Vomit Alert! Animal Fat Used in Most Make Up Brands

The number of Vegans in Britain has grown substantially over the last 10 years; in fact, it has risen by approximately 360%. This result was revealed by a survey done by the Vegan Society.

According to this survey, approximately 542,000 people aged 15 years and over (more than 1% of the population) have embraced a plant-based diet. This is an incredible number because the number of Vegans in 2006 was only 150, 000! Because of these results, the Vegan Society stated that Veganism has proven to be Britain’s fastest growing lifestyle trend movements!

Veganism not only avoids the consumption of animal-derived foods, but they also avoid animal-derived ingredients that go onto their skin, face, and body.

The amount and varied ingredients from animals that are found in our everyday products are outstanding and the regular consumer would not know it! Not only because most people do not check the ingredient list of a product, but even if they did, you would bet your dollar they wouldn’t know what half the ingredients stated were!

It is important to realize as well, that just because a product may have that friendly bunny icon on it, meaning that it has not tested on cute little bunnies or mice, it does not mean the products are not MADE of animals… pretty crazy huh?

 

Animal Fat in Beauty Products?

Animal fat, or more professionally known as Tallow, is one of many ingredients used from the carcasses of animals for beauty and skin care products.

The process to get the animal fat involves boiling the carcasses of slaughtered animals until a fatty substance is formed. Then it is ready to add to cosmetics and then used on one’s face.

These carcasses come from a variety of disturbing sources such as from lab animals, pigs, cows, and sheep that die before reaching the slaughterhouse, euthanized zoo and shelter animals or expired meat from supermarkets.

The reason why we use animal fat or tallow in beauty products or skin care is to achieve an emollient factor, the feeling of softness or soothing of the skin.

 

Derivatives to Look Out For

Sodium Tallowate, Tallow Acid, Tallow Amide, Tallow Amine, Talloweth-6, Tallow Glycerides, Tallow Imidazoline. Alternatives: vegetable tallow, Japan tallow, paraffin, ceresin (see alternatives to Beeswax). Paraffin is usually from petroleum, wood, coal, or shale oil.

 

How to Pick Ethical Beauty Brands

The brands you pick will undoubtedly market their stand in sourcing Vegan ingredients and methods to produce their products, so it shouldn’t be too hard. If they do not, make sure you know your terms and have a look at the ingredient list to make sure it aligns with what you are looking for.

But that sounds like a little too much effort for me…I don’t know who has the time for that!

Thankfully there are companies that only source and sell Vegan and Ethical brands on their site or shop which makes it easier for people like us to find them all in one, nice and easy to use space.

One example of a company that does this is Nourished Life.

Nourished Life makes it easy for people to go to one place and have the peace of mind knowing that every product for skin, hair, face, and body is Vegan, made ethically and contains all natural and safe ingredients.

Nourished Life ‘…use pure, food-grade ingredients with no nasty chemicals. Nourished Life is also dedicated to only stocking cruelty-free makeup. We specialize in vegan beauty products …we ensure that all our products are ethically produced with utmost respect for the environment.”

Nourished Life actually leads the way in toxin-free and organic beauty!

It is understandable that when you go shopping for a brand you can be overwhelmed by the choice and want the best of the best in terms of their ethics in the manufacture and the use of only natural and safe ingredients. Nourished Life has done the checking for you by stocking only hair products that are biodegradable and free from sulfates or by making sure every product is free from any toxins what so ever to bring you safe and healthy alternatives in comparison to what is out there.

Ethical Shoppers Are US!

I hope I have broadened your mind about how much we don’t know in terms of what we are putting onto our face or skin when using various products. It certainly surprised me when I found out!

But thank YOU for taking an interest in avoiding products that contribute to the death of so many innocent animals, it is inspirational to see how many people want to live in a world of peace and avert from unnecessary suffering.

And remember!

Every purchase DOES make a difference. Be the change you want to see in the world because it all starts with one person and one decision.  

Thanks for reading everyone and if you know of any brands that are ethical or animal cruelty-free, be sure to let me know! I am keen to hear your experiences or views on this topic.

 

Yours Truly,

Danielle Packer

 

How to be Environmentally Friendly – 15 Easy Tips

If there ever was a time to start thinking of ways to help our beloved earth it would be now. With an increasing population which will reach 9 billion people by 2050, our resources such as food, water, energy, and land are becoming harder to come by, especially with climate change impacting how we access these resources.

So it all can be pretty overwhelming sometimes and we think, man how do I help? You feel so small and insignificant that you won’t be able to make a difference.

But it will!

We need to start thinking differently if no one did, then no change in history would have occurred.

Be the change you want to see in the world 🙂

But I feel you are already someone who thinks like this, otherwise, you would not have searched for ways in which you could help. So great job!

Here, I list 15 simple but effective ways in which you can be more environmentally friendly:

1. Join the Keep Cup Movement!

This is such a simple yet really effective way in which you can reduce deforestation and landfill.

Firstly, did you know that if everyone bought their own Keep Cup for their coffee, we would save approximately 6.59 million trees!

Also! If you were to buy a Keep Cup, you would divert 3.5 billion disposable cups from landfill.

Keep Cups can be recycled and used for up to 3 years whereas disposable cups take 50 years to decompose.

Keep Cups are better than biodegradable cups because it promotes a throwaway culture of one-time use whereas Keep Cups promote a larger movement of reuse and sustainability.

2. Reusable Bottles are Awesome

This concept is very similar to the Keep Cup idea, as it deters you away from purchasing single-use plastic bottles and instead using your own bottle that can be reused over and over again.

Plastic bottles are a huge contribution to the plastic contamination that ends up in our oceans, so every plastic bottle you don’t use, is doing good!

3. Plastic Bags are Lame

This is also a similar idea to the Keep Cup and reusable bottle solution. Instead of using plastic bags every time you buy something, you simply keep a reusable bag in your handbag. Then you can whip it out every time a cashier says, ‘Do you need a bag?’ You can now say, ‘No thank you, I bought my own!’

Did you know 5 trillion plastic bags are used a year worldwide! That’s 160,000 a second!

4. Meat is for the Weak!

This is probably the hardest for most people as it requires a big life change. But it is the most effective in terms of the environmental benefits that come with it.

Did you know that to grow 1 kg of Steak requires 15,700 Litres of water!

Steak - Meat Free

It is also interesting to note, using a US diet as an example, that if you were on a Vegan diet for 1 year you would use 1/6 of an acre of land to grow food.

If you were on a Vegetarian diet consisting of eggs and dairy, you would use 3 times as much land…

If you ate a diet including all animal products (meat, dairy, and eggs), then that would equate to using 18 times as much land!

This is because 37, 000 pounds of vegetables can be grown on 1 ½ acres of land, but only 375 pounds of meat on the same plot of land.

Another alternative to going Vegan or Vegetarian is reducing your red meat intake as beef and other grass-fed animals have the highest resource usage (water, land, and energy).

If you want to know more about the environmental benefits a Vegan Diet can contribute, I recommend watching Cowspiracy for more amazing facts about the astounding resources used to produce animal products.

5. Be a Smart Shopper

There are many appliances that have ratings showing us how energy or water efficient they are.

They not only use less water and electricity but it will also save you money due to the low energy costs to run the appliance.

It is a Win, win!

6.  Dryers are Dangerous…

Dryers use a lot of energy, in fact, they use so much energy that even a newly advanced and energy efficient dryer can consume as much energy as an efficient washer, refrigerator and dishwasher combined!

So using your Dryer only when it is necessary is ideal 🙂

7. Clothes, Clothes, Clothes

Unfortunately, clothes are quite environmentally destructive in a few ways.

One of the ways is there use of toxic chemicals which they used to achieve colors and prints. Textile dying is one of the second largest polluters of clean water globally, after agriculture.

Another way clothing harms the environment is due to the popular polyester fabric. When we wash them in domestic washing machines, tiny microfibers are shed from the polyester and ends up in our already plastic contaminated ocean.Bamboo clothing

Additionally, increasing levels of textile waste are becoming higher than ever. This is because brands are making clothes cheaper and more convenient to buy new clothes by constantly inventing new styles to make your old clothes look outdated and make you feel the need to buy more.

We are also more time poor, so instead of trying to repair clothes, we find it more convenient to just buy more.

To tackle this issue, try to limit buying clothes you don’t need and if you are getting rid of your clothes, donate or recycle them.

You can also buy clothes that are made of bamboo, which is a more sustainable resource to grow rather than cotton. For more information on Bamboo clothing click here.

Boody Eco Wear

8. Say No, no to Palm Oil

Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil derived from the palm fruit grown on the African palm tree.

It is grown throughout Africa, Asia, North America and South America and is done so in an unsustainable way.

This process is a major contributor to intense deforestation. According to World Wildlife Fund, an area the equivalent size of 300 football fields of rainforest is cleared each hour to make way for palm oil production. This is contributing to many species becoming extinct especially our beloved orangutans.

DeforestationSo buying soaps, cleaning products, shampoos and other products that are palm oil free is significantly effective.

Best Shampoo Bar

9. Be a Paper Restrictor!

This is becoming easier as the years go on, as we head even deeper into a technological era where technology has been replacing our need for paper.

In saying this, Paper is still widely used and still has a significant impact on deforestation around the world.

Reducing paper is an easy and great way to help reduce this issue.

10. Shower Time!

Yes, I know you love your showers, but the length of time we spend in there is unnecessary and uses a lot of water!Shower

Water is a very precious resource and we need to cherish it.

In fact, showering is the third largest water use after toilets and washing machines. The average American uses approx. 17.2 gallons of water per shower and lasts 8 minutes at an average flow rate.

11. Recycle Like a Boss

Recycling as I am sure you are all aware is very important in reducing landfill, but it is always important to check your rubbish and see if there is a recycling sign on it. Sometimes the sign is small or faded into the plastic, so be sure to check otherwise you could be throwing away valuable recyclable material.

Recycle Sign

12. Be A Saint

I have made it a habit of mine to pick up rubbish whenRubbish I walk past it. I know we aren’t the ones that tossed it, but if no one picks it up then that rubbish will just end up in the ocean.

I also noticed that when people see you pick up rubbish, they say thank you even though it wasn’t theirs! It inspires people to do the same.

13. Composting!

Food waste is a real issue worldwide, for example, a typical household in the US throws out 474 pounds of food waste each year. Food scraps are the third largest segment of Compost Soilthe waste stream with nearly 26 million tonnes generated per year.

Composting your scraps is a great way to reduce landfill and also improve your garden! By having a little box or bin in your kitchen to put your scraps in is efficient and convenient and then once filled, transfer it to a compost bin outside along with topping it off with additional soil, tree clippings or mowed grass to help with the composting process.

It is really that simple and before long, you would have turned ordinary food scraps into great soil for gardening!

14. Swap Your Straws!

Straws are so common and the amount we use a day is just terrifying. In fact, in the US, 500 million straws are used each day, that is enough to wrap the circumference of the earth 2.5 times and that isn’t even on a global scale!

stainless steel strawsStainless Steel Straws are a reusable way to end this dilemma, they can be used over and over again and can be cleaned after use, it even comes with their own straw cleaner to clean the insides!

15. Be Brave

And last but definitely not least!

If you do have any environmental concerns that are occurring in your area, do not be afraid to contact your local PM. That is what they are there for, to listen and to take note in what you have to say, the more people talking about an issue, the more chance, a difference will be made.

P.S. You Are A Legend

HeroThank you for reading and wanting to bring about positive change to the world and I hope I gave you some ideas in how you can help bring about a more sustainable and cleaner world for us and generations to come!

Go get em’!

Yours Truly,

Danielle Packer

The Earth Co.

 

Vegan Milk

A Plant Based Diet for Beginners – How to Get it Right the First Time

This is a popular and new diet trend in today’s age because of the animal cruelty exposure the meat industry is involved with, the environmental damage animal agriculture is contributing to and the health concerns that meat and dairy products pose to our health.

If you are interested in even one of these issues you would be starting to become interested in starting a Plant-Based lifestyle.

When I learned of all the issues that meat was contributing to, I too wanted to learn how to become Vegan. I had the common questions in mind that most people have, such as:

  1. Is it hard?Healthy Smoothie
  2. What can I eat?
  3. Am I doing it properly?
  4. Am I getting all the nutrients I need?

I did learn quite a bit from YouTube and listening to other ordinary people talk about what worked for them and what didn’t, or those ‘What I eat in a day – Vegan Diet’ videos to get meal ideas, which I highly recommend.

But some of it came from trial and error. For you, you can get all the tips right here from me, you don’t have to make the mistakes I did or the misconceptions I had.

 

Getting Your Nutrients from Plant-Based Sources

Here, I will list some vital foods that are ideal for a plant-based diet and contain a variety of essential macro and micronutrients.Legumes

Legumes are an excellent source of protein, iron, magnesium, fiber, and healthy fats. These include Soybeans, Kidney Beans, Black Beans, Green Peas, and Chickpeas. These are all just a few of my favorites. In regard to protein, an approximately ½ cup of legumes contains 15-26 grams of protein dependent on the legume.

Seeds are a great way to get lots of different micronutrients. Some seeds that I consume regularly are Chia seeds which have many benefits including omega 3’s, calcium, magnesium, B vitamins and for protein, you can consume 11 grams via 2 tbsp.

Hemp Seeds are also a fantastic way to get your protein (15 grams), iron, magnesium and zinc, all in ¼ cup. I usually put these in my oats for breakfast, they make a great mixture.

Plant-based milk are provided in most supermarkets such as Coles and Woolworths and there is quite a variety:

  1. Soy Milk
  2. Almond Milk
  3. Oat Milk
  4. Macadamia Milk
  5. Hemp Milk
  6. Rice Milk
  7. Cashew Milk

These sources are a great way to get more protein and other nutrients dependent on the brand and variety of milk. The brand, ‘So Good’ Soy milk provides additional nutrients in their products which is great for us plant eaters!

Vegetables of all kinds! You cannot get enough vegetables to be perfectly honest; I know we all know this to be true. They have so many micronutrients that most people miss out on when consuming more animal products than vegetables. So do not be afraid of experimenting with different vegetables of all colors! Leafy greens like spinach are additionally crucial to getting micronutrients, amino acids, antioxidants and fiber into your system. If you’re like me and don’t really eat salads, put some spinach in your shakes! 2 cups of raw spinach, for example, is 2.1 grams of protein.

Quinoa is a great way to get protein as only ½ cup contains 14 grams Additionally, it contains magnesium, fiber, vitamin B6 and iron as well!

Tofu is a great alternative to chicken. Just fry it the way you like and put the sauces that suit you and it is great for vegetable dishes, on toast and stir-fries!  ½ cup of tofu contains approximately 20 grams of protein. What a whopper!

There are a lot of different types of tofu in terms of how companies manufacture them, so if you do not like one, do not be afraid to try another because they can differ substantially. Additionally, they are very inexpensive if you buy it raw – approx $3.

Nuts! The ¼ cup has 8 grams of protein and omega 3 fatty acids. I must admit I do not get enough of these but I really should. Almonds, walnuts, macadamias, peanuts and cashews, there are quite a few! I like to eat the butter instead, like raw peanut butter, almond butter or cashew butter.

The Protein Talk

I am sure you are used to thinking that we need hundreds of grams of protein if we are to lose weight and gain muscle, but this is just the fitness industry advertising their products, in fact, according to numerous studies, too much protein of any kind can cause serious issues in the body in various ways such as stressing your kidneys and liver and  if its animal protein it increases your risk our risk of cancer and elevates blood cholesterol levels.

The recommended dietary allowance for adults is around 0.8 grams of protein a day for each kilogram or 2.2 pounds of body weight.

So for example, I weigh 49 kg so I would need 39.2 grams of protein per day.

Protein Deficiency 

If you get the necessary daily calorie intake for your body (weight and age) it is actually impossible for you to be protein deficient. Even if you just ate rice for a day – one of the lowest protein food sources – but had met the calorie requirement, though that diet is not ideal for health reasons, in regards to the protein you would still not be protein
deficient.

*If you are interested in this information and want to know more, I would recommend watching ‘Food Choices’, it is available on Netflix and was a large contributor to why many people have become Vegan.

 

What About B12?

What is B12?

B12 is a bacterium found in the large intestines of animals. It also occurs within humans but we cannot use our B12 because it is found further up our colon. It is excreted via a bowel movement.

B12 is found in most animal products such as meat, eggs, dairy, and fish. Unfortunately, it is not found in plant-based foods even though there are some myths that deem it is. This is usually due to the fact that though B12 may be present in Spirulina and blue-green algae, for example, it is a different analog which is not bioavailable to us. Additionally, there are some unreliable sources that may contain B12 such as Chlorella or Nutritional Yeast but the contents vary widely and some have been formed synthetically which may impact B12 absorption.

It is important to get B12 because, without it, there are serious health implications. You can be on a plant-based diet and not notice the effects for years, but they will occur if B12 isn’t taken. 5 years is the average length before symptoms can occur.

These symptoms range from:

  1. FatigueB12 Tablet
  2. Weakness
  3. Loss of appetite
  4. Loss of bladder control
  5. Sore mouth and tongue

Overall, B12 is not readily available in a plant-based diet naturally.

However, there are ways to get this vitamin on a plant-based diet by doing one of the following:

  1. Eat B12 fortified foods two-three times a day to get 3 micrograms a day – soy milk is a popular food source for this reason. Check the labels on food to make sure you are getting the necessary amount per day.
  2. Otherwise, you can take a B12 tablet – dependent on the brand, some can be taken daily, others weekly

The recommended daily B12 intake is (depends on age):

  • Birth to 6 months – 0.4mcg
  • Infants (7-12 months) – 0.5mcg
  • Children (1-3 years) – 0.9mcg
  • Children 4-8 years – 1.2mcg
  • Children 9-13 – 1.8mcg
  • Teens 14-18 – 2.4mcg
  • Adults – 2.4mcg
  • Pregnant teens and women – 2.6mcg
  • Breastfeeding teens and women – 2.8mcg

 

Meal Ideas to Get Excited About!

Vegan Pancakes are a favorite among my friends and I. Just replace the eggs with 2 mashed bananas and the milk for plant-based milk. Top it off with berries, maple syrup, and vegan ice cream! 😀

Vegetable Lasagne – replace the mincemeat, use mushrooms, tomato, onion, capsicum with a sprinkle of either vegan cheese or nutritional yeast which is used for a cheesy texture. If you do not want vegetables, you can purchase vegan mince from Coles and Woolworths.

Scrambled Tofu – Use raw tofu and mush it up between your fingers turning it into a scrambled texture. Add a curry paste and add desired vegetables such as mushrooms, spinach, tomato, and onion – my personal preference 🙂

Vegetable Curry – This would be made with a curry paste of your choice, coconut cream, vegetables, and rice. So simple but so delicious!

 

Some Tips to Leave on

Get a blood test yearly – this is something I failed to do. I was very lazy and thought I was doing everything right because I felt great. Some I wish I did it earlier so I could get on top of my B12 and, though my iron was fine it could have been better. I have been added hemp seeds to my oats every morning since my blood test and eating more beans.

Do a bit of research and get meal ideas so you don’t lose it when you can’t think of what to eat or how to prepare a meal. It is a big change so it is obviously going to take a little time to figure out what foods you like and what you don’t like.

Give it a chance. Some people I know start it, and then if they feel a little tired or something feels off, or they just simply cannot be bothered anymore, and then they give up.

It won’t take long before those small feelings go away because it is likely that you have been eating meat and dairy your whole life, so it is okay if your body feels different or you are eating habits change (the amount, when you eat).

But these feelings will adjust itself and you will feel great in no time, your bowels will be moving more regularly, you’ll feel great after your meals with no heavy sick feelings for example and you will feel great that your diet is doing a world of difference to both animals, the environment, and your body.

It is worth the effort!

 

Thank you!

Thanks, everyone for reading and I hope I helped you better understand how to start a plant-based diet effectively and answered the questions you were pondering.

Please feel free to comment or ask any questions you need help with!

 

Yours truly,

 

Danielle Packer

THE EARTH CO.