FAVOURITES OF THE MONTH (JUNE) – vegan shoes, long distance relationship, stevia and more

Better late than never: June is over and summer has started. Here “are a few of my favourite things” of the previous month. Fashion, lifestyle and food are this months categories. I hope I can inspire you to try out some of these!

Fashion favourites

Tote bags

This might be random but the bag I used the most (besides my boyfriend’s backpack that broke after using it extensively….oopsie) are tote bags. I used them during my fieldwork and I think they need to be appreciated more. I mean. they save the environment by preventing plastic bags from ending up in the ocean!

Love Sofie sandals

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The vegan, sustainable and ethical shoe label Love Sofie sent me some shoes of their new collection and I loved these black and nude sandals a lot! I wore them with the Vildnis jumpsuit below and my black People Tree jumpsuit (not available anymore) when I went out for dinner.

Vildnis jumpsuit

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I wore this jumpsuit for both casual and more formal occasions and that’s why I love this piece. You can look fancy (while feeling super comfortable!) but also use this clothing item to the fullest and wear it during the day by dressing it down. It is ethically made form organic cotton and Tencel.

Earrings by Julia Sizilien

I’ve been really loving both the studs but especially the creole earrings by Julia Otilia. They are gold plated and handmade in Bali and I love the minimal look of them!

Lifestyle favourites

Candle of the month

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Apart from how beautiful these candles look in my flat, they smell amazing. I’ve been trying out the vegan soy wax Ginger & Lemongrass candle this month and it smells really refreshing and somehow it fit perfectly to June to me. I love lemongrass drinks in summer so this candle seemed appropriate. Plus, the sunny yellow adds a bright colour to your room decor. The girl behind Vegan Bunny is the cutest ever! Definitely check out her vegan pins too!

-Natural & Vegan Ginger & Lemongrass soy candle by Vegan Bunny £12

Time alone

Me on the first day of my fieldwork for my final year Uni project – completely alone, doing my thing

This has been bitter-sweet. I was forced to live alone for a longer period of time (for the first time of my life!) when my boyfriend moved to Frankfurt, Germany. There have been lots of tough and emotional moments during that time. Not necessarily because I wasn’t with Max but because I was forced to feel my emotions. No distractions. Just me and my thoughts. And since I’ve been going through a weird and difficult time in my life, I had a lot of negative thoughts and emotions I had to deal with by myself. Because even when Max called whenever he had time and texted me, he couldn’t be there for me 100% since he simply didn’t have the time.
However, besides those moments filled with negative emotions, I also had moments where I genuinely enjoyed my alone time. I still need to learn to enjoy it MORE. But I’ve learned a lot already.

Sun

A selfie of me in my flat soaking up all the sunshine

If you are used to “favourites” posts that are filled with products, you are probably going to think “what the hell is that weird blogger doing?!”. But yes, I am including sunshine. It is free and currently present in London and I LOVE IT. I’ve even gotten a little colour (on my face) while doing my fieldwork which is a big deal for me because 1) I am SO pale and 2) I am not going on vacation this summer so I am taking every sun ray I get, thank you.
Also, how underrated is sunshine?! It gives us vitamin D and keeps us happy and healthy. Everyone who lives in Northern and Central Europe doesn’t get it enough so let’s appreciate it.

Favourite place of the month

Walled garden at Fulham Palace

I think the photos speak for themselves. I discovered this place in West London by accident after I finished my fieldwork of the day and it was just a magical garden that made me feel like Alice in Wonderland.

Food favourites

Stevia

Smoothie bowl sweetened with stevia

I’ve been making smoothies and smoothie bowls for over 4 years now. I’ve never made them without using some kind of sweetener. I eat very healthy but the natural fruit sugars are just not sweet enough for me when I blend the fruit with water (or plant milks). I love sweetness just too much. So I’ve been using maple syrup, agave, coconut sugar and many more alternative sweeteners. But to be honest, even those sweeteners are not super healthy. So I was super excited to rediscover stevia. I never liked stevia because I thought it tastes weird. But then I ate porridge sweetened with pure stevia when I was in Cyprus and I immediately ordered my own from Amazon. Since then I use it in every smoothie and smoothie bowl and I love it! Plus, it’s healthy. Win win.

Smoothie bowls

It started that Max moved out and I knew that I had a month of living in London alone before I move to Vienna for the rest of the summer. So I decided to limit my grocery shopping and use up the food I had in my pantry. Since I had a lot of nuts, nut butters and seeds in my pantry, I rediscovered my love to smoothie bowls and topped them off with my nuts and seeds. I AM OBSESSED. It fills me up and gives me energy for my fieldwork. My go-to recipe is:
blending frozen berries, frozen bananas, stevia and water or soy milk
topping it off with cacao nibs, fresh strawberries, chia seed pudding, pumpkin seeds, fresh banana slices, cashew or almond butter (used up the almond butter now so I am currently using up my cashew butter)

(This post includes pr samples, it is not sponsored)

FAIR, VEGAN & SUSTAINABLE FASHION: Blush tones & denim

Blush coloured linen sweater by Vildnis £65
Jeans skirt by Vildnis £60
Pink vegan bag by Labante £80
Sunglasses by Ace & Tate £98
White vegan sneakers by Veja €80
White bralette by Essentials for Zula €27

The skirt

A timeless clothing item: the jeans skirt. This one is quite short which makes it youthful and playful. The colour is a light blue which matches the pink and white tones perfectly. This soft organic cotton denim skirt has some distressed details and some fringes around the waist. Vildnis is an ethical and sustainable fashion label that offers contemporary and affordable clothing pieces.

The shoes

I am personally not comfortable with the whole wearing-sneakers-as-streetstyle look but I love white trainers like these ones. I think they are a more classic version of that trend. Great for a summer day when you want to be comfortable. Veja is a very well known label that makes ethical trainers including vegan ones like these.

The sweater

The light pink is subtle and compliments the more in-your-face-pink of the bag. I love the lightweight and airy organic linen fabric and the relaxed yet timeless design. I tucked it into the skirt to make it look more put together. Just like the skirt, this top is from Vildnis and is ethical and sustainable.

The bag

Another favourite (I literally included it in my monthly favourites post here) of mine: gold hardware, a classic and simple design and an unexpected colour. This vegan bag adds that “umpf” to any outfit – especially those basic and minimal ones. Labante is one of my favourite vegan bag labels. It is ethical, sustainable and PETA-approved vegan.

The bralette

Since the sweater is a bit sheer. I am wearing this Essentials for Zula bralette. It is white and ethically made.

The sunglasses

You know these. They match every outfit and won’t go out of style. That’s exactly what everyone should look for in a pair of sunglasses. These ones are ethically made and affordable (for handmade, high quality sunglasses).

FAIR, VEGAN & SUSTAINABLE FASHION: Navy blues

Navy jumpsuit by Vildnis £75
Jeans jacket by Hessnatur €130
Vegan burgundy bag by Labante £48
Vegan sandals by Mireia Playa €105 (on sale!)
Earrings by Lama Moon $84
Sunglasses by Ace & Tate £98

A perfect ethical, vegan and sustainable look for your breezy summer day. Comfortable, yet put together.

The jumpsuit

This one-piece feels like you are wearing sweatpants all day. The fabric is stretchy and super soft and can be dressed up or down. I am all about using your wardrobe to the fullest. For this outfit I tried to make it look casual, yet chic but you can wear it with a more sophisticated jacket, some high heels and statement jewellery if you want to wear it during a night time event.
The jumpsuit is made ethically from a high-stretch organic cotton and Tencel blend fabric. Vildnis is a sustainable and ethical fashion label that is highly transparent when it comes to their manufacturing processes.

The jacket

This jeans jacket has been my go-to during the spring and summer months. It adds that casual vibe to the outfit. The Hessnatur jacket is ethically and sustainably made from organic cotton. It is certified by the Fair Wear Foundation.

The shoes

I love that the blue of the jumpsuit is found again in the details of the sandals and even the earrings. These Mireia Playa sandals are made of vegan suede and raffia with a geometric design. The heel is made from wood (a detail that I love!) and the lining and insole is antibacterial and breathable. I know a lot of people worry that vegan shoes will make your feet sweaty, but nowadays vegan shoe labels use innovative materials that prevent that! So don’t worry about stinky feet. 😉

The bag

This two-coloured vegan bag with gold hardware is from the label Labante, one of my favourite vegan bag brands. I love the timeless design (again, great for people that want a wardrobe that lasts them a long time!) and the simplicity. Labante is a PETA-approved vegan label that cares for animals, people and the environment: they are ethical and sustainable.

The earrings

Since the outfit is very simple, I added those colourful earrings to make it look more interesting. Plus, they match the shoes perfectly. Lama Moon is a fairtrade ethical jewelry boutique that sells sustainable and artisanal accessories. When they sent these earrings to me, I didn’t notice that the tassels are made from silk thread tassels which makes them NOT VEGAN. Apart from that, they are made from red carnelian and sponge coral gemstones as well as 18-karat gold plated pieces.

The sunglasses

I love these and I’ve worn them in lots of outfit posts on this blog. They are timeless, minimal and match EVERY outfit. Ace & Tate is an affordable glasses and sunglasses label that make their eyewear under ethical conditions.

FAIR FASHION QUICKY: yellows & prints

You all seem to love my mirror pics so I hope you like this fair fashion quicky. They eye-catcher of this outfit are the printed and colourful trousers. I combined them with a nude bralette and nude vegan shoes to make the trousers more wearable.

Pink and yellow Green Forest trousers by Mayamiko £75
Cream coloured bralette €55
Nude Mia vegan shoes €105

The trousers

These ethically made trousers by Mayamiko are made from locally sourced 100% cotton in Malawi. They are high waisted and a real eye-catcher.

The top

The style of this top is really rare in the ethical fashion world. It looks young and trendy and I love that it’s made from upcycled furniture fabric. The label Noumenon is PETA approved vegan and the top is ethically and fair trade produced in Lithuania.

The shoes

These are my new go-to shoes. They look chic and sophisticated and can be worn during the day and night. They are ethically made in Portugal from vegan, eco friendly and breathable materials. PETA approved and available in other colours as well.

FAIR & VEGAN FASHION OUTFIT: Yellow & white ruffles

Yellow crop top by Mayamiko £45
White ruffle skirt by Aware (last year’s collection – not available anymore) (similar one here)
Vegan sandals by Love Sofie $120

This bright and colourful look is youthful and ideal for a nice summer day. The white and yellow ruffles make this outfit playful and fun and the multi-coloured vegan sandals make the outfit more interesting without going overboard.

The top

The yellow ruffle crop top by Mayamiko is made from GOTS certified organic cotton from Uganda. The straps are adjustable at two lengths. It is ethically made in Malawi. Mayamiko The Label is an ethical and sustainable woman’s wear and life style brand, producing clothes, accessories and homeware, made in Malawi. The collections are cross-seasonal and are inspired by African artisanal traditions and prints, with ethical trading and sustainability in mind. I love the girly yet timeless summer vibes of the top combined with the frilly white skirt. The top is comfortable and ideal for hot summer days or vacations.

The sandals

Love Sofie is one of my favourite vegan shoe labels! These vegan sandals can be worn for any  occasion – day to night, beach to city. What makes them special is definitely the print. The shoes are made from recycled PET-polyester print and lined using plant leather. Love Sofie collaborated with the swedish artist Josefin Liljeqvist to create the unique print design. All of their shoes are ethically produced in Spain.

The skirt

Unfortunately, the skirt is not available anymore. But I’ve found a similar alternative – ethically made of course – by Gnana Studio. You can check it out here.
I love wrap skirts because they grow with you. When you gain or lose weight, you can adjust the size. Ideal for a capsule wardrobe or if you want to keep your items for a long time!

FAIR FASHION QUICKY: red, white & denim

White top with colourful detail by Pitusa (old but Pitusa has a very specific style  – see other styles here)
Denim skirt by Vildnis £60
Red tie-up shoes by Scotti Vegan Shoes €65

The top

It’s a casual and minimal shirt with a little fun detail on the bottom. I am wearing a white  bralette underneath it to get more coverage. Pitusa employs women-owned ateliers, in Peru, Bali and India. All garments are manufactured under ethical and fair trade working conditions.

The skirt

It’s my first denim skirt in a while (if not ever?) and I really like it. It’s very short and has a fun ripped detail on the side (which is a first for me too). Ethically made from organic cotton.

The shoes

These ethically made Italian and vegan shoes by Scotti Vegan Shoes brighten up my day and give me ballerina vibes. I love wearing them with a simple and minimal outfit so that the colour really pops.

FAIR, VEGAN & SUSTAINABLE MENSWEAR: What’s in Max’ closet?

I’ve written a blog post about wearing fair fashion as a male and how my boyfriend approaches this (you can read it here). I answered some questions I received about ethical menswear and I want to continue this series. So here are Max’ favourite ethical fashion pieces that he wears all throughout the year and loves to wear.

His style: his colours are grey, white, black and dark blue and he likes basic clothing that are timeless including sweaters, solid coloured t-shirts, shirts, suits, boots and dressing shoes. The majority of his clothing matches. That way, dressing himself nicely is very easy for him and he basically always looks good and put together without spending too much time thinking about it 😉

Grey Sweater €70

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This sweater is made from organic cotton and is a more thinner sweater that can be worn on spring and autumn days or underneath jackets. It is GOTS certified and PETA approved vegan.

Grey Turtleneck by Armed Angels

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This one is currently not available (probably because it’s summer) but Armed Angels is a label that focuses on basics so I am sure a similar or even the same style will be available in a few months.

Greyish longsleeve €30 (currently on sale!)

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This top is great for layering or casual days where you want to feel comfortable. Max likes to wear it under his leather jacket (which he purchased before becoming vegan) with some jeans and boots. It is made from GOTS certified organic cotton and is PETA approved vegan.

Classic shirt in white and light grey €70

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This shirt is more casual than a proper shirt you’d wear with a suit. Max wears it if he just wants to wear a shirt on its own without the jacket. So for a more formal occasion but not too formal (like a dinner, going to a classical music concert,…), if you know what I mean. He also wears it with jeans, a leather jacket and boots on “normal” days. It is made from GOTS certified organic cotton and is PETA approved vegan.

Classic t-shirt in white and black €20

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Max is all about the timeless basics. The majority of his t-shirts are either black or white and those are the ones he wears the most. He loves that timeless classic look of wearing a black or white t-shirt, jeans, boots or dressing shoes and his leather jacket. It’s that cool 60s rock inspired style. He also wears his white t-shirts under his shirts when wearing a suit. This t-shirt is made from GOTS certified cotton and is PETA approved vegan.

Grey dock boots £82

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Convincing Max to buy vegan leather took some time. But once I found the brand Will’s Vegan Shoes I was able to slowly change his mind. He now has quite a collection of Will’s Vegan Shoes. These grey (Timberland inspired) dock boots are his go-tos during the winter months. They add some height (ssshhhttt his secret to looking a little taller) and look extra cool. And again, this style of boots has been in style for years and years. These boots are made from Italian faux nubuck microfibre upper and are water resistant and breathable. The uppers do not mark or stain in wet and dirt. The linings in these boots are powered by plants created with bio oil sourced from organic cereal crops in a carbon neutral process. And of course, the shoes are ethically made in Portugal under EU health and safety regulations. They are vegan Society Registered and PETA approved vegan.

Black slim sole boots £88

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When I met Max we were both meat-eaters and far away from this ethical, sustainable and vegan lifestyle we are living now. His style however, hasn’t changed that much though. Back then, he wore this kind of black boots and now he still does – just a vegan version. They are PETA approved vegan, ethically made in Portugal, have a wooden heel and burnished Italian faux leather microfibre uppers that are water resistant and breathable.

Vegan black belt £36

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Max is a skinny guy and he has a very small waist size. So belts are mandatory for him. The fact that the belt has to be vegan and cannot be made from the skin of an animal is also mandatory for him. Fortunately, his go-to label Will’s Vegan Shoes has classic vegan belts as well. It is ethically hand made in a small family run factory in Portugal. The brass buckle is nickel free and the vegan leather part is made in high quality Italian microfibre. And of course, it is PETA approved vegan.

 

Black patent vegan leather shoes for special occasions £88

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For those formal occasions Max likes to be extra and wear these patent leather shoes. They are made from Italian faux patent leather microfibre uppers and are water resistant and breathable. Since they are from the label Will’s Vegan shoes as well, they are ethically made in Portugal and PETA approved vegan as well.

Classic black t-shirt £38

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One of my personal favourite t-shirts that he owns is this Nudie Jeans t-shirts. It has a very cool and casual style. It comes with a higher price tag than his Armed Angels t-shirts but it adds a little bit of spice to his wardrobe. It is ethically made from organic cotton jersey.

 

FAIR & VEGAN FASHION OUTFIT: white ruffle dreams

White ruffle top “Ziwa” by Gnana Studio €60
White ruffle wrap skirt by Aware (last year’s collection)
Golden earrings with heart detail by Julia Otilia €40

A messy bun, some golden creoles and an accidentally-matching top and skirt for a dreamy and youthful summer look that is ethically made and vegan.

 

The top

This Gnana Studio crop top is made ethically from sheer cotton fabric. It has buttons in the front and you can adjust it to your waistline and tie a bow or a knot. It is off-the-shoulder which makes it look very trendy and young but without the slave-labour aspect of fast fashion labels. The top is sheer so if you are not comfortable with that you can wear a white strapless bra or tube top under it.

The skirt

This is one of last year’s Aware collection skirts. It is a white wrap skirt with ruffles all over that I tied in the front. Gnana Studio has a matching skirt to their top that I’m wearing that you can wear instead. It is a little bit longer but it also has ruffles and is a wrap skirt. You can find it here.

The earrings

I love golden delicate jewelry. These small creoles has a tiny heart on them. They are handmade in Bali and are gold plated. Julia Otilia is a sustainable jewelry online shop. “As our planet and people are both concerns we carry very close to our hearts, we make conscious decisions for all of our materials and production.”

 

The lie of “decluttering” and the purpose of the little banana slicer

There is something I’ve come across quite a lot during the last years – I’ve heard it in real life and online. People, especially bloggers talk about “decluttering” their life to feel better, have a cleaner home and live more minimal. They do it in different ways. By selling, donating, gifting, or throwing away clothes, shoes, cosmetic products, electronic goods or other little things laying around in their flat or house, they create more physical space and get a happier feeling after the work is done. While I understand the idea of getting rid of material products that “don’t serve you anymore” and “don’t bring happiness to your live anymore”, I do take a critical stance on this concept.

We live in excess

Let’s be honest. We have a massive amount of material goods in our lives and have the means to buy more in the future. We are constantly buying something. We are living in this world where purchasing a product is easy, accessible in a few minutes and is thought to add value to our lives. And even if you are thinking “I am an exception. I don’t buy as much as other people.” (I am definitely guilty of thinking that myself from time to time) Here’s a thought for you: Think about how much your grandparents are buying. Is it more or less? And if it is more – imagine how much products your great-grandparents were buying in their everyday lives. Your great-grandmother had 5 dresses she wore from age 25-95 and passed them on to your grandmother? Well, maybe not exactly like that but you get the point, right?

It is a new phenomenon that our society is constantly buying (food being an exception, of course). There are so many products out there that are not just made entirely out of plastic but where I am thinking to myself “Does our economy really need to invent useless products that are supposed to make our lives easier but are really not?!”
Do you know that “wish” commercial that I see on Youtube sometimes? Wish is an online shop where you can get different products for every aspect of your life for a shockingly cheap price or as they advertise “the lowest prices on earth”. The commercial basically shows people sitting in front of products from the online shop while trying to figure out what they are (if that isn’t shocking enough). Among other things: a banana slicer, a spring onion cutting device, a tripple bladed pair of scissors and a pineapple cutter. Another commercial of the brand shows a woman hysterically unboxing her new mermaid tail blanket.

What is your purpose, little plastic banana slicer?

I get sick to my stomach when I see something like this. Everything we manufacture and create in this world has a negative impact on the environment – some more than others. Now, since we are making so many products nowadays, this impact is skyrocketing. And if that isn’t enough, when these products are not used anymore and thrown away, they are damaging the environment even more. For what? A plastic banana slicer that takes as long to cut a banana into pieces as your regular kitchen knife would. This banana slicer is wrapped in a shiny plastic packaging that is shipped in a carton box with extra plastic protection, of course.

The circle of consumption

Now, people got that slicer as a gift or thought it would make a great addition to their kitchen equipment (along with their apple slicer, their bread slicing machine, their spatulas, their assortment of knives and baking trays, their popcorn maker, their pizza wheel and their different sized plastic colanders) and one day they notice that their home is overflowing, they don’t have space for more things and they constantly have to tidy up their rooms. So they start “decluttering”. They make “donate”, “give away” and “throw away” piles and create more space to fill up with new things. And they feel light, happy and proud of themselves and pat themselves on the shoulder for a job well done and go on with their lives. Maybe they tell themselves to be more consciously when it comes to buying new things the next couple of days/ weeks/ months but eventually they see this “cool marble design slicing board” and get back to old routines. A few months or years later they start the decluttering process all over again.

If you are part of our “normal consumption” society, you have to make space for new things so you have to declutter. Even companies understood that. H&M put recycling boxes in their stores all over the world, where you can put in your old and unwanted clothes and get a discount to buy more new and wanted clothes at their store. It’s recycling so it’s doing something for the environment (great for H&M to promote a sustainable image) and the consumer gets a reward for it – win, win! And the H&M customer pats themselves on the shoulder for a job well done and goes on with their lives. Right?

We are fooling ourselves

It’s not that easy. Truth is, the majority of the “recycled” clothes cannot be recycled because they are fabric blends (like a cotton and polyester blend for example) and they get thrown away, burned or dumped to Third World countries (where they are not needed – there is no human in the world that is in the need of clothing! Food and water, yes but clothing, no). This is harming the environment rather than achieving a sustainable future. Kristen Leo (an amazing sustainable Youtuber I respect) said something in one of her videos that was something like: “I buy so many clothes from the thrift store because I know they get thrown away  by the second hand shop if they are not bought.” She further said that she has this urge to save the clothing from the landfill.
Things seem to disappear from your life and you feel good about it when “decluttering” but they don’t disappear and they are over-saturating second hand shops, land fills and our oceans. And since so many people are following this practice, it is getting worse and worse.

The truth is, there are hardly situations where we get rid of a thing because it is “used up/ broken/ at the end of it’s life” and if this happens, it is because we bought such a cheap, low quality thing that it was destined to last under a year. Think about it, when you get rid of “old” clothes, is it because they are broken and falling apart? Or are they not fashionable anymore and you haven’t worn them that much. When was the last time you went to the tailor and let them sew up that tear or make that dress bigger/ smaller? Did you ever dye that shirt a different colour after realising “light blue is not your thing”. We are going in the wrong direction where buying something new replaces fixing existing things we already own. During an interesting discussion about sustainability in the fashion industry I’ve been invited to, Orsola de Castro, co-founder of Fashion Revolution, said (or passionately shouted) something that stuck in my head: “We are too impatient to wear out our jeans that we buy distressed jeans from the store!”
It is absurd. A lot of distressed jeans trends can be made easily at home (I am thinking about those trendy minimal slits on the knee parts, those slits under the butt cheeks or those “rustically” cut up jeans shorts) yet we still buy them new. And if you don’t want to cut up your favourite pair of jeans – is this trend something you really like? I remember that about 1 or 2 years ago Jay Alvarrez and other Social Media famous boys started wearing those black jeans with slits on the knee parts. Max (my boyfriend) thought it looked cool and he wanted those jeans too. Since I knew how hard it was to find ethically made, sustainable jeans, I suggested him to make them on his own. He had (still has) only one pair of black jeans and finally came to the conclusion that he’d rather have a simple un-distressed black pair of jeans than those with the trendy slits.

Going back to the roots – with a twist

We value shopping so much, while our own things have no value to us anymore. Throwing it away is easier to us than making the effort to repair and preserve it.
You’ll be wasting your time organising your home, decluttering to make space and shopping for new things if you don’t realise that this is not a good habit of our society. We need to remember how generations before us consumed and modernise it to create a more sustainable and positive way of consumption. We need to spend more money on a single item that has better quality, is more eco-frienldy and ethically-made and that will last us a longer time. We need to keep this item for years and years and repair it until falls apart because it is no longer fixable. We need to keep in mind that we don’t have to own all of the things we find beautiful but rather admire them from afar. We need to think twice, thrice and ten times before buying something and allow us to think for some weeks, months or even years. We need to accept that not being able to buy something because it is not available anymore, is only making us upset for a few seconds before moving on with our lives. We also need to rewire our thinking and realise that NOT buying something and having a minimal, empty home because of it is a better feeling (especially longterm) than those 20 seconds of shopping joy and lifetime of stress we have because of material goods.

And on a final note, yes, it is totally okay to declutter your home once in a while. But learn something from it! Your closet is full of clothes you don’t like anymore? Work on consciously buying less clothing and learn what your style is. You have boxes full of electronic gadgets you think are cool but you hardly use them? Work on that. Stop impulse buying and learn what kind of products you actually use and like and which ones will be cluttering up your home before thrown out unused.

My tip for transitioning to a more minimal life: Choose something you can buy when you have that urge to buy something, that you’ll actually use up and that you KNOW you’ll like. My example: Whenever I was on “shopping sprees” with my “in-laws” or walking through the city when traveling, I would decide on 1 or 2 things I would buy IN CASE I see it. This was and still is natural, vegan soap bars. If there is no natural and vegan soap, I would go home empty handed and feel really good about it. If there was a small handmade soap shop I would go home with my natural, vegan soap and feel good about it too. Plus, the soap is a product I can use up so it never cluttered up my home and I never regretted buying zero waste, handmade, vegan, natural soap bars.

FAIR FASHION MENSWEAR – WHAT DOES MAX WEAR, DO I SHOP FOR HIM? + MORE

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I’ve gotten a few questions about ethically made and sustainable mens wear and what my boyfriend Max is wearing. Max supports me with my blogging and Instagram and he has learned a lot about the fashion industry through me. He definitely doesn’t want to support unsustainable, unethical fast fashion anymore after knowing about slave labour and the pollution of garment manufacturing. When it comes to shopping, Max is rather a minimalist than a shopping queen. He doesn’t buy new clothing often and wears his clothing until it falls apart which I think is the way to go. His style is also very simple and timeless. He likes black, white, greys, jeans, plain t-shirts, leather jackets, boots, oxfords, pullovers, timeless coats, his 7 year old Ray Bans or suits and white shirts. Max’ closet is currently mostly filled with old clothing he got before he went vegan and before knowing about fast fashion. However, he has bought a few pieces from ethical, vegan and sustainable labels. I do have to say that I do a most of his shopping because his interest level of spending time looking through online shops is zero. So I have either gifted him some of his fair fashion clothing or I’ve picked out the pieces that I liked and let him decide and shop the ones he likes. I guess I will be his personal clothing shopper for the rest of his life. haha

Ethical, vegan and sustainable labels he likes

Armed Angels

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Organic Cotton Sweater by Armed Angels

His go-to shop for clothing basics like t-shirts or pullovers is definitely Armed Angels. This label uses sustainable and GOTS certified organic materials such as organic cotton, organic linen, recycled polyester, Lenzing Modal and Tencel. They manufacture under ethical conditions and are certified by Fairtrade and Fair Wear Foundation.

Will’s Vegan Shoes

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Grey Dock Boots by Will’s Vegan Shoes

Max has quite a collection of Will’s Vegan shoes and we both haven’t found a vegan shoe label for mens shoes that offers shoes in this classic style for a better price. The shoes are affordable, ethically made and vegan. They offer timeless styles like Oxfords, Chelsea Boots and Loafers but also Sneakers or Dock Boots. Will’s Vegan Shoes even manufacture vegan belts and bags and Max owns one of their belts himself.

Nudie Jeans

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Black Organic Cotton tee by Nudie Jeans

While the jeans of Nudie Jeans unfortunately have a leather patch on them which makes them not vegan, their plain t-shirts are just Max’ style. They are made ethically in Portugal from organic cotton.

Second Hand shopping

Thrifting is the most sustainable and ethical way of shopping and Max really enjoys it. Well, he really likes thrifting in LA’s hip second hand stores filled with designer labels. His favourite store is Wasteland. I’ll be honest: We both are currently not interested in spending time looking for a good thrift store in London and Vienna. So when we walk by a thrift store we take a look inside and mostly Max has bough some pieces that way in the past. His favourite pieces include Diesel boots (non vegan but you don’t support animal cruelty when buying animal products second hand!) and Balmain jeans. Second hand shopping is a great way to buy these good-looking designer pieces for cheap and without exploiting the planet, humans and animals.

You like Max’ style and want some inspiration on what to buy at fair fashion online shops? Check out my blog post about all of the fair fashion pieces Max owns here!

 

Fair & Vegan fashion: white shirt dress

White shirt dress by By Maqu €170
Colourful vegan heels by Love Sofie 178$
Burgundy and blush pink purse by Labante £54 (on sale!)
Golden earrings by Lama Moon

The earrings

These ethically handmade artisan earrings look great with the golden hardware of the purse. Lama Moon is a fair trade jewelry boutique for handpicked jewelry items, made by independent designers in sustainable communities. They also give back to girls education around the world.

The dress

The star of the show and my current obsession: the 100% organic GOTS certified poplin dress by Maqu. I’ve gotten a lot of compliments when wearing it – both online and in real life so that’s always a plus! What I love about it is the simplicity and timelessness. It also works for various occassions: work, lunch, brunch, dinner or a relaxed day in the city (combined with white sneakers) so it’s great for a capsule wardrobe and for all of you who are trying to consume less but more long-lasting quality pieces. This dress definitely  inspired me to work more towards building a capsule wardrobe. I wore the sleeves down but you can also flip them like a men’s shirt. For those of you who are not into bows, you can either remove the waist band and wear the dress as an A-line style or simply tie it in a knot instead if you prefer having the waist cinched in. You can further transform the dress if you button it up and even add a ribbon under the colour – there are lots of possibilities to mix it up! The label manufactures ethically in Peru using sustainable manufacturing processes.

The bag

On this day I didn’t carry around much. I needed a light and practical purse that holds my phone, cards, keys, earphones, sunglasses and a lip gloss. This purse is ideal for that. I love the gold hardware and the beautiful vegan leather material. Labante is a great vegan bag (and sunglasses!) label that is PETA-approved.

The shoes

These heels are completely vegan and made from recycled Polyester. The heel is coloured in a bright yellow, the strap in the front is white and the straps at the ankle are made from a material that is sprinkled with colours so that it looks a bit like modern art painting. This print is made in a collaboration with Swedish artist Josefin Liljeqvist. The heels are comfortable because of the support of the ankle straps and they add some colour to the outfit. I am a huge fan of the vegan shoe brand Love Sofie and I love their designs and philosophy.

This look includes PR samples but this post is not sponsored 🙂

FAIR & SUSTAINABLE FASHION: WORKOUTS IN VIENNA

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If you’ve been following me on Instagram and have been reading my favourites of the month post you know that I’ve been working out a lot lately. With this new-ish hobby of mine I’ve been on the hunt for sustainable and ethically made workout wear. Here’s one outfit I’ve been loving lately. I am still looking for ethical and vegan trainers though so feel free to send me your recommendations!

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White t-shirt by Science of Apparel $74
Workout leggings by Onzie $70
Sunglasses by Ace & Tate £100

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The sunglasses

I’ve had these sunglasses for a long time now and I still love them. They match every outfit which is a plus for your capsule wardrobe. The design is timeless and the finish looks very high-end. The dark shades are ideal for sunny summer days. The sunglasses are ethically handmade.

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The t-shirt

Science of Apparel make sustainable basics and activewear such as this t-shirt. It is made from sustainable repurposed Lycra and Micromodal. They produce less waste and use less water during their manufacturing process. I’ve tied a knot in the shirt to make it a little more cropped and form fitting.

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The leggings

These are my favourite pair of workout leggings. The fabric is super soft and I love the design. When it comes to activewear I definitely love neutral tones like white, black, nude and greys so that my workout clothes easily match with each other. These leggings would look great with neutral tones like the white shirt I paired it with but also with bright colours if that’s more your style. They are made in the USA.

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For sports bras I can recommend you the ones from Onzie as well. I own two sports bras from them and I love their designs! In this look I’m wearing an old sports bra from American Apparel. However, AA is now just available in the US unfortunately. I have mine from the time when there were American Apparel stores all over the world.

The trainers I’m wearing are from my bff Sarah who borrowed them to me this day. I personally don’t own ethical and vegan trainers and I’m going to continue using my old trainers until they fall apart. In the mean while I am thinking of buying ethically made trainers when I find ones to change it up and to show you guys. 🙂

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FAIR & VEGAN FASHION OUTFIT: STATEMENT SLEEVES AND SNEAKERS

Black bell sleeve top by JAN ‘N JUNE €70
Black skirt by Vildnis £65
White vegan sneakers by Veja €80
Pink vegan bag by Labante £54 (on sale!)
Clear sunglasses by Ace & Tate £100

The blouse

This one is for all you sophisticated girls that can work this from the office to dinner. I love this JAN ‘N JUNE blouse and I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on it. The colour is timeless, the design is minimal with that extra touch at the sleeves. It’s another piece that you can combine in a million ways and dress up and down. It is ethically made from neoprene fabric which is breathable, thermo-regulating and most importantly made from recycled ocean garbage!

The skirt

The Vildnis black skirt made from organic cotton is ethically made and matches the blouse perfectly. It is comfortable yet form fitting and you’ll feel like a queen in it knowing that it’s environmentally-friendly.

The bag

The all black look needed a touch of colour. This vegan Labante cross-body bag in the hot pink colour with golden hardware holds your necessities and make a neutral coloured outfit look more interesting. It is PETA-approved and can easily be transformed into an evening clutch.

The sunglasses

You probably know these Ace & Tate sunglasses from lots of Instagram and blog posts already. They match everything and look great with blacks and whites. They are made under ethical conditions.

The shoes

With a pair of heels this look is great for the evening or the office (if you are comfortable in a short skirt like that). But for a casual workplace or a weekend in the city white sneakers make this look more cool and comfortable. They are ethically made and vegan.

This look includes PR samples but this post is not sponsored 🙂

FAIR & VEGAN FASHION: Yellow & jeans

Jeans jacket by Hessnatur €130
Jeans by Hessnatur €109
Black vegan heels by Love Sofie
Yellow shirt by Hessnatur €50
Black vegan bag by Tragwert €70

The jacket

This is my first jeans jacket I’ve ever had and I’ve been wearing it a lot. It adds that coolness and casual vibe to the outfit and is perfect for Spring or even colder summer nights. It is ethically made from organic cotton.

The shirt

This yellow hemp shirt was sent to me by Hessnatur and when I first got it I was unsure if it is my style. But when I tried it on, I immediately loved it. The colour is so fun and brightens up the outfit. It is also very comfortable and hemp is a great sustainable fabric! It is ethically made too.

The bag

I love wearing shoes in the same colour as my bag. This vegan PU leather bag is PETA-approved and has the perfect size. It looks so high quality and tragwert did a great job when it comes to material and design!

The jeans

I like high waisted jeans and these ones match my requirements. They are ethically made in Tunesia from organic denim material and are Fair Wear Foundation certified. When it comes to jeans on jeans, you definitely should choose different colour unless you want a more risky matchy-matchy look.

The shoes

You’ve probably been seeing these heels a lot on my blog and on my Instagram. I love them. They are vegan, comfortable and timeless. As I mentioned above, they also match my bag which is a plus. They are ethically made in Spain from plant leather. The label Love Sofie uses materials like organic cotton, recycled polyester, recycled denim and their plant leather is made by mixing PU with palm, corn, soybean and other plant oils.

This look includes PR samples but this post is not sponsored 🙂

FAIR & VEGAN FASHION OUTFIT: Jeans jacket in Shoreditch

I definitely felt cute in that outfit walking around the city. I’m obsessed with the black high waisted skirt made from organic cotton which looks so good with the organic t-shirt that is spreading the gender equality message. My overknee boots and the jeans jacket keep the outfit a little warmer and my vegan bucket bag holds all the junk that I carry with me.

Jeans jacket by Hessnatur €130
Women supporting women #equality t-shirt by Conscious Tee £30
Black skirt by Vildnis £65
Black vegan bucket bag by Tragwert €60
Black earrings by Luci €20
Grey overknee boots by No Animal Brands (similar ones here)
Silver ring by Wrenn

The earrings

These earrings are lightweight and won’t feel uncomfortable since they are made from local wood and sterling silver. LUCI is a sustainable, ethical, minimal and timeless fashion brand that makes both clothing and jewelry. They upcycle textile waste and do their best to keep their manufacturing waste to a minimum. Their pieces are ethically made in Slovenia.

The shoes

I’ve been loving overknee boots for over 7 years now. So I don’t think I’m getting sick of them anytime soon. I especially love overknee boots with skirts. These are vegan actually really comfortable (for heels). Unfortunately, the label seems to have stopped manufacturing and their website is down. But there are some great overknee boots here.

The t-shirt

There’s nothing easier than doing some activism in your everyday life by wearing a t-shirt with a statement like this one. This is honestly one of my favourite t-shirts and I feel 100 times cooler when wearing it. Plus, it is super high quality. It is ethically and sustainably made from organic GOTS certified Indian cotton using renewable green energy from wind and solar power. It is approved by the Fair Wear Foundation, which “aims to improve conditions for workers in garment factories.”  What I love is that it is is embroidered in England instead of printed on. Conscious Tee also donate £2 for every Tee that is sold to a women’s rights and gender equality charity called WomanKind which is working to help change the discrimination, poverty, and violence that women and girls face around the world.

The skirt

This black high waisted skirt is made from organic cotton, has a zipper in the back and pockets on the sides. I’ve been wearing it a lot and it has become a staple in my closet. Vildnis is a danish brand that is both sustainable and ethical. It is very transparent when it comes to their supply chain.

The jacket

This jeans jacket is ideal for the colder Spring months in London. It adds a casual and cool vibe to the outfit and I’ve been wearing it a lot lately too. It is made from Turkish organic denim and is Fair Wear Foundation approved.

The bag

This tragwert bucket bag has a good size for everyday situations and works well with this neutral tone outfit. The vegan leather finish looks very high-quality and my boyfriend is always surprised how “real” and “expensive” the leather looks. The strap can be adjusted in size and taken off. It is PETA-approved vegan and is made from PU leather that is more sustainable than PVC.

This look includes PR samples but this post is not sponsored 🙂

FAIR & VEGAN FASHION OUTFIT: VIENNESE SPRING

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I’m obsessed with this outfit. Put on a blouse and you can wear it to the office. Take the blouse off and go straight to your dinner date or Friday night drinks. I’d totally wear this to a party or a Spring day in Vienna socialising my way through Viennese bars. The vegan heels make you look and feel like a badass sophisticated girlboss in combination with the French vegan blazer. Bring out those spring colours with the blush coloured crop top and ethically made purse and be ready for brunch.

Blazer by Ekyog (not available anymore but similar ones here)
Sports bra as crop top by Calida £21 
Black high waisted pants by Reformation (not available anymore but similar ones here)
Blush pink bag by Labante
Pink silk scarf by JAN’ N JUNE €35
Black stiletto boots by Love Sofie

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The blazer

Guys, I seriously love this blazer so much! How was I able to live without it? The label is Ekyog which is an ethical and sustainable brand that is quite new to me. I really like Ekyog’s style though – contemporary, young yet sophisticated. They have other blazers available on their site that look very nice as well.

The top

This is actually a sports bra/ casual bralette from CALIDA. You can easily wear it as a crop top like I did here. Athleisure wear, am I right! I love using my clothes to the maximum extent as possible. I love that the colour of the top is very similar to the stripes in the blazer and the bag pulls it all together.

The pants

These are not available anymore but the label Reformation where I got these from constantly bring out new black pants so I’m sure you’ll find a similar pair on their website. I love the high waisted fit in combination with the crop top and the black colour is timeless and makes the outfit look more sophisticated. Reformation manufacture ethically in LA and use sustainable production methods.

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The bag + scarf

You’ve probably seen this bag and scarf combo a million times on my Instagram, Instagram story and my blog. The scarf is made from vegan silk and is from a fair fashion label – so it’s made under ethical conditons. The bag is from my favourite vegan purse label Labante and is PETA approved vegan and ethically made.

The shoes

I feel like this outfit is full of favourite pieces. I wore these heels so much during the past months. They make every outfit look a little bit more extra. They are comfortable and vegan by the Swedish brand Love Sofie. It’s hard to find comfortable, stylish, ethically made and vegan heels so these are my holy grail heels.

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This look includes PR samples but this post is not sponsored 🙂

FAIR & VEGAN FASHION OUTFIT: Cozy orange + black wood

Orange top by R.E.V by Réve en vert £125
Black skinny jeans by Vildnis £68
Black vegan shoes by Scotti Vegan Shoes €80
Black wooden earrings by Luci €25

The shoes

What I love about warmer weather is that you can wear a variety of different shoes rather than boots, boots and more boots that I wear everyday of winter and autumn. These vegan flats are a better version of ballet flats. I’m not the biggest fan of ballet flats anymore but I like them if they have straps or ribbons and details like that that spice them up. These Scotti Vegan Shoes flats are really classic and I love to wear them with a classic pair of black pants. They are ethically made in Italy from microfibre vegan leather and antibacterial breathable inner lining so don’t worry about sweaty feet. Scotti Vegan Shoes manufacture sustainably and with a zero CO2 emissions.

The pants

I’ve been wearing them a lot. They are very comfortable and made from a thin ethically sourced Tencel fabric rather than thick jeans fabric. Their fit is a classic skinny pant. They are not high waisted so I do recommend wearing them with a thin little belt. Vildnis uses eco-friendly fabrics, produce ethically and are very transparent so they even publish their supply chain and their sustainability goals on their website!

The top

The warm colour is brightening up the mood and is ideal for a day at home. The upcycled designer viscose blend feels comfortable on the skin and is a rather thick fabric so it’s perfect for cuddling up inside and keeping warm without wearing a heavy jacket outside. R.E.V. is a label by the concept online shop Réve en vert and manufacture ethically in East London! Even their labels are made form organic cotton. I have the matching spicy orange skirt and featured it in another blog post here if you want to take a look.

The earrings

I love it when companies use innovative materials to create sustainable pieces. These earrings are ethically made from local wood and sterling silver studs. Because of the material they are very light and comfortable to wear! I love the design too. It gives me classic 60s vibes and I love that they are bold yet minimal and elegant. Luci is a label that makes ethical, sustainable and minimal clothing and jewelry

This look includes PR samples but this post is not sponsored 🙂

LIVE SUSTAINABLY ON A BUDGET – my 8 tips for an eco-friendly lifestyle when you’re broke

I’ve been asked to share my tips to live more sustainably and plastic free while having a limited budget. I myself am a student and cannot afford to live completely waste free and sustainable but there are so many things you can do that either don’t cost you anything at all, saves you money in the long run or just cost a tiny bit more and have a huge positive impact on the environment! Here are some of the things that I do to live more sustainable:

1. Bamboo toothbrush

I’ve been using bamboo toothbrushes for over a year now and I love it. They are doing the exact same job as plastic toothbrushes but without the plastic waste. Did you know that you have to change your toothbrush every 3 months? So a pack of 4 toothbrushes will last you a whole year! There are a lot of different bamboo toothbrush labels out there and I have tried 2 different brands so far. my favourite is the Panda brush Bamboo toothbrushes are usually a bit pricier than the plastic ones but it’s just a matter of a few pounds/ euros/ dollars/… a YEAR and it makes such a difference!
-Panda bamboo toothbrush (pack of 4) $12
-bamboo toothbrushes in different colours and children’s brushes (from €3.55)
-Save some Green toothbrushes from £2.75
-Bamboo toothbrush subscription from €4.99
-Brush with bamboo (pack of 4) $20
-wowe bamboo brushes (pack of 4) $11

2. “No straw, please” or straw alternatives

If you go to a bar, café or restaurant simply say “no straw, please” when ordering a drink. I know that some places have paper straws now which is fine but saying those magic words will open up a conversation and show the restaurant/ bar/ café that people care about such things. Don’t forget to say “thank you for not using a straw” when the waiter/ waitress gives you your straw-free drink! This sustainable hack doesn’t cost a thing! But if you want to step up your game and love drinking from a straw I recommend investing in a plastic straw alternative. Nowadays there are straws made from paper, bamboo (or here), stainless steel and glass (for example here and here)! I myself own stainless steel and glass straws and I use them at home. Simply rinse them after using them or use a straw cleaning brush which often comes with the straws. The stainless steel straws should last a lifetime and the glass straws too if you don’t break them (guilty). But I use my glass straws every single day so one broken straw is not a big deal. You’ll also save a lot of money in the long run!

3. Plastic-free dishwashing brush

I’ve been using wooden dishwashing brushes (here or here) for over a year now as well and I love them. I don’t see any negatives about them and they are plastic free! Plus, you can buy the brush heads individually and put a new brush head on the handle once in a while when you feel like the brush needs an update.

4. Reusable tote bag

I think everyone has a reusable tote bag nowadays but if you don’t go and buy one! They are everywhere! I suggest buying one from an e.g. cotton fabric rather than buying a plastic one but honestly, you even get tote bags for free e.g. when buying something or as a PR gift. I have a huge collection of tote bags now. I got them from my university, PR events, when I bought a fair fashion item, etc. I always keep a tote bag in my purse so that I have one when I spontaneously go grocery shopping. Nowadays you have to pay for plastic bags in a lot of places (which is great because it encourages people to bring their own bag) so you’re saving a lot of money using your own bag. It’s such an easy switch and it saves the environment a lot! Don’t be that dick that uses unsexy plastic bags that end up killing animals in our oceans.

5. Good old bar of soap

One of the most stupid and environmentally harming developments is that humans invented shower gel and everyone is using it. It has become mainstream. Remember what humans used before shower gels in plastic bottles? A bar of soap. You can find them everywhere and they mostly even contain fewer chemicals than shower gels. I love buying natural & vegan bars of soap when I’m out and about in the city and see soaps that are ideally unpackaged or packaged in paper. But think about it: even if the soap is wrapped in a tiny plastic film it’s better than those huge plastic bottles. Plus, bars of soap are so much easier to travel with. Invest in a soap tin (here) if you travel a lot and want your soap to be neatly packaged. I’ve been using bars of soaps instead of shower gels for years now because it’s such an easy change. I’ve been buying soaps from all around the world too! It’s also a great souvenir.

6. Reusable water bottle

It feels weird including this but use a reusable water bottle and have it with you! I think everyone has a reusable water bottle and if you don’t – get one, they are everywhere. A plastic free (made from stainless steel or glass) one is ideal for the environment and your health but I myself even keep a little reusable plastic bottle with me that I got gifted from a PR event. Single-use plastic bottles are so bad for your health, the planet, and the animals and are just so unnecessary.

7. Reusable coffee cup

Same as for the water bottle. If you drink tea or coffee regularly then you should have your own reusable coffee cup with you. You can buy them online, in stores and even in coffee shops so it’s an easy change. I do understand though that it’s not that easy if you don’t go to the coffee shop regularly and don’t know what to do if you do go one time. This is my situation. I either ask if they can serve the drink in a ceramic cup (old school style) when I know that I’m staying at the coffee shop or I ask for no lid. Then the beverage is served in a paper cup and is not as bad for the environment as with the plastic lid. And again, this doesn’t cost you anything.

8. Waste-free period

I know a lot of people will either know this already or think that I’m crazy but let me tell you one of my favourite sustainable products ever that changed my life: the menstrual cup. It is a tiny silicone cup that you use instead of tampons. The menstrual cup can be bought in a lot of drug stores, health food shops and online and it lasts between 3-5 years. I was skeptical and confused when I first heard of it but I love it so much now so just try to be open to it! Here are the advantages: it is damn cheap when thinking about you’re using it for up to 5 years – there is no cheaper period product! Think about the money you are saving (I’m still mind blown about this part)! It is super convenient – buy one for your home and one that you always carry around in your purse and you are safe – completely worry-free. It is basically waste-free. Imagine the waste tampons and pads create in 5 years vs a tiny menstrual cup. It is insane. It is probably the healthiest and safest period product out there. Tampons and pads contain a lot of chemicals like bleaches and tampons are known to be highering the chances of getting toxic shock syndrome. I myself looked for tampon alternatives when I experienced cramps everytime I used tampons vs a pad. It still freaks me out a little that I get cramps from tampons – probably because of the chemicals – yuck. Pads are messy and produce waste and also contain chemicals and bleaches. Menstrual cups are also easy to use. You simply empty it in the toilet and wipe it with toilet paper (when on the go) or rinse it in the sink and boil it in hot water (to kill all bacteria and make it safe to use the next month) when your period is done. It is super hygienic compared to pads and tampons that are not hygienic at all. It takes a little practice and I recommend using small pads when using it the first times so that you feel safe but once you get the hang of it it will change your life!
-OrganiCup £21
– Lunette cup $40
-Mooncup different sizes £20
-more menstrual cups 

I hope you consider implementing these tips in your life and become a more environmentally conscious person! Here are some more sites and links that show you how to live plastic-free and have a lower (negative) impact on the planet:

Trash is for tossers website 
Zero Waste Home 
Girl Gone Green Youtube
Gittemary

TRANSPARENZ IN DER MODEINDUSTRIE? MEY DECKT AUF (*DEUTSCH*)

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Ich will es wissen: Wie entsteht ein T-Shirt und wieviel Arbeit steckt dahinter? Transparenz in der Modeindustrie ist wichtig für mehr Nachhaltigkeit und Fairness. Das Modelabel Mey wird 90 Jahre alt und setzt sich genau dafür ein. Mit ihrer “FAIR MADE. FAIR PAID” Aktion wollen sie für mehr Transparenz sorgen und faire Mode für alle zugänglich machen. Denn – für ihre T-Shirts kann man selbst entscheiden wieviel man zahlt!  Ich habe nachgehakt und 13 Fragen an Mey & Meys Mitarbeiter gestellt.

1. Mey feiert 90 Jahre Jubiläum. Wie hat sich Mey seit der Gründung vor 90 Jahren verändert?

Wir sind sehr stolz auf die bereits 90-jährige Geschichte von Mey als Familienunternehmen, das bereits in der 3./4. Generation geführt wird. Natürlich haben sich in den letzten Jahren auch ein paar Dinge geändert. Gestartet sind wir 1928 als Lohnwirkerei und haben uns in den letzten 90 Jahren zu einer der führenden Bodywear- und Lifestylemarken entwickelt. Dabei hat sich natürlich auch die Kollektion im Damen- und Herrenbereich immer weiterentwickelt. Innovationen wie z.B das Mey Drunterhemd oder die Mey Spacer-Schale sind äußerst positive Beispiele, die uns bei dieser Transformation weitergebracht haben. Was wir dabei nie aus den Augen verloren haben, ist unsere Markenphilosophie und unsere Werte: Innovation, Verantwortungsbewusstsein und ein anspruchsvoller Umgang mit Material, Qualität und Verarbeitung. Außerdem sind wir auch sehr glücklich darüber, dass wir in der schnelllebigen Welt der Mode heute so erfolgreich am Markt positioniert sind. Dies konnte nur mit sehr viel Disziplin und stets einem klaren Ziel vor Augen, basierend auf unseren Unternehmenswerten, funktionieren. Mey war zu keinem Zeitpunkt am kurzfristigen Erfolg interessiert, sondern hatte immer eine nachhaltige und langfristige Entwicklung im Fokus.

2. Mey’s Jubiläumskollektion “Fair made. Fair paid” stellt die ethische Produktion eurer Teile in den Fokus. Wo stellt Mey die Kleidung her?

Nachhaltigkeit spielt heute in vielen Bereichen der Gesellschaft eine immer größer werdende Rolle. Die Gegenbewegung zum Billigwahn ist in vollem Gange und ist längst auch in der Welt der Mode an- gekommen. Schon seit der Gründung ist Nachhaltigkeit ein wichtiger Bestandteil von Mey. Nach dem Grundsatz, dass alles, was Menschen direkt am Körper tragen, höchsten Ansprüchen genügen muss, legen wir größten Wert auf nachhaltiges und sozial verantwortliches Handeln und produzieren überwiegend in eigenen Werken in Europa. Der Großteil der Wertschöpfung findet in Deutschland statt. Beispielsweise werden über 80% der Stoffe an unserem Standort in Deutschland hergestellt. In drei deutschen und zwei ausländischen Produktionsbetrieben (Portugal und Ungarn) arbeiten rund 1000 Menschen an der Entwicklung und Herstellung der Mey Wäsche. Modernste Produktionsmethoden in eigenen Werken, der effiziente Einsatz von Ressourcen und kurze Transportwege schonen die Umwelt.

3. Aus welchen Kleidungsstücken besteht die Jubiläumskollektion?

Die Mey Jubiläums-Kollektion konzentriert sich auf das Wesentliche der Marke und fokussiert sich dabei auf eine Auswahl an Basic T-Shirts und Tagwäsche für Damen und Herren.

Für den Bereich der Damen wurden zwei T-Shirt Styles entworfen, ein locker und breit geschnittenes Shirt im boxy-cut und ein tailliert-gestaltetes Shirt. Das Herrenshirt zeichnet sich durch eine casual Passform aus und orientiert sich an Schnitten der Oberbekleidung.

Die gesamte Kollektion basiert auf einem sehr hohen Baumwollanteil, gewonnen aus hochwertigster Peru Pima Baumwolle.

Das ganz Besondere an dieser Kollektion: im Rückenspiegel oder auf dem Hangtag befinden sich Portraits verschiedener Mey Mitarbeiter und persönlichen Statements. Alle Statements beginnen mit „Hey I’am…“ und beschreiben darauffolgend die Tätigkeit im Unternehmen und die Arbeit an diesem Produkt. Mit dieser Besonderheit wollen wir dem Endverbraucher einen Blick hinter die Kulissen bieten und zeigen, welche Menschen und Geschichten hinter den Mey Produkten und der verantwortungsvollen Produktion stehen.

4. Wie viele Menschen arbeiten an dem Design eines T-Shirts und wo werden Mey Teile designt?

Die Design-Teams sitzen an unserem Hauptstandort in Albstadt-Lautlingen, Süddeutschland. Das Damendesign-Team besteht aus 7 Designerinnen und dahinter steht noch einmal ein 6- köpfiges Schnitt-Team. Die Kollektion wird gemeinsam entwickelt. Im Herrendesign sind 5 Designerinnen und Designer für die Kollektion verantwortlich.

5. Wie äußert sich der Nachhaltigkeitsgedanke von Mey? In welchen Bereichen ist Mey umweltfreundlich?

Der Nachhaltigkeitsgedanke zieht sich von unseren Produkten, über die Produktion, bis hin zu kleineren Projekten wie dem Waschen des Firmenfuhrparks mit Regenwasser, oder dem Verwerten von Stoffresten für Dämmmaterialien. Das Bewusstsein für Nachhaltigkeit ist aus der Unternehmenshistorie begründet in den Köpfen der langjährigen Mitarbeiter verankert. Die Herausforderung besteht nun darin, dies in Zukunft auch zu übertragen und weiter als festen Bestandteil der Unternehmenskultur zu etablieren.

Ein weiteres Beispiel für gelebte Nachhaltigkeit ist der sogenannte “Schwäbische Bumerang”. Eine Innovation, die bereits 1997 ins Leben gerufen wurde. Dabei handelt es sich um ein ökologisches Bügelkreislaufsystem, bei dem die Kleiderbügel nach dem Verkauf im Handel gesammelt und in eine Werkstatt für Menschen mit Behinderung zur Aufbereitung geschickt werden. Bei Mey schließt sich der Kreislauf und die Bügel werden mit neuer Ware bestückt. Dadurch werden jährlich 50 Tonnen Abfall eingespart und permanent 40 Menschen mit Behinderung beschäftigt.

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6. Entscheiden schon die Designer aus welchen Material und wie das T-Shirt hergestellt wird?

Ja, bereits im Design wird das Material festgelegt. Allerdings gibt es zwei Herangehensweisen im Designprozess. Im Optimalfall wird ein Produkt skizziert und gestaltet. Daraufhin wird recherchiert und getestet, mit welchem Stoff / Material sich das Produkt optimal umsetzen lässt. Teilweise gibt es aber auch die Möglichkeit, dass ein bereits vorhandener Stoff fest in der Kollektion verankert ist, aus dem dann ein Produkt designt wird.

7. Wie lange dauert es ein T-Shirt herzustellen?

Bevor ein T-Shirt produziert werden kann, muss es natürlich erst einmal designt und entwickelt werden. Dabei handelt es sich um einen längerer Prozess der nur schwer in Zeit gemessen werden kann. Für eine gesamte Kollektion benötigen die Designerinnen und Designer ca. ein 1/2 Jahr. Der konkrete Herstellungsprozess bzw. die reine Produktionszeit eines T-Shirts, also die Zeit für das Stricken des Stoffss, die Verarbeitung in der Ausrüstung, den Zuschnitt und die Konfektion bedarf einen Zeitaufwand von ca. 22,5 Minuten pro T-Shirt.

Nach der Produktion des Shirts wird diese noch verpackt und versendet, bevor sie dann beim Endverbraucher / Händler ist.

8. Wie lange dauert es eine gesamte Kollektion zu entwickeln? Vom Design bis zur Verpackung.

Man glaubt es kaum, wieviel Entwicklung in so einem vermeintlich einfachen Produkt steckt.

Am Anfang steht immer die Recherche: Wie sieht ein modernes, wenn auch simples Shirt aus und wie wird es getragen; welches Material wollen wir einsetzen? Nach und nach entstehen dann erste Skizzen. In Zusammenarbeit mit der Schnitttechnik und der Musternäherei werden erste Prototypen gefertigt und anschließend gefittet. Manchmal braucht es mehrere Korrekturen bis der Style sitzt wie wir Designer es uns vorstellen. Der Feinschliff beginnt: Verarbeitungsproben, Motivdruckversuche, Labelentwicklung und die Stoffqualität wird geprüft. Daraufhin geht schon die erste Produktion los und Größensätze werden erstellt, welche wir dann an unterschiedlichen Trageprobanden ausprobieren und testen. Wie du siehst, bis ein Kleidungsstück entsteht, leisten viele Menschen einen wichtigen Beitrag. Jedes Jahr entstehen bei Mey zwei große Hauptkollektion welche ca. 1.000 Artikel umfasst. Für jede Kollektion benötigt es vom ersten Skizzenstrich bis zur Verpackung ca. ein halbes Jahr. Allerdings startet der erste Gedanke zur neuen Kollektion direkt nach den großen Messen und so fast ein Jahr im Voraus.

9. Wie viele Menschen sind an der Herstellung eines T-Shirts beteiligt?

Bis ein T-Shirt entsteht, leisten viele Menschen einen wichtigen Beitrag. Ungefähr kann gesagt werden, dass insgesamt 40 Personen an einem T-Shirt von der Baumwollplantage bis hin zur Lagerung beteiligt sind. Dabei werden folgende Abteilungen durchlaufen: Design, Baumwollanbau, Entkörnung, Spinnerei, Strickerei, Ausrüstung, Zuschnitt, Näherei, und die Qualitätskontrolle bevor die Produkte verpackt und versandt werden. Natürlich leisten viele Menschen und Abteilungen neben den genannten einen wichtigen Beitrag, von der Geschäftsleitung bis zu unserem Koch in der Kantine.

10. Für die Jubiläumskollektion hat Mey eine Verpackung aus Karton kreiert. War Umweltfreundlichkeit ein Hintergedanke bei der Idee und hat Mey Pläne Plastik in der Zukunft zu vermeiden?

Natürlich war uns bei der Verpackung der Shirts auch der verantwortungsvolle Umgang mit Ressourcen ein großes Anliegen. Denn zu einem nachhaltig produzierten Produkt gehören auch die passenden Verpackungen. Generell wird der Großteil unserer Basic-Programme in umweltfreundlichen Papierkartonagen verpackt. Einige Serien werden offen auf Bügeln ausgeliefert. Dies ist der Tatsache geschuldet, dass moderne Wäscheserien im Fachhandel ausschließlich offen präsentiert werden. Der Kunde möchte die Ware sehen, ohne sie aus der Schachtel nehmen zu müssen. Aus Gründen der Hygiene und Sauberkeit der Ware ist diese für den Transport mit einer Folie überzogen. Hier gibt es aktuell leider noch keine sinnvolle bzw. passende Alternative aus umweltfreundlichen Materialien für uns. Dennoch arbeiten wir daran und wollen auch unsere Verpackungen noch weiter optimieren.

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11. Mey startet eine ganz besondere Kampagne für die T-Shirt-Kollektion. „Pay what you want“ soll Geld für sozial oder gesundheitlich benachteiligte Kinder sammeln. Wer in der Mey Family kam auf diese Idee?

Generell war es eine bereichsübergreifende Entscheidung im Team. Es gibt unglaublich viele Projekte weltweit, die dringend Unterstützung benötigen. Wir haben uns nun für karitative Projekte entschieden, die uns persönlich wirklich sehr bewegen und am Herzen liegen.

12. Mey will noch zusätzlich Kunden die Möglichkeit geben an ein Projekt ihrer Wahl zu spenden. Welche Projekte gibt es zur Auswahl?

Wir werden den gesamten Erlös aus dieser Aktion an karitative Projekte spenden. Die „Freunde der Kinderklinik e.V.“ unterstützen eine einzigartige Spezialambulanz für Kinderdemenz an der Hamburger Kinderklinik des Universitätsklinikum Eppendorf. Ziel ist es, die weltweit einzige Spezialsprechstunde für spezielle Formen der Kinderdemenz für ein Jahr zu finanzieren. Der Verein „Straßenkinder e.V.“ kümmert sich um Kinder und Jugendliche in Berlin, die auf der Straße leben und leistet zudem wichtige Präventivarbeit für diejenigen, die von materieller und sozialer Armut bedroht sind. Wir möchten den Verein mit der Finanzierung eines Beratungsfahrzeugs für ein Jahr unterstützen, um die Brennpunkte anzufahren und die Jugendlichen vor Ort betreuen zu können. Das Ziel der Projekte ist es, sozial oder gesundheitlich benachteiligten Kindern eine Perspektive und Zukunft ermöglichen. Die teilnehmenden Fachhändler haben alternativ auch die Möglichkeit, die erzielte Spanne an ein Projekt ihrer Wahl zu spenden. Wir hoffen natürlich auf ein möglichst hohes Spendenergebnis!

13. Plant Mey weitere ähnliche Projekte in der Zukunft?

Wir sind sehr gespannt, wie das Projekt verlaufen wird, sind aber davon überzeugt, dass wir ein Statement setzen, Aufklärungsarbeit gegen den Fast Fashion Trend betreiben können und gleichzeitig mit der Unterstützung der karitativen Projekte wirklich etwas guten tun! Aktuell ist kein weiteres Projekt in dieser Größe geplant, aber in 10 Jahren feiern wir auch schon das 100-jährige Bestehen, wer weiß was bis dahin kommt. Es bleibt spannend und sicher lohnenswert die Geschichte weiter zu verfolgen!

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T-shirt by Mey
Jeans by Armed Angels €110
Bag by Labante
Shoes by Veja

Dieser Post is gesponsort von Mey und enthält PR samples 🙂 / This post is sponsored by Mey and includes PR samples 🙂

FAIR & VEGAN FASHION QUICKY: CASUAL BLACK LOOK

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Another fair, sustainable & vegan fashion quicky. 1 outfit, 3 photos and just a few words.

Sweater by Armed Angels €70
Navy high waisted pants by Noumeonon €160
Black Derby shoes by Wills Vegan Shoes £80
Blush pink bag by Labante (my bff Sarah’s bag is by Labante as well)
Pink vegan silk scarf by JAN’ N JUNE €35
Old beret

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The sweater

I believe in equality between women and men. Fashion is no exception. Boy, wear those heels and nail polish and girl, shop that men’s wear. This sweater is borrowed from my boyfriend. It is made from organic cotton and ethically manufactured. It’s thin, soft and comfortable – a great basic.

The bag + scarf

Labante has some cute vegan bags and this blush pink one is my current favourite. The scarf is vegan and made from recycled plastic bottles. How dope is that? It also adds a glamorous touch and a pop of colour to the bag and outfit.

The shoes

I wear those all the time. They are my go-to shoes. Black so that they match every outfit, flat and comfortable and an elegant style so that they won’t look too casual. Vegan and ethically made.

The pants

Damn those are comfortable. So much belly room for food. And you can easily wear them all-year-round. Layer thick tights or stockings or even leggings under them for freezing cold winters and combine with a crop top in summer.

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FASHION QUICKY: COOKING VEGAN PANCAKES IN VEGAN & SUSTAINABLE UNDERWEAR SET + RECIPE!

Not my regular sustainable & vegan fashion quicky. This one comes with a healthy pancake recipe because why not?

Grey-blue bralette by Calida £43
Grey-blue bottoms by Calida £32

We don’t like to wear cruel silk underneath our clothes. We like vegan underwear instead, right? This Calida set is just as comfortable as the other underwear sets I’ve showed you (black set and blush pink set) which means you can wear it all day on a lazy vegan pancake Sunday. Calida is a sustainable loungewear, basics and underwear label that has a “Made in Green” collection that is OEKOTEX certified, sustainable and ethical. This set however, is not part of the Made in Green collection.

Healthy, vegan, glutenfree pancakes recipe

put in a blender:

-1 ripe & spotty banana
-approximately 1.5 cups of oats
-1 cup of water
-1 cup of plant milk OR 2 cups of water

Please, adjust the recipe if necessary. For me, it never turns out the same way everytime I do it. Just try to create a THICK & smooth batter that is not runny. That way you can fry the pancakes in a non-stick pan without oil (super healthy). If you want to use oil, it’ll be more likely that they pancakes turn out perfect and you don’t need to make sure the batter has the ideal consistency. You can also add cinnamon, stevia, blueberries chocolate chips, etc to the batter. Top it off with berries, banana, chocolate sauce, maple syrup, nut butter, cacao nibs – the possibilities are endless.

This look includes PR samples but this post is not sponsored 🙂

FAIR & VEGAN FASHION OUTFIT: OUT AND ABOUT IN LONDON

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Don’t feel like wearing heels? This is the ideal day-in-the-city outfit. Feel comfortable in the white vegan sneakers by Veja and the navy high waisted pants by Noumenon. Combined with the organic t-shirt spreading the gender equality message and a French blazer and you’ll still look put together while exploring the city. The pink pop of colour of the vegan bag makes this look a bit more fun.

Blazer by Ekyog (not available anymore but similar ones here)
Wo[men] supporting wo[men] #equality t-shirt £27.50
Navy high waisted pants by Noumenon €160
White vegan sneakers by Veja €80
earrings in silver by Naida C Castel €85
ear cuff by Naida C Castel €30
pink vegan bag by Labante £60

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The blazer

I’ve rolled up the sleeves to make the blazer look more casual and young. The grey colour with the pinkish stripes make the blazer look more fun and suitable for spring. It is made under ethical conditions by the French label Ekyog which I’m currently so obsessed with!  You’ll find other blazers in their online shop and cute jackets that are all ethically made.

The t-shirt

This t-shirt is everything! It looks minimal from far away but if you get closer you can read the “wo[men] supporting wo[men] #equality” message which is not printed but embroidered on the shirt. It is made under ethical conditions using renewable energy from organic cotton and is so high quality! Conscious Tee also has sweatshirts with the gender equality message on it so get your hands on them as long as their available!

The pants

I’ve been wearing these pants so often. They are a new staple. I love that there’s lots of room in the belly area so these should be your go-to bottoms when you’re going to have lots of food. Plus, the fabric belt they come with can adjust the waist to your needs. Noumenon is a PETA approved vegan label that manufactures ethically in Lithuania. The pants are made from a blend of organic cotton and a fabric called ramie.

The bag

This bag brightens up every outfit. The gold hardware looks so good with the screaming pink colour. It is PETA approved vegan and ethically made. The UK based brand Labante is my favourite vegan bag label. The bag has 3 compartments but doesn’t hold bigger items. It is perfect for days where you just want to spend the day in the city with your phone, some money, your ID, a lip gloss and your oyster card.

The shoes

I usually don’t wear athleisure wear that much and wearing trainers out on the street is not my personal style either. But these vegan white Veja sneakers are the right amount of casual yet sophisticated I think. Veja is a sneaker label that manufactures ethically and sustainably. So get your hands on some vegan sneakers for Spring and summer from them and contribute to a more environmentally-friendly world!

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The earrings

I’m wearing earrings and an ear cuff on one side (you can see it in the photo below). All pieces are by the label Naida C Castel which handcraft unique jewelry pieces from high-quality materials. I’ve been loving the combo of the earrings with the ear cuff lately. The ear cuff is actually just put on the ear so you don’t have to have your ear pierced (I also don’t have that part of my ear pierced). I love that since you can experiment with a bit of an edgier style without committing to piercing your ear. The earrings are unique since they give the appearance that they are miraculously floating under your ear.

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This look includes PR samples but this post is not sponsored 🙂

FAIR & VEGAN FASHION QUICKY: BLACK JUMPSUIT

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Fair, vegan & sustainable fashion quicky time! 1 look, 2 photos and just a few words. Let’s go:

Black jumpsuit by People Tree £95
Black stiletto boots by Love Sofie 

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The jumpsuit

I got this one a while ago (over a year ago I think) and it’s still available online! That’s the beauty of fair & slow fashion. This jumpsuit is made from 100% organic cotton and is for days where you want to look good without putting in the effort. Just put on this jumpsuit for a cute office look, special occasion look or wear it with sneakers for a more casual look. It comes with a bow but I skipped that one for this look. You can easily put in a vegan belt to change it up a bit.

The shoes

Vegan, ethically made, comfortable, timeless and chic. They’ll stay my favourites for a very long time as well I’m sure of that.

Spice up the outfit with accessories like delicate gold jewelry like I did or statement earrings and a cool purse.

This look includes a PR sample but this post is not sponsored 🙂

SUSTAINABLE & VEGAN FASHION QUICKY: BLUSH PINK UNDERWEAR SET

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You should know how it goes by now: 1 look, 4 photos and just a few words.

Blush pink bralette (currently not available but similar ones here and here)
Blush pink bottoms by Calida £30

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This set is soft, comfortable and ideal to lounge around on a lazy Sunday (totally guilty of not wearing clothes when I’m lazy). Calida is a Swiss label that introduced the Made in Green label within their collections. This means that the Made in Green clothes are made sustainably and ethically and that the fashion is OEKOTEX certified. This set is however, not part of the Made in Green collection. The Sue bralette I’ve linked above is part of of the Made in Green colelction. Calida Switzerland is however, overall a sustainable label.

This look includes PR samples but this post is not sponsored 🙂

FAVOURITES OF THE MONTH (MARCH) – FASHION, TP(?!), BOOK, GYM & MORE

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I’ve been thinking of new blog posts to spice it up a little and after coming up with my FAIR & VEGAN FASHION QUICKY, I thought that it would be cool if I share my favourites of this previous month. I hope you like this new segment. I’m really excited and I can’t wait to introduce you to ethical, vegan and sustainable products and brands that make my heart skip a beat!

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Shoes of the month

I’ve been wearing those so often. They make every outfit look more chic. I even wore then with jeans and a t-shirt and instantly looked more put together. The brand was very new to me. Love Sofie is a young vegan shoe label that uses recycled and organic materials and manufactures under ethical conditions in the EU minimising their impact on the environment by decreasing transport time.
-Heels by Lovie Sofie 

Bag of the month

I had to force myself not using the same bag everyday because I love this one so much and would even mismatch an outfit with it. The design is classic yet the colour adds a touch of youth to it. I love how versatile the gold chain strap is. The label Labante is my favourite vegan bag label currently. The company manufacture under ethical conditions and try to minimise their environmental footprint by using recycled materials. They are PETA approved vegan so you don’t have to worry about non-vegan glues.
-Kelly bag in pink £115

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Gym + Onzie workout clothes

Just like the previous months, I loved going to the gym! Moving my body has been a must for me lately. A couple of months ago I started this deal with myself to workout 5 times a week. If I’m only able to go less than 5 times that’s still great but I needed to set this goal so that working out becomes a habit for me. I didn’t always reach the 5 times a week target but I worked out every week and felt happy doing it! That’s a huge win for me! What helped me feel good in my skin while working out are my new workout clothes by Onzie. They are ethically made in the USA and look and fit amazingly! They’ve motivated me to go to the gym because I was so excited to wear them. I’ve been looking for fair workout clothes for so long and was so happy to find this label. I’m wearing their sports bra and high waisted leggings in the photo below.
Ritz bra in black $48 and Royal Legging $78 by Onzie

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Book of the month

Here’s a confession: I haven’t been reading a lot of books in the last years. I loved reading books when I was a child and in my teen years but I’ve spent my time doing other more creative activities in the last years like taking photos with Max and myself. But this month Max surprised me with this book and I loved it! It’s called “Lean in” by Sheryl Sandberg. I’m sure some of you already know it and have read it already. It’s quite well known. It’s basically about women in work and as leaders as well as gender equality. I can highly recommend it to all you motivated bosses out there! It’s empowering and motivates you to take your career to the next level.
– Lean in – women, work and the will to lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Candle of the month

I received a huge package from Vegan Bunny this month filled with natural and vegan soy wax candles. I bought one of their candles a couple months ago and loved the scent, natural & vegan philosophy and design so I was so happy to try all the scents! I burned the Sweet Orange candle this month and it made my apartment smell like sweet orange indeed but not overpowering to the extent that you get headaches. Conventional candles contain paraffins that are linked to lung cancer and the scent is always too strong for me. ❌ Natural candles use natural ingredients that don’t cause cancer. 🙅‍♀️ That’s why I love Vegan Bunny candles. Plus, the new copper packaging looks so cute! 😍

Natural & vegan sweet orange candle by Vegan Bunny £10

Brand of the month

I want to take this section and write about companies that I love. I’m excited to introduce you to Who gives a crap who don’t just have the best company name ever but are also doing amazing things for the environment and people! This is not just any toilet paper brand. Let’s start with the most awesome fact about them: they donate 50% of their profit to help build toilets and improve sanitation globally! Why? Because 2.3 billion people don’t have access to a toilet and around 289,000 childrenunder five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation! That’s crap. So I love seeing a company that cares and makes a difference in the world. But that’s not all. Who gives a crap uses bamboo and recycled paper to make their toilet paper instead of virgin trees which saves water, energy and lots of trees! Plus, they send a huge box of plastic-free toilet paper right to your home! That’s great if you are too lazy to go shopping (a.k.a me) and if you want to decrease your plastic consumption. And for my health conscious people out there: Who gives a crap toilet paper is made without chemical inks, dyes or scents. Last but not least: how freaking cute is the plastic-free packaging!

-Bamboo toilet paper by Who gives a crap (get £5 or $10 (USA, AU) off with discount code LIVIAVANH)

This blog post includes PR samples but it is not sponsored 🙂

FAIR & VEGAN FASHION QUICKY: ALL BLACK OUTFIT

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Here’s a fair, vegan & sustainable fashion quicky for you. 2 photos, 3 fair fashion pieces and just a few words – let’s get started.

Sweater by Armed Angels €70
Black tassel pants by Reformation (not available anymore but similar ones here)
Black stiletto boots by Love Sofie
old beret

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The sweater

Since I’m lacking basic sweaters I just borrowed my boyfriends organic cotton sweater. It honestly looks so good on women too. It’s totally unisex!

The pants

Those are not available anymore unfortunately but Reformation has great clothes in general and I’ve linked other black Reformation pants above.

The shoes

Vegan, ethical and KILLER. I love those stiletto boots and they make this simple outfit interesting. They also very comfortable.

This look includes PR samples but this post is not sponsored 🙂

FAIR & VEGAN FASHION OUTFIT: CROP TOP & KILLER HEELS

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Blazer by Ekyog (not available anymore but similar ones)
Crop top by Noumenon €55
High waisted pants in navy by Noumenon €160
Black stiletto boots by Love Sofie

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The pants

I got these at a fair fashion sample sale in London (wrote about the sample sale here) and I love them since. I LOVE anything high waisted and cropped and these pants are super super high waisted. Plus, they are so comfortable. Lots of room for food bellies so they are perfect for dinner dates. I actually wore them for dinner on Valentine’s day.  The label manufactures only vegan and ethically made fashion. The pants are made from organic cotton

The top

I had an eye on this top for sooooo long. The fair fashion sample sale in London was the perfect occasion to try it on and get it for a reduced price. After seeing how well it fits I had to get it. As I said, I love crop tops and this one is made from surplus furniture fabric so it’s totally sustainable. It’s ethically made in Lithuania. Be careful though, the straps are really thin and are not made from a stretchy material. I’ve been wearing the straps a little too tightly and one of them ripped. I just sewed it back on (by hand) and it was as good as new but just so you know.

The blazer

One of my current favourites. It matches every outfit and adds a sophisticated touch to the outfit. Plus it covers you up a bit more since the crop top with the super thin straps would be a little cold by itself (perfect for summer though). The blazer is ethically made.

The shoes

These stiletto boots are comfortable, vegan and look killer. They’re my favourite heels at the moment. I’m definitely excited for future Love Sofie shoes! They are perfect for night outs or the office or to simply spice up any outfit. A must for vegan high heel lovers. They are ethically made in the EU.

This look includes PR samples but this post is not sponsored 🙂

SUSTAINABLE & ETHICAL UNDERWEAR + my thoughts on basics & wired bras

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Black bralette by Saint Basics €30
Black brazilian bottoms by Saint Basics €18

 

From trendy to basic?

I’ve been writing about this topic a little in previous blog posts. When I first started this vegan, ethical & sustainable fashion journey I was always on the hunt for fair fashion that looked like the trendy fast fashion. I quickly got frustrated when I couldn’t find a trend in all the ethical fashion online shops. That was actually the reason why I started my fair fashion Instagram and blog. I wanted to show that – although it is hard to find – ethical fashion CAN look good. I wanted to find all the hidden gems from those fair fashion brands and show them to you so that you don’t have to. After a while (and after moving to a tiny 17m2apartment in London with a tiny closet) I got rid of a lot of my old and unworn clothes and had a closet filled with mostly fair fashion. I slowly realised that I prefer a more classic and timeless look over a funky and trendy look. I started my hunt for those perfect timeless yet ethically made basics.

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The power of basics

High waisted jeans, white t-shirts, blazers, black pants, black turtlenecks, and white/black/nude underwear – those are the essentials in a closet. Those are the ones that you’ll have a lifetime. Those are the pieces you’ll build an outfit with. Those are the pieces you can combine with those trendy pieces to make it look more put together. Those are also the pieces you’ll grab when you have no time to look put together. Let’s look at a case study 😜: When I go to lectures at my uni I keep it simple. I don’t dress up to work on statistics for carbon density in biomass. While I’ve just put on an XL sweatshirt and joggers in my first year of universty, I do still want to feel somewhat human when I go to university now. That’s when those basics come in handy. I have my own selection of uniforms that I grab and go: jeans + black turtleneck, jeans + white t-shirt (+ blazer), jeans + nude turtleneck, high waisted navy pants + long sleeve, etc. Combined with my big & classic black vegan Alexandra K bag, a black coat and black vegan derby shoes I feel comfortable yet good in my skin.

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Lace & garters vs. bralettes & stretch?

When it comes to underwear I’ve learned the same thing. While I love the aesthetics of lacey push-up bras, they are too uncomfortable and delicate for everyday. Plus, you need basic underwear sets in white, black and nude so that you’ll have underwear that doesn’t show under your clothes. Maybe this is too TMI for you but I’ve given up wired bras and push-up bras a few years ago and wear mostly bralettes nowadays. They are healthier for your lymph system (watch a video about wired bras and their effect on your body here) and they don’t make your breasts soggier longterm because your muscles don’t work that much when wearing wired bras. Bralettes give you the right amount of support. Now, I think the easiest way to buy ethical fashion is to buy basics. There are great organic, fair and vegan t-shirts, long sleeves and bralettes out there.

This bralette and brazilian bottoms set is made ethically from eucalyptus which is a vegan silk-like material that is softer than cotton. The label focusses on basics.

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This blog post includes PR samples but it is not sponsored 🙂

FAIR & VEGAN FASHION OUTFIT: TIMELESS SPRING LOOK

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I know, I know. I haven’t posted as much fair, vegan & sustainable fashion-related content lately. Even though outfit posts are my vegan guide favourite type of blog posts and actually the reason why I started my blog, I just had so many other blog posts that I wanted to do and that were highly requested like my vegan guide or the 30 facts about me. But now to the outfit. It’s vegan, fair & sustainable as always.

Blazer by Ekyog (not available anymore but similar ones)
White t-shirt by Vatter €40
Jeans by Armed Angels €100
Shoes by Mireia Playa (not available anymore but similar ones)
Pink bag by Labante
Pink vegan silk scarf by JAN ‘N JUNE €35
Bracelets by Labante

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The bag is my current favourite. The blush pink colour brightens up my dark (mostly black) outfits and the pink vegan silk scarf fits perfectly with the bag. I love the chain strap detailing of the bag because I can adjust the length of the chain. The shoes are from last season and I like them a lot. They are very comfortable yet still give you a little height with that chunky heel. I feel like they look like shoes a designer like Prada would do but without the cruelty. They are vegan and ethically made.

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You probably know the jeans by now. Organic, vegan, sustainable and ethically made by Armed Angels. I know it is a little pricey. But it is my only pair of jeans (except some old American  Apparel ones that are way too big on me now) and I wear them SOOO often. It is hard to find a vegan and good-looking high waisted pair of jeans that are ethically made. I can recommend these ones.
The blazer is another favourite of mine. A new one though. I’ve been looking for an ethically made pantsuit for so long. Then I found the label Ekyog and was so happy to find this blazer. It is a tiny bit too big on me since (I think) I lost a little weight from working out more often (I don’t weigh myself) so I bought my regular size which turned out to be not my size anymore. But it still looks super cute and I’ve been wearing it so often since I got the blazer and matching pants.
I cannot say it enough. Do the planet, animals and people a favour and by yourself a fair & sustainable white t-shirt. This one is by Vatter and is made from GOTS certified organic cotton. You’ll wear it so often and feel good about your choice everytime you’ll wear it.

This blog post includes PR samples but it is not sponsored 🙂

Fair & green energy by Our Power & my tips to save energy

Here on my blog I try to inspire people to live a more ethical and sustainable lifestyle. I’ve been sharing lots of ethical & sustainable outfits and fashion brands with you, I’ve shared my guide to become vegan, my guide to reduce your waste and much more. There are lots of ways to live a more ethical and sustainble lifestyle and I’m always up for challenging my own lifestyle to become more ethical.

While my closet is filled with fair and green fashion, my bathroom is equipped with natural cosmetics and my fridge is stuffed with healthy, environmentally-friendly vegan foods, I haven’t thought about where my energy comes from.

Do you know where your energy comes from?

We use energy daily and constantly. It is an important aspect of our modern everyday lives. Without energy I couldn’t use my laptop and smartphone to work on blog posts and social media content. Yet when I moved to my new flat in fall I didn’t think of what kind of energy I’m using and if it is ethical. This is why I was so excited about to learn about Our Power.

I think we all agree that renewable and green energy is the way to go. But is green energy more expensive? You all know that I’m advocating that a more sustainable and ethical lifestyle doesn’t have to be more expensive and that there are always alterantives and ways to even save money! Our Power’s tariffs use renewable energy as part of the OFGEM generation mix. The company is transparent about their energy source and intends to make all tariffs green. The proportion of renewables recently have been high:

Wind
Solar
Hydro
Gas
Nuclear
Coal
Bioenergy
Pumped Storage
Interconnectors (Imports)
Oil

Their new +IMPACT tariff is a 100% green AND ETHICAL energy tariff. The not-for-profit energy supplier knows their energy sources and buy from community-owned energy schemes and renewable sources in the UK, where possible.

 

While Our Power wants to supply greener energy, their mission is also to make household energy more affordable! How?  By not paying dividends to shareholders, by finding the most efficient ways to operate, by generating their own power and by reinvesting any profits to benefit the customers and communities.

FUEL POVERTY – HEAT OR EAT?

Our Power is owned by social housing providers, community organisations and local authorities. Their idea is to maintain a low price so that they can provide green and affordable energy to low income households or those in risk of fuel poverty. What is fuel poverty you may ask?
Over four million households in the UK live in fuel poverty, meaning that they regularly have to make the choice between eating a hot meal or heating their home.

Our Power wants to make the energy market fairer and fight inequality. The more customers switch to the +IMPACT tariff, the more Our Power can maintain the lowest prices for customers at risk of fuel poverty. “Put into numbers, for every home that switches to the +Impact tariff, Our Power can offer an affordable tariff to a lower income or fuel-poor household, helping them heat their home for an average of 54 more days than they could for the same price on a Big 6 standard variable tariff.”

SAVING ENERGY

Changing to a renewable energy provider isn’t all you can do. Trying to save energy in your everyday life makes a difference in costs and the environment. Our Power will deliver ways to help you manage fuel costs.

“A smart meter in your home will enable us to offer personal, tailored and confidential advice on the best ways to get value for money from energy used in your home, to stay warm and to save money. You will easily see how much energy you are using and how much you are spending.”

My own advice for easy ways to save energy

When Max and I moved to the new flat we immediately changed the light bulbs to LED light bulbs which are more environmentally-friendly and save energy (and therefore costs). Further ways to save energy include:

  • closing windows when turning on the heat
  • washing your laundry on a cold setting (this is also better for your beloved fashion items so that you can wear them longer) and in a full load
  • air dry your clothes rather than using a dryer
  • check your fridge settings and adjust the settings when it is set too cold than necessary
  • plug your home electronics into power strips and turn the power strips off when you don’t use them

[This blog post is sponsored :)]