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: Piñatex aka Pineapple Leather

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What is Piñatex?

Piñatex is a natural textile made from pineapple leaf fibre and is used as a leather alternative. Piñatex is commonly used in place of leather and synthetic materials in shoes, handbags, wallets, accessories, apparel, and even upholstery.

Where is Piñatex Made?

Piñatex is sourced from pineapple plantations and local farming communities in the Philippines and then sent to Spain where it is finished into Piñatex.

Who Makes Piñatex?

Ananas Anam Ltd. is the distributor and manufacturer of the Piñatex material.

How is Piñatex Sustainably Produced?

Piñatex outshines other vegan leather alternatives because its sustainably produced, made from a natural waste product, requires no additional land, water, pesticides or fertilizers, and contains no harmful chemicals or animal products.

They say it takes about 16 pineapples (480 leaves) to make 1 square meter of material. And what I find truly fascinating about Piñatex is how they’ve taken something (pineapple leaves) that would have otherwise gone to waste or ended up in the landfills and created a natural textile out of it.

This makes me wonder what else can we make out of cool garbage?

Something to keep in mind though, Piñatex is currently not biodegradable. The coating they use is petroleum-based, therefore making the textile not biodegradable at the moment.

Piñatex is So Hot Right Now, Here’s Why

Apart from Piñatex’s commitment to sustainability, the natural textile in itself has become quite popular amongst fashion designers from industry leaders like Hugo Boss and H&M to small, independent designers like NAE, Bourgeois Boheme, TIVC, Hozen, Collection & Co, and HFS. It looks like Piñatex is here to stay and we’re going to be seeing more of it in the future!

The material comes in a variety of colors from your classic black, white, brown, and red colors, as well as, gold and silver. Piñatex claims to be strong, lightweight, flexible and can be easily cut, stitched, debossed, and embroidered. Not too shabby for something that would have been tossed away!

My Thoughts & Favourite Piñatex Products

Durability is a question I’m most interested in, however, I couldn’t find any reviews on how Piñatex wears and ages with time. There is a Technical Textile Test document but I’d like to know from an actual customer’s perspective of how the Piñatex material on a finished product holds up after daily use.

One of the biggest drawbacks with vegan leather is their shorter lifespan. And I personally have yet to acquire a non-leather bag or pair of shoes that outlasted a leather counterpart. Even when paying a high-end luxury designer price, almost all of my non-leather items had an expiry date where it would start to flake and peel. I’m really curious to know how Piñatex will hold up after several months and/or years of wear and tear.

As for the look of the material, I’m not sure how I feel.

Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s cool AF how it’s made and all the sustainability aspect of this natural textile, but for my personal taste and style, I prefer the look of soft smooth leather. And I find Piñatex leather to be a little too textured and grainy for my liking. It reminds me too much of wrinkled up paper.

I will say though, that I don’t mind the look of Piñatex leather used for small accessories, like watches, belts, and cardholders. And when it’s combined with smooth vegan leather like the Mashu handbag– the white vegan leather on top contrasting against the black texture Piñatex leather on the bottom gives it such an interesting look that I totally dig.

Here are some of my top Piñatex picks, in the photo above:

  1. VElove Pinatex Alice Belt – Cream
  2. Maniwala Sulit Piñatex Plastic-Free Cardholder Wallet
  3. TIVC Watches -Pinatex Band (Natural)
  4. Mashu Aura – White + Black Piñatex

And the other lovely Piñatex products in the image at the very top of the post:

Maybe Piñatex is an acquired taste and I’ll come around to liking the look of it after seeing it everywhere!

In the end, it really is encouraging to know that the natural material isn’t only being used by vegan fashion designers and companies where Piñatex is getting in the hands of influential players in the fashion industry. This makes me hopeful that we are moving towards, slowly but surely, to a promising sustainable and ethical fashion industry.

I’d love to hear from you, do you own any items made with Piñatex? If not, what do you think of the natural material?

What do you think?

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1 Comment
  • Caroline
    June 4, 2019

    Great post! We’re using piñatex in a few of our sneaker styles at my brand (nosaints.co), and they’re looking great! But it is indeed an acquired taste! I didn’t like the look and feel of the material at first, but most people love it because it’s different and it doesn’t ‘try’ to be leather. Everyone loves touching it and at the end of the day it feels good to offer such a sustainable material in our range. I’ll keep you posted on durability 🙂

“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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