5 Article about – Is it Really Ethical?

Is Faux Leather Really Better? – An article about which I have been wanting to write for a long time as well. Very interesting and important to understand! Vegan is not always better for the planet and the environment.

What 10 Ethical Writers Eat In A Day And Why I’m No Longer Vegan – A thing that I’ve been long pondering about, whether veganism is sustainable or more sustainable choice than a meat-eating diet. Leotie Lovely’s article is well researched and really doesn’t leave anything unsaid!

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I’ve Decided: Fur Is The Eco-Friendly Choice, And You Won’t Change My Mind – Ecocult released an article about how she finds that fur is more eco-friendly than faux-fur. She explains why and how she inherited a fur heirloom from her mother. It is a new point of view to what we are now commonly used to.

H&M Conscious Label Not So Conscious – This documentary done by journalists seeks to reveal the secrets of H&M and how they run their business. It is a good insight into how big brands can bend laws and benefit from everything.

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Is Social Good Marketing Just Another Form of Greenwashing? – Are the companies trying to do just a little better than the very exploitative companies, or are they really trying to make a change in the industry?

What Is Ethical Coffee And How To Find It? – Ethical Unicorn discusses the ethics of the Fairtrade certificate and other coffee certificates and explains how we can work with the knowledge.

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Do you have articles that discuss whether something is really ethical? Share them in the comment box below!

With love,

Lii

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Ethical Jewellery by Cred Jewellery

Jewellery is often associated with something permanent and long-term. Especially the jewellery made out of precious metals and possibly containing precious gems. Their beauty is celebrated for years to come as they don’t decay, and they can be passed on as heirlooms to future generations. I have a lovely golden necklace with a ruby from my mother, which I cherish! I remember wanting to play with it when I was a little girl and when I grew up my mother gave it to me. It is special, it is beautiful and it reminds me of my mother. I am sure many of you have had beautiful stories with jewellery from engagements, presents or dates. I would love to hear them!

The one thing we don’t want is to look at our jewellery day after day and be reminded of the damage it might’ve had on our planet or people. However, sadly, this is the case with many high street jewellery, nevertheless of the undying efforts of NGOs, consumers and even jewellers. We’ve all heard about the blood diamonds, but who’s heard about the unethical and very environmentally disruptive way gold, platinum or gems stones are produced? I found out about it only recently, and couldn’t have imagined how widespread the problem is.

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WHAT ARE THE ETHICAL ISSUES IN THE JEWELLERY INDUSTRY

  • Mining and Toxic Waste – Mining requires certain toxic chemicals to extract precious metals cost efficiently. It produces a lot of toxic waste, which is a mixture of different chemical, which often ends up in local waterways contaminating local ecosystem.
  • Destroying the Ecosystem and Relocating Populations – Toxic waste is often dumped in the local waterways where it contaminates and kills not only the aquatic life but also the local ecosystem, enters the food chain and destroys peoples drinking water. People are often forced to relocate without an incentive and they lose their livelihoods. Examples 1 and 2.
  • Human Rights Violations – People are often forced to work in the mines with lower than minimum wage in dangerous conditions. They can face job fatalities with rock falls and tunnel collapses as well as experience heat exhaustion and get various respiratory diseases such as lung cancer or tuberculosis.
  • Blood Diamonds – Warlords use diamonds as a currency to finance their illegal war efforts.
  • Jewellery Production – Energy used to make jewellery, packaging materials, toxic dyes and chemical disposal.

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Thankfully there are better alternatives and jewellery industry seems to try and change things. It is still not easy to find absolutely sustainable options, but there are several companies that are driving the change and showing that customers want their jewellery to be ethical and sustainable! One of these companies is Cred Jewellery. My fiance stumbled upon Cred Jewellery when he was looking for a birthday present for me and after I received my beautiful earrings I decided to make an investigation into the company. I was happy to learn that their webpage offered an answer to all my ethical questions. Cred Jewellery works with their partners to keep the supply chain transparent, so you know exactly where the items in your jewellery come from.

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FAIRTRADE GOLD AND SILVER

I found it fascinating to learn that sustainable mining is said to be a practice of artisan and small-scale miners, where they refill and replant topsoil to minimise mining impact, and use non-toxic and have low energy requirements. Oro Verde is owned by 194 families in Columbia to produce responsible and traceable gold and platinum. It is a collective that provides small-scale and artisanal miners profitable activity whilst keeping it traceable and fairtrade.

Cred Jewellery used only Oro Verde gold and was one of the first companies to pay a premium for ecological gold. The premium is then invested by the mining community the way they need it. All the mining is done under stringent social and environmental criteria and is independently audited. Did you know that silver is often a by-product of gold mining and requires less energy to produce? Neither did I!

RECYCLED SILVER AND PLATINUM

Platinum is a very energy intensive to get off the ground and is very rare. In addition, medical and catalytic converters use it and require it more than the jewellery industry. Therefore recycled platinum is much more sustainable option and virgin platinum. Cred Jewellery uses only recycled platinum and some of its silver is recycled.

GEMS AND DIAMONDS

All of Cred Jewellery diamonds are certified conflict-free by Kimberley Process. There has been critique about whether Kimberley Process is as reliable a source of diamonds, but there is no other body to certify this yet. Actually, there is no fairtrade mark for gemstones and diamonds yet, however, Cred is working hard to source gems responsibly with economic justice to people involved.

In addition, Cred is working hard to help the people involved in the mining processes from safer working conditions to healthcare and education. Their source in Namibia established a jewellery training school for those who were previously disadvantaged due to mining practices.

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I was definitely impressed by what Cred Jewellery is already doing to help pave the way for sustainable and ethical jewellery and am so happy to wear my earrings with a good conscious!

Read more about sustainable and ethical jewellery from ethical consumer and check the Cred Jewellery website here!

 

How do you think we should address the ethical and sustainable problems in the jewellery industry?

With love,

Lii

 

Sustainable New of the Month – January 2018

Bitcoin Mining Consumes More Electricity a Year Than Ireland – Many people forget that if we reduce paper it doesn’t mean we are being sustainable and there is a big need in moving to renewable energy globally!

Dell And Nikki Reed Turn Gold From Computers Into Jewellery – Finally technological companies are making some effort into sustainability and circularity. If there are precious metals that can be used again in old computers why shouldn’t it be harvested and reused for something else?

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Avangrid Signs Deal With Nike for Texas Wind Power – It is a second agreement Nike is doing to secure more renewable energy into their production.

Clean And Green: A Moss That Removes Lead (Pb) From Water – “Lead-contaminated water is a serious environmental concern that has recently proved to be disastrous when left untreated. Compounding the problem, the typical way to remove lead or other heavy metals from water requires fossil fuels and a tremendous amount of energy. As an alternative to these typical processes, phytoremediation is a method that uses photosynthesizing organisms to clean up soil or water contamination.”

A ‘Marine Motorhome For Microbes’: Oceanic Plastic Trash Conveys Disease To Coral Reefs – Yet another finding in how plastic is dangerous to our oceans.

Human Take Up Too Much Space — And It’s Affecting How Mammals Move – It comes as no surprise that human’s take too much space in the world, not only with our living but with farming and industry practices too.

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Brewing Up Sustainable Solutions For Plastic Tea-Bags, Six-Pack Rings – Sustainable production for packaging materials is finally starting to get some kind of momentum.

Plastic Packaging Takes Backseat To Seaweed, Origami-Inspired Alternatives – Both of these ideas are great and simple enough that I have no idea why nobody has come up with them before? I am especially interested in the seaweed packaging!

5 Reasons Why The Clean Energy Future Is Unstoppable – Article explaining quite clearly that the energy is going be renewable in the future as the money is there.

These 14 Businesses Are Growing Money On Trees – Is it surprising that you can make money on doing good to the planet?

Environmental Programs Grow A Better Prison System – As prisons are harsh environments that suck money there are initiatives that can make prisons more economical and keep prisoners from making further crimes.

Designer’s Choice: Biobased Textile Innovation – There are already so many alternative fibres to polyester, which are healthier options we just need to wait until they are fully developed and adapted by designers to be used in fashion and textiles!

Amazon Takes Plants In The Office To The Next Level – Although a great idea, especially for the working force of Amazon, how often would the employees be allowed to enter the plant spheres or could they work in them, or just go after work to relax in them? Or will this become just another tourist attraction that they can charge for?

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What sustainable news did you read this month I would love to hear about them!

With love,

Lii

What Was I Up To In January

January was a renewed inspiration for sustainability after my visit to the greenshowroom in Berlin. Only to put all that inspiration on paper, but it’ll come I promise you. It is funny how even events where you think they didn’t offer as much new information as you’d hoped can still inspire you by offering you hope that this is the way forward. When thousands of people gather to see how we can make our world healthier and lives of the people fairer, even innovate a new way to run the whole business, it tells me that I am not alone, that there is many of us who want to change how things are done currently.

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Like everybody else, I reflected on my previous year and it’s successes, as well as reflected on what I wrote about sustainability on the blog. I learned a lot about sustainability last year, even if sometimes it doesn’t feel like it when there is still so much to learn, but that just pushes me forward. I am very thankful for the year I had in 2017 and can only hope that 2018 will be as good, although I planned to make it better. I reviewed the last 12 books that I read in 2017 and started in January with several interesting books, hopeful to continue with as many other interesting books!

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I also had my birthday in January and received a beautiful present from my fiance, ethical earrings, about which I can’t wait to write about.

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I thought that I want to make this blog even more just about sustainability, but then I wanted to share the favourite Instagram pics that I’d found in December, and I know I want to write about feminism and what I learn about it as well. I guess it all comes together in the end. I want this blog to be an inspirational place to live better whilst supporting yourself and the world as well!

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Let’s hope February will be cheerier with more sunshine and more innovative news what comes to sustainability and feminism! How was your January, I would really like to know!

With love,

Lii

 

 

Happy Favourites of the Week – Birthday and Greenshowroom

The Oprah speech at the Golden Globes – Inspiring women and girls all around the world to have hope and action towards ending assaults towards women and speaking out about those who do it. Who wouldn’t be inspired by this speech!

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When I Tackled The Junk In My Emotional Closet, I Found My Voice – An article that discusses how we do not only collect material items to clutter our life, but also emotional once. It makes you think about what emotional junk you are still keeping with you and what you should give up so that you can live more freely.

Korres Wildrose Advanced Repair Sleeping Facial – This is a little miracle maker. In the words of Korres, “it is more than a mask and more than a night cream”. The first time I tried it I was wondering what happened to my skin as it was glowing and I looked so healthy and only after second time using it did I realise it was the facial. It is gentle, absolutely lovely and easy to use, and I will definitely be using this from now on especially when I need that extra healthy look the next day (when wouldn’t we need it?).

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Greenshowroom in Berlin – I attended the greenshowroom in Berlin, which is a tradeshow for sustainable and ethical fashion. I visited many beautiful sustainable brands and was blown away by how many there already are with different beautiful items and something for everybody! I attended fashion sustain and fashion tech conferences, which were very inspirational. And I attended few evening talks and pop-up shows to round it up. It was a very busy 3 days with too little sleep and overflowing inspiration!

My birthday – I got to spend the morning in bed with delicious brunch eaten in bed as well. I got to relax, read and watch tv shows in peace and in the afternoon go out for dinner. I got the most beautiful earrings as a present and they are ethical as well, what a bonus!

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How was your week? Did you do anything interesting or enjoy the little things?

With love,

Lii

Sustainability in 2017

2017 was a year of learning to me, as I mentioned in the Reflections and Goals post. I learned a lot about myself and about sustainability. There is still much more to learn, but I have to be proud of all that I’ve learned so far. If you missed any of those posts here is the list of sustainability posts from 2017:

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Bee’s Wrap Sheets – A Sustainable Food Wrapping

4 Posts That Make You Think

Sustainable Vegetable Marking – Forget The Stickers

Dreams of a Dining Space

5 Easy Sustainable Fashion Changes

Why Change To Natural Cleaning Products?

Anek. – Sustainable and Instagrammable

Introducing Primrose and Pixie

A Mall For Repaired and Recycled Goods

Fashion Revolution Week

Introducing Mirabelle – Jewellery with Meaning

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Introducing Boodle Boutique

Travel Sustainably

Use Your Power of ‘Choice’ When Making Buying

Straws – Eco-Friendly or Healthy?

Inspiration of the Month – The Sustainable Futures Report Podcast

7 Reasons Why I Choose To Shop Small

Introducing – 1 Dress 14 Styles by Doo.Bla.Vey

Sustainable News of the Month – July 2017

Are Big Brands Stealing Small Brand Thunder?

Before the Flood Documentary and Review

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TED Talks About Sustainability

Understand The Sustainable Fashion Terminology

Chasing Coral

Why Do We Expect To Buy Cheap Fashion?

Sustainability Causes and How To Support Sustainability

Inspiration of the Month – Cradle to Cradle

Sustainable News of the Month – October 2017

What’s All The Fuss About Plastic?

Why I Don’t Shop on Black Friday – The Issue With The Sales Culture

Sustainable News of the Month – November 2017

Straws - Eco-Friendly or Healthy?

My plan is to make even more and better sustainability content for this year and you can help by letting me know what you would like to read about Sustainability in 2018 in the comment box below!

With love,

Lii

The 3rd 12 Books of 2017

UprootedNaomi Novik

A modern fantasy story with kings, queens, dragons and wizards. The story is a fascinating tale where good and bad is not so black and white. It is a bit predictable at times, but interesting none the less. I found the protagonist a bit annoying at times and the characters are not as well developed, so the story is driven by the plotline. 4/5

The Colour PurpleAlice Walker

This book is based on a time after the slavery. It follows a woman who is passed from her fathers home to her husbands home as she is passed on. It discusses her depressive life, women’s position in the world at that time and the family life. It sounds depressive, but the plotline gets more positive the more you read it and I absolutely loved the characters in the book. 5/5

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The Versions of UsLaura Barnett

This book tells a story about two people with three different scenarios of how their lives might have happened and how they will end up in some way together no matter what. It discusses love, infidelity, regular family life and unsupportive relatives. This book reminded me of One Day in a way, but not as romantic. Still, it made me shed a few tears. 3/5

ParadisoDante Alighieri

The second book of the Divine Comedy tells how the protagonist is climbing into heaven through the different levels of purgatory where souls are repenting for their misgivings before they can get to heaven themselves. The third book is a bit harder to read than the first one, especially as the characters can be unknown which makes the relevance hard to understand. There is an appendix where it explains most lines, but it is even harder to go back and forth while reading. 3/5

The Secret HistoryDonna Tartt

A book that surprised me a lot! A different type of murder mystery, where the murder itself is not the mystery but the reason behind it. It is a very sophisticated book with interesting characters and setting where they study classics. Made me also interested in studying classics, or at least reading more about it. The book is long but reads well and I found every chapter interesting. 4/5

Cradle to CradleWilliam McDonough

I’ve written a whole post about this book before and you can read about it here. It introduces a design philosophy where nothing is wasted and all the ingredients are collected and reused again. 5/5

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The PowerNaomi Alderman

The power is a dystopian story. It entertains the idea that women get a new part in their bodies which gives them electric powers and therefore power over men. The book follows several interesting characters both female and male through this time when men are afraid and take rash decisions to protect themselves and women get aggressive. The book provides an interesting idea of how people might react in such a situation. This was a fascinating book and I would definitely recommend reading it. 4/5

FatedBenedict Jacka

This is definitely a young adult fantasy book which follows the protagonist while he fights bad mages. Some beings in the story are interesting, but the plot is very predictable, names unimaginative and it is very cheesy most of the time and made me cringe hundreds of times. I didn’t enjoy how he wrote about women, which wasn’t rude but not considerate as well. 2/5

PurgatoryDante Alighieri

The third book of the Divine Comedy was even harder to read than the second. In it the protagonist is trying to get used to heaven, understand it and love everything, especially God unconditionally. It is hard to understand and very slow to read although it is not long. 3/5

Nicholas and AlexandraRobert K. Massie

A history book telling the story of the last tsar and tsarina of Russia. It is a sad, although, highly fascinating explanation on how they lived, what were they like and why the people of Russia misunderstood them, and how all of it resulted in a revolution. You really get a sense of what their lives were like and what it was like being an aristocrat in Russia in the beginning of the 20th century. 5/5

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The Paper MagicianCharlie M. Holmberg

The story is about a young woman who has just graduated from a mage school and is now set as an apprentice to a paper mage where she is to become a paper mage herself, although she is not looking forward to that as she would rather do any other magic than paper. The story takes her on a horrific adventure to save her master and fall in love with paper magic. The storyline moves well but is naive and a bit childish. 3/5

FashionChristopher Breward

This is a book on the fashion history, however quite superficial at that. It was lead by the emergence of the designer and their fame. The book did introduce quite many interesting points on why history moved with fashion in a certain way, but it missed many other factors. The language was dry to read and therefore the book was not very enjoyable. 2/5

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What books have you read recently?

With love,

Lii