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”?
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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.
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Misleading? — Yes.
Illegal? — No.
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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.”
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Unrestricted Use. No Legal Definition. — “Cruelty-Free” is now being used as a buzzword by marketers wanting to cash in on the trend.
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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.
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But HOW do we know which cosmetic brands are telling the truth and are truly cruelty-free in 2020?
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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!)
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 Together, we can end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!
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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 🤔✨
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What can I say..? I’m just a hopeless ramen-tic! 🍜
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“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)

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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! 👠🌿
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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! 💗
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Swipe 👈🏻 to see what each symbol means and which ones are considered vegan materials! 🌱
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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.
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Shoes: old from @callitspring

A quick and easy way...

Never too late for a fresh start ✨ doing something is better than doing nothing 🌱
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I had failed to meet my personal goals to living minimally and more sustainably this month, but I will keep trying to do better — even if it means making some mistakes along the way! 🌎 (via @createcultivate)

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How to Ethically & Sustainably Decorate and Host The Holidays

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I collaborated with Etsy to give you some helpful tips on decorating and hosting the holidays as ethically and sustainably as possible!

Etsy is an online marketplace where you can find an endless selection of unique handmade and vintage items to fill your cozy and festive home during the holidays. I especially love shopping on Etsy because I get to support talented and creative independent artists from around the world.

It’s also a great place to find truly unique and original items that were made consciously and ethically. So if one of your goals is to go green for the holidays, here are some of my tips on how to sustainably and ethically decorate and host for Thanksgiving and the Holidays, as well as, some of my favorite Etsy eco-finds!

Sustainably Decorating For An Eco-Holiday

The first order of business is stating the obvious when living sustainably, use what you already have! As tempting as it is to buy new holiday decor every year, you may find items or decor you forgot you had and intended to use this year, I’m definitely guilty of this. Do a quick inventory of what you currently have and its condition. Take the time to repair any items to give them another life before buying anything new.

Next, if you need to buy new decor, look for items that can be used more than a handful of times or find multi-purpose items that can be used after the holiday season too.

Now, look for home decor and entertaining items made from conscious or natural materials like reclaimed wood, recycled paper, and natural fibers like linen, flax, organic cotton, or hemp. And always keep in mind how many uses you can get out of an item to reduce consumer waste.

shabby chic Christmas linen stockings
handmade linen & eco hemp advent calendar
soft pastel pink linen napkins

Luxury of Linen

Linen is a beautiful natural material that is also organic, biodegradable, and recyclable. Linen is derived from the flax plant and requires less water and pesticides than cotton and many other natural fibers. I love the rustic look of linen when used around the home and it’s super easy to incorporate into your holiday decor.

I am feeling these shabby chic Christmas linen stockings featuring a cheesecloth trim. I absolutely love the different textures of these gorgeous farmhouse-inspired stockings!

This handmade linen & eco hemp advent calendar is such a neat idea! You can move the little adorable bear from day to day or insert a treat of your choice in each pocket! Best of all, you can reuse this year after year.

Replacing paper napkins with cloth napkins is probably the easiest thing you can do to living a zero or less waste lifestyle. I especially fell in love with these soft pastel pink linen napkins! They’re so elegant and chic, and you can use them throughout the entire year.


handmade brass serving spoon and fork set with hammered details on 6 gauge wire handles.
modern Himmeli wreath made from real brass tubes
sleek and sophisticated reusable picks

Without Waste

Reduce plastic and waste in your home this holiday season with reusable kitchenware and decor that can be used all year round. Look for high-quality and durable items that were made to last more than a couple uses. I especially like to look for items made of metal or steel instead of cheap or single-use plastics.

I really like this handmade brass serving spoon and fork set. This elegant set will complement any side or serving dish all year round.

Want to spruce up your wreath this Holiday season? Check out this creative modern Himmeli wreath made from real brass tubes! It’s so modern and stylish that you’ll want to keep it up after the holidays!

Step up your hors d’oeuvres and cocktail game with these sleek and sophisticated reusable picks! You can also get the adorable glass penguin holder because why wouldn’t you!? It’s so cute!


 sustainable wood coaster set made from hand-picked driftwood logs
eco-friendly beaded wood Christmas tree
Origami wood vase

Simply Natural

The holidays are all about bringing the greenery inside a cozy home with wood-burning fireplaces, lush evergreen Christmas trees, and the great smell of the outdoors! That’s why I love decorating my home with different wood elements and textures.

I simply love this sustainable wood coaster set made from hand-picked driftwood logs that are carried off of the beach, reducing danger to passing marine traffic.

Want an alternative to the traditional Christmas tree? Check this unique eco-friendly 5 or 6 ft. beaded wood Christmas tree that can be recycled year after year, promising to be the last tree you’ll ever have to buy!

And looking for something structurally original? This Origami wood vase instantly caught my eye, it’s made from a vegetable, biodegradable, and eco-responsible material (a mixture of recycled wood and bioplastic made from corn). Perfect for displaying dry flowers all year long!


rustic hand-dyed cotton cheesecloth table runner
handmade table mats made from flat, an eco-friendly and natural material
 vintage set of pink depression style sherry wine glasses

Conscious + Vintage

If you’re looking for some new table or kitchenware for the holidays, be mindful of the materials and opt for items made from natural and plant fibers.

I am living for this rustic hand-dyed cotton cheesecloth table runner in a gorgeous muted soft pink color. It will add a touch of elegant boho texture to any festivities including Thanksgiving dinner or the Holidays!

Speaking of texture tableware, I’m also obsessed with these handmade table mats made from an eco-friendly and natural material, flax! They bring a rustic and earthy feel to the table. Available in different sizes and can be used as a multi-purpose and durable rug.

When in doubt, go vintage! Check out your local thrift store or shop online. Etsy is a treasure trove of unique vintage finds from all around the world. I especially love looking for vintage glassware on Etsy, including this vintage set of pink depression style sherry wine glasses.


I hope I was able to give you some eco-tips and ideas on how to sustainably decorate and host during the holidays! I’d love to hear from you, comment below and let me know which of these handmade items caught your eye? or if you also had some helpful tips on decorating sustainably?

Disclaimer: This post was part of a sponsored opportunity. I received free products and/or payment in return for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are always 100% my own.

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