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A beginner’s guide to a plastic-free life

Take the first steps towards a world without this damaging material

It can sometimes seem that plastic is taking over our planet — it’s filling our oceans, polluting our environment, and brands are frantically trying to find eco-friendly alternatives. Although news of plastic pollution seems to be spreading fast, 8 million pieces of plastic finds their way into our oceans every day, which contributes to 60-90 per cent of marine debris (sas.org.uk). In fact, there’s so much plastic pollution in the oceans, that it’s formed five ‘islands’ around the world — the biggest being the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP), located between Hawaii and California, USA. GPGP is twice the size of Texas and three times the size of France (theoceancleanup.com). Although there are innovations in place attempting to tackle these large zones of plastics, it can seem as if we, following our day-to-day lives, are helpless — but this isn’t entirely true.

Every little piece of plastic matters — from the tiniest microbeads coming loose from our clothing, to gigantic pieces of furniture we discard in landfill when we’ve renovated our home. Each day we have choices, and we need to decide whether we’ll keep adding fuel to the fire by purchasing single-use options, or whether we want to follow a green path to look after our planet. Although it’s getting easier to make sustainable swaps, reducing your plastic use can seem like a daunting concept — it’s time to break up with plastic once and for all.

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About Vegan Life

Welcome to our May issue. It’s undeniable that one of the best ways to advocate veganism to non-vegans is through food. There are so many wonderful and talented chefs creating mind-blowing vegan cuisine — the game has totally changed from a few years ago. The options for eating out have exploded, as we see unlikely meat-based chains even offering vegan options, and gone are the days of nibbling on a side salad, as plant-based food rightfully takes centre-stage in many restaurants. But, maybe you live somewhere with not so much choice, what happens then? Well, thanks to the range of brilliant cookbooks and videos available, anybody, no matter their location, can have a crack at a vegan showstopper. Recognising the need to make vegan food as appealing and appetising as possible, our cover stars, Ian Theasby and Henry Firth, created BOSH!, with the sole mission of bringing meat-free to the masses. We caught up with the innovators. Beauty is an another aspect of veganism that is growing rapidly, as cruelty-free, ethical and vegan products become more and more in demand. We rounded up some of our favourite items, brands and bloggers, as well as the ingredients you need to avoid. Finally, we had a really interesting debate this month, sparked by a feature written by Andrew Miles on the topic — is it easier for women to be vegan than men? Find out his, and our readers’, thoughts.

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