Bite Beauty is now officially 100% vegan! 🌱✨ @bitebeauty recently reformulated all of their products and has removed all animal-derived ingredients and by-products (like lanolin, beeswax, and carmine) from their entire collection. 🙌🏻
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However, it should be noted that their Lip Lab is not completely vegan, yet! They’re working on making it vegan in the near future. 🌿💖
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Bite Beauty's Vegan Statement:
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"Yes, Bite Beauty products are vegan.
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Our reason to go vegan was simple-we’ve evolved. We can create high-performance formulas without ingredients that come from animals. As we’ve been innovating with superfoods, we’ve learned we can get amazing results that perform on par with-if not better than-formulas that contain animal byproducts.
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Further, we wanted to create products everyone can love-including people who crave clean, cruelty-free and vegan beauty."
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📸 via @bitebeauty

Bite Beauty is now officially...

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. 🌍🌿
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"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.
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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.
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Many of them are forced to live and work in shocking conditions.
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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”?
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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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(📸 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! 🍜
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(📸 via @vegan.meme)

What can I say..? I’m...

THIS. 🙌🏻
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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)

Show your love & support...

Cruelty-free is the only way to be!🐇✨

Cruelty-free is the only way...

Vegan Leather: Cork

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We’re so over animal leather in 2018! With plenty of quality, durable, and sustainable vegan leather options available now, there’s really no need for us to be supporting or buying shoes, bags, and fashion accessories that came from a dead or living animal!

In an effort to make more ethical and informed purchases in 2018, I’ve been looking into vegan alternatives to leather and what makes them better than animal leather when used as materials in shoes, handbags, belts, and accessories.

So let’s talk about, cork leather!

I’m used to seeing cork used in corkboards and used to seal wine bottles. On the runway, I’ve only seen cork used in the heel of cork-wrapped wedges and used in the cushioning sole of Birkenstocks.

In my research, I quickly learned the cork used in shoes, bags, and fashion accessories is a lot different from the cork we see and use in our homes.

What is Cork Leather?

The cork used as materials or fabric for shoes, bags, and fashion accessories comes from the bark of the cork oak tree, mostly grown in Portugal and Spain.

Cork oak trees have their bark removed by skilled labor men every 7-9 years without damaging the trunk. The bark then grows back and is reharvested making it a truly sustainable product.

How is Cork Better than Leather?

For starters, cork leather doesn’t involve the killing of an animal so it’s completely cruelty-free and 100% vegan!

Unlike leather, it’s 100% natural, water repellent, stain and scratch-resistant. (Corkor)

It can be made into a variety of colors and patterns.

Cork has naturally occurring anti-mildew and anti-bacterial qualities as well as water-resistant properties!

Unlike the heavy chemical processing of leather, cork leather production is chemical-free. (Corkor)

How to Clean Cork Leather:

I especially love how low maintenance and easy it is to care and clean cork leather! All you need is water and soap, more on how to clean cork leather here.


Cork Fashion Products

I wanted to share some of the beautiful pieces of handbags and shoes made from cork, all the products I mention are 100% vegan.

I especially love the chic appearance of using cork with light or neutral hues. I’m in awe with seeing all the delicate patterns that cork leather can be transformed into! I couldn’t believe that some of these vegan bags and shoes were made from cork material!!

  1. Claudia Bag by Pixie Mood – made with cork and polyurethane (Original $75, on Sale $40)
  2. Convertible Belt Bag by HFS – made with roughly textured cork and shimmery gold sparkles ($225)
  3. Coconut Shoulder Bag by Pelcor – in chalk cork skin engraved in matte white ($220)
  4. Eloise Cork Vegan Wedges by Beyond Skin – vegan faux patent leather with cork cover heel ($140)
  5. White Croc Straight Clutch by Wilby – made from ultra light sustainable Croc skin style cork (Original $150, on Sale $140)
  6. Low Sneaker Chalk by Sydney Brown – cork upper with organic cotton laces, synthetic liner with recycled plastic bottle counter liner (Original $225, on Sale $155)
  7. Beige Bailey Rucksack by Wilby – made with thick cork leather ($125)
  8. Cameron Wristlet by Pixie Mood – made with cork and polyurethane ($33)
  9. Sverre in Grey/White by HENTIES – made with finest white cork and olefin (Original $195, on Sale $120)

I am also loving cork leather in textured dark colors with accents of silver or antique brass hardware or the look of cork’s natural brown paired with some black vegan leather. I’ve included some vegan products where traditional cork material is used as a footbed or sole for shoes as I really do love the look and durability of them!

  1. Grande Genesis in Black by Eve Cork – made from highest quality cork fabric ($179)
  2. Tavira Cork Purse by Marla Pais – made with cork quilted for an elegant look ($159)
  3. Abby Travel Clutch in Dark Cork by Pixie Mood – made with cork and polyurethane ($50)
  4. Flat Slide in Black by Sydney Brown – faux-nappa upper and synthetic liner, cork covered recycled-fiber insole ($210)
  5. Black Footbed Sandals by Will’s – made with Italian microfiber and faux suede liner over a cork cushioned footbed ($91)
  6. Reversible Cork Belt by Pelcor – comes in black or brown with a metal buckle ($119)
  7. Munich in Natural Cork Backpack by Matt & Nat – part of Matt & Nat’s Cork Collection ($170)
  8. Gena Black Veg Leather Clog by Good Guys – made with microfiber upper and a cork footbed ($110)
  9. Arden Wohl x CDC Eastlake T-Strap Stiletto by Cri de Coeur – made with faux nubuck upper and covered cork ($75)
  10. Cork Saddle Bag in Black by Corkor – made from cork and PETA-certified animal-free materials ($144.50)
  11. Preston in Black by Eve Cork – made from highest quality cork fabric ($219)

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3 Comments
  • Jack Moore
    April 27, 2018

    Wow You share the amazing products. Your product is really awesome. I found your website just right for my needs. It is very supportive and useful post. I would like to visit the post once more its valuable content. Thanks for sharing the great information. Good Luck!

  • Allie | LunaVida
    January 26, 2018

    These products are all beautiful! I love how far vegan fashion and products have come 🙂

  • Mao
    January 25, 2018

    Never heard of cork leather before, but that’s awesome!!! Animal leather is really the way of the past already! Thanks for sharing!

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