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Eco warrior

It was around 2014, that I started becoming aware of the problems facing our environment. I came to realise how wasteful fast-fashion is, and when I turned vegan that April, learning about the impact of animal agriculture on the environment naturally followed. I’m still finding out more as time goes on – it’s daunting, but we just have to do the best we can as individuals to try and make change happen. Conscious living is so important for the future of our planet. I read recently that we have just 12 years to avert huge climate change consequences – even to the point of human extinction. We have phones and WiFi, and so we have the resources to learn how to make small changes, and in turn bigger changes, towards living less wastefully so that we leave the planet as lightly trodden as we can for our children.

I run two Instagram platforms, as well as a conscious living and wellness blog, writing about living mindfully where body, mind, baby, planet and animals are concerned. Everything I write about is vegan, as it’s a great moral baseline, and I like to talk about products and brands that are showcasing how business can be done with the planet, people and animals in mind. Myself and my family are far from perfect – I still buy some food that comes in plastic, and I blog about my mistakes. I think it’s important to share how people can take small steps towards a mindful lifestyle, so that it’s not too overwhelming. For example, on Vegans of LDN (@vegansoldn), I’m happy to write about vegan make-up that uses synthetic ingredients and comes in plastic – because it’s kinder than alternatives that also harm animals, but I also think that bloggers advocating not wearing make-up at all is hugely important. Accessibility is key, and it can be such a deterrent to go from one extreme to the other without taking it step-by-step.

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