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.
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.
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.
There’s something about the transition from spring/summer to autumn/winter that makes me crave warmth and comfort through cosy clothes and seasonal touches around the home. While September is usually a very inspiring and creatively energetic time for me, I also tend to spend more time indoors when I can, curled up on the sofa or pottering about. What better time, then, to put together a little wish list of autumnal pieces!
This post has been brewing for a while. Even so, as I sit down to write it, I remain unsure of my argument or if I even have one at all. It’s certainly a topic with a less clean-cut answer than I’d originally considered, so much so that I can’t be sure that I’ll be able to offer you much in the way of an opinion. Instead, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it – so read on for mine, then let me know what you think in the comments.
I’ve been writing about ethical fashion and less wasteful living for a while now, but I’ve not really considered how the two overlap – until now! With the seasons set to change very soon I have been doing some second-hand shopping and have consequently been connecting all the loose threads – geddit – which entangle the clothes we wear with the impact we have on the environment.
Ethical consumerism is on the rise. Restaurants and food companies proudly emblazon the word “vegan” across their products and menus; wonderful independent cosmetics brands give industry leaders a run for their money with skincare and beauty to meet a range of needs without compromising on animal welfare. In short, we have options – lots of them. So if you thought going eco-friendly was going to limit your ability to buy stuff, you’ll find it’s quite the opposite situation.
As much as we might be trying to resist it, fast fashion (and unethical consumerism in general) is still very much the norm in today’s society. Attitudes are slowly shifting, with charities and grassroots groups working alongside sustainable style brands to bring the human, animal and environmental suffering caused by the fast fashion industry to the forefront of consumers’ minds, but there’s still a long way to go. With magazine pages and blog posts devoted to throwaway style, where are we to turn to for fashion inspiration?