The more you know, the more likely you’ll start paying attention to your “walk”.
I can’t say that I’m a perfect green consumer though. (Umm..who is?) I love clothes and yes, I still shop at H&M… I don’t always buy organic and I still love to travel. So, feel free call me a hypocrite now;)
But I am starting to change some of my old patterns… slowly, but its coming.
Starting with the new year, I gave up buying meat.
For anyone that knows me, you’d probably know that I love a good thick med-rare bbq steak, and bacon is a staple for any good breakfast.
Although there are plenty of reasons for people going vegetarian (animal rights etc.), the clincher for me was reading about its environmental impact (big surprise eh?)
· the livestock sector generates more greenhouse gas emissions as measured in CO2 equivalent – 18 percent – than transport.
· A meat-based diet requires 7 times more land than a plant-based diet.
· Food scarcity: cost of grains are soaring and we feed that to animals so that we can eat meat
Google it and you’ll be amazed at the toll it has on society and the environment.
But, notice that I said I only gave up buying it.
I can’t do it. There’s no way I can go home this summer and not enjoy my Dad’s fabulously bbq’d steak.
So, it’s a slow start but it’s a start. I’ll still eat meat at restaurants or at people’s houses, but I just gave up cooking it myself. I’m surprised at how easy it is too. It’s not cold turkey (haha, no pun intended) and it makes grocery shopping easier.
Something small… but still has a positive impact – on this world and for my health🙂