Did you know that you can recycle sweet, biscuit and crisp packets, personal care item packaging, household item packaging, pens, and more? Did you know you can help raise money for animal causes by doing so?
Image: Just some of the items you can recycle to earn funds for animal charities
TerraCycle is a recycling company who recycles materials that are difficult to recycle, across twenty different countries. They run a number of free recycling programmes funded by different brands, manufacturers and retailers. Some programmes still have opportunities for organisations to set up recycling drop off points. Others are full, but an animal charity or non-profit may have a drop off point near you. Find out more, here, or continue reading.
Let Animal Charities And Non-Profits Know
If you are an animal charity or non-profit, this is a chance for you to earn funds for your cause. If you know of animal causes near you, suggest to them that this is a way they could raise funds. The funds are raised by TerraCycle giving rewards for recycling sent to them (minimum weights apply).
Earn Funds For Animals With Your Recycling
With some of the programmes, individual collectors are allowed to collect and send in recycling. That means you can collect your recycling, and that of your family and friends. If you meet the minimum weight of recycling, you will earn rewards for your chosen animal cause.
It has been hard to know what the number of animals killed so far in the Australian fires is, but HALF A BILLION has been estimated, according to sydney.edu.au. A huge number of additional animals are injured. The numbers are overwhelming animal refuges.
Even after the fires have eventually subsided, animals will die due to habitat destruction, food and water shortages. There is also an extinction crisis happening.
How Can I Help?
Many animal lovers have been reduced to tears at seeing the suffering of the animals in Australia. The feeling of helplessness is immense, but do not feel helpless anymore, as there are a number of ways you can help. One way is making a financial contribution, and although this is very much in need, it is not the only way you can help. Read on to find out the different ways you can make a difference.
HelpCombat Climate Change
Human-caused climate change affects the fires, making them much worse. According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (and most other world experts), human-caused climate change lengthens the Australian fires season, and fuels the blazes. This is catastrophic for animals.
An important thing to stop the Australian bush fires getting worse every year, is to look at how you can help combat climate change. You can recycle, drive an electric car, stop using disposable products, stop taking flights, install solar panels, etc, but there is one thing you can do that has more effect than all those things together: stop supporting animal agriculture.
Image:Of course the Australia fires causing such catastrophic suffering to animals is just one way climate change is causing terrible animal suffering…
Animal agriculture is more harmful to the planet than all the transport in the world put together – including all the flights. It is one of the top two causes of climate change, the other being fossil fuels.
By stopping funding animal farming by going vegan, you will be helping animals by:
No longer be responsible for causing unimaginable suffering of animals that experience emotions and pain similar to dogs, and even three year old children (proven in studies)
No longer be responsible for contributing to climate change, and as a result, no longer worsening natural disasters like the Australian fires.
You may think that you cannot do much as just one person, but going vegan is the single most effective change you can make to help combat climate change and help animals. You can find lots of help and support regarding going vegan here. If not for animals or the planet, do it for your health.
Droughts are another result of climate change. South Australia is badly drought hit so they are culling over 10,000 camels because they drink too much water. They are also being culled because they produce too much methane, even though it is a fraction of the methane produced and water used by the animal agriculture industry.
UseEnvironmentally Friendly Energy Companies
Another way to avoid funding the animal agriculture industry is to get your energy from planet friendly companies, such as Ecotricity. While the other energy companies use products from animal agriculture in their production of energy, Ecotricity is the only one who has confirmed it does not. The company will even donate £50 to the SydandKyd Vegan Power campaign, if you sign up, here.
Craft To Help Australian Animals
If you enjoy crafting, did you know you can use your skill to help animals, including Australian animals who are particularly in need at the moment?
The RSPCA are in need of donations to help them rescue and evacuate threatened animals, as well as assist at evacuation centres. They will also use donations to treat injured animals and pets. You can make a donation to the RSPCA NSW here.
The World Wildlife Fund, will use donations to help restore the “Koala Triangle,” a portion of Australia’s east coast hit hardest by the fires.
Port Macquarie Koala Hospital is installing koala water stations in burnt areas to prevent animals dying from dehydration. They are also establishing the world’s first wild koala breeding program. You can donate to their GoFundMe here.
IFAW, The International Fund for Animal Welfare reports that they are in dire need of support to help the animals. You can donate to IFAW here.
If You Prefer To Donate Supplies…
Rather than cash, some people prefer to donate supplies. The Rescue Collective, a group based in Brisbane, allows you to do this. You can buy supplies online and have them delivered to where it is needed. The Rescue Collective is in need of food, medical supplies, bedding and more. Just have a look on their current wish list on Facebook.
Thank you for caring enough about animals to read this blog. To find out many different ways you can help animals, have a look at the website ManyWaysToHelpAnimals.com
This month, 350,000 people are expected to go vegan. These are the heroes that are saving both animals and the planet. In most cases, they are also saving their health.
Environmental researcher, Joseph Poore, calculated that the people expected to go plant based this month will prevent 41,200 tonnes of C02 entering the atmosphere. That is equivalent to 450,000 flights from London to Berlin.
As for animals, a million will be saved from being put through the horror of slaughter, and many will be saved the suffering of being factory farmed. Studies have found that farm animals experience similar emotions to dogs, and in many cases, similar to three year old children. It therefore cannot be seen as OK to put them through suchj unimaginable horrors that we would never put children or dogs through.
Could you be one of the heroes saving animals and the planet for your children, and their children? There is no shortage of help and support online, which you will see by reading on. If you are concerned about missing out on certain vitamins and nutrients, experts explode those myths. And don’t think you have to be able to cook, because there are an enormous number of vegan convenience foods now available from supermarkets and other food outlets.
You can even calculate how much you will be helping animals and the environment with this vegan calculator.
Veganuary is a non-profit organisation that encourages people worldwide to try vegan for January and beyond. During the 2019 campaign, more than a quarter of a million people took the pledge to try a vegan diet, while more than 500 brands, restaurants and supermarkets promoted the campaign, and launched more than 200 new vegan products and menus in the UK market alone. 2020 is set to have an even bigger response.
Throughout the year, Veganuary encourages and supports people and businesses alike to move to a plant-based diet as a way of protecting the environment, preventing animal suffering and improving the health of millions of people. And with lots of delicious food to try, there really is no down side to it.
You can find helpful tips, easy meal plans and delicious recipes, plus more on the Veganuary website.
With Challenge 22 you get to try going vegan for 22 days with a group of people just like you.
You will enter a friendly and supportive environment, have your own personal mentor, plus an experienced team that is is available around the clock.
Wondering what to eat before a workout? How to get enough iron or protein? Or how a vegan diet can work with your own health needs? Certified clinical dietitians respond to health topics in the special Challenge 22 Facebook group you join.
Every day, you’ll get recipes, tips, videos and lots of motivation!
With the Physicians Committee’s 21-Day Vegan Kickstart, receive meal plans, recipes, and advice from nutrition experts.
The 21-Day Vegan Kickstart is supported by decades of research showing that a plant-based diet can help you reach a healthy weight and lower your risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic diseases. You will get low-fat plant-based recipes that have been developed by chefs, dietitians, and experts in vegan cuisine.
It is called “Kickstart” because within 21 days you will start to feel the difference, and that will make you want to stick with it. In 21 days you can break old habits and start healthy new ones. 21 Day Vegan Kickstart provides you with all the tools you need to do that.
Going vegan is not only great for your health, but you are saving the planet for future generations, and saving many innocent animals from unimaginable suffering.
The free, evidence-based 21-Day Kickstart has everything you need to get started on a plant-based diet: meal plans, recipes, grocery lists, daily videos, nutrition tips, cooking demonstrations, and more.
More than half a million participants have already completed the program, so there are thousands of other Kickstarters that will support you.
The website is available in both English and Spanish. The mobile app “21-Day Vegan Kickstart” is free and available to download on both iTunes and Google Play.
Other Useful Information And Support
The websites above are just a few of the places you can find support to begin your vegan journey. There are many more sources of support and help, plus eye opening information, here.
Having been vegan since 2017, I have spent a lot of that time tasting vegan food products. Having a very sweet tooth, a fair portion has been sweet things like chocolate. I wanted to make sure that, this Christmas, I will have chocolate to guzzle that tastes just as good as the chocolate the non-vegans around me are guzzling.
Image: Just a few of the delicious vegan chocolate bars available to chomp on this Christmas.
Choosing products without animal products in can only be a good thing, as it is far better for the environment, and does not support the exploitation of enslaved animals.
If you are unaware of the emotional and physical abuse dairy cows live through, or want to learn more about it, watch this short video.
The Life Of Dairy Cows, In Short
If you imagine this happening to you, you can empathise with how cruel it is: Dairy cows are impregnated over and over again so they produce milk. They have their babies taken away over and over again, so we can steal their calf’s milk. They pine and cry for their babies for many days, over and over again. The baby cries and pines for their mother. If their calf is male, they are killed in any manner of cruel ways, or kept in a crate until slaughtered. If female, the calf is given the same life of misery their mothers had. If you want to be informed, look into dairy industry cruelty further online.
***OUR TOP CRUELTY FREE CHOCOLATE CHOICES***
I’ve tried many vegan chocolate bars in my mission to find ones that are just as sweet, creamy, and melt-in-the-mouth as their non-vegan counterparts. Many times my hopes have been high, only to be dashed. But I have found my favourites. I also have the input of my other half, Steve, and my friend, Helen.
Rapunzel Nirwana Praline
Pros: This praline chocolate bar is not only sweet enough, but it melts in the mouth perfectly. The chocolate tastes really nice.
Cons: The big draw back is that in most areas, this is hard to come by, unless ordered online. It come from Germany. The first time I tried it I had found it in the 8th Day Co-op in Manchester. I sometimes get a slightly bitter aftertaste. However, Steve says he does not experience this.
Galaxy Caramelised Hazelnut
Pros: This bar is sweet enough and the chocolate tastes nice. These are available at Tesco.
Cons: at room temperature, I find it doesn’t melt in the mouth as easily as I’d like it to, but if I warm it with my body heat to soften it a little before eating it, that resolves it. Plus, Steve doesn’t notice this con at all, so it’s not a con for him.
Galaxy Smooth Orange
Pros: This is a lovely orange flavoured sweet and creamy chocolate. These are available at Tesco.
Cons: The same as above.
Galaxy Caramel and Sea Salt
Pros: This is sweet enough, and salty too. It is the favourite out of the three vegan Galaxy bars of Steve and my friend Helen.
Cons: Same as above.
Vivani Or iChoc White Nougat Crisp
Pros: These are lovely and sweet. Although not as easily found as the Galaxy vegan bars, these bars seem to be more commonly found than the Rapunzel Nirwana Praline bars. You can buy them online and in some health food/vegan shops.
Cons: Same as above, and it’s a shame they are not more readily available in more shops.
Bohme Orange Creme
Pros: Although this has a shell of dark chocolate, the sweet orange filling compensates and makes it sweet enough overall. It melts in the mouth nicely too.
Cons: I was really pleased to be able to get these bars fairly cheaply from Home Bargains, but then they just suddenly stopped being stocked, so now I don’t know where to find them. I only hope HB bring them back.
Moser Roth Orange Creams
Pros: These orange cream chocolates have a dark chocolate shell, but the orange cream inside is so sweet that it compensates and makes them sweet enough overall. It melts in the mouth nicely.
Cons: It turns out these are one of the “Special” items that Aldi only gets in stock for a short while. They are all gone out of my Aldi. I can only hope they bring them back.
Go Max Go Thumbs Up Bar
Pros: A final favourite of mine is this bar, available from the AnimalAid online shop. It is both sweet enough, and just the right amount of salty with it. I didn’t notice it having that feeling waxy or claggy in my mouth.
Cons: These bars are expensive for the size they are. They can only be bought online or in some health food/vegan shops. The chocolate on its own is not very nice, as I could tell from trying many of the other bars in the Go Max Go range. Thankfully, there is not much of it on the bar and you don’t notice it.
Nomo Caramel And Sea Salt
Pros: This is another Favourite of Steve’s, but not mine, is Nomo caramel and sea salt, found in some Tesco stores.
Cons: This does not melt in my mouth easily enough and feels waxy, claggy and clumpy. Steve does not really notice it and doesn’t think it’s a con like I do.
On the run up to Christmas people spend like mad on Christmas presents. A lot of the spending is through retailers online. Did you know that you can earn money for free for animal charities, while doing your normal online shopping?
All you have to do is start off your shopping trip at a charity fundraising website. Many, many online retailers are registered with these fundraising websites, including most chain stores. So, once you’ve signed up with the fundraising websites and decided which animal charity you would like to raise money for, all you do is click on the retailer you want to shop at. You will be taken to that retailer’s site and then you simply do your shopping as normal. It does not cost you anything extra.
You will be able to see how much you raise in your account on the fundraising site. If the animal charity is not yet registered with the fundraising sites, ask them to register.
Today I learned that House Of Fraser Department store is selling real fur. People have been flocking to their Facebook page to express their disgust and to tell them they are boycotting HoF because of it.
If anyone doesn’t know how cruel the fur industry is, have a look at this. In short, it includes animals being slammed against the ground, being skinned alive and fully conscious, even surviving in agony for a few minutes after being fully skinned. They are kept in deplorably cruel conditions before that.
Retailers choosing to sell real fur, when it is so cruel and there is such good faux fur available, seems incredible in this day and age. It gives the impression that HoF is out of touch with consumers, who are becoming more and more conscientious about shopping ethically, especially regarding animals and the environment.
If you are one of those consumers who is becoming more ethical in their choices, you can find a guide to ethical shopping for animal lovers, here. It will help you make sure your Christmas shopping will not be funding animal suffering, and could even help in the fight to stop it.
You can also help make your shopping have a much, much smaller carbon footprint if you avoid animal products, which is easier than ever before. You can find lots of products available, where to get them, and see the top picks, here. You can get chocolate, sweets and even all the parts of a traditional Christmas dinner. After all, avoiding animal products is the single best thing you can do for animals and the environment.
My parents gave all their children one year a charity gift as a Christmas present. My parents know I love animals, and so they wanted to give me something animal related. By their logic, they decided I’d appreciate giving a poor family a goat. I could have cried.
What are the problems with Animal Gifting?
First of all, the animal is often shipped overseas on long and stressful journeys. Below is a cow being lifted off a boat in a net.
secondly, the families animals are given to are poor, so poor they can barely afford to feed themselves. The animal often suffers terribly, going without necessary veterinary intervention to bring it relief. Veterinary treatment is simply too expensive. The recipients even often suffer to give even the most basic care to the animal. The animals also suffer hunger and a farm animal is another mouth to feed. They do not just live off the land.
When the family cannot afford to keep them, and if they do not die of disease, they meet a horrific end, having their neck sawed open with a blunt knife, while the terrified animal struggles to try to escape.
There are many more problems with animal gifting, including creating more problems for the recipients themselves, not just the animal. There are much better alternatives, such as crop gifting. This is much kinder and more sustainable. Find out about more of the problems of animal gifting, an see the solutions, here. Also see what you can do to stop it.