act sustainably: do what is right

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do what is right
not what is easy

Everything we do has an impact on everything around us: the planet, the environment, people, animals.. Make choices based on what is right, rather than what is ‘easy’.  Things that seemingly makes our lives a bit convenient/easier, can make life much harder for other sentient beings with whom we share this planet with. Want to learn more about our impact as human beings towards animals, watch the documentary Earthlings (trigger warning alert).

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is being vegan restrictive?

” Sometimes people say to me veganism is restrictive’.  Now, before I was vegan, I had one type of milk. Cows Milk.  Now I have oat milk and rice milk and soya milk and coconut milk and almond milk and cashew milk and hazelnut milk.  I cook with ingredients and foods I’d never heard of before I went vegan.  When I used to open my fridge it would look like a morgue, it would just be dead chickens everywhere, sometimes the occasional dead cow.  Maybe the occasional dead pig, predominantly dead chicken.  Now I open my fridge – it’s a garden.  There’s so many colours.  There’s such a beautiful array of foods, I look forward to cooking.  Going vegan encouraged me to reinvent the ways that I cooked, cooking ingredients I’d never heard of.  And because of that I enjoy my food so much more than I ever did because it allowed me to reinvent my culinary experience and explore flavours I never considered as being something that I should eat.

quote from Earthling Ed
watch full video here

a raw organic vegan lipbalm

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I wasn’t going to write about this product until I realised it’s getting cold outside and new vegans may not be aware of these cruelty-free alternatives. I believe I bought these lip-balms two years ago and I was very excited to have found them: I needed a vegan lip-balm so badly and this was finally available in a physical store nearby. I immediately gave into the temptation and chose two different scents. One with ginger and the other with mint flavor. Honestly there isn’t much to say about the Hurraw! balms other than: they are smooth, cream-like velvet-y on the lips, moisture very well and I got plenty of use out of them. A little bit goes a long way: such a long way that I had them around in my car and handbag for over a year and a half now. I forgot about their raw ingredients and therefore I must add: use these frequently because after a some time (a year and plus) these will go bad eventually. Honestly I should have known better as I mostly buy organic natural products that need to be used before a certain time-frame.

I do believe if you’re in a hurry and you’re not into making your own lip balm: this is possibly the best one, at least I haven’t found a better vegan and cruelty-free lip balm out there yet.

Here is what the company’s website state about these two lip balms: ” We melt in our creamy raw organic coconut oil, rich raw organic cacao butter and emollient cold pressed organic castor oil. We mingle in a trio of flavors from pure essential oils and all natural flavor extracts to create a unique, long lasting, very nourishing lip balm. ”  You should probably take a look at their website because they seem to be very transparent about their products with loads of in-depth information about the ingredient-list and every lip balm is obviously very attractive!

They aren’t cheap but you pay what you get. I would repurchase these for sure, but perhaps this time in another scent and flavor, simply because there are so many options and it’s really tempting to try a new one each time.