I’m delighted to share a guest post today from Vivienne Westwood. Vivienne shares many ‘ecological’ and human rights passions which she weaves into her business and personal life.
She is ‘fur free’ in her collections and has a range of vegan shoes. In 2008, one of her collections called ‘Chaos Point’ was created to remind people about the impending global ecological crisis.
Last month, Vivienne met with executives from the UKs largest national newspaper publisher to raise awareness of climate change and the urgent need to save the rainforests (she received a 70 acre plot of rainforest for her 70th Birthday this year). To support this passion, Vivienne works closely with Cool Earth; a charity working with local communities to secure forests at risk of being destroyed within the next 18 months.
Over in Kenya, Vivienne is working with a group of women who are making handbags for her collections from recycled materials. You can read more about it on her ‘Active Resistance’ blog. She’s even designed a limited edition drinking bottle with SIGG to get people reusing instead of buying bottled water!
So what fuels a woman with so much passion, enthusiasm and drive?
Read on to discover which one thing Vivienne feels can make a real difference to both you and the world and find out where she gets all that energy from!
Myzerowaste.com really addresses issues that make a difference to our planet. If you really want to make a difference – to yourself and the world – my best advice would be to stop eating meat. It completely changes your attitude towards your environment.
I eat only fresh fruit and vegetables – raw whenever possible. An example of my daily diet is:
Breakfast: Fruit, which is best eaten on an empty stomach.
Lunch: I keep a grater at work and make myself a kind of coleslaw – carrots, cabbage, onion, caraway seeds, a little mayonnaise and some vegetable extract.
Dinner: A big green salad with some cooked vegetables, usually steamed, with a little oil.
I don’t think meat is healthy for you. The idea that we need to eat meat for protein is wrong and our bodies need to work very hard to get rid of all the meat toxins. Everything I eat is made by plants from water, air, sunlight and minerals from the soil.
You get all the protein you need from plants and your body can be very strong. Since changing to an all plant based diet – and only fresh produce – my recycling waste has reduced and I’ve never felt so well.