorite sustainable and organic clothing brands and swimsuits. Stay tuned for this!
- Use organic options whenever possible. In general, they will be better for the planet and hopefully created with more intentionality and consciousness than other products. Small batch is where it’s at. This is an opportunity to start supporting more small businesses in the world that are doing good!
- Go paperless. Sign-up for paper statements online instead of getting them sent to you every month. Save the trees. Go plant a tree!
- Recycle correctly. Don’t just throw away your trash and think that they will separate your recyclables for you. Did you know that if you don’t organize your rubbish properly, it all just gets thrown away as trash? Be responsible in organizing what can be recycled and what not.
- Drive less. Plan your trips to help save you gas. It saves you money and helps the environment.
- Travel sustainably. If you’re going to travel, try to travel as sustainably as possible. Flying isn’t environmentally friendly, but there are ways to travel in which you leave a lighter footprint. You can look more into this.
- Support more climate neutral brands.
- Be conscious of all your purchases…you vote with your dollar!
4. Conserve Water
- Fresh water is becoming more and more difficult to come by now-a-days. Humans have truly taken over and polluted many of our natural resources. Having clean water is absolutely essential for us, and we must all treat how we source and use water with more care. This goes without saying that we want to drink clean water and we want to have enough water to drink, bathe, clean, and utilize for daily chores.
- When you’re not using water, turn off the spout. Don’t leave water running.
- Set up water bins and save gallon containers of water for emergencies.
- Set up rain barrels as a more conservative approach.
- If you’re looking for a good water filter, I use an AquaTru water filter, and I’ve included a link below along with a $100 off discount link.
- We cannot live without water. Be conscious of how you use it and how you conserve it.
5. Leave a Lighter Footstep & Conserve Energy
- Going GREEN in terms of energy use is another area in which I am improving. You can find ways in which to power your home and necessities which are more earth-friendly and sustainable than others.
- Look into getting solar panels or supplying your home with a cleaner source of energy.
- Look into more electric ways of powering your necessities.
- Drive less or use a bike. Electric bikes are all the rage now-a-days. Ride your bike instead of driving to work.
- As mentioned prior, look into more sustainable ways of traveling or being more selective with your traveling as to help save natural resources.
- Clean with more non-toxic cleaning products, and start reducing your use of mass-produced items.
What I’ve shared with you here is only the beginning. There are so many more ways to be and live sustainably. I hope this list of my recommended items has helped to plant some seeds for you. I hope this inspires you to live with an eco-friendly consciousness in mind and to vote more with your dollar. Every step we take towards a more plant-based lifestyle matters. I’m taking many of these steps in my life, and I hope to have you join me.