Why You Should Think About Going Vegan: For The World.

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As I write this, I am reminded of a beautiful saying by Mahatma Gandhi, “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” Looking at the state of the average human today, it is not surprising to see why they are in so much turmoil. They have literally turned the saying on its head and are treating wealth as everything. They are blindly running after it sacrificing their health in the process.

If you are like me, you would probably be sighing right now as well. It’s such a pity that life has become a series of “tasks” that must be completed and we are just not giving importance to things that require it the most! I mean, it’s a no-brainer that if your health is not at an optimal state, you won’t be able to achieve anything else in life either. You don’t need to be a genius to understand this!

It’s not even that hard to take care of your health as many make it out to be. With just a little bit of help, your body can function at its best. It is quite intelligent that way! There are just two things that you need to do basically – eat a healthy diet and exercise. Both require some attention but won’t take too much time away from your daily routine.

Out of the two, eating healthy is probably what comes first. If you really want to make a radical change, live as optimally as possible and in harmony with the environment itself, you should adopt veganism. It’s no wonder that it is an increasing trend in the world. If you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know what a vegan diet is, it basically means food devoid of all animal products.

Many people are becoming aware of the importance of being healthy and how going vegan is a sure shot way to achieve that while contributing towards the planet at the same time. As Ann Wigmore once said, “Your health is what you make of it. Everything you do and think either adds to the vitality, energy, and spirit you possess or takes away from it.”

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The Real Health Benefits of A Vegan Diet

There are so many health benefits of adopting a vegan diet, that it is ridiculous! For starters, it helps you lose weight. Obesity is a rising problem in the world and adopting a vegan diet can work wonders for obese people. There is a natural tendency among vegans to eat fewer calories which might be due to the higher fibre intake. This is what reduces your weight.

Another important benefit is that a vegan diet helps keep blood sugar level in check and prevents the onset of type 2 diabetes. This is another major health problem that an increasing number of people are suffering from. Again, greater fibre intake along with the reduced weight helps with lower sugar levels.

A vegan diet is also good for your heart.

Several studies have shown that a vegan diet helps reduce the risk of developing heart diseases and high blood pressure. One of the main reasons for this might be that vegan diets are immensely useful in reducing your cholesterol, which is a major cause for heart diseases.

There is a slew of other health benefits that are so significant that it will make you question why you haven’t already dived deep into veganism. It reduces the risk of developing cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Also, it reduces the symptoms of arthritis such as joint pain, swelling, stiffness which is really useful as you grow older!

Apart from the health benefits, there is one major benefit that directly affects your mental state.

If you don’t eat any animal products, your conscience will be totally clear. You will know that no animal had to die for you to satisfy your hunger or desire. This might not seem like a lot, but it sure provides you with a sense of happiness.

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The Absolute For Environmental Sustainability

Next up is the topic of the environment and sustainability. Veganism does wonders for the planet. It’s quite surprising why more people aren’t talking about this. It might be because they are heavily biased and would like to keep eating animals for their pleasure or hunger.

According to a study conducted in 2018, doing away with meat and dairy products from your diet could cut down your carbon footprint from food by up to 73%. Now, that is a significant number. Most people don’t realise this but it puts a lot of strain on the environment to produce food from animals.

For example, one kg of beef requires about 15,000 litres of water to produce.

And that’s just water. There are tons of other resources that go into the whole process as well. So, the 100 gram beef on your plate required 1500 litres of water to produce! The average human being consumes 3-4 litres of water per day, so that is about 375-500 days worth of water for a single person for your single plate of beef! We should all ponder about that for a moment.

If the whole world converted to veganism (distant pipedream, I know), it would vastly reduce global warming, climate change, pollution and a whole host of other secondary issues stemming from them. In fact, it would also reduce global farmland use by 75%, which is an area equivalent to the size of the US, China, EU and Australia combined! This would free up the wildland that was lost to agriculture. This lost wildland was the primary reason for mass wildlife extinction.

When you stop to think about it, we are perhaps the only species on the planet that harms its own habitat.

You don’t see lions or elephants or a tree harming the planet. They just exist and do their thing. We, humans, pride ourselves in being an ‘intelligent species’ and yet our activities show that we are quite stupid! If an alien race were looking for intelligent life on Earth, maybe they would think there’s none…

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Beginners guide to composting.

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Growing your own vegetables?

Anyone with a with vegetable patch should, by rights, have a compost heap.

The benefits are almost limitless.

Composting will save you money on fertilizer.

It provides soil with critical nutrients and bacteria and improves the quality of your soil, meaning you’ll no longer have to spend money on expensive garden soil. It also reduces household garbage. In fact, you’ll be amazed at how much you can throw into the heap and how quickly it piles up.

Another great benefit is that you can throw vegetable peelings directly into your compost heap. Which is a lot better than having them sit your dustbin until garbage day. Best of all it’s good for the environment. You get the benefit of incredible soil and save rubbish from being sent to the landfill.

Plus it’s fun!

If you’ve never composted before don’t worry. It’s dead simple and takes almost no expertise at all.

All you need is a hole in your back garden. Try to dig the hole at least ten square feet. This should be big enough. Also dig this hole as far away from your home as possible. There’s a chance that the heap will eventually start to smell, so you want it to be far from your home. Another reason to dig it away from your home is because insects will be attracted to your compost heap, and you don’t want them coming inside.

What can you compost?

Basically anything that’s organic and will biodegrade.

This can include.

  • Paper and cardboard.
  • Tea bags.
  • Vegetable and fruit peelings
  • Grass clippings.
  • Coffee grounds.
  • Plant cuttings.

Avoid material that won’t degrade quickly such as: Meat and bones, leftovers that aren’t plant material, branches and stems or anything which has been sprayed with pesticides. Also avoid any type of treated wood.

Basically throw everything into your compost heap and wait. The only work you have to do is turning the compost over. Do this with a pitchfork or shovel every 1-3 months. Turning the compost will speed up decomposition and help to keep away pests. It also gets air into the compost.

As time passes the material at the bottom of the heap will start to look like rich, black soil. When you can no longer recognize what you’ve thrown into the pile, it’s ready to harvest. This should take about 6-12 months.

At this point you can harvest your compost and use it wherever you’d like. This can be in your garden bed, vegetable garden or in your plant pots.

Bottom line: There’s no excuse for not having a compost heap.

Good compost helps vegetables grow like magic, and if you have space in your back garden then you should start one now. Remember, there’s no greater source of nutrition for plants than compost. A compost heap helps turn trash into treasure and is a must for anyone who is environmentally conscious.

Do etee Organic Food Wraps work?

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We’ll the time has come to give you our verdict (well, humble opinion rather!) on the organic food wraps we posted about ordering a few weeks ago!

So that you know what they are, here’s a quick video we’ve uploaded to our youtube channel of the etee (Everything Touches Everything Else) Organic Foodwaps;


I’m tempted to say we bought these organic wraps completely out of our burning desire to save the earth, but that’s not completely the case! I actually really wanted these wraps because of efficiency – they’re able to seal things great and I do a lot of that with food in bowls / on plates etc.

So here’s a rundown of what we think after using for the past 2 weeks;

Advert Transparency:

The features of the wrap is exactly the same as what was advertised.

Nature of Material:

Although they seemed stiff when they were first unpacked, these wraps are very flexible and get soft with use even when they were not activated. They can also fit perfectly on any item you wish to seal them with. The cotton, hemp and beeswax fibers contained in this product makes the product sound like an abrasive when there is contact, but it’s not at all.

Scent:

I was expecting a scent similar to those of the volatile oils included in its basic ingredients but wax was all I could perceive with a touch of clover. The good thing about this wrap is that this wax and clover scents do not transfer or stay on your food at all.

Functionality:

From the short clip, it is pretty obvious that the wraps were highly efficient even from their packaging. With their gel, liquid and solid contents, they can wrap up any piece of food even to the most awkward shape. Although I won’t totally recommend you use them solely for air-sensitive foods, they seal perfectly nonetheless – provided you use them appropriately.

The biggest benefit I’m getting from them is the simple fact they cover the bowls and plates of food that the food is already in, saving on time/washing up and stopping food smells in the fridge and beyond! Just not having to place the food into a plastic container is practically more efficient as well as making me feel better about what im doing.

Shelf Life:

As a minor test, I let an apple oxidize on cutting it into four places with a metallic cutter before I wrapped one part of it with a sufficient amount of the blue wrap while making sure I hadn’t wrapped any other food with the wrapper to avoid any unanticipated reactions from taking place with the apple. I placed the second part in a plastic container and sealed it up with a shrink wrap. The third part of the apple was placed in clean plastic storage vessel and all three sections were placed in the refrigerator for five days. The fourth section was left to stand on a counter.

At the end of five days, the apple stored in a plastic container without any wrapping was the least oxidized and looked better than all four whereas the apple left on the shelf was almost oxidized. I decided to extend it to ten days but I had to stop at seven because the one on the counter was already decaying. The one in the organic wrap was very dry and had been oxidized more than the one stored in the plastic container. The apple in the shrink-wrapped plastic was surrounded with moisture and was also oxidized.

My little test here shows that although this organic wrap may allow gaseous exchange between your food and the surrounding, it is capable of preserving your food for a considerably long time.

Here’s my advice for new users of organic food wraps:

  1. You need to visit the web page as directed on the manual that comes with your wraps or see the video on unpacking and using the wraps. This is so that you can fully understand how you can activate each of the wraps and use them properly.
  2. Follow every washing and cleaning instruction as stated by the manufacturer so you don’t end up washing out all the important features of the wraps when you do it wrongly.
  3. Never store your organic wraps wet if you don’t want microorganisms growing on them and render them unusable except if you’re as lucky as me – they might just grow on the wax and not the main material.

Well, Yan and I are impressed with this wrap and relieved that we no longer have to put up with LDPE and PVC shrink wraps that aren’t nearly as effective. And we also feel quite good helping mother earth free up from non-biodegradable materials!

A little research: Some food wraps that have come and left the market for a while now:

About 30 years ago, saran wrap was the deal because the plasticizers and phthalates in the PVC used for its production helped it stretch and stick without reinforcements. Phthalate is obviously toxic as it leads to hormonal disorders and was prohibited in the U.S. in 2006. Not like things got better because the next type of wrap that was trending was made with LPDE which is also linked to hormonal imbalances, cancerous growth in the breast and reduced sperm production in men largely due to its DEHA – diethylhexy adipate content. Little wonder they barely hold together.

When you consider all the hazards associated with using inorganic food wraps, you’ll discover that you’ll not only be doing our planet a favor but you’ll also be saving yourself some health troubles in the long run when you use organic food wraps.

Cons / Negatives:

The only thing we can think to write here is that they are not particularly cheap, and from what we can see there is nothing else the same out there to undercut. However we feel that the amount of time they last and the benefits for a plastic free world still make them high value, if not a genuine bargain considering the savings on food and benefits to our environment in the long term.

So, in conclusion, a big green thumbs up to etee Organic Foodwraps!

Here’s some real testimonial reviews that we found;

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