5 Simple Ways To Consume Less Meat | Collaboration With The Blog Girl

I am incredibly excited to introduce you to Meg, the author of this week’s instalment of The Plastic Plan. As a vegetarian, I thought it would be appropriate to write about my experience of being meat-free. You can check that out by clicking here. Meg, on the other hand, is relatively new to vegetarianism and her post includes 5 easy ways to reduce your meat consumption. So, let’s get into the post!

1. Have 1 or 2 days a week designated to consuming no meat

In my house we have ‘Meat Free Monday’ which means that no one in my house eats meat on a Monday. At the start it was quite difficult to find recipes that were delicious without meat, but as time went on it became easier. I don’t even think about eating meat on a Monday! It has become my favourite day for that reason. If you are struggling for meat-free recipe ideas, I wrote a blog post compiling them all together. The link is here for those interested.

2. Buy less meat products in your weekly shop

This forces you to eat less meat because it isn’t there in the first place. For example, if you usually would have ham sandwiches for your lunch everyday then don’t buy ham for a week and see what else you could have for your lunch! You may even find something else you like more than ham sandwiches – that is meat-free – which may become your usual lunch.

3. Involve a friend to become vegetarian alongside you for a week

Having someone commit to being veggie with you helps you stick to your goal because you can help each other cook yummy veggie recipes and prepare meat-free snacks. If you enjoy the week together then you could make it more consistent. Perhaps one week a month, or even try going cold-turkey and ambitiously cutting out meat straight away.

4. Think of the benefits this simple switch creates

If everyone in the world went vegetarian for one day a week think of how many animals’ lives would be saved. This year around 184,500,000 tons of meat has been consumed, as of Monday 13th July. Going vegetarian for 1 day a week means you have been vegetarian for around 52 days in a year and that would be a massive achievement!

5. Incorporate eating less meat into your daily life

Make it seem normal and it soon will become normal

Meg, The Blog Girl

I feel like I’ve touched on this tip before but I want to discuss it in more depth. If you make yourself eat less meat just within your day it won’t seem as daunting. For example, instead of reaching for some jelly sweets, which contain gelatine, why not choose a breakfast bar or even a chocolate bar? *most chocolate bars are vegetarian, but always check* To step it up a notch, you could reach for some fresh fruit.

6. Don’t cut meat out all at once (if you regularly eat meat)

It is much much harder to stick to being vegetarian without a plan. Although I said 5 tips, I felt this was too important to skip over. What I mean is: if one day you wake and promise you are going to be vegetarian from now on, you will find it really hard if you haven’t researched meat alternatives or found any meat free recipes. Finding things hard may result in giving up, and that is not ideal. Especially not in the circumstance of saving the planet. Therefore, gently begin the process of becoming vegetarian if you know it will be difficult for you. Ease yourself into a meat-free lifestyle, with the tips I have previously mentioned!

I really hope you found my tips useful and are now going to have a go at a meat-free lifestyle! Remember, little changes make a big difference.

Which tip did you find most useful?

the blog girl ❤

Now you’ve read the post, it’s about time you go over and check out Meg’s blog! It’s a multi-niche blog, covering lifestyle, food and positivity. If you’re interested in the food aspect, I think you should follow her wonderful Instagram. Her beautiful feed includes lots of baking photos, with her captions being equally – if not more – important. Meg never fails to brighten my day with her sweet comments and our little chats. I would highly recommend all of her profiles!

That’s it from me. If you wish to hear about My 2 Year Experience Of Being Vegetarian, click here.

Love you all loads!

catherine x

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The Misuse Of Water & How To Prevent It | Guest Post By Millie Button

Water, water, water. Fundamental for our survival yet used so carelessly. Water, water, water. Everyday we use this precious resource without even knowing it. How long is it going to take for people to realise that everything we do has an impact?

How many people in India don’t have access to clean water? Go on, have a guess! 100 million. 100 million people who don’t have access to the stuff we have so easily. Another statistic? Sure! 20,000 litres of water is used to produce 1 kilogram of cotton. So, it won’t come as a shock to you when I say that the fashion industry is one of the most water-using industries across the globe.

Fast fashion. We’ve all heard of it and most of us shop it. The fast fashion industry is really the culprit for the large amounts of water used by the fashion industry. The industrial-sized dyeing processes, the mass scale production using inorganic fibres, the list just goes on. Water, water, water, when will we stop taking it for granted? Let us not pretend that the problem lies just with these fashion brands, it is also the product of consumerism.

Scary word right? It makes your everyday Topshop or Primark shopper be turned into a monster before your very eyes. We’re all consumers and that isn’t going to change. But, there are ways to be a mindful consumer and stop using that precious jewel known as water. Thrifting. I know, certainly for me, buying from charity shops was always looked down on as something that was done by people who couldn’t afford normal clothes. Yet, this trend of sustainability has brought new life into these shops and created a new approach. Buying second-hand clothes means not using more water for new garments.

Try bringing a new lease of life into your clothes! Thrift-flip your old clothes! Or even try to buy slow fashion. This gets very expensive quickly, but that means a balance between the two. If you are going to buy fast fashion, do it as an investment and cut down on other pieces.

Water, water, water. We need it more than you would know, so save it and treasure it. Water, water, water…

Thank you for reading today’s post, written by the wonderful Millie! Millie is a small content creator who regularly posts on her blog, Instagram and YouTube channel. Her blog is focused around fashion design, and through her platforms she is actively spreading the word about fast fashion and why it should end. Her profiles are inspiring and informative – the perfect blend for success. Please support her journey by clicking here! I would like to personally thank Millie for writing on my blog because you are such a huge inspiration for me!

Next week’s post is all about bath bombs and their danger to our planet. Stay tuned!

Do you buy second-hand clothes? How are you going to stop investing in fast fashion, taking inspiration from this post?

catherine x

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5 Ways To Share Your Support To The Black Lives Matter Movement | Guest Post By Simple Little Things

Why has Black Lives Matter suddenly disappeared from your stories? Injustice doesn’t end after a few protests. You’ve got to keep supporting the movement. You’ve got to keep having those uncomfortable conversations. This is a post written by my new blogging friend, Ana. Included are 5 ways to support the movement. Anything written in italics are adaptations from me, Erin. The rest are Ana’s words.

Educating yourself

Knowing about current issues are very
important. Educating yourself about the movement not
only enlightens you but you also helps the person who
wanted to spread the awareness. There is so much to learn about this topic, since it doesn’t get taught enough on the school curriculum.

Petitions

Signing up petitions can also help you voice
yourself and preferably heard by the government.

I suggest you click on this link. My friend made a Linktree with loads of petitions to sign. They are the ‘main’ ones, if you will. However, by browsing Change.org, you will find loads more worthy causes. Once signed, share to your Instagram! Not to be performative, but to encourage others to take the steps you’re taking.

This photo is not mine

Platforms

No matter how small or big your platform is,
keep raising your voice. Your never know one day when
you will be heard. I always see various messages related to
the movement being spread on my friend Erin’s Instagram
account. It is truly fascinating to see her make use of her
platform to the most.

Thank you dearly, Ana! I don’t think I make enough effort but I keep trying. Sharing resources it the most helpful, and that’s what I try to do through my platforms.

Cute piece of artwork chosen by Ana

Donations

I know you’re wondering if you donate money –
will it reach the necessary organisation? Here’s what you
can do, start small. It always doesn’t have to be a huge
amount. Your contribution and awareness is all that
matters. Make sure you find a reliable organization too
and I am sure that your money will be valued.

These are organisations you can donate to:

https://undocublack.org

https://colorofchange.org

https://naacpldf.org

https://m4bl.org

https://baji.org

This photo is also taken from Safari (not taken by me)

Say the name

Do not ever hesitate to say the name. It is
due to the reason that we did not talk about the incidents
that happened to so many others like George Floyd, we never got the chance to know them. Talk about it. Join groups and share your ideas. There are so many productive things that you can do.

Ana chose this photo to be added in! It’s so powerful.

This isn’t a collaboration to gain views, engagement, likes etc. I just want to shed light on an important issue. If you haven’t heard of Ana, you should definitely check out her blog and Instagram. She writes skincare/health/beauty posts. I find them really useful, and decided to write a guest post for her blog in return. I will link that here. It’s 5 ways to prevent greasy hair. However, I’d much prefer you to click on the links of resources. Support BLM. The fight never ends.

How are you going to keep supporting anti-racism? What have we missed from this list?

Educate us by leaving your comments below. This needs discussion.

catherine x

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Why You Should Stop Buying Fast Fashion | Guest Post By Ava Santa Ana | Stats, Facts + Where To Avoid

To kick-off The Plastic Planet series I have invited Ava to discuss a topic we are both passionate about: fast fashion. Through Ava I have learned a lot about this industry and stopped buying fast fashion all together. Please take a look at Ava’s Instagram and YouTube once you have finished reading this post – she constantly updates her socials with information on this subject. Before we get started, what even is fast fashion?

Hi guys – my name is Ava and I feel so honoured to have been asked to write the first post for The Plastic Planet Series! Although this isn’t technically to do with plastic, I’m going to be writing about the fast fashion industry and the implications it has on both the environment and the people actually creating the clothing.

I actually made a super in-depth YouTube video about this so if you do want to learn more then you can feel free to check it out hehe: http://youtube.com/avasantaana

Some Facts + Stats About Fast Fashion

  • 1.2 billion tonnes of carbon emissions are produced by the global fashion industry each year
  • The clothing industry is the second largest polluting industry
  • It is estimated that 60,000,000 people work in the fashion industry worldwide
  • 85% of textiles are sent to landfills which is around 21 billion tonnes per year
  • The lowest paid garment workers in the world are paid 3$ per day
  • Fashion is the most labour-dependent industry on earth
  • On average, the garment workers are working 96 hours a week
  • Garment workers are the 2nd highest at-risk product category for modern slavery

I feel like these figures really speak for themselves, but it is so clear that something needs to change now!

Fast Fashion Brands To Avoid

When I first began my slow fashion journey, I was really unsure of what brands I should and shouldn’t be buying from. I have chosen some of the worst for this list, but there are so so many more and I would really recommend the website/app ‘Good On You’ which has a directory ranking basically every brand on their sustainability policies.

  • Victoria’s Secret
  • H&M
  • Urban Outfitters
  • Primark
  • Zara
  • Topshop
  • Forever 21
  • Shein
  • Boohoo
  • GAP
  • Uniqlo
  • ASOS
  • New Look

I gave up buying fast fashion around this time last year. After watching some videos and documentaries about the reality of this industry, I knew it was something that I no longer wanted to be investing my money in. Although it was definitely hard at first, I have discovered some sustainable brands that I love and I am proud to say that I have become a lot more conscious of my purchases.

My Favourite Sustainable + Ethical Brands

  • Depop – my absolute fave place to shop! Buying secondhand is so underrated because you can get some really cool stuff for cheap prices because it has already been worn. I love buying vintage clothes from Depop and the overall shopping experience on the app is really nice and easy, could not recommend it enough.
  • Charity Stores – charity stores can be really hit or miss, but you can find some amazing stuff in them for absolute bargains! 
  • Organic Basics – this was the first sustainable brand I bought clothes from. I won’t lie, it is expensive but you are definitely paying for quality. Their factories ensure that their workplace is free of child labor and forced labor, their workers are surrounded in a safe working space, paid a living wage, offered employee perks like free lunch and childcare and are treated with respect at all times.
  • The Hundred Club – this is a UK based small business that only creates 100 of each item of clothing to combat waste. I love their designs and I think they are very on-trend whilst also being high quality
  • Lucy and Yak – they have the absolute cutest clothes and are also very very high quality at a relatively affordable price (and everything is made of organic cotton too) Their tailors are paid 4 times the state minimum wage, their factories are powered by solar panels on the roof and I love how transparent they are about the whole process of creating the clothing
  • TALA – this is a sustainable activewear brand, which is amazing because it is so hard to buy fitness clothing sustainably. It is run by Grace Beverley (who I completely want to be) and I think it’s amazing that she has created a brand that focuses on empowering people of everybody type, whilst also being good for the environment. Their items are created from sustainable materials and whilst they are slightly on the pricier side, I think it is definitely worth it.

Thank you so so much to everyone who has taken some time to read this! I really hope it made you reflect on your own purchases and awakened you to some of the realities of the fashion industry.

Ava xx

Would you like to know more about fast fashion?

Stay tuned for next week’s post written by the lovely Millie Button. It’s going to be another fast fashion related post. I will conclude this mini-series with my own thoughts on the fashion industry – then we shall return to plastic-based posts. However this subject is still going to be pending on my mind!

If you have something to say about fast fashion, drop me an email to be featured.

erin x

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Answering Your Assumptions! | Collaboration With Meghan’s Teen Life

Welcome to another exciting collaboration! Today’s post came from a late night chat with the wonderful Meghan from Meghan’s Teen Life. Recently, on YouTube, there has been a mass production of assumptions videos. Therefore we decided to hop on this trend and bring it to the blogosphere! The lovely Maryam has previously done a post like this, so please check her’s out too.

Meghan runs a blog where she discusses, and takes us along, with her teen journey. Behind the amazing writing is a lovely human who constantly makes effort to be positive and inspiring. As she is so underrated, I would love for you to support her blog and Instagram. To top it all off she is walking 10,000 steps a day to raise money for Islamic Relief (a charity that supports victims or conflict in Yemen). Please donate here! I am participating alongside her.

Make sure to read Meghan’s half after this one! Here are some assumptions you had about me – when I asked you on Instagram. 

You wish you could play more instruments

Unfortunately I’m not very musical, despite playing the cello. It does not come particularly  naturally to me despite how much I enjoy it. Although it would be awesome to play multiple instruments, it takes valuable time that I can’t spare! I would much prefer investing effort into blogging and school, then having cello as a little side-project.

You only have a small group of friends

This is very true! I have a close circle of 5 friends. There are about 20 people I can talk to and get along with in a friendly way, perhaps go for a walk together etc, but my five closest friends are the ones I turn to in times of need. You know who you are 😉

You’re a very organised and tidy person

Externally I appear tidy and organised. However, internally, I’m a mess. Those who say a tidy space makes a tidy mind aren’t exactly honest, because my space is beautifully organised yet my mind is cluttered!

You haven’t told anyone about your blog

This is the opposite of true. It was hard to keep a secret and I prefer to be honest; it brings comfort! Pretty much my entire school year are aware of my blog. My family know I keep a blog, but they do not know how to find it which is relieving. 

You love cats

Yes!

You are an extrovert

Company is nice, but I prefer to go solo. Being alone brings internal energy and is usually where I think up my best ideas. On the Myer-Briggs personality test I’m 92% introverted and 8% extroverted! I do think I’m slightly more extroverted that that…

You didn’t reveal your real name on your blog because you were embarrassed people would find out

I use a pen name to set apart my two identities. Catherine is the name I use professionally and around family; Erin is the person I am when I’m productive, stress-free and letting my heart out on to a keyboard. They stay separate just out of choice, but I’m not embarrassed about my blog one bit! I should not shy away from praise for a website I have spent 3 years work on. If someone were to send hate directed at my blog I would be offended, but it wouldn’t stop me from writing. Barriers like that make me try harder to prove them wrong!

You have a boyfriend

Just my bookshelf, I’m afraid. No-one takes interest in a nerdy and peculiar girl like me. Especially since I put so much effort into school but don’t achieve highly. All this work goes toward being mediocre!

You are more of a cat person than a dog person

Nothing against dogs (they can be cute sometimes) but cats are my preference. They’re cuddly, lazy, fluffy and sassy! What more could you want?

You’ve never been abroad

Actually I’m extremely privileged to have been abroad 6 times in my life. Once to America – although I can’t remember it – twice to France, twice to Spain and one trip to Holland! I really want to travel more in the future, however the cost of the environment is worrying.

You prefer countryside to city

Again, this one is so true! The countryside is where I belong. I live semi-rurally and the city life has never been my cup of tea. My dream is to have a house looking onto the sea (by the seafront). If you have seen my brand collaboration with Mapiful, you will know I’m a big fan of Scotland too! I would love to live there in the future.

You blog because you are forced to

In some cases I will force myself to blog, but it’s always a fun process. No-one makes me blog other than internal pressure. I find it a beautiful hobby and want to continue with it for as long as possible!

Thank you for reading! Did you enjoy this post? There’s another half over on Meghan’s blog. Please check it out if you’re interested. Take the time to share love to some small bloggers today; they deserve it. All of her links are below:

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Do you have any assumptions about me? Would you like me to do a part two?

Hope you all have amazing days. This post is proof that what you assume about a person is often incorrect. I am guilty of judging a book by its cover, but I try to avoid that mindset. If you have any more assumptions about me I’d love to hear them! I reply to all of your lovely comments. Be juicy and honest, and perhaps your assumption will be featured in part two!

erin x

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