Sports and Vegan Athletes [Infographic]

From trendy plant-based food festivals to ‘free-from’ supermarket aisles, veganism has rapidly gone from a fringe movement to a national phenomenon. The proven health benefits are so strong that even high profile sports stars like Venus Williams and Lewis Hamilton are turning to veganism to aid their performance, and their actions only aid the growing conversation around veganism within sports.

Find out which sports have the highest number of vegans and take a look back (over the last four decades) to see who in the sporting world took up a plant-based diet first and which athletes are doing so now.
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Easy Steps to an Eco-Friendly Wedding [Visuals]

Planning an eco-friendly wedding can be stressful, from the dress to the venue, to the guest list.

Everything has an environmental impact and making the right choice can be tricky. Luckily, Daffodil Hotel and Spa have created an easy guide to an eco-friendly wedding.

Discover their five steps to reducing the carbon footprint of your big day.

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The Eco-Friendly Guide to Cleaning your Home [Infographic]

Every day, homeowners and landlords use a wide variety of cleaning products to spray, scrub, buff and polish our properties in the efforts of creating a cleaner, safer and welcoming environment within which to live and work. Unfortunately, whilst these cleaning agents may leave our homes looking sparkling on the surface, it can be shocking when you scratch the veneer and unearth the detrimental impact these cleaning agents can have on your health and the environment as a whole.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air can be up to 100 times more polluted than outside air due to the accumulation of volatile organic compound (VOC) levels caused by chemical cleaning agents. Moreover, every year over 100,000 marine lives are killed as a direct result of the plastic packaging pollution related to commercial cleaning products. Combine these numbers with the additional marine and animal fatalities caused by toxic pollution (when synthetic cleaning chemicals enter our natural waterways) and the result is a dramatic decrease in wildlife numbers and the degrading function of local, national and global ecosystems.

Despite these dire circumstances, there are several steps which homeowners and landlords alike can implement to improve their health and to safeguard the environment for the future. Using eco-friendly cleaning agents within your home can improve air quality, reduce your personal carbon footprint and inspire others to adopt environmentally conscious cleaning practices. To help you do so EP Cleaners have created an extensive resource, which will equip you with everything you need to know in order to clean your home in an efficient, affordable, and eminently eco-friendly manner.

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Enhance Sustainability of your Home with these Eco Upgrades

The green movement has taken the world by storm, which is no surprise if we just stop for a second and look at our environment. Our air is polluted with various toxins, our land is littered by every form of garbage we can think of and our oceans and other bodies of water almost contain more waste than they do aquatic creatures. So, it was high time we took action and started minding our actions if we want to have something to leave to future generations.

However, no matter how important accepting the green movement is, there is still a lot of negligence and even ignorance when it comes to our lifestyles. People are not too eager to change their habits, and even though a certain behavior might be harmful to the environment, people choose to follow it because it’s easy.

On the other hand, there are those who are aware of just how bad humanity is for the environment, and who want to make a change that will help them live with the environment, not against it, but they don’t know how. If you belong to this group, check out some of these tips and features you can implement in your home to start leading a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

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LEED: The way to a Sustainable Future with Sustainable Building Design [Infographic]

For many businesses, going green is a matter of changing the way they work. By reducing waste in their operations or using sustainable materials in their production, these businesses lessen their impact on the environment. However, these are not the only means through which companies can become more eco-friendly. In fact, many businesses can shrink the size of their ecological footprints through the places in which they work.

The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program provides builders and property owners with standards for energy efficiency and sustainability. Achieving LEED certification means a building exemplifies many of the principles behind sustainable building design. LEED-certified buildings are more environmentally friendly, which therefore helps the businesses inside of them reduce their overall impact on the planet. Even if they don’t employ other methods, sustainable building design helps businesses become greener.

Businesses in the green industry — or any that simply want to become more sustainable — need to understand LEED and what it means for their properties. There is a strict process through which buildings can become LEED-certified. Additionally, there are specific standards those properties must meet before they can be certified through the LEED program. Property owners and businesses also need to understand the different levels of LEED certification and what they mean.

The accompanying guide breaks down what LEED certification entails, and can serve as a helpful resource for any business working to go green.

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