All posts filed under: vegan

join the glitterati

Who said you can’t have fun and be eco-conscious at the same time? Sometimes trying to live an eco-friendly life can paint you into a corner. In this early stage of awareness, good alternatives are not always available and it sometimes feels like the sparkle has been taken out of life. So I’m excited to have got a hold of some fun eco-friendly glitter. Glitter, currently made from plastic, has come under scrutiny as the conversation around microplastics has hit an all time high. Microplastics have come under the spotlight after cosmetics using tiny plastic beads in their products were banned in several countries in 2015 onwards, issuing new reforms on plastics used in other industries as well. Plastic production has grown exponentially in recent decades and is predicted to double again by 2025 according to WHO (World Health Organisation). Although microplastics don’t have an impact on human life as yet, the effects on marine wildlife have been staggering and upsetting to say the least. Bioglitter® is the eco-friendly alternative to traditional plastic based glitter. …

sustainable hair brushing

Hairbrushes and combs are another one of those incidental purchases that we make every once in a while, and unfortunately the options for these items are predominantly low-quality and made of plastic. I think of past hairbrushes and combs in my life like owning pens, I have never used a pen until it has run out of ink, much the same as I have never used a brush or comb until it was so worn that it broke or stopped working. These are the kinds of items you usually loose and it’s gone into the ether of lost things (most likely landfill). So I found myself wondering, how can I make hair brush/comb buying a more sustainable practice. Looking at generic brushes I found that biodegradable options were limited and combs were generally made of acetate. But with a little digging, I came across a gold mine of natural combs and brushes. Bass Brushes have been creating brushes with an emphasis on sustainable materials for 40 years, and have a brush for every need (more …

this phone case is made from plants

So my last phone case threw in the towel. It served me well for three years (yes I’m still using an iPhone 5). I made the call to say goodbye when it started detaching itself mid fall, which is kind of the opposite to what it’s supposed to do. Three years ago, I didn’t worry too much about my plastic use, but now an opportunity has presented itself, to find a phone case that was plastic conscious. Introducing, Pela Case. Basically feels and looks like plastic, but it’s made of a biopolymer, recycled materials and flax straw. And the best part, you can compost it in your own backyard! It would probably take a long time mind you, but it’s better than a piece of non-biodegradable plastic floating out into the ocean. The flax straw element, creates a nice speckle on the surface, which reminds me of granite. Even though it’s not made of plastic, it feels really durable and will probably last longer than the phone itself. It comes in a range of colours, covering …

have yourself a sustainable Christmas

As a minimalist amidst this now very commercial holiday called Christmas, your values get well and truly tested. Consumerism takes itself to the next level, offering isles of decorations and nick-nacks that ultimately end up as landfill. Over the years, my eyes have been opened to the harmful and polluting industry of Christmas decoration production. Workers in third-world countries creating endless spray painted santa boots, polystyrene stars covered in glitter, plastic baubles hung from plastic twine. Despite these stories, I don’t like to be the anti-consumer grinch that doesn’t get into to the spirit, so here is a way to be festive without creating waste. How to make a natural wreath: You will need: secateurs, natural twine, scissors and flora 1 / Collect your flora Using secateurs, collect some plant cuttings. Luckily I have a backyard where lots of my neighbours trees and shrubs grow over the fence from which I could collect some good cuttings. I also took a walk to find some trees and shrubs on the street. You can also visit a …

slow cosmetics – the lip lab (v)

Trying to find ethically made lipstick is hard enough as it is. And if you want to find something vegan within this category, you can say goodbye to more than half of the options that were previously available to you. What is left is a tiny array of products, and within this again, you need weed out the colours that aren’t right for you. The options are slim, but when creating your own bespoke lipstick at a place like The Lip Lab, you can make a cruelty-free and vegan lipstick in the exact colour and finish that suits you. If you’re anything like me, trying a tiny colour swatch on the back of your hand doesn’t really cut it. So many times I have tried on my newly purchased item, only to realise that I’ve clearly made the wrong choice. You try your hardest for a while to make it work, but eventually, it ends up at the back of your makeup drawer never to be seen again. Spread this over a $400B dollar cosmetics …

your vegan and plastic free minimalist shower routine using only 5 products (v)

Here is everything you need in 5 easy and versatile products and feel good because it’s 100% vegan and plastic free! Body Cleanser: Dr Bronner’s Castile soap bars are biodegradable, fair trade, vegan, cruelty-free and made with organic ingredients. These bars are available in 11 natural fragrances and come wrapped in a pre-recycled packaging, printed with water based inks so it’s compost friendly. Shampoo and Conditioner: These heart shaped bars made by Ethique in New Zealand, are amazing for more reasons that one, but the best thing about this product is that it doesn’t come packed in a plastic bottle. Ethique is a climate neutral, certified BCorp and cruelty-free business, while their products are vegan and biodegradable (including the packaging). These bars are known to last up to six times longer than your usual bottled products due to their concentration, so it’s worth the price tag. #giveupthebottle Face and Body scrub: This scrub is so good you can eat it. Seriously. Get your DIY cap on for this easy-peasy all natural face scrub. Made from …

all natural, eco friendly teeth regime

In our modern lifestyles, there are a lot of daily routines that we have been taught as the best way to maintain our health. Unfortunately a lot of these routines means daily consumption and waste. A prime example of this is our mouth hygiene regime. We are taught to brush at least twice a day and floss once a day, which which involves consuming a lot of plastic. I’m not here to say brushing your teeth is bad, but we can modify the tools we use to keep our teeth and the environment clean. Toothbrush The truth about plastic toothbrushes; Every year, Australians throw out 30 million frazzled sticks of plastic. You can only imagine what that means on a global scale. These toothbrushes are not bio-degradable, and will still be around hundreds of years from now. The Environmental Toothbrush however, has a biodegradable and environmentally sustainable handle and is vegan. Any dentists will tell you, that a manual toothbrush works just as well as an electric one, you just need to know how to brush your teeth properly, so …

To Mum, from Pana with love

What to do when the person you’re buying a present for has everything already? A consumable gift never goes astray. Needles to say, I am a huge advocate for consumable gifting. Not only do non-edible presents clutter up our homes, but when we inevitably discard these items from our lives, they create a lot of long term waste. I love how consumable gifts can also bring people together through sharing, so for Mother’s day, saying thank you with handmade chocolate is not a bad idea. Pana Chocolate, a Melbourne founded business, has mastered the art of guilt-free chocolate. Their chocolate is (take a deep breath) fair trade, raw, organic, handmade, vegan, dairy free, soy free, gluten free and uses no refined sugar. So pretty much anybody on a hipster diet can eat these beauties. Pana Barbounis founded Pana Chocolate in Melbourne, Australia with the intention of creating a rich, luxurious chocolate the whole world could enjoy. A chocolate that made people stop, if only for a moment, to enjoy a myriad sensations: cacao melting on the tongue, surprising …