photo credits: The Conservatory Garden in NYC by Lauren Gries
I'm all about the lists today so hold your horses and get ready:
1. Today I ate at a vegan organic restaurant . . . . fantastic by the way, its new, Terri Vegetarian, please check it out. Please eat the 'Bacon Chick'n Cheddar Ranch' Sandwich or the 'Meatball' Sub. They're so delicious!
How does eating vegetarian help the environment?
- It takes an average of 2,500 gallons of water to produce a single pound of meat. According to Newsweek, "The water that goes into a 1,000 pound steer could float a destroyer." In contrast, it takes only 25 gallons of water to produce one pound of wheat.
- Upwards of half of the water used in the U.S. is used for animal agriculture.
- Feeding a person who eats no food derived from animals requires only 1/6 acre per year
- Since so much fossil fuel is needed to produce it, beef could be considered a petroleum product. With factory housing, irrigation, trucking, and refrigeration, as well as petrochemical fertilizer production requiring vast amounts of energy, approximately one gallon of gasoline goes into every pound of grain-fed beef.
- It takes twenty pounds of soybeans to feed to a cow to make one pound of meat. Those same amounts of soybeans could help fed all the starving people of the world.
Vegan Outreach: if you're interested in more information
2. I used less motorized transportation by walking across town.
3. I just got off my but to turn the lights off in the kitchen.
I'm sure I could have done more eco-friendly things on Earth Day, but the big thing about going green in life is to take baby steps. I think the magic number of days it takes to break a habit is 21. Thats not so bad, right? Think about it, if you decide to take one step at a time on your quest for the "greener" you it can happen in only 21 days! That is less than a month!
photo Credits: The Conservatory Garden in NYC by Lauren Gries
A few months ago I bought the book Gorgeously Green: 8 Simple Steps to an Earth-Friendly Life by Sophie Uliano. This book is great, it is so helpful and so inspirational. As the title suggests, its broken down into eight chapters that lead you in your path to becoming greener. Through such ways as diet, beauty, clothing (soulful shopping as she calls it), fitness, making your home more eco-friendly, eco-friendlier vacations and entertainment. What I really enjoy about this book is how there are quick checklists that you can use as you make your life a little bit greener.
I've already changed over all of my beauty products to being paraben, Phthalates, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) & Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate (SLES) free.
Another great book I have been absolutely in love with is The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone
This book is more focused on your diet that results in a greener lifestyle. Its awesome! I love her tone of voice and the way she writes. I have learned so much while reading this book and lets just say, I will not allow myself to be "addicted to cheese" anymore!!! If you want to figure that part out you need to read the book. I haven't even started cooking yet.