As the world struggles to protect itself against COVID-19, millions of masks and gloves are being manufactured. And unfortunately, they are contributing to pollution, especially in the oceans. Even before the pandemic happened, millions of tons of plastic were being pumped into the seas, and now the problem has been exacerbated. We need to protect ourselves, no doubt, but even though it's hard, we still need to keep up our obligations to the planet.
Vegan bodybuilder Jon Venus is living proof that you don't need to consume animal products if you're looking to put on muscle mass and get ripped. Today's grocery stores offer a wide range of vegan products - you don't need to spend extra money or go far to get green eats. And with rising environmental concerns associated with industrial animal farming, it's clear that we should all strive to eat less meat, fish, eggs, and dairy.
Vegans and non-vegans alike can rejoice at the news that Starbucks is putting an end to the vegan milk "tax." Earlier this year they announced their plans to become a more eco-friendly business, part of which includes promoting their plant-based dairy alternatives. It can be seen as part of a bigger drive to cater to their younger customers, many of which have been applying pressure on the food and beverage chain to do more for the planet. Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson explained that this decision is intended to "push customers to choose milk made from almond, coconuts, soy or oats, whose production is environmentally friendlier than dairy."
The future of fashion is here. One company has finally found a way of making warm puffer jackets without a plastic or down filling, and none of the warmth is compromised. Pangaia is the revolutionary sustainable clothing brand that fills their winter coats with flowers. They've called it their FLWRDWN range, a play on the words flower and down, and have received high praise for their cruelty-free stance. As they don't require animal products for their jacket filling, they make for a great option for vegans.