I can’t talk about waste reduction without discussing the environmental impacts livestock production has on our planet. Like fashion, livestock production has and is causing unbelievable amounts of damage to the environment through wasteful practices like the over use of antibiotics and air pollution. Choosing a zero waste lifestyle is about lessening our impact, right?
I think it’s important that we consider making some changes like reducing our meat consumption. Choose to participate in Meatless Mondays or make some lunches meat free. Not only is consuming less meat beneficial to the environment, it’s also beneficial to our health and our wallets. Meat isn’t cheap!
I am going to say that I will not judge anyone for not being vegetarian or vegan – that’s just not my platform. I feel inclusivity is very important. We are all living different lives and we all have different obstacles. I just suggest eating less. If you do decide to go vegan or vegetarian, that’s great!
For you meat eaters, I think it’s important to support farmers who practice sustainable and ethical meat production. I have found that sourcing meat and dairy from local farmers, results in the best options and supports better practices. If you’re unsure, question their sustainability measures. It doesn’t hurt. The more we pressure them, the faster they’ll change.