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Wipe the slate clean

Make your annual spring clean vegan and eco-friendly

Although cleaning is considered a chore by many, we’re all familiar with the sense of accomplishment after tidying up a messy room, giving the kitchen a deep clean or reaching the end of the laundry pile. Cleaning is therapeutic for the most part, and although a relatively mindless task, it’s greatly beneficial for mental health. As we welcome spring, starting the season with a positive mindset and freshly clean house couldn’t be easier — and with the eco-conscious products now available, the prospect is even more appealing.

There’s some science behind keeping things clean and organised, and how this can benefit your health. A study conducted by NiCole Keith at Indiana University involved 998 African Americans between the ages of 49-65, a demographic known to have an increased risk of heart disease, and studied their physical health in relation to cleaning. They concluded that participants who kept their houses clean were more active and healthier than those who didn’t, returning better results for cleaning than going for a 30 minute walk. “If you spend your day dusting, cleaning, doing laundry, you’re active. This will inform interventions. They won’t take 30 minutes to go for a walk, but they’ll take half an hour to clean,” said NiCole.

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About Vegan Life

Welcome to our April issue. This month we’ve spent a lot of time discussing advocacy at Vegan Life HQ. The internet has undeniably had a huge impact on spreading the vegan message and our cover star, Monami Frost, is one person who uses her platform for good. She tells us why vegans don’t have to compromise and shares her top tips for advocating online. We were lucky enough to talk to Rich Hardy, now head of campaigns at Veganuary, who has spent 20 years working undercover to expose animal cruelty — putting himself in risky and potentially dangerous situations to share the stories of so many voiceless animals. It was great to catch up with Bob from ETHCS to see how the departure of Tim Shieff has changed things for the vegan brand. They’re so passionate about making ethical and vegan clothing easy and accessible to buy, and also have some exciting plans coming up. Tony Galuidi has written a thought provoking piece on how to approach advocacy — it sparked a big office debate, so we rolled the question out to our readers — should we be more supportive of those cutting down meat, but not cutting it out? Read what was said. Have a great month,

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