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?
It’s the time of year when many of us are off on our holidays, taking a likely well-needed break from our daily routines to be around family, explore somewhere new, or sit on a beach and do diddly squat for a week. If you’re jetting off to a far flung paradise, renting a cottage with pals in the country, or embarking on a fun getaway of any description, there are ways you can minimise the waste that inevitably accompanies travelling. In this post, I’ll be going over my top tips for just that.
When I first made the switch from veggie to vegan, I felt a strange mix of excited to try new things and enjoy food even more, but also deflated about how vital, yet widely ignored, the cause was. Eating meat and consuming at an unsustainable rate is still very much the status quo, and this is hard to wrap your head around when you’ve come to an eye-opening decision to hugely lessen your contribution to it. To quote Mr. Morgan (if you know, you know), it “must be tough.” I can concur – it is.
At the beginning of the year, I pledged to give up fast fashion once and for all. After years of dipping in and out of ethical fashion, I resolved in January to only buy clothes made fairly, or second-hand. Now that we’ve blinked and half the year is gone, I thought it’d be a good time to check in and chat to you about where I’m at with this goal, and what I’ve learned along the way.
I’ve always enjoyed reading, but in the last year and a half or so, it’s become a much bigger part of my life than it had been. At the start of 2016, I decided to read fiction written by women only (#feministkilljoy). It started off as a fun experiment, but led me to discover some wonderful authors and stories I may not have done otherwise, and I haven’t really looked back since. With that in mind, I’ve been thinking of ways that my love for reading could have a positive effect not just on myself but in the wider world, too.
When we’re researching whether or not a brand is cruelty-free, we look for certain tell-tale signs: do they bear a cruelty-free certification? Do they sell in China? Is their FAQ on animal testing vague – either overly wordy or short – and does it feature the dreaded “where required by law” line? An area we might not consider, though, is the ethics of the company’s founder; if they, or their company, have been embroiled in any scandals: have they made racist remarks, for example, or Tweeted something sexist, violent or queer-phobic? It’s this second area of brand research that I’ve been mulling over recently, and thought I’d put my thoughts down in a post.
In just a few short weeks, it’ll officially be summer here in the Northern Hemisphere – yay! While the British summertime weather can be rather changeable (I’m talking blisteringly hot one minute and hailstones the next) we do love to make the most of the sun when it’s out; I for one am among the hordes of Brits who flock to the parks, the seaside or the pub gardens, to soak up those rays. All of this is to say that you’re gonna need you some sandals – and why not shop for some fabulously stylish and ethically made ones?
Coffee is a big part of my daily routine. Not only does it give me an energy boost (and stave off those ever so pleasant caffeine withdrawal headaches – addicted? Moi?) it provides comfort and structure to my day and is my only ‘vice.’ As I’ve been working on reducing my waste, I’ve found that my consumption of coffee is an area that I ought to address, not least because it’s such a key aspect of my day-to-day life. So, with that in mind, I thought I’d share ways we can all lower our impact when it comes to enjoying a good old cup o’joe.
I think it’s safe for me to assume that most of you reading this post are striving to live as ethically as you can. Or, at the very least, you’re interested in learning more about how you can better live in harmony with the planet, your fellow humans and our non-human animal companions. I mean, if you’re into intentionally causing harm to the environment, animals and other human beings, I’d recommend closing your browser tab now, because the primary aim of this blog is to promote conscious living in all areas of your life.
You guys…somehow, summer is just around the corner. While I don’t have any holiday plans involving a beach this year (sob) I thought it’d be a good time to do a round-up of ethically made swimwear. Truth be told, I hadn’t considered the conditions under which my bikinis were made; I so seldom purchase beachwear that it hadn’t occurred to me to shop for eco-friendly and fairly made alternatives. If you’re someone who tends to pick up a fresh swimming costume or bikini every year, or if you’ve been holding out for a new one for ages, this little guide should give you some inspiration!