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.
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.
So far in my Less Wasteful series, I’ve covered ways to reduce waste in your makeup routine, day to day life and at home. As someone who menstruates monthly, I thought it was time to take a look at the ways I could address the waste surrounding this unavoidable bodily function; as it turns out, there are plenty of things you can do to have a less wasteful period, and I’ll be highlighting a few key ones here.
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!
As I’ve become more conscious of my impact on the environment – and the plants, animals and humans with whom I share it – I’ve been led to confront a part of my life which is not only a necessary element of it, but that also brings me a lot of joy and contributes to my definition and presentation of myself: my wardrobe.
If you’re as active as I am on Twitter, then you’ll likely be aware of the recent discussion around whether or not vegan people are inherently privileged. Set off by this Tweet, the conversation quickly got nasty with vegan Twitter (which we all know to be a categorically lovely group – hoping my sarcasm comes across on screen) bringing out the pitchforks. While it seems like the embers of that particular spat have faded, I wanted to expand on this topic a little, because it’s one that I feel is very valid and often overlooked.
To say I was a little bit nervous, as I headed towards London’s South Place Hotel in the fading twilight on the last Tuesday of March, would be quite the understatement. I was hugely flattered to be on my way to Tropic Skin Care’s SS17 event, and excited to meet members of their lovely team. At the same time, though, I was harbouring an ever-growing sense of fear about going, the usual catastrophes that maraud future social engagements already reaching fever pitch in my anxious mind.
The subject of vegan activism and advocacy has been on my mind quite a lot recently. If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that while I am passionate about the joys of leading a vegan lifestyle, I am also incredibly sensitive to the complexity of the matter. My attitude towards veganism has prompted me to write several posts promoting a compassionate approach and discussing the intricacies of why the lifestyle might not be attainable for everyone. It’s certainly not a topic that is black and white.
There’s something about the beginning of a new year that makes me want to put on my explorer’s hat (metaphorically speaking, of course – I am not much of a headgear gal). Despite the travel anxiety which makes planning and taking trips pretty difficult for me, I often find myself wanting to go away at least a few times during the year, whether it’s to laze on a beach, discover a new city, or visit family and friends abroad.
In trying to lead a less wasteful life, I’ve begun to assess my day to day routine, to see if there are areas in which I can improve in terms of how much waste I produce. Changing certain habits can be difficult, and a lot of the time I feel like the zero waste ideal is almost unattainable for me. It’s hard to imagine myself living a life where, for example, I don’t buy any packaged food, or can fit my rubbish from the month (or year, even!) into a mason jar. For now, I’m looking at tweaks to my routine that I can make with relative ease, and I thought I’d share those ideas with you today.