Within this day of age of the 21st century, it is obvious that most of our population tend to live a pretty simple and ordinarily known as “western lifestyle” with the consumption of meat, dairy products and just generally living with how the world is giving it to us. The other main lifestyle choices which many people chose to take part in are due to religious reasons meaning that they may not do certain things, wear certain clothing or even eat certain products such as meat.
On the other hand of looking at the general western lifestyle, some tend to take these lifestyle choices even further by completely disregarding what would officially be known as the “norm” and taking on a different style of eating and living based on their opinions of the environment and other factors. These types of lifestyle choices are people who take up being vegetarian, vegan or even those who take up the zero waste lifestyle! These people often do this for many different factors, however many of these factors fall down to the belief that we need to be helping our eco-system and pollution problems rather than working with it and making the problem even worse – though many may ask, how does living the western lifestyle make it worse? Why can eating meat products be bad for our environment?
So, here is an overview of what vegetarians, vegans and zero waste lifestyles entitles and how they help towards living an eco-friendly life. To begin, vegetarians are people who don’t and will not eat meet. This is often down to a range of factors such as religion, health, ethics, global food shortage situations and finally the environment. It is believed that by becoming a vegetarian or vegan it comes alongside a range of different health benefits due to the diet which they consume being low in saturated fats and higher in fibre- lowering cholesterol. With ethics and global food shortage, many become vegetarian as they care for the welfare of animals as well as understanding that around the globe, many suffer from food shortage as the food and crops are going towards cattle in order to raise them for other countries to consume. Finally, environmental issues which are considered when someone converts to vegetarianism includes things such as the mass amounts of water needed and wasted on the raising of cattle which could be used elsewhere within the world. As well as this, cattle produce a huge amount of methane into our atmosphere which is basically a harmful greenhouse gas which is working towards destroying our ozone layer even more and creating more global warming. As well as this, deforestation is happening very often due to cattle needing an area to be raised on, meaning the levels of oxygen are slowly decreasing.
Vegans however are a lot like vegetarians yet take it to a whole other level by not even eat or use any animal products what so ever. This is because it is a proven fact that a vegan diet requires a third of both the water and land than an animal based diet would need – saving more forest areas as well as water supplies. Once again the environment is the main reason for a change in lifestyle to become vegan as well as the health benefits and the prevention of animal exploitation. By being a vegan and avoiding animal based products within your lifestyle, it lowers carbon footprint which is a factor that contributes towards global warming, degradation, deforestation, water scarcity and even the extinction of some of our animal and plant species. This means that vegans actually help a lot more to our environment than many people think, just as vegetarians do also.
The final lifestyle choice which we are going to mention which is wholly based upon environmental factors is those who chose to live by Zero Waste! It is an astonishing fact to think that over a year, the world creates 2.6 trillion pounds’ worth of rubbish that’s around 1,569.5 pounds of rubbish per year per person! However, can you believe that due to this lifestyle, some are able to fit a whole years’ worth of rubbish into a small sized jar!? This is because a zero waste lifestyle entitles those who become involved to try and produce no rubbish and give nothing towards landfills however still sending some items to a recycling however not too many – and those products which you can put in a compost, do so! So the main and pretty much only reason people decide to become zero waste is due to the environments issues that the waste we produce creates. This includes areas such as landfills and the negative impacts which they have on the environment and they believe that by reducing what you need, it is actually reducing the amount that you are having to throw away, so many people who have taken up the zero waste lifestyle reduce all that they throw away, even the recycling because although it isn’t bad, the majority of things we send of to be recycled (apart from glass and aluminium which are renewable) are not actually recyclable and have to be broken down separately to gain the raw materials.
All three different lifestyle choices are proven to be more sustainable for our environment as they put out less toxins into the atmosphere and with the self-sustainability and renewal of items (zero wasters), it means less is being dumped every year. As well as this, lots of vegetarians and vegans tend to grow their own crops in order to save money and become more sustainable meaning that way, even fit why are not living a zero waste lifestyle, it is actually still working towards cutting down on rubbish.
Overall, it is very important for us to be aware of the importance of our environment and ecosystems because for a start, the ecosystems provide us with food, breathable air and water which is clean enough to drink as well as the environment giving us many beneficial things such as the food chain, nature and not to mention the fact that this is the only planet that we have which meets the requirements needed for us to be able to live. So if you are considering any of these lifestyle choices, it just starts with a simple decision and is easy to complete! If you would like more posts like this, please feel free to contact us and link with us on our social media accounts such as Twitter and Google+ as feedback is always appreciated!