All posts tagged: 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. …

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 …

minimalism and cooking – a super easy packaging free vegan lemon cake

This lemony treat serves as a quick and easy dinner party dessert. You can whip it up within the hour, using minimal utensils and all the packaging is recyclable or compostable. No eggs, no milk, this cake truly keeps everyone happy. Vegan Lemon Cake Ingredients 275g Self Raising Flour (buy in a paper bag) 200g Caster Sugar (buy in a paper bag) 1tsp Baking Powder (buy in a cardboard box or tin) Zest of 1 Lemon 100ml coconut oil (buy in a glass jar) 170ml cold water Juice of 1 Lemon Optional Icing 115g Icing Sugar (buy in a paper bag) Zest of 1 Lemon Juice of 1 Lemon Directions Preheat oven to 180C (not fan forced) Line a 23cm round cake tin with baking paper. note; this can be recycled afterward Sift flour into a bowl Add sugar, Baking Powder, zest, coconut oil, cold water and lemon juice. Mix together thoroughly. note; heat coconut oil to a liquid if needed so that it mixes in evenly. Pour mixture into prepared cake tin and place in the …

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 …

3 tips for a more sustainable Easter

It’s here again. Easter. Since February, pallet-loads of impulse-buy Hot cross buns have been placed near entrances of supermarkets; chocolate eggs and bunnies in awkwardly placed piles near the fridge section reminding you of the impending commercial frenzy. For months supermarkets wear you down until you finally cave and buy Easter goods for everyone you could possibly encounter over the break.