Life is full-on in 2019. We see it every day in the news, there’s poverty, wars, inequality, climate change, deforestation, plastic in our oceans. If I see one more picture of a turtle swimming in plastic bags… we are all suffering from compassion overload! There are so many things wrong with society that we wish we could change, that sometimes it feels easier to just switch off and forget. While things can feel overwhelming, there is also so much hope. We can’t fight every battle single-handedly, but as humans and consumers – we have more power than we know. All around us, our world is changing for the better. Every day people have made new systems, creations, businesses and laws that mean we are treating each other, our planet and animals BETTER. There are so many ways to put our money to good causes, ethical brands, and solutions that HELP.
There are so many products to choose from these days. We want it all: performance, longevity, the right price. If you’re conscious of the environment, you want your purchases to make as little impact as possible. So what does this mean? When we start to be aware of the huge amount of energy it takes to product a single item – in terms of electricity, water, human hands and other resources, it changes the way we view the world. You only have to watch one video of all the rubbish in the ocean to feel a little overwhelmed. We live in this beautiful world, but it seems so much of what we do is having a negative impact!
Lola Sherunkova (@LolkaSher) is a New York-based vegan, sustainable fashion and skincare influencer, and the co-founder of Yuve, a brand of vegan supplements. She is a creator of delicious plant-based recipes and a mother of an orange tabby cat. Here is her recipe for Raw Chocolate Protein Bars with Dates. “These days we all know someone who is on vegan, gluten-free, raw, keto or paleo diet. Fortunately, some grocery shops and restaurants offer many choices to their consumers. However, the amount of sugar in most of the products is extremely high! (Please read the labels carefully) Here is where the homemade products step in. My dear friends let me introduce you to the Raw Chocolate Protein Bars with Dates, the best tasting dessert without added sugar.
James Aspey is an Australian animal rights activist and lecturer. He is known for remaining silent for an entire year to raise awareness on animal cruelties. Read here about him and the ‘vegan revolution’. “To many people, veganism can seem like an extreme, challenging, unsatisfying and unnecessary lifestyle choice. I’ve been vegan for nearly four years and I can tell you that being vegan is one of the most life-enriching, positive, health-enhancing and important things I’ve ever done in my life. In fact, you’d hard-pressed to find a vegan who doesn’t agree it’s one of the best things they’ve ever done!
Angie Li is the talented creator, chef and photographer behind vANGIEtarian, Hong Kong’s most popular plant-based Instagram account and healthy lifestyle blog where she shares her stunning bowl photography and simple, nutritious and delicious recipes. She is a passionate vegan marathon runner. We’re happy to share here her recipe for chocolate brownie bircher muesli: such a warming breakfast combo!
There are animal products in cosmetics. It’s a fact. Some are animal derived and others are animal by products. Some use ingredients animals were born to make (think milk, honey and beeswax), others use ingredients made from animals. It’s easy to tell animal made foods at the supermarket. It’s a lot harder to pick out animal made cosmetics. Are you vegetarian or vegan? Would you be shocked to learn many moisturisers, mascaras, eye shadows and blushers are made from animal products? Would you like to know exactly how to choose vegetarian and vegan friendly skincare, makeup and cosmetics?
After the mayhem of Black Friday, Green Monday is about to hit. Black Friday has become a great platform for consumers to save on goods offered on sale on that day, and Green Monday is following suit. Usually the second Monday in December, we thought we’d challenge ourselves (and maybe you!) to use this day to purchase goods with a ‘green’ focus. This can mean many things – ethical sourcing, local, sustainable products, environmentally aware design, cruelty free – however you interpret this. We all consume a lot, from food, household goods, clothes, entertainment, advertising, social media, travel, transport, it’s at the centre of our lives! We thought Green Monday 2017 would be a good opportunity to see if we can use the day to look at what we purchase and consume. The more we consume, the more we buy, the more resources we are using.
Stan Veniaminov is a personal trainer based in Bondi, Australia. Read about his tips on how to keep fit and stay healthy when on a vegan diet. ‘I think being vegan and fit can be bit tricky, but as long as you focus on eating food high in nutrition, especially essential amino acids, then you will be fine. Lets take breakfast for example. First of all when I wake up during 1st hour of being awake I drink around 1-1.5L of water to make sure body is well hydrated and energised to kickstart my daily activities. Then, after 2 hours, I make breakfast, usually smoothie or acai bowl, loaded with oats, bananas, peanut butter or walnuts, chia seeds, crunchy granola (my fav) and plant-based protein (PranaOn is my fav).
James Aspey is one of Australia’s best known vegans. Having beaten cancer, he decided to get healthy and went vegetarian. His journey led him to become vegan, and to his Voiceless365 campaign for which he took a year’s vow of silence in support of voiceless animals. Here he tells us about his journey and life as a vegan and animal rights activist.
For health, happiness and vitality Raw food YouTube celebrity and Insta-star, Rawvana shares her journey to a healthier way of living and we love her! Check out her awesome vegan cauliflower tacos recipe here. San Diego resident, Rawvana, aka Yovana Mendoza is a Mexican-American vegan and raw food advocate who started her journey towards health, happiness and vitality through a two-week detox program in 2013. She never looked back! Find out more about Rawvana: http://rawvana.com/ ********* Versión en español Rawvana y su Receta Crudivegana para la Salud, Felicidad y Vitalidad Rawvana quien es toda una celebridad vegana en You Tube, nos comparte cómo es que empezó su camino hacia un estilo de vida más sano. Encuentra su deliciosa receta de tacos de coliflor aquí. Yovana Mendoza mejor conocida como Rawvana, es residente de San Diego, California de origen México-Americano y es promotora de la alimentación crudivegana, ella empezó el cambio hacia una vida de salud, felicidad y vitalidad a través de un sistema de desintoxicación de 2 semanas que empezó en el año 2013, ¡desde …