As it’s Earth Day today I thought it would be poignant to share ten easy ways that you can become more environmentally and reduce your impact on our planet, which is currently heaving and sputtering to a deathly halt trying to match our wants and requirements.

I shared an Instagram post with 10 facts about our impact on the environment, if you’d like to read those then head here.

If you’re reading this then I am hoping you understand the devastating impact we as human beings are currently having on our planet and how it really is in our hands, right now, in this very moment, to start to make changes. I know people say ‘start small’ but there is really no time waste, so if you can try to implement these from RIGHT NOW, then our planet will totally thank you for it, as will your future self and future generations to come.

  1. Ditch Single Use Plastics

A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number will jump another 20% by 2021. But it’s not just bottles that we are using too much of, things like straws, plastic bags and packaging are being consumed on a monumental level every single day and hardly any of it is being recycled, most is going straight to landfill or into our oceans.

Ditch single use plastics by buying a reusable water bottle, a metal straw and some material tote bags for your shopping. You will also save money! I actually have a blog post that covers this so feel free to take a read of that too if you like.

  1. Buy your food locally and eat in Season

So you love an avocado smashed onto your sourdough every Sunday morning right? But do you have any idea of the carbon and water footprint of the food you buy? Our supermarkets are full to the brim with apples from Antigua, tomatoes from Tenerife and strawberries from Spain. The carbon footprint and the load on the planet of importing all these exotic foods from all over the planet are killing our Earth.

Instead of choosing things that have been flown from another country, why not look for produce that’s been grown in the UK, or better yet, head to a Farmer’s Market at the weekend, find a good green grocers near you and try buying meat from butchers instead. Do some research. If you’re super busy you can buy meal/veg boxes from companies online with are ethical and sustainable, check our Riverford here.

Also eating fruit and veg that are in season will be much better in reducing your carbon footprint and impact on the environment.

  1. Compost

I unfortunately can’t compost in my current flat, but if you have the potential of having a compost bin in your garden or have an organic waste bin then PLEASE USE ONE! Composting is essentially recycling organic waste, as opposed to it heading to landfill where it will be trapped and can’t reach oxygen which it needs in order to decay.

  1. Recycle Properly

Did you know that 60% of our rubbish that ends up going to landfill could have been recycled? Make sure you check out your local council’s website where they should give you information on what recycling they take and how it works. Make sure you take the time before you throw something away to see if it can be recycled. If I am out and I have rubbish on me that can be recycled and I can’t find a bin, I usually will take it home with me to recycle there. If you put something in your recycling bin that cannot be recycled, often this will contaminate what CAN be recycled and therefore it means that the contaminated produce (even if originally it could be recycled) will be sent to landfill.

  1. Simply Buy Less

We have got into a habit of thinking we need more more more. When really we need so much less! We don’t need so many of the clothing and products we have in our homes. If we bought less, this would help the planet so much more. I am slowly trying to become more minimalist in my life, which is proving quite hard for me as it seems I hold onto things quite strongly! But these guys are really informative and are doing some interesting things so take a read if minimalism is something you’re interested in!

  1. Turn the lights off

I won’t go into why power plants are bad for the environment, that’s year 9 stuff from school, but simply turning the lights off when you leave the room or turning things fully off (not just leaving them on standby) can only help our planet for the better.

  1. Buy Eco Friendly and Sustainable Products

Again there is so much detail to go into here, but take a look at the products you are buying, and the brands you are buying them from. Your skin care products, your deodorant, your kitchen supplies… and above all your clothing. I think I need to go into another blog post just focusing on fast fashion and its horrendous impacts on our planet, but essentially, try to avoid buying clothing made from artificial materials, opt instead for organic cotton or bamboo, by pieces you will wear for years, ignore fashion trends and stick to your own style that works for you. Do some research before you buy something from a company, to make sure that their ethical morals align with your own. Here is an article that goes into fast fashion and why it is so awful in more detail.

  1. Eat Less Meat/Animal Products

I am not going to ask you to go full vegan, but the environmental impact of the animal farming industry is monumental, even if you went vegan or vegetarian just one day or week, or maybe went veggie during the week, the reduction of green house gas emissions and water pollution would be epic.

  1. Take Shorter Showers

Water is becoming more and more scarce, right now us living here in the UK may not be aware of this but by 2025, an estimated 1.8 billion people will live in areas plagued by water scarcity. This is awful, and really not very far away in terms of time, it’s not going to be very long until we really see how we are impacting our environment.

  1. Do a Beach Clean Up

If you live near the beach, or even the next time you’re near one on holiday, why not do a beach clean up? Or even search online to see if there is already one scheduled so that you can go along and join? It feels so productive to actually be a part of clearing up our environment and helps to save our oceans.

I hope you enjoyed reading this and have come away with some food for thought, do you have any other ideas? I would love to know so please leave a comment below!

Hey there guys! I am back (post blog hack which had me down for a month!) and I am bringing you five easy tips to becoming more eco friendly. It makes me so happy that bloggers have started to push the idea of being eco friendly and helping our environment out to their followers, and as it’s something I am super passionate about I thought it only made sense to do the same! So here are five really simple ways you can be more environmentally friendly:

1. Buy a Reusable Coffee Cup

Ditch the takeaway coffee cups, they’re not recyclable here in the UK as to make them waterproof they have a plastic lining within the cup, and whilst places like Costa have started to recycle them themselves, chances are most people don’t make the effort to hold onto that skanky used cup until they reach another Costa. So it’s best to invest in your own cup or flask that you can use everyday.

I have a KeepCup and I loooove mine! Also, loads of places like Starbucks, Costa and Pret give you a discount on your coffee when you use your own cup. Obviously there are other brands out there but this is just one that I’ve been recommended and have invested in and haven’t regretted.

2. Avoid Buying Plastic Bottles and Get a Refillable One

Every year the average UK household uses around 480 plastic bottles, that comes to 35 million, YES MILLION, bottles per year used in the UK. And whilst you may be like ‘well actually Hannah I recycle all the ones I use’, my response is ‘recycling uses electricity, so maybe let’s avoid the entire thing altogether and just buy a reusable bottle’ ha! Got you there! I don’t really need to tell you where or which bottle to buy, there are loads of types, aim for BPA free, coz BPAs are the devil, but really as long as you are refilling your bottle and not forever buying a new bottle of Evian/Highland Springs/whatever, then you’re one step closer to being a little greener.

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I splashed out earlier this year and bought a S’well bottle, I went for plain white because I am boring and monochromatic but they have sooooo many designs. So if you want to look super fancy and also have an amazing water bottle (that keeps your water super chilled but ALSO can house hot water/alcohol) then head to S’well and have a look online, or go to Amazon and buy a cheaper less showy off version.

3. Recycle Correctly

Now I know what you’re thinking, if you’re reading this blog post chances are you care a bit about our planet, and you probably already recycle. The issue is that there’s still a lot of incorrect stuff being put into recycling bins here in the UK, and it’s been rising. So get clued up, check on your local council website to make sure you’re putting the right things in the right bags (and are using the right bags too!). Here’s an interesting article on the BBC all about it if you’re interested.

4. Reduce Your Consumption of Meat/Animal Products

I’m not going to tell you to go full blown vegan, I’m not preachy (kinda), but even introducing say two meat free days a week is not only going to save our little planet, but it will also keep your outgoings down (meat is ‘spenny you know), as well as probably make you feel a bit better. There are soooo many bloggers and cookbooks out there at the moment for constant inspiration!

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5. Say No To The Straw

Straws are PURE EVIL. They aren’t recyclable, they get stuck in turtles noses in the ocean (if you haven’t seen the video and want to be put off straws for life then Google it, it’s HORRIFIC), and they’re thought to stick around on our planet for 200 years, no doubt ending up in the stomachs of amazing animals. It’s so easy to say no a straw, we use them once and then they’re thrown away. My amazing friend bought me some bamboo straws from Bali when she went on holiday recently I’ve loved using them at home, I recently also bought myself a metal straw to take around with me in my bag (a lot of people have started doing this), it also comes with a straw cleaner which might not be something you instantly think about when you get one but that is vital.

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Have you got any tips? If you do leave some ideas in a comment, I’d love to hear more!

Hidden in the middle of the Medina, Café Clock is a funky haven that brings Europe and North Africa together to meet and create this awesome café. During my recent trip to Marrakech, I was lucky enough to go and check Café Clock out and have one of the most delicious veggie lunches (yes, veggie!) I’ve ever had. There’s a bright, high ceilinged ground floor part of the café, as well as an amazing open roof top space (with covered and non-covered parts). The décor was very very cool, there’s no other way to describe it, with mod pictures and mismatched furniture and splashes of bright colour everywhere, I felt very much at home, and want to transport the place back to London!

The staff were super friendly, attentive and quick. The menu was available in both English and French, and even had veggie, vegan and GF options! We went for the falafel, hummus and tabbouleh each, as well as two side salads (the winter salad of roasted vegetables and minted fresh cheese and fig & blue cheese salad with candied walnuts and capers) which were both insane, actually, the entire meal was freaking delicious, I’m thinking that’s the best falafel I’ve ever had! We also had a smoothie each and after lunch we got henna tattoos, we each opted for the same traditional hand henna (we literally just did everything exactly the same all holiday hahaha), the henna artist was lovely and I am sooo in love with my design, I want it to stay forever!

Not only do they offer amazing grub and a fab place to chill, but Café Clock has so much more to offer. There are workshops and cooking classes held there, as well as a Saturday morning yoga class which we 100% would have gone to if we’d have been in the country!

If you’re ever in Marrakech, put this on your list of places to visit.

Find their website here and Instagram here

Since deciding to cut out all animal products I have tried a few recipes for vegan pancakes, and I have finally found the perfect recipe! Not only that, they’re protein pancakes! After I got my hands on Nutristrength’s Pea Cocoa Protein Powder, I decided to give them a whirl and they came out SO GOOD.

Here’s the recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup Nutristrength Pea Protein
  • 1/3 cup ground almonds
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup soy yoghurt
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1 table spoon vanilla bean paste
  • Coconut oil for the pan (I used Nutristrength coconut oil)

Method:

  1. Mix  protein powder, ground almonds, and baking powder together in a bowl.
  2. Next, add the milk, yoghurt, banana and vanilla extract to your blender and blend together.
  3. Add the dry mixture to the wet blended mixture and stir together until there are no more bumps.
  4. Heat a medium sized frying pan over a low to medium heat, and add a small amount of coconut oil to the pan.
  5. Spoon a table spoon of mixture into the centre of the pan. As the texture is different to normal pancakes, it may not bubble as usual, and in my experience they take a lot longer than regular pancakes, so wait until the mixture is set and be careful when flipping!
  6. Serve them up with your favourite toppings, my go to is almond butter, pomegranate seeds, banana and strawberries!

I am so so glad that I have found a recipe that works! And Nutristrength’s products so far have been amazing, I love that non-dairy and vegan supplements are becoming more easily available for us! Nutristrength is now available in Planet Organic, Wholefoods and As Nature Intended, which is awesome! If you want to check out more of their products and what their philosophy is all about, check out their website.

Let me know if you try the recipe, would love to know what you think! xo

Over one month ago now, I was in a taxi on the way home from Paddington Station, having just got back to London from a trip home, and I decided to stop eating meat. In reality I’d had this nagging feeling in the pit of my stomach for a while that I needed to do something, and stop eating it, but the idea of labelling myself as veggie or vegan just seemed like such a massive deal that I didn’t really want to have anything to do with. I was scared for a number of reasons; what would I eat? I was so used to making a piece of meat the centre of my meal, I had no idea how I was going to completely change and stop eating meat. I’m not the sort of person to do something gradually, it’s not my personality, I’m in or I’m out, and I had decided I was out.

The reasons why I decided to stop eating meat are pretty simple in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, I love meat. I love eating meat. I love all meat. I have my steak rare, I like it as red as a firetruck, I am definitely not one of those people who could easily give it up. I pretty much had meat twice a day, every day. But my conscience started getting the better of me. Whilst I love meat, I also love the environment, and the older I get, the more I am actually thinking about the planet I live on. And one of the biggest contributors towards climate change (aka biggest emitor of CO2), is the rearing of livestock. The United Nations released a report back in 2006, outlining how the meat industry is a bigger contributor to green house gas emissions than the emissions from cars, buses, trains and planes all put together! I remember reading this report and being genuinely horrified, and thinking “I can’t do this anymore”. As the meat industry grows, so do the effects that it has on the environment, and I just realised in my mind I actually care more about the environment than I thought. Also, I am an animal lover, and whilst I do believe that in the UK a lot of farmers and agriculture treat their animals well, I also know that many animals that are farmed spend their lives in tiny cages, and are pumped with hormones and chemicals, and I just couldn’t ignore it any longer. This isn’t meant to be a guilt trip for anyone, I promise I am not trying to make anyone feel bad, I am just explaining my reasons. I used to tell myself I was ok eating meat because I would happily kill an animal were I hungry and desperate. This is very much still true, but the reality is, the way animals are farmed isn’t like that, and my little excuse didn’t cut it anymore for me or for my conscience, or really for the planet.

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So after this decision I made on a Sunday evening en route back to my little London flat, I decided I would just stop. I wasn’t prepared, but that next day I went to a Prêt-A-Manger after my gym session and got the only vegan/veggie option (a very delicious hummus wrap), and for dinner I made a way-too-hot vegan chilli, but since then, I have only had meat a hand full of times. Five weeks later, I am still doing quite well in my opinion. I didn’t eat a lot of dairy anyway, but I am still eating eggs and Greek style yoghurt. I use vegan protein powder (Missfits Nutrition and Neat Nutrition, both great brands). I count myself quite lucky that I live in London, where the health and fitness industry is thriving and where dietary requirements of all walks of life are catered for. Vegan and veggie restaurants are a plenty. I’m saving money because meat is so bleeding expensive (didn’t intend the pun but I am leaving it in there anyway), and it’s also forcing me to prepare my food at the weekends ready for the week ahead. Luckily a lot of vegan options involve making big dishes that can be put into tupperware and kept in the fridge. Best of all, I get to up my carb intake, and everyone loves carbs right?

I will say that for the first two weeks, my body was so uncomfortable. All the added fibre that I definitely wasn’t used to having didn’t go down all too well, and I am still in the process of sorting my stomach problems out, and going to see a nutritionist, but I am certain that I will be able to sort it all out and still not consume meat and whey. I don’t weigh myself, but I am pretty certain I have lost weight, which was never my intent, I have lost most sign of my abdominal muscles, but I put that more down to my stomach issues, and getting used to the new diet, as to be honest, 5 weeks isn’t long, when I have been eating meat for most of my life. I don’t lack energy, I am still as tired as ever (ha! kinda joking), and I have only craved meat a few times. When I did crave it, I had a burger, which was good, but certainly not the best thing I have ever tasted in my life, and coming from a meat lover like me, that means a lot! This is the mindset I am going to continue having. If I do want to eat meat, then I will, not everyday, and probably not every week, but when I feel like it I will!

A favourite vegan spot of mine 'Redemption' in Shoreditch

A favourite vegan spot of mine ‘Redemption’ in Shoreditch

If you’re interested in transitioning I would love to hear your thoughts. I have got a lot of recipe ideas from simply googling things, as well as Deliciously Ella’s books, which have some incredible recipes in them, and hopefully soon I can start sharing some of my own meat free recipes with you! I am not using any labels, I am not going to shout it from the roof top, I am just proud that I have made a change in my lifestyle for something bigger than myself. It’s not been to lose or gain weight, it’s not been to build a booty or get abs, I am doing this because I am actually becoming passionate about protecting the environment, and that feels very very cool. Does anyone have any good vegan/veggie blogs that they follow? Let me know!

Here are some interesting articles on the environmental side of things for anyone who is interested:

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?newsID=20772#.WCc6fhKLSRs

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/dec/03/eating-less-meat-curb-climate-change

http://www.skepticalscience.com/how-much-meat-contribute-to-gw.html