โœฆ ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ซ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™œ, ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ก๐™™, ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™˜๐™ง๐™ช๐™š๐™ก๐™ฉ๐™ฎ-๐™›๐™ง๐™š๐™š โœฆ
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(๐Ÿ“ท via @theveggiest)

โœฆ ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ซ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™œ, ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ก๐™™, ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™...

If youโ€™re new to vegan beauty or makeup, I highly recommend giving a seasonal subscription service, like @vegancuts Makeup Box a try! ๐Ÿ’„๐ŸŒปโœจ
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Every 3 months, youโ€™ll receive a box full of vegan makeup delivered right to your doorstep ๐Ÿ“ฆ
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Reasons to subscribe to #VegancutsMakeupBox:
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๐ŸŒผ you get to experiment and try new vegan products and brands!
๐ŸŒผ itโ€™s cheaper than buying each product on their own โ€” you get full-size products (not dinky samples), usually over $100+ in value but you only pay $37-$55. The price depends on where itโ€™s being shipped to (US, Canada, or International) and the length of the subscription.
๐ŸŒผ in addition to all of the products being cruelty-free and vegan, theyโ€™re also natural and non-toxic.
๐ŸŒผ you get to customize the box and pick colors that suit you best!
๐ŸŒผ itโ€™s a seasonal subscription so youโ€™ll be sent products that go with the change in season and weather.
๐ŸŒผ do good while looking good โ€” partial proceeds from each Vegancuts Spring Makeup Box goes towards Wildlife Victoria rescue in Australia to help animals affected by the horrific bush fires.
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๐ŸŒฟ Use #Vegancuts Coupon Code: 'ETHICALELEPHANT' to receive $5 OFF your order.

If youโ€™re new to vegan...

Sunday mood ใ€ฐ๏ธ๐ŸŒฟ Got any recommendations for low or zero-waste + vegan skincare brands? โœจ
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(illustration ๐ŸŽจ via @nicolajanecreative)

Sunday mood ใ€ฐ๏ธ๐ŸŒฟ Got any...

You are not alone ใ€ฐ๏ธ Weโ€™re in this together ๐Ÿ’– (๐Ÿ“ธ via @glitterguide)

You are not alone ใ€ฐ๏ธ...

โšก๏ธŽ ๐™Ž๐™๐™‹๐™‹๐™Š๐™๐™ ๐™‘๐™€๐™‚๐˜ผ๐™‰ ๐˜ฝ๐™๐™Ž๐™„๐™‰๐™€๐™Ž๐™Ž โœง Now more than ever, they need our support. You can always show your support without spending๐Ÿ’ฒby leaving them a review, liking, commenting, sharing their posts, or just simply sending them an encouraging note during these uncertain times. ๐ŸŒฟ Show some of your vegan businesses some love by TAGGING @ them in the comments! โฌ‡๏ธ
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Some of my cherished vegan businesses ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป @siennabyronbay @nclabeauty @motd_cosmetics @nolaskinsentials @kesterblack @inikaorganic @elatecosmetics
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๐Ÿ“ธ Also, be sure to check out ใ€ฐ๏ธ @brightzine ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป
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Community is everything, and in these uncertain times, we need it more than ever. Thatโ€™s why we have launched the Support Vegan Business Hub; a space to help vegan businesses with key information, news and resources to safeguard their businesses through this pandemic. Weโ€™ll be sharing resources to help businesses, as well as ways that we can all support our vegan traders at this time. Stay tuned for lots of information as this progresses over on thebrightclub.co โšก๏ธ

โšก๏ธŽ ๐™Ž๐™๐™‹๐™‹๐™Š๐™๐™ ๐™‘๐™€๐™‚๐˜ผ๐™‰ ๐˜ฝ๐™๐™Ž๐™„๐™‰๐™€๐™Ž๐™Ž โœง...

Please read till the end ๐ŸŒฟ I recently bought these plant-based scour pads from @fullcircle, they're made from walnut shells and non-toxic materials ๐Ÿงฝ They work almost as good as plastic/synthetic scour pads and does the job of gently removing most dirt while not scratching my pans โญ๏ธ They were also made in Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ and Full Circle is certified B Corporation with a commitment to reduce their environmental impact, claiming their products use less energy and emit fewer greenhouse gases in production. ๐ŸŒฑ This all sounded great, which was why I bought them as I wanted a plastic-free and compostable alternative -- BUT, upon further research.. their website states their walnut shell scour pads are made of: Walnut shells AND recycled plastic! ๐Ÿ˜” Making them actually NOT compostable.
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Ahh yes, I should have done more research before buying and also, why wasn't recycled plastic listed on their packaging!?
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On the surface, these may be a better option than other synthetic scour pads or sponges on the market as it's made from *recycled* plastic but I totally fell for the greenwashing here. Yes -- I, too make mistakes! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ I'm posting this mishap of mine to show you that living sustainably is a journey, and lessons will be learned along the way. This has taught me to do more research than just reading the product's packaging or an online retailer's product description before buying... And now that I know better, I can do better! ๐ŸŒฟ
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๐ŸŒป What eco-friendly or plastic-free sponges do u recommend?

Please read till the end...

Some grocery stores have temporarily banned the use of reusable bags fear of the potential risk of further spreading the virus. Instead, stores will be handing out plastic bags to customers, free of charge.
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โœง Totally understandable given our current situation, so this is a great time to make sure all of our reusable bags are washed and if needed, repaired ๐ŸŒฟ
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โœง แด‡แด„แด-แด›ษชแด˜: For bigger and bulkier items, I always like to use boxes (the grocery stores always have these on hand and they're totally free!) and when I forget to bring my reusable bags, I try to limit the number of items I buy to however many I can carry in my hands and out the store.
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โœง Buying produce (like leafy greens ๐Ÿฅฌ) without a bag is another story... Iโ€™d love to know, do you have any tips or tricks for reducing our plastic consumption while buying produce during these times?
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๐Ÿ“ธ via @pureosophy

Some grocery stores have temporarily...

๐šŒ๐šž๐š›๐š›๐šŽ๐š—๐š๐š•๐šข ๐š›๐šŽ๐šŠ๐š๐š’๐š—๐š ใ€ฐ๏ธ I've been reading a number of books about sustainable and ethical fashion including #ThisIsaGoodGuide by @mariekeeyskoot. It's full of digestible information and helpful tips on making more ethical and sustainable consumer choices along with endless examples and guides to help you start on your sustainable journey immediately.

๐šŒ๐šž๐š›๐š›๐šŽ๐š—๐š๐š•๐šข ๐š๐š˜๐š’๐š—๐š ใ€ฐ๏ธ I'm working on updating all of my vegan fashion guides that I've made in the past 5 years since starting my blog. Not only do I want to promote vegan and cruelty-free brands, but I also want to highlight those that care about the people who made their clothes and those making an effort to use eco-friendly dyes and sustainable materials. I just updated my list of vegan t-shirts and activism apparel, btw! โœจ

๐šŒ๐šž๐š›๐š›๐šŽ๐š—๐š๐š•๐šข ๐š๐š‘๐š’๐š—๐š”๐š’๐š—๐š ใ€ฐ๏ธ I'd love to know... besides being cruelty-free + vegan, what else matters to you when you decide which brands to support or product to buy?

๐šŒ๐šž๐š›๐š›๐šŽ๐š—๐š๐š•๐šข ๐š›๐šŽ๐šŠ๐š๐š’๐š—๐š ใ€ฐ๏ธ I've been...

Relatable ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ˜‚
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(via @vegan_sarcasm + @nimai_delgado)

Relatable ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ˜‚ . (via @vegan_sarcasm...

Cruelty-free & Chill ๐Ÿฐ๐ŸŒผ
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๐Ÿ“ธ via @chillhouse

Cruelty-free & Chill ๐Ÿฐ๐ŸŒผ ....

Interview with Cruelty Free Kitty!

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I am so exci7687d66b7097045597efababa42ba80fted to share this interview with you all because I have been a loyal follower of Cruelty Free Kitty since the day I stumbled upon her site!! With her “Ultimate Guide to Cruelty Free Makeup” repinned almost 5,000 times.. I’m sure you’ve heard of her too and at one time or another have relied on her guides as the go-to resource to living cruelty free.

I know I’m not alone in saying this, but this gurl is truly an inspiration and played a huge role in my journey to living and loving a cruelty free lifestyle!

So, it was only natural for me to want to know more about the beautiful person who has taken the time and effort to helping and inspiring strangers (like me!) to make kinder and informed choices!

I hope you enjoy learning more about Suzi, the fabulous sassy animal lover behind CrueltyFreeKitty.com, as much as I did!

CRUELTY-FREE LIFE

What was it that inspired you to go cruelty-free?

Simply put, empathy. I’ve loved animals since I was a little kid. Even as a teenager when visiting someone new, I’d pay way too much attention to their pets. Maybe you guys can relate to this! I first went vegetarian when I was 14. It took a few tries and there were many changes along the road, but that’s when I started my cruelty-free journey.

What was the biggest obstacle that you faced when going cruelty-free/vegan?

First of all, I don’t identify with being “cruelty-free” or “vegan”. I’m strictly opposed to factory farming and animal testing, and those two things are perceived as “normal” in most cultures today. They challenge something so well established in our society that it’s hard to get these messages across to most people. That’s what the biggest obstacle is, I would say: feeling alone in my choices. Starting crueltyfreekitty.com definitely helped me find like-minded people!

I don’t identify with being “cruelty-free” or “vegan”. I’m strictly opposed to factory farming and animal testing, and those two things are perceived as “normal” in most cultures today”

What do you enjoy most about being cruelty free/vegan? Besides the fact that I’m contributing to making a difference in the world, having a plant-based diet benefits my health and makes me feel great! I also love using natural and organic cosmetics.

Fresh from the #garden! #rawfood #healthy #healthyliving #veggies #gardenhaul #tomatoes

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Favourite all time vegan food/recipe? Caramelized quince with pecans and almond milk ice cream. Heavenly! I sometimes use a frozen banana to make the ice cream and it works great.


GETTING TO KNOW SUZI

Favourite song at the moment: Mellow: “Lately” by Memoryhouse. Indie: “Love Is To Die” by Warpaint. Upbeat: “Habits” by Tove Lo. But only the remix. It’s so good!

Currently reading: I just started “Invent it, sell it, bank it!” by Lori Greiner. A great book for all girlbosses-to-be and creative types!

Favourite TV shows: The Office and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia! I also like Parks & Recreation, How I Met Your Mother, and Community. Some dramas I enjoyed are True Detective, Breaking Bad, and I’m really digging the first season of Better Call Saul that just ended.

Furthest you’ve ever been away from home: I don’t have a home! #thirdculturekid. But seriously, I’ve moved around since I was a kid and love to travel. I guess the farthest from where I was born would be California.

Hidden talents: I can bend my fingers in ways that freak some people out! I also used to be decent at drawing but I stopped.

Favourite veg*n celebrity: Grimes! I love the attention she brought to animal testing recently, and I also love her music.


BLOGGER LIFE

Was there a particular time in your life that you can recall that lead you to creating crueltyfreekitty.com?

I noticed a lack of information online when it comes to cruelty-free cosmetics, even though more and more sites are dedicated to veganism and ethical living. I had the passion, so I made it a goal to fill that void! I knew nothing about blogging, WordPress, or CSS at the time. I learned all those things as I went, and I’m so grateful I did!

What honest advice do you have for someone starting or thinking about going cruelty free? You have to read about animal rights and animal welfare in order to form your own set of beliefs. And also justify your beliefs. This makes it much easier to transition. Also, never settle for a cheap dupe of your favorite luxury lipstick! Find high quality items that are cruelty-free, or you’ll go right back.

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What’s your biggest blog related pet peeve? Dishonest reviews. That’s just not cool. We need bloggers for their unbiased reviews!

What’s your biggest non-blog related pet peeve? Littering! Fuck that.

Besides living and sharing a cruelty free lifestyle … what else are you passionate about? Cultures and languages. I’d love to be a digital nomad and travel a lot! To be honest, I spend a lot of time looking at the Visa Bulletin because I have friends who travel around the world, and many of them work as Digital Nomads for years before being hired in the US to promote this lifestyle. It’s absolutely fascinating! I’m also passionate about art in all forms.

What’s next for you and crueltyfreekitty.com? I have a few surprises up my sleeve! There’s one specific thing I’m going to launch this month, and it’s hopefully going to bring the cruelty-free community together. I’ll also keep adding new brands to my cruelty-free list and hosting giveaways for my awesome readers!

If you want to stay in the loop with Suzi, be sure to check out her website, like her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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โ€œMake ethical choices in what we buy, do, and watch. In a consumer-driven society our individual choices, used collectively for the good of animals and nature, can change the world faster than laws.โ€โ€• Marc Bekoff

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