Peta – No Fur Pins

There’s no excuse to wear fur.

Animals killed for their fur and skin are slaughtered in gruesome, cheap and cruel ways. Many of the most common methods – such as gassing and electrocution aren’t always lethal and some animal regain consciousness while they are being skinned.

Much of the world’s fur comes from China where animals are routinely skinned while they are still conscious and struggling to escape. 

It’s not just wild animals that are tortured this way for the fur trade, domestic dogs and cats in China are also bludgeoned, hanged and strangled with wire nooses so that their fur can be turned in to trim or trinkets and this fur is often mislabeled as faux.

Most fur comes from factory farms – filthy places where animals spend their entire miserable lives in cages so small that they can’t take more than a few steps in any direction or do any of the things that are natural or meaningful to them.

The frustration of life in cages causes many animals to go insane and chew their own limbs, cannibalise their cagemates or throw themselves repeatedly at cage bars.

Some fur comes from animals who were caught in steel-jaw traps which cause so much suffering that they’ve been banned in 80 countries.

Animals caught in these traps struggle for hours in excruciating pain as the trap cuts in to their flesh, often down to the bone.

Some animals, often mothers that are desperate to get back to their young even attempt to chew off their own trapped limbs and then when the trappers return, they strangle, beat or stamp these animals to death.

Animals killed for their skin and fur endure miserable lives and horrific deaths but they don’t have to . With so many luxurious non-animal alternatives available, you can help make the world a kinder place by never buying or wearing animal skins.

Fur is dead and PETA have launched some enamel pins that you can wear to let people know that the skin you’re wearing is not real!

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Get yours now.

Also check the PETA website to find out which fashion brands are Vegan approved.

Extract on the fur trade taken directly from PETA.

Eden Perfumes

Perfume, from the French Parfum, a mixture of fragrant essential oils or aroma compounds used to give the human body an appealing scent.

Expensive, opulent and luxurious be they floral, musky, woody, fruity or aquatic, men and women have been wearing perfumes for thousands of years.

But did you know that most of perfumes contain some really icky animal ingredients?

Ambergris – a wax-like  growth which is found in the stomach and intestines of about one in a hundred sperm whales. The finest ambergris has a lovely, sweet, musky odor. 

Musk – found in a small pouch, in front of the penis of a mature male musk deer. Apparently it possesses a sweet, generous, aromatic intensity bringing an elegance and a radiance to any perfume composition.

Civet – a buttery-yellow paste secreted by the perineal glands of both male and female civets which is said to have a radiant, velvety, floral scent . . .

Castoreum – Is used to produce a spicy ‘leather’ scent and is a thick paste found in the castor sacs between the pelvis and the base of the tail  of both the male and female beaver.

Hyraceum – also called ‘Africa stone’ is the petrified rock like excrement of the rock hyrax, it’s one animal scent that can be harvested without actually causing any harm to the animal but why oh why would anybody want perfume made from any animals excrement, no matter how ethically it might have been obtained?

Well, I definitely don’t want to be lathering my body in any of those, that’s for sure!

Luckily, I stumbled across an amazing vegan and cruelty free perfume brand last year whilst browsing the lanes of Brighton called Eden perfumes.

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Eden Perfumes have hundreds of scents lines up in bottles on their walls that almost perfectly match that of many well known designer fragrances but without any of the cruelty, no animal ingredients, no animal testing and mostly organic, what’s not to love.

I have 3 myself, copies of Chanel No5, Dior’s Poison and Thierry Mugler’s Angel and you really would struggle to tell the difference between the Eden perfumes and the real designer scents.

Not only that but at only £15 for a 30ml bottle if you buy in store of £18 if you buy online, you’re saving a fortune.

Cruelty free more often than not, cost’s less!

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Shop online at www.edenperfumes.co.uk

Or head to:

Original Brighton Branch

26 Gardner Street Brighton BN11UP

New London Branch

203 Portobello Road London W111LU

Faux Fur Checks

There’s absolutely nothing glamorous about wearing fur, why would anybody other than a complete psycho want to wear the skin of another creature on their body?

The only creature that need to wear fur is the animal it belongs to in the first place.

Faux fur however, looks great and I for one love it!

I’ve heard it said before that wearing faux fur promotes the wearing of real fur, what rubbish.

Granted that with farmed fur from China being imported and illegally and falsely being labelled and mis sold as faux, you have to be careful and it’s this cruel trade that needs to be stopped.

There are ways to check that the fur you’re buying is definitely faux and if it is and only polyester was harmed in the making of a garment then I see no reason why it can’t be worn.

Of course, if you have any doubts when shopping, it goes without saying, avoid.

To check your fur is faux:

Look at the tips

The tips of the hairs in real fur taper and have pointed ends, whereas the hairs on faux fur are blunt where they have been cut in the manufacturing process.

Look at the base

Part the hair to see how it is attached. Animal fur has a leathery backing because it’s attached to the animal’s skin, but faux fur will have a material woven backing.

Hairs on real fur will also be different lengths, while faux fur tends to be more uniform.

Burn it

I wouldn’t recommend you do this in a shop, but you could do it on something you already own. Trim a few hairs and set fire to them (safely). Real animal fur singes and smells like burning hair, faux fur melts and will probably smell like burning plastic, also when it cools, it will be hard and plasticky.

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Guilt Free Glitter

I’ve always been drawn to anything that sparkles, maybe because I was a unicorn in a past life, all my friends have come to accept that when they see me, they will somehow end up finding glitter on themselves for days and I have to admit, up until now, I’d never really given much thought to where glitter came from and what harm it could do to the environment, I mean something so pretty could hardly be bad right? Well, apparently, that’s not the case.

I guess with it’s metallic facade, I thought it was probably tiny little flakes of metal, I definitely never thought about it being a microplastic getting in to the ocean and putting marine life at risk.

Glitter in cosmetics, when washed off, in the same way as microbeads for which a ban will come in to force by the end of June 2018 find their way down plug holes and in to the ecosystem, it seems glitter is litter!

I can’t imagine my life without glitter, and  thanks to my friend Zoe Disco (yes that’s really her name, I was at her wedding when the new surname was revealed) a life without glitter isn’t something I had to contemplate for long!

Her company eco twinkle stocks ethical, biodegradable glitter made from sustainable plant derived film and contains no plastic. Packaging is recycled and refillable.

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Fine and chunky glitter comes in lots of different colours and is available in 5mm or 10mm pots. A little bit really does go a long way so depending how many Christmas parties you go to, the pots should last for a while .

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For this look I have the chunky silver glitter underneath the eye and the fine on the brow bone.

For more details check out http://www.ecotwinkle.com

How Vegan Is Vegan Enough?

There’s this thing with vegans eternally trying to out vegan each other, not all vegans granted but a certain strain of nazi vegans that are always feeling the need to attack those they don’t deem as ‘vegan’ as them.

Vegan nazi’s who don’t wear faux fur condemning those that do, vegan nazi’s who only eat whole foods and won’t eat meat free substitutes to things like sausages and burgers condemning those that do. I mean, sometimes, you just can’t win.

As for the meat free substitute debate, well a lot of vegans, like me didn’t give up meat and animal products because they didn’t like the taste, it was to do with morals, being animal lovers and wanting to live cruelty free so what’s the problem with eating something that might taste similar but is plant based.

I’ve had meat eaters say to me that a vegan sausage can’t be a sausage because it isn’t made from pork, well since when did pigs grow in the shape of sausages? Pigs are animals, sausage is a shape, same goes for burgers or nuggets or goujons, they’re all shapes, I prove my point and it doesn’t matter whether they’re from seitan, tofu or vegetables, they’re cruelty free and taste delicious

So that being said, the question is, how vegan is vegan enough?

Well The Vegan Society’s definition of ‘vegan’ states:

Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.

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It’s about doing the best you can to live a cruelty free lifestyle.

Vegans don’t eat meat or fish or poultry, they don’t eat dairy or eggs or honey, they don’t wear leather or fur or wool and they don’t wear cosmetics that are tested on animals or contain any animal products.

I personally think the concept of humans drinking cows milk is just plain weird, I mean cows produce milk to turn baby cows in to big cows, why would anybody want to drink something that has the potential to turn them in to the size of a full grown cow?

A vegan diet is not only proven to be healthier for digestion, complexion and weight, a full vegan lifestyle is straight up healthier for the soul.

If you’re taking part in Veganuary on your bid to become vegan, good for you, just do the best you can, don’t be too hard on yourself if you slip up, if it’s easier, slide in to a vegan lifestyle gradually, you might just be more inclined to stick with it.

Apparently 2019 is going to be the year of the vegan and with all the major supermarkets upping their vegan game, there couldn’t be a better time to take the leap.

The Vegan Life Live show is taking place in March this year, I’ve been for the past few years and it’s a great day out and a perfect chance to sample products and get ideas.

Don’t listen to the nazi vegans or the preachy vegans, do the best you can to be as vegan as you can be and that’s a good starting point. 

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Look our for leaping bunny on cosmetics and household products. http://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/LeapingBunny