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Clean up your showers with an eco-friendly makeover

If you’re an eco-warrior, you may try to limit your shower time in an attempt to conserve water, and you were probably avoiding products such as microbeads well before the ban was enforced. But ensuring our showers are clean for both us and the environment isn’t as simple as it may seem. Of course, shaving off a couple of minutes and keeping the temperature at a reasonable level will help, but the products we take in the shower with us are having a surprising, but detrimental impact on the environment.

Let’s start off with the obvious — plastic. If you’re the type of person who has a separate shampoo, conditioner and shower gel — like most of us — your plastic footprint will be piling up. A study from Environmental Science and Technology ( revealed that liquid soaps produce 25 per cent more carbon dioxide than solid bars, while requiring 20 times more packaging and five times more energy. Solid bars of soap, shampoo and conditioner will not only be lighter, they’ll take up less room in transportation trucks, meaning more can be carried in the same amount of space. However, some solid bars may include chemicals and oils that aren’t eco-friendly, so it’s important to shop around and ensure that you only purchase ethical, cruelty-free products.

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About Vegan Life

Happy New Year! It’s 2019, and it feels like we are officially living in the future. Instead of the flying, solar-powered cars and self-tying shoe laces we were promised we’d have by the movies, we’re instead fighting climate change, plastic pollution and for animal rights with more conviction and momentum than ever before. If you’ve picked up this magazine because you want to go vegan this year, you’ve made a brilliant choice — not just for you, but for the animals and planet as a whole. We’ve got everything you need to know, including what to buy on your weekly shop, how to have a successful Veganuary and the inspirational vegans you need to follow on social media. We also caught up with the lovely Clare Every, aka The Little London Vegan, who has some great plant-based restaurant recommendations to help you get your foodie fix. Whilst 2018 was a fantastic year for veganism, we still have a lot of work to do. Claire Bass from the Humane Society International unearths the truths of the shocking fur trade, and we investigate the burgeoning and dangerous exotic pet industry. Whilst these horrific trades still exist we must continue to spread the vegan message and give a voice to the voiceless. So let’s head into the new year united, campaigning for change and working towards a better and more peaceful earth. Who’s with me? See you next month,

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