Plastic People

“Plastic people with their plastic lives
Plastic lips tell plastic lies
Plastic drivers in plastic cars
Plastic food from plastic jars”
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When I started this blog, it was never my intention to have it be just a food blog about plant based eating and vegan lifestyle.  It is equally important, equally critical, that we do everything in our power to heal our home planet, or at the very least not cause further harm.  But you can not talk about living in harmony with nature, respecting the animals and the planet, without addressing the huge shitshow that factory farming is, and the devastating impact that the carnivore diet has on the planet.
Thank you to @vegan_in_numbers on Instagram for the following info (please visit their Instagram page for info sources):
Shockingly, every hour in the United Sates 500,000 animals are killed for their meat.
An Oxford University study found that a vegan world could prevent 8 million deaths per year and could save trillions per year on health-care costs.
Every second an area the size of a football field is cleared in the amazon to produce 250 beef burgers.
Over 15,000 scientists from 184 countries say that going vegan will help save the planet.
Switching to a vegan diet reduces carbon emissions by 50%.
60% of the world’s biodiversity loss is due to meat consumption.
To that end, a lot of my content is food related.  There are so many great vegan bloggers out there and I follow several of them.  But I don’t think enough is being said, encouraged, about how easy whole food plant based eating can be.  You can get as fancy as you want with your vegan, WFPB cooking.  And sometimes I do.  But there is nothing wrong with a simple pasta (gluten free for me) and a nice marinara sauce along with a big salad.  Tacos with refried beans, loads of veggies and a simple spiced cashew cream, maybe a little vegan cheese if you want it.  Or a nice whole food veggie burger (I love Hilary’s Eat Well burgers)  with or without a bun, and some roasted veggies.  My point is, when we over complicate our meals it becomes overwhelming.  I am a big advocate of simplified meals.  Whatever it takes to eat less and less animal products, and have a positive impact on both our health, and the health of our planet.
So, although diet is a HUGE part of caring for ourselves and for the planet, I intend to dive into every day practical matters concerning living the Fae Life.  Living with care and compassion for our home planet, each other, the plant life, the animal life through everyday actions.
This includes being a responsible consumer.  I am not great at this. Eliminating plastic and over-packaging from my personal consumerism is my biggest 2018 goal.   I am getting better, but I could definitely do more.
I try to use parchment paper rather than foil.  But I still use foil a lot more than I should.
I try to buy in bulk and avoid over packaged products.  But I still buy to-go sizes of stuff for lunch when I am shopping before work.
I try to use glass rather than plastic, but I still use plastic zip bags sometimes.
I have switched to recyclable straws!
I use hemp, sugar cane fiber, and bamboo products whenever possible.  All renewable resources.  I have my green bags in my car!  I am trying.
Plastic has become such a huge part of our culture.  Plastic is so easy.  But it is so devastating.  As I write this I am drinking water out of a plastic bottle. Why?  Because I don’t want to ingest all the chemical additives, especially fluoride, that are added to my tap water.  I need to find a better solution.  I suck.  But I am conscious of that fact now, and I am making a plan to reduce my household consumption of plastic.  It’s a process.  And it is largely alien terrain in the US, in my hometown, in my family, in my household.  Plastic became synonymous with progress.  But the cost has been so high!  Most municipalities have a recycling program in place, but that is not enough.  And these programs are really not as effective as we would like to think.  We need to address the very real need to eliminate, or at the very lease reduce, the production of plastic by consuming less of it on a daily, personal basis.
In an  article published on Environmental Health News, “The Environmental Toll of Plastics” is this quote:
“One of the most ubiquitous and long-lasting recent changes to the surface of our planet is the accumulation and fragmentation of plastics,” wrote David Barnes, a lead author and researcher for the British Antarctic Survey. 
And:
Since its mass production began in the 1940s, plastic’s wide range of unique properties has propelled it to an essential status in society. Next year, more than 300 million tons will be produced worldwide.
People, this shit does not go away!  It is a *forever* product.  It is poisonous to our bodies, our land and our oceans.  It is not biodegradable. I urge you to read the whole article.  It goes on to say how plastics have negatively impacted our health and environment in an enormous way.  It is imperative that we realize how we are dooming our planet and destroying our health just because plastic makes our life easy.
And I urge you to take just one step this week toward eliminating plastic in your own home.  One small step.  Because that will lead to another, and another.  Together we can re-educate ourselves about the difference between what is easy, and what is right for us and our environment.

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