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Happy Earth Day from skinnyskinny!

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Happy Earth Day! If you missed our last few Earth Day Posts, here are some helpful links to get you caught up:

Day One- Take one of these Ecological Footprint Quizzes to get started!

Day Two- Plastic! What's the big deal, and how can you (very easily) make a difference?

Day Three- It's time to make a pledge! What can you do in your everyday life that could change your impact. Plus see what the skinnyskinny staff is planning on doing!

For our final Earth Day post we want to focus on something that is very close to skinnyskinny's heart. Something that not only helps the Earth, but also its inhabitants.

Being vegan and cruelty-free is something that we take very seriously. You might be thinking, what do dairy alternatives, and wanting the best for our furry friends have to do with the environment. You'd actually be surprised! While it is one thing to not want animals in you skin or body care, it's an entirely different commitment to keep all animal products off of your plate. Putting aside all moral, personal, etc., reasons for giving up the meat, we have an Earth based reason that will have you looking at those bacon and eggs in an entirely different way.

Living a plant-based life means eating low on the food chain. The production of veggies, grains, and legumes, all have an impact on the environment, but it is a limited one. The higher you move up the food chain, the more goes into feeding, and growing those resources. In fact, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions– more than the entire transportation sector!

To make matters worse, producing meat also requires a huge amount of water. An estimated 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water go into a single pound of beef. By comparison, soy tofu produced in California requires only 220 gallons of water per pound.So thats air pollution that leads to climate change, a huge waste of water, plus the livestock industry also uses almost 50% of the corn produced in the United States as feed for animals.

The impact of not eating meat can really add up. We're not saying you have to go full out vegan (but it'd be really cool if you did), we're just saying to give it up for one day a week. That's not too hard, right?

Want to improve your impact even more? Using vegan products is so easy when you have so many amazing options. With the release of our vegan lip balms last year, our line became completely vegan.

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