Today is Earth Day and I wanted to take a moment to celebrate the planet that gives us life and sustenance everyday. We often take it for granted, but without it, there would be no us. When I made the decision to go Vegan, it was one of the most profound and defining moments of my life. I opted for a life of compassion and a love affair with real food. My interactions with plants and animals are authentic, rewarding, and educational. I learn so much from them and I flourish the more I learn. On this Earth Day, I wanted to share some awesome wins I came across.
This film is extraordinarily educational and controversial in the meat-eating world we live in. You don’t have to be Vegan to appreciate its message; the fact that industrial farming is the #1 threat to our environment, but no one is talking about it. Perhaps the only thing more horrifying is the silence that permeates the environmentalist community. You can own this film which will arm you with the real facts behind industrial farming and its destruction of the rain forests, oceans, and viable land. You may not become Vegan, but it might inspire you to have Meatless Mondays or simply question the manufacturers of your food. We only have one planet and one shot to treat it right or lose it. Go to http://www.cowspiracy.com to purchase this wonderful film for $1!!!
While they still sell leather goods, Free People and other hip retailers like South Moon Under are huge supporters of Vegan leather bags and shoes as well as sustainable clothing manufacturers and other environmentally conscious accessories. Today, many of them are offering discounts in honor of Earth Day!
Powerhouse grocers like Whole Foods are actively supporting sustainable, plant-based living with ethical farming and non-GMO, organic produce, packaged goods, and meats being the primary offerings. Cities like Austin and Portland are offering food co-ops and organic plants that strengthen communities and families.
Green Juice is All the Rage!
You’re bound to find a juice joint in any major city these days. I see them popping up all over my hometown, NYC, Austin, and other hip suburbs. People are beginning to catch on to the massive health benefits of juicing. Green juices in particular make all the difference. Juice joints like Juice Press, The Juice Basin, JuiceLand, and many others are bringing the best of this green trend to the masses. If you can’t swing the high price tag of a juice, invest in a juicer and make your own.
Companies Are Taking A Stand and Using Their Products to Fund Causes
Companies like Toms are giving back every time they sell a product. Their one-for-one selling proposition has sparked a trend amongst consumers and retailers alike. My rhino kicks arrived in the mail today and I can’t wait to try them on. Buying and giving is becoming a requirement for savvy consumers and retailers are meeting the demand.
So, as you can see, environmentally friendly practices are making their way into the mainstream everyday. It’s our job to establish a demand for these products and use our purchasing power to create a voice against the practices of big corporations whose products and practices threaten environmental stability and sustainability, as well as our health. Earth Day is a call to action. Find your voice and make your choice today!