Plant-based diets are growing in popularity with every passing day. An estimated 5 percent of the U.S. population was vegetarian or vegan in 2011, compared to a mere 0.04 percent in 1985. Diners choose a plant-based diet for a variety of reasons; some for animal welfare benefits, others for health purposes.
While both of these reasons are completely valid, Earth911 focuses on veg for another benefit – protecting the environment. From keeping your trash cans empty to reducing your carbon footprint, here are eight ways going veg is good for the planet.