Plastic-free July is in full swing, but it’s not always that easy. There isn’t always the option of buying loose vegetables or of avoiding a plastic bottle, so what do you do in these moments? Better still, what can we do to avoid getting ourselves into these situations. We asked thee health bloggers community for their favourite books and podcasts to make embracing a low-waste lifestyle as easy and achievable as possible.
Podcasts are not only a way to unwind and relax on the commute, but they are also great educational tools. Amy Meegan loves Plant Proof by Simon Hill. This series focuses on plant-based living and some episodes to highlight are: The damage caused by ocean plastics, Creating a conscious plant-based family and Changing one meal a day can save the planet. Another insightful podcast is The Food Medic. Although it is primarily focused on health and science, one particular episode really intrigued community member Eleanor Coales . The interview with the Sustainable Dietician explores the concept of food sustainability and what a sustainable diet could look like.
Louise Symington aka The Sustainable Dietician is a Registered Dietitian specialising in sustainable food and they talk about veganism, the planetary health diet, the social and economic barriers to eating sustainably, and whether plant milk alternatives are actually suitable nutritional alternatives to milk?
Other key podcasts to note are Talking Tastebuds by Venetia Falconer who is an avid campaigner for sustainability and discusses topics from Turning the tide on plastic and slowing fast fashion to Do you have to be vegan to be an environmentalist? There’s also a great summary by GreenBiz of the podcasts you should be listening to right now!
Reading up on sustainability
When we aren’t absorbing information through our headphones, reading up on sustainability is another way to equip ourselves with the skills and knowledge to make better decisions for the planet. Wendy Rogers recommends books by I love James Wong.
James Wong is an ethnobotanist and has written books on how to make remedies from plants, how to grow your own fruit, vegetables and herbs and how to get at least 10-a-day for a healthier diet.
Another book making lasting lifestyle changes is The Holistic Gardener by Fiann Ó Nualláin. Amy Meegan describes the book as a collection of natural remedies for common ailments. This handy guide advises on how to treat common minor health issues at home, encouraging us to trust our immune systems for a period before rushing to the GP for antibiotics. Her favourite remedies are the warming, soothing drinks recommended for the common cold.
Your bookshelf can help you to be more sustainable
A quick google of “sustainability books” will bring up hundreds, if not thousands, of recommendations and it’s worth noting that your local library may stock a few. Despite the demand for knowledge, it will also be great to share the knowledge around without unnecessarily contributing to mass consumerism. If you can, check out Say NO to plastic by Harriett Dyer, The future of fashion by Tyler Little and No. More. Plastic. by Martin Dorey.
However you choose to educate yourself, the time is now. There is no planet B. Small changes we make today will make big impacts in the world of tomorrow. Join in plastic-free July and see the difference you can make.