Impact

From the way I work to how I live my life, I support at least 5 out of the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development that world leaders agreed back in 2015. These goals have the power to end poverty, fight inequality, and address the urgency of climate change. Guided by the goals, it is now up to all of us, governments, businesses, civil society, and the general public to work together to build a better future for everyone. We collectively should achieve these goals by 2030.

In my business and personal life, I work towards achieving the following five:
Goal number 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
Goal number 2: End hunger, achieve food security, and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
Goal Number 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
Goal Number 13: To protect and restore life on land.
Goal number 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

I support the charity Big Issue Foundation and I donate to charities what I don’t use. I am a regular volunteer for my local food bank Trussell Trust organisation.

As a vegan I have reduced the impact that the meat and dairy industry has on the environment. I volunteer for my local food bank. I strive not to waste food by storing it properly and by cooking only what I will consume. I buy seasonal food from the local organic farms.

I support my local businesses. I volunteer my time for the local food bank (Trussell Trust). I say no to plastic and excess packaging. I buy second hand whenever possible. I choose reusable products. I advocate for corporate responsibility and I join petitions and campaigns. I use my social media channels to call out businesses with unsustainable practices. I strive to be a minimalist and buy less but use what I already own.

I live a conscious life with less waste and consumption. I recycle paper, glass, plastic, metal, and old electronics. I compost because composting food scraps can reduce climate impact while also recycling nutrients. I choose reusable products over #singleuse. I buy second hand & I make sure that when I purchase new, the products are produced in an eco-friendly way. I work from home, which is powered by Ecotricity, the electricity they supply comes from 100% renewable energy sources. They use the money from their customers’ bills to build wind turbines and solar parks – so around 25% of their green electricity is actually made by them! Their gas is also carbon neutral, which means they offset any emissions created by their gasmills by investing in carbon reduction schemes. They are the only energy company in the UK to be recognised by The Vegan Society for their vegan energy.

Being a vegan means that I don’t buy products tested on animals or use animal byproducts. I recycle and compost. I have switched to receiving electronic statements and receipts. To reduce the paper use (fewer trees cutting), I have registered with the Mailing Preference Service (MPS) so that I won’t receive junk mail. I take part in the litter pick up in my local parks and green areas. I do not use chemicals in my home. I respect the environment and animals.

My Ethical Impact count

Since I have been vegan (7 years) I have saved:  Since I have been a volunteering at the food-bank:
Days Vegan = 2,487 and counting.. Months volunteering = 24 months and counting..
2555 animal lives saved (*not bred into existence for “food”) 100 hours of sorting out food and handing out food parcels.
2,810,500 gallons of water (*that will fill 4.26 Olympic-size pools(2) I continued to offer my help during the Covid19 pandemic.
114,915 lbs of grain (*will bake 80,483 loaves of bread(3)
51,100 lbs of CO2 (*will charge 56,210 smartphones(4))
76,650 sq ft of forest (*will cover 1.01 average soccer pitches(5))


Sources:

(1) – www.cowspiracy.com/facts

(2) – Olympic-size swimming pool

(3) – National Festival of Breads

(4) – EPA Greenhouse Gas Calculator

(5) – How Big Is An Acre? Explained?

The vegan count has been sourced from https://bigvegancount.com

The Foodbank I voluneer is the Trussell Trust Foodbank Network website https://www.trusselltrust.org

The Global Goals for Sustainable Development https://www.globalgoals.org/