Here at Earth911, I am surrounded by folks that walk the walk when it comes to sustainable practices. As the media team’s lone, resident omnivore, changing my diet for the sake of trying something new seemed like a logical experiment.
These days, vegan and vegetarian diets are becoming more and more commonplace. In addition to the many health benefits and the argument for animal welfare, these diets also have environmental impacts that often go unrealized.
To name a few, going veg can save water, fossil fuels, GHG’s and help preserve open space. In fact, going meatless for just one meal a week is estimated to save about 84,000 gallons of water per year- so you can see how it could really add up as part of a low-waste lifestyle.
So there you have it. With the help of my very supportive co-workers, and the encouragement of my very patient boyfriend, I signed up to try a vegan diet for a week.
Rather than try to sustain myself on bananas, Oreos and the five or six other vegan things I already knew I liked, for the sake of the experiment, I wanted to be sure to try to get a real taste for the lifestyle. That meant not just grocery shopping and cooking at home, but dining out and discovering suitable snacking options (aforementioned bananas and Oreos fit nicely in this category).