Making a difference
Carmine (E120), also called cochineal or natural red, is a red colouring additive. This colouring was used by the Incas and Aztecs and was probably brought to Europe in the 16th century. Nowadays, 80% of carmine production (200 tons a year) takes place in Peru, but other South American countries and even countries like Poland […]
Products containing cocoa such as chocolate are regularly consumed by many people nowadays and some people even eat them daily. While cocoa used to be a luxury product, today that’s no longer the case and production has increased dramatically. Since the ’60s the demand for cocoa has trippled and in the last twenty years it […]
When people think of non-vegan clothing, they mostly think of leather, fur and wool. However, the production of silk also causes a lot of animal suffering and thousands of insects die in the process of making one piece of silk clothing. This is because silk is a substance made by certain insects, such as specific […]
Manure causes different kinds of pollution and other environmental problems. In this blog we discuss these problems and possible alternatives for animal manure as a fertilizer. Pollution Greenhouse gases According to research by the FAO, animal manure is responsible for 37 percent of the anthropogenic methane emissions. In addition, 65 percent of nitrous oxide emissions and […]
In recent years, the negative effects of palm oil cultivation have regularly been in the news. As palm oil cultivation often includes deforestation and human rights violations, an increasing number of people chooses to buy sustainable palm oil or to boycott palm oil. While this may seem quite logical, this does not contribute to solving […]
In the EU 250 million pigs are killed every year, and 9 million of those are born in the UK. About the same number of pigs are slaughtered in the UK as not many living pigs are exported. Quite a lot of the meat is exported though, namely 300.000.000 tonnes of pork a year. However, […]
Hi! I’m Elise and I hope to inspire you to be green. On this blog, I share information and tips for living a more animal, human and environmentally friendly lifestyle.