Leonardo DiCaprio Tells 37 Million Fans to Replace Meat With Vegan Burgers


The Oscar winner, who is an investor in Beyond Meat, is encouraging his followers to fight climate change with plant-based burgers.

Leonardo DiCaprio is fighting climate change by urging his 37 million social media followers to replace meat with vegan burgers at least once a week.

The actor is a Beyond Meat investor as well as an ambassador for the vegan brand. He took to Facebook and Twitter on Thursday, March 4, to encourage his combined 37.5 million followers to make different food choices. He asked them to take incremental steps in order to lessen the effects of climate change and aid the planet.

Every single person can help the planet and reduce climate change with one small choice every week. Join me and @BeyondMeat in our mission to rethink the future of food,” DiCaprio, 46, tweeted with the “BeyondMeatPartner” hashtag.

DiCaprio’s tweet (and identical Facebook post) also included a photo of a delectable looking Beyond Meat burger and French fries. Just above the plant-based food, the Inception star included a key statistic. It highlights the impact of eating just one meat-free meal per week.

Leonardo DiCaprio: Climate Change Can Be Fought With One Meat-Free Meal a Week

The informative text reads: “If every person in the U.S. replaced just one beef burger per week with a plant-based Beyond Burger, it would be the equivalent of taking 12 million cars off the road.”

DiCaprio’s social media followers were quick to praise the post. “Thank you Leonardo. Beyond is such a wonderful company and tastes so amazing,” one Facebook user wrote.

A Twitter follower added: “Brilliant initiative! Works so well for vegetarians AND non-vegetarians.”

The official Beyond Meat account even weighed in on Facebook, writing: “Appreciate you Leo.” Leonardo DiCaprio is an investor in Beyond Meat. | Beyond Meat

Can Vegan Meat Really Help Fight Climate Change?

Leonardo DiCaprio: Climate Change Can Be Fought With One Meat-Free Meal a Week

According to The University of Michigan’s 2018 LCA, California-based Beyond Meat has a proven, positive impact on the environment. When compared to a standard quarter-pound 80/20 beef burger, a plant-based Beyond Burger requires far fewer resources.

More specifically, a Beyond Burger has 99 percent less impact on water scarcity. It also has 93 percent less impact on land use and requires 46 percent less energy. It generates 90 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than beef burgers.

Generally speaking, meat and dairy, particularly from cows, have an outsized impact on global warming and climate change. Livestock accounts for around 14.5 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases each year, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization. That’s roughly the same amount as the emissions from all the cars, trucks, airplanes, and ships combined in the world today.

Additionally, beef and lamb have the biggest climate footprint per gram of protein. On the other hand, plant-based foods tend to have the smallest impact. Pork and chicken fall somewhere in the middle.

These statistics, among other things, are why DiCaprio and others want people around the world to be more mindful of their meat consumption and even take steps to reduce it.

Last month, Bill Gates, who is also a Beyond Meat investor, even went so far as to say that wealthy countries that don’t depend on livestock rearing for survival should ditch real beef in order to reduce climate change. 

I don’t think the poorest 80 countries will be eating synthetic meat,” he explained. But added: “I do think all rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef.

In April 2019, former Vice President Al Gore declared that vegan burgers can help reverse climate change. “We now have an Impossible Whopper… This is cause for some hope,” he explained at the time. Leonardo DiCaprio wants his followers to eat less meat. | Beyond Meat

Leonardo DiCaprio’s History of Environmental Activism 

The Beyond Meat post is hardly the first time DiCaprio has spoken up about climate change and the environment. In fact, in recent years the Academy Award winner, who has also faced criticism for his frequent private jet travel, has become increasingly vocal about issues that impact the planet in a myriad of ways.

In 1998, he founded the eponymous Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to help tackle some of the world’s biggest environmental problems. And he has remained dedicated to the organization (and the planet) ever since. DiCaprio has produced a number of environment-focused documentaries and movies. He’s also encouraged others to speak out against climate change.

In 2018, The LDF partnered with the Jane Goodall Institute to launch a full vegan clothing range in support of ape conservation. The range, which was named “Don’t Let Them Disappear,” included organic T-shirts and a recycled fleece hoodie with all the items sporting that urgent appeal. 

In June 2020, DiCaprio confirmed that he’s slated to produce a new film about endangered mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park in the Congo. The upcoming Netflix movie, which is an adaptation of the 2014 award-winning documentary Virunga, will be written by Academy Award-winning director and screenwriter Barry Jenkins.

Virunga National Park, Africa’s oldest and most biologically diverse protected area, is close to DiCaprio’s heart. “I had the great honor of meeting and supporting Virunga’s courageous team in their fight against illegal oil drilling in 2013,” the actor said in May 2020.

At that time, he also launched a $2 million fund for the park through Earth Alliance. He co-founded the wildlife protection nonprofit with the Emerson Collective and Global Wildlife Conservation and the European Commission.

In October 2020, the California native expressed his support for the Preventing Future Pandemics Act on Instagram. The bipartisan bill—introduced by Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and John Cornyn (R-TX)—aims to shut down live animal markets. It also aims to stop the trade of certain wildlife for human consumption. 

If you care about preventing the next pandemic, please ask your Senator to co-sponsor Senate Bill S. 4749, the ‘Preventing Future Pandemics Act,’ introduced by @corybooker and @johncornyn,” DiCaprio wrote at the time. “So that we can reduce the risk of a pandemic like COVID happening again.

DiCaprio has also invested in other vegan food brands, such as Califia Farms and Hippeas.


Dole Makes 6 Promises to Build a More Sustainable Future


By Paul Hiebert

A line of superimposed text in a new ad from Dole Packaged Foods, owned by Japan’s Itochu Corporation, states, “We deserve the world we live in. Our children don’t.”

The 90-second spot, titled “Dear Leaders of the World,” is part of the company’s push to build a better future. Told through the perspective of a young girl, the ad campaign questions why we cut down so many trees, depend on plastic that pollutes the ocean, add sugar to food that’s already sweet and let so many children go hungry.

Created in partnership with Lanfranco & Cordova, the spot is scheduled to broadcast around the world in multiple languages, including Japanese, Spanish and English.

According to Rupen Desai, global chief marketing officer of Singapore-based Dole Packaged Foods, the pandemic has helped bring about a new way of thinking that involves “finding a world where people, planet and prosperity all thrive together rather than at the cost of each other,” he said.

As part of its campaign and in an effort to leave the planet intact for future generations, Dole is announcing six goals to address sustainability and food inequality:

  • Grant 1 billion people access to nutritious food by 2025.
  • Zero processed sugar in all products by 2025.
  • Zero fruit waste by 2025.
  • Zero fossil-based plastic packaging by 2025.
  • Increase the company’s value by 50% to benefit all shareholders, including employees, by 2025.
  • Carbon neutrality by 2030.

“We’re making a big bet on the conscience economy, as we call it—more consumers that make wallet choices based on beliefs,” explained Desai. “We think, increasingly, there is a large population out there that have a very different view of brand affinity, brand persuasion [and] brand choices based on what the company delivers [and] how the company delivers it as well.”

While many CPG companies are striving to become more sustainable, the industry certainly doesn’t have a great track record of protecting the planet.

Throughout the pandemic, for example, consumers have been stocking up on toilet paper. In mid-March, in-store sales were up 216.8% compared to the same time last year, according to Nielsen. A new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental advocacy group, argues that the Covid-19 crisis has only heightened the need for alternatives, as traditional methods of producing toilet paper eat away at natural resources, such as the Canadian boreal forest.

“By making toilet paper from ancient forests essential to the climate fight, tissue companies are flushing away our forests and our planet’s future,” said Shelley Vinyard, NRDC’s boreal campaign manager and the report’s co-author, in a statement. “Instead of exacerbating the climate crisis, companies like Procter & Gamble must take urgent action to create more sustainable products. Our planet has no time for the largest companies in the world to take half-measures or deflect blame.”

In late February, the nonprofit environmental organization Earth Island Institute filed a lawsuit against 10 companies, including Nestlé, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola, arguing that they should be held accountable for plastic packaging found in California’s oceans and rivers.


The end of plastic? New plant-based bottles will degrade in a year | Plastics


A worker sorts through plastic bottles at the recycling plant near Bangkok in Thailand.

Show captionA mound of plastic bottles at a recycling plant near Bangkok in Thailand. Around 300 million tonnes of plastic is made every year and most of it is not recycled. Photograph: Diego Azubel/EPAPlastics

Carlsberg and Coca-Cola back pioneering project to make ‘all-plant’ drinks bottles

Sat 16 May 2020 08.05 EDT

Beer and soft drinks could soon be sipped from “all-plant” bottles under new plans to turn sustainably grown crops into plastic in partnership with major beverage makers.

A biochemicals company in the Netherlands hopes to kickstart investment in a pioneering project that hopes to make plastics from plant sugars rather than fossil fuels.

The plans, devised by renewable chemicals company Avantium, have already won the support of beer-maker Carlsberg, which hopes to sell its pilsner in a cardboard bottle lined with an inner layer of plant plastic.

Avantium’s chief executive, Tom van Aken, says he hopes to greenlight a major investment in the world-leading bioplastics plant in the Netherlands by the end of the year. The project, which remains on track despite the coronavirus lockdown, is set to reveal partnerships with other food and drink companies later in the summer.

Ears of wheat.

Sugars extracted from wheat, along with corn and beets, will be used to produce the plant plastic. Photograph: Images of Kent/Alamy

The project has the backing of Coca-Cola and Danone, which hope to secure the future of their bottled products by tackling the environmental damage caused by plastic pollution and a reliance on fossil fuels.

Globally around 300 million tonnes of plastic is made from fossil fuels every year, which is a major contributor to the climate crisis. Most of this is not recycled and contributes to the scourge of microplastics in the world’s oceans. Microplastics can take hundreds of years to decompose completely.

“This plastic has very attractive sustainability credentials because it uses no fossil fuels, and can be recycled – but would also degrade in nature much faster than normal plastics do,” says Van Aken.

Avantium’s plant plastic is designed to be resilient enough to contain carbonate drinks. Trials have shown that the plant plastic would decompose in one year using a composter, and a few years longer if left in normal outdoor conditions. But ideally, it should be recycled, said Van Aken.

The bio-refinery plans to break down sustainable plant sugars into simple chemical structures that can then be rearranged to form a new plant-based plastic – which could appear on supermarket shelves by 2023.

The path-finder project will initially make a modest 5,000 tonnes of plastic every year using sugars from corn, wheat or beets. However, Avantium expects its production to grow as demand for renewable plastics climbs.

In time, Avantium plans to use plant sugars from sustainable sourced biowaste so that the rise of plant plastic does not affect the global food supply chain.

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Toilet Paper Substitutes: Plants You Can Use As Toilet Paper

gardeningknowhow.com Toilet Paper Substitutes: Plants You Can Use As Toilet Paper 3-4 minutes Toilet paper is something most of us take for granted, but what if there was a shortage?

Ever considered what you would do in the absence of this most standard of daily needs? Well, perhaps you could grow your own toilet paper. That’s right! Many plants are useful as a substitute for this hygiene product. Leaves for toilet paper are often more soothing, softer, and as an added bonus, compostable and sustainable. Can You Grow Your Own Toilet Paper? Certain situations can cause toilet paper woes, so it’s best to be prepared. Few things are worse than being shy on some comforting tissue after you do your duty. Good news! You can use plants as toilet paper should the situation call for it. Learn which plants you can use as toilet paper and get growing so you’re never caught short. Toilet paper has only been standard for about a century, but humans had to use something to wipe up. The wealthy used fabric and washed themselves, but everyone else used what was at hand, which in most cases turned out to be plants. Toilet paper substitutes are something you should think about. Why? Imagine a world without toilet paper. It’s not a pretty thought but you can be prepared by growing your own. These plants aren’t flushable but can be buried to compost naturally. In some cases, using leaves for toilet paper is better for the environment and your bum. What Plants Can You Use as Toilet Paper? Following in our ancestor’s footsteps, plant leaves are useful, easy to grow, readily available, and practically free. Plant leaves with a fuzzy texture are particularly delightful. The towering mullein plant (Verbascum thapsis) is a biennial that produces popcorn-like yellow flowers in its second year, but has furry leaves in spring through fall. Similarly, lamb’s ear (Stachys byzantina) has large leaves soft as a rabbit (or lamb’s ear), and the plant comes back every year. Thimbleberry isn’t quite as fuzzy, but the overall texture is soft and the leaves are as large as an adult’s hand, so you only need one or two to get the job done. Some other options for toilet paper from the garden are: Common Mallow Indian Coleus Pink Wild Pear (tropical hydrangea) Large Leaf Aster Blue Spur Flower Tips on Using Plants as Toilet Paper While the listed plants are generally non-toxic, some people may be sensitive. Before you try the leaves on your bottom, swipe the leaf across your hand or wrist and wait 24 hours. If no reaction occurs, the leaf will be safe to use on more sensitive areas. Because many of these plants lose their leaves in winter, you will have to harvest and stockpile for the cold season. The leaves can be dried flat and stored for future use. The amount of absorbency may be affected a bit, but once the leaf touches its target, the moisture there will reconstitute the foliage.

Toilet Paper Substitutes: Plants You Can Use As Toilet Paper

Recycling is a easy New Year resolution to keep all year long!

9 tips for Zero Waste entertaining this summer


By Katherine Martinko

Summer is the season for outdoor entertaining. Unfortunately, this can result in excessive amounts of waste, as many hosts set out piles of Styrofoam plates, plastic cutlery, and plastic cups in order to reduce the amount of cleanup and broken glasses in the backyard. It might be convenient and easy to entertain in this way, but it’s unsustainable.

Consider the following zero-waste options when planning your next party. It does take more effort to use reusable items – you have to wash and store them till next time – but there won’t be a plastic garbage bag full of trash at the end of the night, which is a pretty great feeling. Reusable items add a touch of class and decoration to a party, making it more memorable for your guests. Here are some ideas:

1. Use a cloth tablecloth or placemats instead of a plastic table cover.

There’s something about a tablecloth that makes any dinner look stylish and beautiful. Wash, hang dry, and iron soon after use, and it will last for many years. For something even simpler, try colourful placements made of natural fibres.

Ten Thousand Villages sells gorgeous fair-trade tablecloths and placemats.

2. Reusable plates are a necessity.

Buy a second set of cheap ceramic plates at a thrift store that you won’t worry about breaking, or pick up a set of enamel tin picnic dishes. If you’re really stressed about having to wash all those dishes, check out VerTerra’s compostable plates made of pressed leaves and water.

If you have a large crowd to feed, consider renting plates from a local church or community center. Some places might even take the dishes back dirty, for a fee. You could set up an outdoor washing station where guests wash their own plate, which makes a huge difference in the amount of cleanup, or ask guests to bring their own reusable dishes.

3. Use cloth napkins, which add decorative accents to a table.

It does mean extra laundry, but these will last for years. Plus, they’re much more absorbent and generally useful than grabbing a handful of paper napkins to wipe up a mess. Buy them anywhere (it’s best to stick with 100% cotton, which is most durable), or repurpose old fabric to make your own. Etsy has some attractive handmade options.

4. Ditch the disposable straws and try some reusable ones.

Did you know that 500 million plastic straws are tossed daily in the U.S.? Here’s a much better option. Simply Straws makes these cool straws with borosilicate glass, which is tough and resistant to thermal stress, making them great for cold and hot beverages. They come in 3 sizes, and you have the option of bent or straight. The company guarantees 100% satisfaction and will replace broken ones.

5. Serve iced juice or water in a large communal dispenser.

Not only is it practical and elegant, but it also eliminates the need for a cooler full of dripping wet plastic water bottles or soda cans.

6. Serve drinks in small glass canning jars, which adds a rustic touch.

Write guests’ names on the side in permanent marker, or tie a ribbon around to differentiate. If you want to invest in something permanent, go with non-breakable stainless steel. You can get pint cups from Klean Kanteen, and stemmed wine glasses from Eco-Friendly Cookware.

7. Provide reusable cutlery.

Not only is it eco-friendly, it also much more pleasant to eat with sturdy cutlery; cutting food on a Styrofoam plate with a flimsy plastic knife is very frustrating. Visit the thrift store for an extra set, if you’re don’t want to use your own. Another option is to buy wooden or bamboo sets of cutlery, which are great for travelling and camping. Verterra also sells compostable wooden cutlery that supposedly breaks down in two months.

8. Buy alcoholic beverages from local wineries and brewers.

Some wineries offer wine-on-tap and let you fill your own bottles, which is an excellent zero waste option. Use old wine bottles or buy some of these pretty glass bottles with ceramic lids. If not, be sure to return empties for a refund and reuse.

9. Metal skewers are useful and versatile.

Use long ones for grilling vegetables and meat. You won’t have to soak them ahead of time or deal with splinters in your food. Use little metal skewers instead of toothpicks to serve finger foods; wash and reuse.

Do you have any ideas for zero-waste entertaining?

Reduce the environmental impact of your parties by opting for reusable items instead of single-use disposables.


Kids ask McDonalds to ditch plastic Happy Meal toys


Katherine Martinko feistyredhair July 12, 2019

Their hugely successful petition has even gotten a response – and a promise – from the fast food giant.

The children aren’t happy with their Happy Meals. Concerned about the amount of plastic in the cheap hard toys handed out by McDonalds, and the short length of time that they’re typically played with by kids, two little girls from Southampton, England, have launched a petition, asking fast food restaurants to reconsider what they hand out. Caitlin and Ella, ages 7 and 9, wrote on their Change.org page:

“We like to go to eat at Burger King and McDonald’s, but children only play with the plastic toys they give us for a few minutes before they get thrown away and harm animals and pollute the sea. We want anything they give to us to be sustainable so we can protect the planet for us and for future generations… It’s not enough to make recyclable plastic toys – big, rich companies shouldn’t be making toys out of plastic at all.”

The petition coincided with the launch of BBC One’s series, ‘War on Plastic.’ The first episode, according to Environmental Leader, featured a trip to a recycling facility that revealed how impossible toys are to recycle and even showed brand new toys from McDonalds at the facility, still wrapped in plastic.

So far the petition has gathered an impressive 370,200 signatures (at time of publishing), and McDonalds has noticed. It issued a statement saying it agrees with the girls’ petition: “We are committed to reducing plastic across our business, including Happy Meal toys.”

This problem isn’t limited to McDonalds, or even to fast food restaurants. It’s a problem with our kid culture these days. Cheap plastic toys are given out to children everywhere – in party loot bags, birthday presents, prizes at fairs and school events, the treasure box after an appointment at the dentist or optometrist. These toys are low quality, break almost immediately, are impossible to repair, and must go to landfill.

Parents can try their best to talk to kids about the problems with plastic, but it would be great to have some additional support from businesses and event organizers that understand we don’t want more plastic gimmicks. Cutting it off at the source is always more effective than dealing with it once it’s already in a kid’s hands.

McDonalds says it will focus more on books, stuffed animals (also a form of plastic, but usually longer lasting), and board games. Environmental Leader reports that “that change alone will reduce the number of hard plastic toys given away by 60 percent compared to the first half of the year.”

Way to go, Caitlin and Ella! We need more kid activists like you. You can sign their petition here.

Their hugely successful petition has even gotten a response – and a promise – from the fast food giant.


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