I just finished reading ‘Slave to Fashion’ by @safia_minney 📚 and it has completely changed my perspective on the true cost of cheap clothes. ✨ Definitely a must-read to understanding modern slavery in the fashion industry and the need to support fair trade and ethical brands that are transparent about how their products are made with respect for people and the planet. 🌍🌿
"Today, a whole generation of shoppers expect to be able to buy cheap clothing - but these low prices are only possible because of the slavery and exploitation that exist in the fashion supply chain.
The price of clothes does not reflect the true cost to the farmers, spinners and weavers, tailors, finishers, quality-control teams and packers who are underpaid and overworked in the race to get the latest fashion items into our stores.
Many of them are forced to live and work in shocking conditions.
Workers in developing countries are often left helpless by a lack of workplace representation and unions that could speak up for their rights. As a result, we are witnessing a global 'race to the bottom', with developing countries competing against each other to supply the cheapest labor in a bid to attract brands to their factories."

I just finished reading ‘Slave...

So accurate 👌🏻😂✨ (via @vegan.meme)

So accurate 👌🏻😂✨ (via @vegan.meme)

So-called “Cruelty-free” products have become increasingly popular in the last couple of years, but let’s take a step back and ask, what exactly does it mean when cosmetics, personal care, and household cleaning products are labeled as “cruelty-free”?
Products that are labeled as “Cruelty-Free” generally means they weren’t tested on animals, however, there is no standard or legal definition as to what is and isn’t allowed to be labeled as “cruelty-free”. So companies can call themselves and their products “cruelty-free” and it can mean whatever THEY want.
Misleading? — Yes.
Illegal? — No.
The FDA, responsible for regulating cosmetics labeling in the US, states on its website, “Consumers sometimes ask about use of claims such as “Cruelty-Free” or “Not Tested on Animals” on cosmetic labeling. Some cosmetic companies promote their products with claims of this kind in their labeling or advertising. The unrestricted use of these phrases by cosmetic companies is possible because there are no legal definitions for these terms.”
Unrestricted Use. No Legal Definition. — “Cruelty-Free” is now being used as a buzzword by marketers wanting to cash in on the trend.
But not ALL cruelty-free companies are liars and imposters. Some brands are genuinely committed to not testing their finished products and ingredients on animals, anywhere in the world.
But HOW do we know which cosmetic brands are telling the truth and are truly cruelty-free in 2020?
❶ Ask brands if their products or ingredients are tested on animals either by the company, their ingredient suppliers or commissioned to a third party and if they allow animal testing when required by law.
❷ Look for @leapingbunnyprogram brands --the most trusted cruelty-free certification program available!
❸ Check @ethicalelephant’s Cruelty-Free Brand Directory List where we have verified each and every brand's cruelty-free status before we list them (link in bio!)
 Together, we can end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!
Thank you for choosing cruelty-free! 🐘 💕

So-called “Cruelty-free” products have become...

Lazy Sundays 💖 Laying in bed and wondering why you haven’t gone cruelty-free in 2020 yet 🤔✨
(📸 via @niu.body)

Lazy Sundays 💖 Laying in...

I love you all for going vegan! ✨ Happy Valentine’s Day! 💕 (via @sassyspudshop)

I love you all for...

What can I say..? I’m just a hopeless ramen-tic! 🍜
(📸 via @vegan.meme)

What can I say..? I’m...

THIS. 🙌🏻
“It’s not about being perfect! And we don’t know any vegans who walk around saying that they are, or that they cause zero harm. Veganism doesn’t mean causing ZERO harm (that would be delusional)... but it definitely means causing a lot less of it!! And causing LESS harm than before (before being vegan) is definitely worth celebrating and continuing to advocate for.

Don’t let the vegan haters get you down. Usually the people pointing their fingers and trying to find a flaw in veganism are the ones who simply don’t understand it or don’t know what it takes to stand for something.” (Words by @vegan_boss, 📸 via @unmeatfuture)

THIS. 🙌🏻 . “It’s not...

Show your love & support for vegan businesses in the comments by @ tagging some of your fave brands so we can follow and discover them too! 💚 (📸 via @brightzine)

Show your love & support...

Cruelty-free is the only way to be!🐇✨

Cruelty-free is the only way...

A quick and easy way to find out if your shoes are VEGAN and whether they were made from animal OR non-animal materials! 👠🌿
Once you know, you'll never forget! ✨ I've been using this guide for YEARS now and it has saved me so much time and hassle! 💗
Swipe 👈🏻 to see what each symbol means and which ones are considered vegan materials! 🌱
NOTE: This pictogram does NOT guarantee whether the glue used contain animal products, please contact the shoe manufacturer/companies to inquire about the source of their glue.
Shoes: old from @callitspring

A quick and easy way...

20 Best Ethical & Vegan Mother’s Day Gifts 2019

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Looking for a Mother’s Day gift? Why not get her something extra special that is not just only thoughtful to her but also to animals and our planet! When it comes to eco-friendly gifts there are loads of choices. I’ve rounded up some of the best ethical and vegan Mother’s Day gifts in this guide.

All of the products in this guide are cruelty-free and vegan, meaning no animals were harmed in order to make these awesome gifts! I’ve also tried to find products that were ethically and consciously-made as possible, from a designer handbag, made from apple leather to the coolest hair towel wrap made from sustainable bamboo that claims to minimize heat dry time, prevent breakage and reduce frizz.

Here are some ethical and vegan gift ideas for the mom that cares about you, the animals and the environment!

Ethical + Vegan Mother’s Day Gift Ideas (2019)

1 | Umbra Giardino Indoor Herb Garden Set ($40) – She can grow her own customized herb garden with this indoor two-tiered planter which features a perforated shelf and tray for waterfall and drain system.

2 | JusTea Loose Leaf Herbal Tea Sunkissed Rooibos ($13) – Organic rooibos and organic lemongrass are brought together to present a citrusy-sweet blend. This herbal blend aids digestion and enhances absorption of iron. Members of a Kenyan women’s coop handpick the organic lemongrass in this blend.

3 | Jade Roller SPA – Mint ($46) – Crafted from pure Xiuyan jade stone, this hand-held device boosts collagen production, improves the benefits of serums and flushes out toxins for a smoother-looking complexion

Umbra Tesora Jewelry Box
Maison Du Soir – Florence Robe

4 | Umbra Tesora Jewelry Box ($23) – Umbra uses unexpected materials to create this modern jewelry organizer that is as beautiful as it is functional; its copper finished posts and concrete resin base are bound to make an impact wherever she displays them.

5 | Maison Du Soir – Florence Robe ($140) – The Florence knit robe is kimono style with side seam pockets and a high/low hem.

6 | Vegan Leather Card Case Holder ($25) – An envelope style card case with contrast colour sides and a button snap closure featuring one slip pocket on backside and two hidden card slots on the front.

7 | Wrap Hair Towel by Hubalou ($28) – Made of sustainable bamboo fiber, the Hubalou Wrap minimizes heat dry time, prevents breakage and reduces frizz.

8 | Ibiza Denim by Handcrafted by Jents (On Sale! $55) – These vegan shoes are handcrafted from recycled and recyclable materials.

9 | High Vibrational Beauty: Recipes & Rituals for Radical Self Care ($20) – Learn the benefits of natural beauty, foods, and mindfulness techniques with this book! Through routines, recipes, and rituals, High Vibrational Beauty addresses beauty from the inside out and vibrancy from the outside in.

10 | Theo Organic & Fair Trade Almond Coconut Dark Chocolate Bar ($7) – This special limited edition flavor blends fair-trade 65% dark chocolate, crunchy almonds, and bits of toasted coconut for a satisfying treat that also happens to be gluten-free, soy-free, kosher, and vegan.

11 | Pink Cute Ceramic Mug with Stainless Steel Spoon ($14) – Because this is just too cute.

12 | Ellis Brooklyn West Eau de Parfum ($105) – WEST is the first true citrus scent by Ellis Brooklyn. Made in small batches in New York, each Ellis Brooklyn fragrance is thoughtfully cared for from production start to finish – from the biodegradable and petrochemical-free Bakelite compression cap, to the environmentally-friendly glass bottle sourced from an EcoCert supplier. 

14 | Vegan & Non-toxic Nail Polish by Sienna Byron Bay ($25/ea) – Water permeable and breathable nail polish, Sienna Byron Bay polishes are made from a professional, reduced toxin formula that is as clean as you can get. My favourite colors are Ambrosia, Peace, and Raspberry.

Alexandra K. – 1.6 Mini Tahini
Hurtig Lane Lorelai Stainless Steel Watch

13 | 1.6 Mini Tahini Designer Vegan Handbag by Alexandra K. ($350) – Expertly crafted in Poland, smooth and luxurious and eco-friendly apple leather, this mini style opens to a compact yet highly organized interior. Carry it by the top handles, or attach the strap to go hands-free.

15 | Lorelai Stainless Steel Vegan Watch by Hurtig Lane ($110, USE CODE: ETHICALELEPHANT15, to receive 15% off your order) – Elegant and sophisticated yet highly fashionable, this watch can be worn in any setting, with any outfit. Its versatility and style make it the perfect watch for any occasion.

16 | Red Flower French Lavender Petal Topped Vegan Candle, French Lavender ($38) -Blended with the purest natural-burning wax for 50 hours of breathing, watching, lighting and living for a slow, velvety and clean burn.

17 | Ecoegg Dryer Egg Spring Blossom ($25) – Cut drying time, save money and soften and fragrance clothes with this clever little dryer egg, it contains hypoallergenic, dermatologically tested essential oil fragrance sticks.

18 | Biossance Limited Edition Rose Glow Set ($88) – This giftable, glow-boosting set features bestselling Vitamin C Rose Oil in a beautiful, limited edition petal pink bottle. It also includes Peptide Eye Gel to give Mom that well-rested look.

Biossance Limited Edition Rose Glow Set

19 | Lily Lolo Coralista Cheek Duo – Vegan ($24) – A versatile blush compact that gives you the option of a natural matte finish or a radiant healthy glow, packaged within a travel-friendly compact which features a convenient mirror for on-the-go touch-ups.

20 | Vitruvi Stone Diffuser ($110) – Handcrafted ceramic diffuser designed out of the highest quality porcelain. Uses ultrasonic vibrations without heat, therefore, keeps essential oils in full integrity

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“Make 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.”― Marc Bekoff

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