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I’ve never been a huge coffee drinker, but I know majority of people are. Companies like Nespresso and Keurig are promoting the use of single-serve aluminum pods, using lots of energy, creating greenhouse gas and unnecessary waste. The coffee pods end up in a variety of places after they are thrown away - landfills, rivers and oceans. I'm glad be a part of the campaign #iamacapsulekiller by @chacunsoncafe to raise awareness about the negative impacts of single-use coffee capsules😌
Important facts :
-55 million coffee pods were thrown away every day in 2017
-By 2012 Nespresso had sold more than 27 billion coffee pods worldwide, enough to encircle the equator 30 times and that's just one company
-One 250g pack of pods produces 10 times more packaging waste
-Aluminum coffee pods take 150 to 500 years to decompose
-Recycling pods are either impossible, or tough and not complete
-Only 5% of the pods produced are made from recycled materials
Here are some alternatives :
-Avoid disposable materials like coffee pods, disposable cups, plastic lids
-Use an automatic ground machine which makes it also much more efficient to brew and drink a more pleasant coffee or use traditional brewing methods
-If you want to keep your capsule machine, use a reusable/refillable coffee capsule. These pods are not thrown away after use and can be cleaned and refilled on a daily basis.
Although Nespresso's coffee pods are made from aluminium, they can't be recycled by conventional methods. Even if you do recycle your coffee pods, there's your carbon footprint to consider. The problem is, we are addicted to convenience. So if quick and easy is our addiction to get coffee, why would people spend time disposing their coffee pods at a Nespresso store to recycle them? Coffee capsules are bad for our planet, choose reusable or stay with a regular coffee machine😃
24505 days ago
MOST URGENT PROBLEM🍴
I love using chalks to spread awareness! I made this during the last march with @extinctionrebellion ✊🏽 They are many ways we can help our planet. But of course, there are some ways more effective than others. Oxford University researchers concluded that adopting a vegan diet is “the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use, and water use.” Researches around the world also confirmed this study.
Reasons why a vegan diet is helping in major ways our planet :
1-Fight climate change
UNEP named meat “the world’s most urgent problem”. The planet’s food-related emissions would drop by 70% by 2050 if everyone decided to go vegan, a 2016 report states.
2-Save our oceans
A report published by Current Biology confirmed that 87% of the world’s oceans are dying. The world’s oceans could be empty of fish by 2048. More people are avoiding single-use plastics like straws due to the impact on animals and the ocean (And it’s amazing!). However, half of the plastic found in the ocean comes from fishing nets, not straws.
The researchs also said that a meat-based diet requires 14 times more water than a meat-free one and a vegan diet uses 5 times less water than an animal products diet.
4-Save the land
Animal agriculture has been linked to desertification, deforestation, and poor soil quality. This industry requires a vast amount of land. Researchers stated that if everyone went vegan, global farmland use would drop by 75%.
The number 1 cause of the mass extinction of wildlife is habitat destruction caused by the agriculture sector. The WWF claimed that animal product consumption is the reason behind 60% of all biodiversity loss. In the fishing industry, billions of marine animals are caught and killed unintentionally by the fish/seafood industries.
Prioritize vegan options made by plants and veganize your favorite dishes. This way, we truly help animals and our environment to rebalance and thrive again💛
PASSION FOR TENNIS🎾
If you have been following me for a while you may notice something... I love tennis (just a little😂). Beside the fact that I'm planet advocate and vegan, I'm a huge fan of this incredible sport. I think I started watching tennis on tv at 12 years old and I instantly felt in love with Rafael Nadal (and it's not because he's handsome - ok maybe at first yes😜). The connection I have with this legend is difficult to explain (I'll not try to explain it here, it will take me all day😂). Since that day, I followed his career through the years, bringing me a lot of joy and tears. His determination and his passion really inspires me since I was a kid. I can call him my idol.
Since 6 years ago, I joined tennis classes in my area and played tennis. I also have wonderful memories at the Rogers Cup in Montreal. I'll always remember the feeling I felt when @rafaelnadal signed my big tennis ball and I was starstruck for the first time in my life with @spoiledbrat_j , all the fun my mom and I have together and more. For many years, I dreamed to work for the Rogers Cup - and you know what...I made it happened😃 I worked at @tenniscanada and help organize 3 Rogers Cup - making my dream come true. I hope one day, I can combined my 2 passions together - Tennis and environment.
Now you can understand why I share a lot of things about tennis in my stories. I'll be at the Rogers Cup (yes again) Friday for the quarter-finals. Very excited! And you, what is your passion? Do you have an idol or someone who inspires you?😊
(And yes, I do wear Nike clothes - and yes, I can care about our planet even if I wear Nike clothes and no I'll not give away all my Nike clothes. I'm definitely more aware of negative impacts fashion industries have on our planet. That's why I choose wisely what I buy🙃)
13602 weeks ago
I AM A RECOVERING HYPOCRITE
Here is an important message to make you realize everybody is human, everybody can do is part, everybody can change and do better.
I used to eat chicken, fish and sushi every week. I used to buy a lot of clothes from the fast fashion industry and products tested on animals. I really thought I was living the best life possible - a healthy and a compassionate life.
I also used to consume a lot of single-use plastic every time I was ordering food/drinks. I did use a lot of plastic bottles and many more plastic items in my lifetime. I thought it was just a normal thing to do.
WHY I AM A RECOVERING HYPOCRITE?
- I still buy food wrapped in plastic sometimes
- I still wear my old clothes from the fast fashion industry
- I still drive a car
- I still like to buy new things
As you can see, I'm definitely not perfect. I'm human, just like you. Over all, I'm very proud of what I accomplished so far and the improvement I have made over the years. I'm proud to be vegan and to work hard to help our planet every day. Every purchase and every decision we make are a chance to get better. We can't be 100% perfect but we can all do our part.
Thank you @maxlamanna for inspire me to create this post and helping so many people transitioning to better choices for our planet. You rock! Hope one day I get to be as cool as you are😜🤘🏽
#gogreen💚 #sustainablefuture#ourfuture#schoolstrike4climate#govegan🌱 #goveganfortheanimals#climateaction#oneplanet#climateemergency#montrealcity#vegangirl#peta#animalrights
32103 weeks ago
In less than 8 months, we used more natural resources than the planet is able to produce in a 12 month period. For the rest of the year, we will be living on resources borrowed from future generations.
It means that humans have exhausted the amount of water, soil, clean air and other resources that the planet can generate in 2019, meaning from now until December all the energy we use is unsustainable in the long-term / humanity overshoots the planet’s ability to recover from what resources we consume within each year—like regrow the trees we cut down, absorb the carbon dioxide we emit, and replenish the seas with the fish we harvest, to name a few. At this rate, it would take 1.75 Earths to sustainably meet the current demands of humanity, according to the available data.
- For instance, cutting CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels by 50% would move the day by 93 days.
- Other ways humanity could #movethedate involve looking at the ways we design and manage cities.
- Local, plant-based diets are favoured over industrial animal-based ones since food production currently uses more than half of our planet's biocapability.
- Protecting nature through conservation and reforestation will also be key in helping sustainability.
Small actions (even a post on your story😜) make a big difference and all of us play an important role in creating a world where we live within our limits.
How to improve sustainability :
* Choose plant-based/vegan alternatives
* Cut energy use at home
* Minimise waste and do compost
* Grow your own fruit, veg and herbs
* Instal energy efficient appliances at home
* Car pool and use public transport
* Go plastic free
* Buy from second hand shops
I think it is the first year that I hear about this day... It's very alarming and quite scary at the same time. What do you think about it? 👀 What actions will you take?✊🏽(I used a piece of paper found on the ground)
35303 weeks ago
MY BIRTHDAY WORDS🌞
I like using the day of my birthday (TODAY🎉) to become aware of my journey in the past year. Last summer, I had the chance to work on big festivals, meet great people (like my girl @msanniepier ), attend unforgettable shows, but on the other hand, I had to put a side what was calling me, in the depths of me, animals and saving nature. I then decided to follow my heart and start an university program in environment. It helped me to find a job in the field...It's a good feeling when you can help our planet on a daily basis! I'm very happy to be vegan for now close to 2 years (best decision I ever made). I became such a better person. I want to do more for animals in the next year because they are the most vulnerable beings of this planet.
I also decided during this past year to use my Instagram page as a way to inform and inspire people. It's amazing to connect with so many people around the world with the same motivation and who care about our future. I definitely raised awareness more than ever before - in every possible way. Very happy I did!
My year has been filled with eco-friendly/vegan events, festivals, marches and cleanups. It feels good to be active! I'm very proud of myself and where I'm in life! Follow your passions, your convictions and let life take you where you are supposed to go - trust your destiny. Last and most important...
A huge thank you for your interest and desire to help the world be a better place for humanity and all animals! Also, a big thank you for all your beautiful comments and messages during this year. You are incredible! Let's continue to do the best we can everyday & together! Tell your friends and family that IT'S COOL TO CARE and they need to join the right side of history! WE CAN DO IT! All the best xx 😜🤘🏽
27804 weeks ago
“Water and air, the two fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.”— Jacques Cousteau
Take a moment to look around you. Homes, offices, cars, restaurants, stores are mostly made, sell or serve with plastic. Go outside, in the woods or on the beach, what do you see? PLASTIC. I took this photo from an art called Invaded Sea at the Portland Museum of Art. This is just a tiny portion of the art... the plastic items from this amazing art took an entire room👀 Invaded Sea calls attention to contaminated ocean waters and the Caribbean tourist industry. Detergent containers, broken toilet seats, plastic buckets, bottles, Crocs, toys are just a few of the found objects in the sea.
Behind each and every piece of littered plastic debris there is a human face. What will we do when plastic will be in the water we drink (ah wait, it’s already there🙄), in the food we eat (ah damn microplastics are also in a lot of food😔), in the products we use (there again😁)…We can do so much better than this. This is not the planet we should have!
SAY BYE BYE TO PLASTIC (AS MUCH AS YOU CAN) :
1. Refuse single-use plastic
2. Invest in reusable
3. Buy in bulk
4. Encourage your friends to join you
5. Choose eco-friendly products
Do you find it scary to see how plastic invade our planet in so many ways? What gives you hope regarding plastic pollution?😊
16201 month ago
HAPPY FRIDAY😃Did you know just by choosing your sunscreen you have a big positive or negative impact on our oceans? I recently changed my favorite sunscreen to more sustainable brands and I love them😜These 2 mineral reef-friendly sunscreens are also vegan and cruelty-free @thinksport@zorahbiorganic ✊🏽
In 2015, it was estimated that around 14,000 tons of sunscreen - the equivalent of 25 to 60 million bottles each year – end up in the world’s coral reefs and causing irreparable damage. Studies have shown that oxybenzone and octinoxate are found in over 3,500 sunscreen products, including in popular brands like Tropicana, Banana Boat, and Coppertone.
According to EWG, mineral sunscreens are the better choice, as they protect against both UVB and UVA rays, still very effective and don’t contain as many dangerous ingredients.
👙 Here are the main ingredients to look for and chemicals to avoid in sunscreen (also avoid aerosols) :
1. Top ingredient to look for in a reef-safe sunscreen is always non nano zinc oxide.
2. Top dangerous sunscreen ingredient to avoid is oxybenzone and octinoxate. Make sure to carefully read the label to confirm your product is oxybenzone free.
3. Avoid butylparaben, octinoxate, triclosan, PABA, octocrylene, and 4-methylbenzylidene camphor in sunscreen ingredients.
4. Water resistant sunscreens are better as less ingredients will wash of your body and face into the ocean - so if you are looking for sunscreen for swimming, snorkeling or diving, check the water resistance duration on label.
5. Parabens - another big NO - paraben free sunscreen is good for the ocean and good for sunscreen safety for your face and body.
6. Reef-safe labels - Typically companies will label their products as “reef-safe” but always check the ingredients to be sure.
There are so many affordable eco-friendly options on the market, just take your time before purchasing your next sunscreen! Were you aware of this? Did you already have your coral reef-safe sunscreen?😊🌞
15501 month ago
Did you know that dairy milk results in 3 times more greenhouse gas emissions than vegan milk (study by the University of Oxford)? The truth is, humans are the only species on earth that drinks milk from another species. People are becoming aware that cow’s milk is not healthy and it’s extremely cruel to animals.
HERE ARE 3 BENEFITS OF PLANT-BASED MILK, CHEESE, ICE-CREAM, YOGURT...
1. IT'S CRUELTY-FREE
Non-dairy milk comes from plants, not animals. No sentient being is harmed to make them, and no babies are taken from their mothers and turned into a piece of meat. Dairy cows have sad and miserable lives. They are impregnated every year and their babies are taken away everytime until they’re around four years old, at which point they can no longer keep up with producing milk so they are killed to become hamburgers. No animal deserve to be treated like machine, product or slave.
2. IT'S BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
The dairy industry has become an ecological disaster. Dairy industry is a huge contributor to climate change. The methane they release is 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide in warming the atmosphere. Dairy also uses a lot of water and land.
3. IT'S HEALTHIER
Dairy products have an abundance of artery-clogging saturated fat, as well as hormones and antibiotics that are linked to an increase in disease. Non-dairy milks have no reason to contain these. Plants milks have all the nutriments you need without cruelty, saturated fat and environmental destruction.
Next time you’re at the supermarket, try vegan cheeses, milks, ice-creams, yogurts! They are plenty of options - you will definitely find the ones you like! Plants alternatives are the future, they are better for the animals, the planet and our health. Did you switch to plant-based/vegan alternatives?😊 I always choose soy milk in my lattes, cashew based cheeses and sorbets to replace ice-cream😜
ARE YOU WEARING SOMEONE?
Since I went vegan in December 2017, I always make sure I choose vegan leather like this bag from @pixiemood - adorable right?😜Did you know that synthetic leather (like from pineapple, sewable slate stone, wood, apple, mushrooms), is less harmful to the planet than animal leather?
Out of all materials used for fashion, animal fibers use more feed, land, water and fossil fuels to raise animals for leather production. This industry has a huge cost to the health of our world.
-Every year, 1 billion animals are bred and killed for their skin. Cows, pigs, goats, sheep, or even dogs and cats. Much of the leather comes from developing countries such as India or China, where animal welfare laws are non-existent. Practices around slaughter are particularly violent and cause terrible suffering to animals raised for their meat or leather.
-China is the world's largest exporter of leather. Millions of dogs and cats are killed for meat/leather.
-No law requires for brands worldwide to specify which animal the skin comes from and can be bought by consumers without knowing.
-Intense livestock breeding, meat and leather combined, accounts for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions, more than the global transportation sector.
I don’t know about you but I much prefer wearing synthetic than wearing the skin of another being, who suffer, who wanted to live and free from exploitation. Every purchase is a vote for the world we want. Not only your choices can bring you positivity, happiness and good karma (letting innocent animals live😉), you also reduce your carbon footprint on the world. There is no reason that justifies animals in fashion. Next time you go shopping, choose plant-based synthetic over animal fibers. Our planet and animals will be forever grateful💛Did you switch to vegan alternatives?😃
31301 month ago
WE HAVE THE POWER AS A CONSUMER✊🏽
TEXT BY @manuelbergmann / By choosing what we purchase consciously while supporting and advocating businesses that are doing good, we have the POWER to change the WORLD 🌍💚💪
In our modern society many believe that in order to be happier, better and more successful people we have to own more and newer stuff. However, admits the climate emergency today, we can not afford this lifestyle anymore!
We can do so much by returning back to the time when owning things that can be reused, last a long time and can be fixed brings us joy😊
Many of the problems that we face today arises through us consumers choosing things that are easy and comfortable for us without thinking of the impact on the planet.
Knowing this we can do so much!
Here are a few things you can do:
1. Buy less 🙏
2. Fix the items that can be fixed 🛠️
3. Buy secondhand ♻️
4. Buy things from business that are doing good, make it last 🙌
Quote by @emmawatson
Thank you so much @jelena.stepanenko@trashcandanofficial@shadycreekhomestead
28702 months ago
IS RECYCLING ENOUGH?😌
Our recycling gets recycled, right? Maybe...Maybe not. We all think throwing something in the recycling bin will magically be recycle, unfortunately, it's not the case😔 In Canada, according to a recent study, 9% of plastic is actually recycled, 4% is incinerated and 86% is landfilled👀😑
Facts about recycling :
-Paper cups/Single-use cups at Starbucks, Tim Hortons, McDonalds (and at the majority of places) are not recyclable because of the plastic liner and coffee contamination. Half a trillion disposable cups are manufactured annually around the world; that’s over 70 disposable cups for every person on the planet.
-Most dumps are made up of a third of packaging materials that could be recycled.
-Currently Europe recycles 30% of its plastics, compared to just 9% in the United States, but the majority of plastic waste still ends up in landfills and in the oceans.
-China, the world’s largest importer and recycler of scrap metals, plastic and paper, has decided it will no longer take foreign garbage, and is set to ban imports of 24 types of waste.
-India and Malaysia want to take foreign garbage to create economy, but will end up, burning or throwing the waste in landfills.
-Top recyclers in the world (who really recycle😂) are Germany, Austria, South Korea, Wales, Switzerland, Belgium, Slovenia, Sweden.
Easy ways to really help :
- Refuse single-use plastics and reduce your consumption of plastic, paper, glass
-Reuse what you already have
-Choose durable/reusable items instead of disposable
-Rinse and clean your containers you put in your recycling bins to reduce contamination
-Look at restrictions in your city and see which items you can and can not put in your recycling bin
As long as we continue to use linear economy instead of circular, we can not just rely on recycling to help the environment. Changing the way we consume is key✊🏽What did you learn with this post? What surprises you?😃
51402 months ago
EATING A CREDIT CARD A WEEK?
We know that plastic is devastating wildlife and is invading our oceans, but until now we have known very little about the impact the broken plastic system is having on people. In this first-ever global study, we’ve discovered that on average, people could actually be ingesting approximately 5 grams of microplastics every week - that’s the equivalent of a credit card per week.
The University of Newcastle, Australia finds we’re consuming about 2000 tiny pieces of plastic every week. That’s approximately 100,000 tiny pieces of plastic every year. Findings reveal that microplastics are contaminating the air, food and water consumed by humans. The single largest source of plastic ingestion globally is through water, both bottled and tap all over the world. Of the consumables studied, the highest recorded plastic levels were found in shellfish, beer and salt.
The long-term effects of plastic ingestion on the human body are not yetwell documented. Some types of plastic carry chemicals and additives with potential effects on human health. Studies are underway to better understand the effects of plastic on our health.
Did you know? 👀Plastic and microplastics are everywhere now. They unfortunately don't disappear. Because plastic lasts for so long, every single piece of plastic ever made still exists, and will continue existing for at least 500 years. Share your thoughts by leaving a comment and share with your friends🤓Click the link in my bio to learn more about the study and sign the petition✊🏽 #signofchange#itscooltocare@wwf