Earlier this year, the world watched in agony as the Amazonian rainforest burned. With each acre of land lost and once evergreen, verdant foliage charred to a crisp, one echoing sentiment remained: we need to do better to help our world.
In addition to crafting a healthier life for you, our Co-Founders believe whole-heartedly in creating a healthier life for our planet, too. And how do they do this? By encouraging and embodying a more plant-based lifestyle. You don’t have to go full vegan either (you can try the flexitarian way).
Inspired by World Vegetarian month, we’re breaking down the plant-based lifestyle and how it can help decrease the harmful impact it has on the planet.
Before we dive into the solution, let’s talk about the issue at hand. What types of problems are related to the detrimental impact on the earth and environment?
For today, we’re taking a look at plastic waste and unsustainable meat-industry practices.
Plastic: One Time Use, Forever an Issue
We’ve talked about the history of plastic-use and how it compares today, but here’s a little refresher. Plastic promised a future of convenience for consumers in the 1950’s, but to the planet, it provided something far more gristly.
While plastic packages can be re-used many times over, most times it is only used once before being discarded. Even then, it is not always recycled properly–ending up in landfills, the bottom of the ocean, or forever embedded in soil.
Since the 1950’s, National Geographic reports that plastic pollution has grown exponentially–from 2.3 million tons to 448 millions tons by 2015. What’s worse, that amount is still expected to increase in the future.
You may be able to see the detrimental impact of plastic waste in massive islands of trash floating in our world’s oceans, but the problem is worse than that.
Surfers Against Sewage (a grassroots group in the UK dedicated to cleaning up the ocean) reports that there could be about 5.25 trillion macro and micoplastic pieces floating in the ocean. Microplastic may not be visible to the human-eye, but still they exist. Some of these pieces make their ways into sea life. From there, they make their way into the bodies of us and our children.
That’s why we need to practice conservative use of plastic. Here are some tips for re-using Purium plastic containers.
The Meat Industry: One Plate’s Impact on the Planet
The food we put on our plates also affects our planet, just as plastic does. Being more conscious of our choices could help decrease or carbon footprint and more.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that agriculture accounted for about 9% of the United State’s total greenhouse gas emissions in 2017. Of this 9%, about 4% comprises from the meat industry, especially cattle, pork, lamb and more.
While these numbers may not seem startling, the problem is a lot bigger than you might think.
The University of Michigan’s Center for Sustainable Systems reports that meat products produce higher carbon footprints when compared to vegetables and other foods.
Just how much greater of an impact does it contribute? The University of Michigan estimates that meat takes up 47.6% the greenhouse gases omitted by average overall food consumption.
So, how does the meat industry contribute such a vast amount of emissions and potential damage on the environment? Well, here are just a few factors:
- The clearing of land for cattle and animal farms
- Vehicle-transportation of meats to and from stores, restaurants and households
- Production, manufacturing and maintenance of meat products
- Commercial and industrial waste of meat
We wanted to focus on plastic pollution and meat carbon emissions, because these are two problems that you can help solve TODAY!
Living a more plant-based lifestyle can help the environment by decreasing your carbon footprint.
Earlier this year, scientists from around the world explained just how this happens in their ground-breaking report, published by the journal The Lancet (1).
The researchers suggested that we cut our consumption of red meat to help ease our on burden on the environment. Even substituting meat for a vegan alternative once a week can help. (Check out our tips for athletes looking for plant-powered plates).
Think about it this way: by not choosing meat for one meal every week, you can help prevent potential emissions from that piece of food that would have sat on your plate.
Again, this may not seem like a lot of help, but when entire communities commit to working together for a long period of time, change can happen!
And plant-based living can help reduce our plastic-pollution as well!
Shop for more plants, greens and fruits rather than meats. Opting for biodegradable packaging and re-using bags and boxes while shopping for produce can help reduce the amount of plastic we waste.
Finally, heading to farmers’ markets for your weekly haul would also be beneficial.
Plant-based living is second nature for our Purium Tribe. Our lifestyle journey starts with limiting your food intake to mostly fruits, veggies and whole foods. Often times, our customers continue to limit their meat intake long after they finish using our products to help them lose weight or cleanse.
We challenge our community to take 40-days to explore a more plant-based lifestyle. What we hope to accomplish is to help reduce the world’s reliance on commercial foods, and shift that focus to more superfoods, like kale, rice bran, coconuts, spirulina and more.
When you choose Purium, you’re choosing to:
- Help cut greenhouse meat-related greenhouse gas emissions by eating more plants
- Align yourself with a company who is steering away from plastic-packaging with BIG initiatives, like biodegradable Terra Pouches and Terra packets (we’re going plastic-free by 2021!)
- Encourage others to cut their own carbon footprint to aid the world
So, what do you say? Help us help the world!
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