Veganism is having a moment, and it’s proving to be a long one. For months now, we’ve seen supermarkets stocking more and more plant-based food: a pizza here and there, a flourishing free-from section, sometimes even an entire range of vegan lunch options. Eateries – chains and locals alike – are introducing vegan choices and advertising them pride of place. Clearly, businesses really care about being as welcoming to vegans as possible! (Or do they…we’ll get to this later).
I’m not someone who tries out a whole lot of makeup. My daily look uses well under 10 products (I think…) and since I rarely hit pan on eyeshadows, I’ve imposed a palette purchasing ban on myself for the foreseeable future. That said, I did manage to round up a few of my absolute favourite beauty products which I tried for the first time in 2017, and thought I’d share them with you today.
I’ve managed to accumulate quite the skincare collection over the last while – from gifted products to firm favourites repurchased in advance, I seem to have no shortage of cleansers and the like. The collection has reached the point where I’ve decided I won’t buy another thing until what I have is used up – by all means, congratulate me on my inspiring self-restraint! In the meantime, I thought I’d chat to you about my top skincare picks from 2017.
If you’ve known me for a while, you’ll know that one of my greatest passions is how leading a vegan lifestyle can have a hugely positive impact on the planet, its people and the animals with whom we share it. Veganism is kinda my thing – alongside ethical fashion, less wasteful living and general sustainable shenanigans, I’m all about that plant-based life and dedicate my blog and social platform to promoting it in a positive, inclusive way.
Ethical warrior? I can feel your skin crawling with cringe as you read that. The alternatives were, though more SEO friendly, rather dull: ethically minded, conscious consumer, sustainably savvy – that last one isn’t half bad. Title aside, I have mustered up just enough festive spirit to produce this slightly last-minute gift guide – less of a guide, more of an introduction to some lovely brands I’ve come to know over the year which might just have something perfect for the ethically conscious vegan in your life.
Festive calendars are great, aren’t they? Whether it’s a chocolate-a-day to count down towards Christmas or a bells-and-whistles set from a favourite cruelty-free beauty brand, there’s just something very special about opening up those little doors and seeing what awaits you on the other side. You can imagine my jubilation, then, when Tropic Skincare’s 12 Days Of Tropic Gift Collection* arrived in the post; I could hardly contain my excitement as I opened the parcel.
Three black rhino are poached on average every single day in South Africa. In their native continent, the species are classed as critically endangered: just two steps away from extinct on the IUCN Red List. Like tigers, elephants and lions – among many other wild animals – black rhino are disappearing at a heartbreaking rate, their valuable horns making them so vulnerable, African authorities no longer disclose where they are for security reasons.
What if the solution, then, to protecting black rhino – to ensuring these species’ survival and maybe even their growth – was to hunt them?
Moving towards a more ethical lifestyle – as well as learning about minimalist living – can bring with it a strong desire to purge yourself of many belongings. Downsizing your hoard can feel very liberating, especially if you are freeing yourself of items which no longer serve you or make you feel happy. However, there are ways to declutter responsibly which I thought I would touch on today.
Swedish brand Maria Nila offer one of my favourite haircare ranges. They are, of course, cruelty-free; better still, all of the brand’s products are vegan, and they carry several certifications including the Leaping Bunny seal of approval. When it came time for me to pick up some new haircare bits during the summer, I soon found myself perusing Sally’s online, Maria Nila’s UK stockist, where two of their products quickly made their way into my basket.
For the most part, I feel like I’ve adapted well to a less wasteful life. I’ve been making small changes here and there – from simple daily swaps to assessing my reading and travel routines – for a while now, and most of the adjustments I’ve made have been pretty seamless. That said, striving towards a zero waste lifestyle is certainly not without its challenges and, in the interest of hashtag keeping it real, I thought I’d share some of the difficulties I’ve personally encountered along the way.