4 Articles To Inspire Hope

Ethical Fashion Meets Refugee Empowerment – An article about a company ‘From Found’ written by Ethical Unicorn that explains the ethos behind the brand’s values and ethos in employing and empowering refugee’s and why it is important.

A New Book Ranks the Top 100 Solutions To Climate Change – This article takes a closer look at the book and the top solutions for the climate change and how they are measured and reasoned. Interesting reading and proves that it is possible if more people got involved with this, such as world leaders.

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I Am Beautiful And I Am Not Afraid To Say It – A woman talking about how she feels beautiful and does not compare herself to others in a society where comparison and self-hatred is a norm.

Nature Strikes Back: Notorious Hunter Meets His Karma – It doesn’t matter whether you believe in karma or not as this article mainly tells about trophy hunters who, ironically, have been killed by the animals who they were hunting. “Go elephants!”

 

Share your inspiring articles in the comment box. I would love to be inspired!

With love,

Lii

Inspiration of the Month – Coromandel Flowers

I am absolutely in love with the Cabaret of Planets book, which I received for my birthday. It has been an excellent evening read, as it is interesting but does not make my heart pump with excitement so that I can’t sleep. The illustrations and pictures are lovely and it is so wonderful to read about the diversity of plants. The thousands of years old trees, the weird places where flowers bloom, how people are affected by plants and how they are discovered. This time I was really inspired by one of the illustrations in the book, which was part of illustration series called ‘Plants of the Coast of Coromandel’. The illustrations are stunning, so I just had to share them with you!

 

These pics I got from the Pinterest board Biodiversity library and I encourage those of you who loved these illustrations to go and check other ones that can be found there!

With love,

Lii

Finnish Beauty by Lumene

When I last visited Finland I was really eager to buy myself products from Lumene. We were supposed to visit their factory store, however, run out of time so I just picked a couple of items from the airport.

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Lumene is a Finnish beauty brand, which when I was a child we considered a bit cheap. Now, however, the brand has really upped their game with natural and cruelty-free make up and skincare ranges, which are beautiful and with a reasonable price point. Items range from as small as £8 to some more luxurious items at £40.

I’ve used Lumene mascaras for a while now and can say that they some of the best I have tried. I would also really love to try the ‘Touch of Radiance highlighter’ and their ‘VALO’ (means light) range. Their products seem so natural and fresh, who wouldn’t like to try them? Check their full range here.

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Unfortunately, they are rare in the UK, as they mostly sell in Scandinavia and Russia. There are some great items sold in the Beauty Spin, but otherwise, you might need to wait for a visit to Finland, Scandinavia or Russia to purchase them. For my sake, I hope they start selling more of their items in the UK and elsewhere in Europe as well!

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Have you heard of Lumene before?

With love,

Lii

What is sustainability?

 

It wasn’t too long ago when I got asked this question.

What is sustainability? What does it mean? What does it entail?

We do correlate the term sustainable usually to the environment, however, what is surprising is how little we actually understand it. And as I want to promote and discuss the sustainability within fashion and living I thought it was about time I would discuss the meaning of the term.

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To me sustainability means continuity. Continuity of our planet so that it will continue to provide us with earth to live on.

What can we do so that our planet will continue providing to us and supporting us?

Well, we can’t continue using pesticides and dropping toxins and waste on our planet. Earth erodes and pollutes, which harms us through food, water and air. If this will continue, we will not have the space to live, except in litter and we will run out of food and water before long, not even talking about other necessities. Instead, we can become mindful and conscious about what we consume, start making smarter decisions and demand companies to provide us with these options and letting us know about the whole lifecycle of the product. Sustainability is not a thing that only government, companies or consumers would have to think about. It is a thing that everybody should think about!

  • The innovation of ways to produce products and food, which keeps our earth providing more.
  • Shopping more consciously and products which we believe are not harming the environment (local, organic, etc.)
  • Companies which are openly fully transparent with their supply chain and production practices.
  • Reinforcing laws in the whole world to ensure the continuity of life on earth.
  • Making changes that we will continue making and adapting. Rather than having it as a trend it should be a movement.
  • Worldwide\ knowledge and information about the problems and how to tackle them.

I don’t think people will ever stop shopping or wanting new things, but I do think that innovation towards easier ways to recycle products and waste less would be a great start in combination with non-harmful production.

 

What do you think is sustainability? Have I left anything out in your opinion?

With love,

Lii

 

 

 

 

Overdressed and the True cost -review

I mentioned ages ago, that I read the ‘Overdressed’ book and how excited I was about it. I also watched the documentary ‘True cost’, which I thought was an excellent addition to getting the whole picture of the issues in the fashion industry. Well, close to a whole. I am sure there are still many problems that have not yet come up to the public eye. First of what I would like to say is that if you like fashion and shopping for fashion, you should read and watch these. I think everybody should know the backgrounds of items they love so much. Not so that people would stop shopping, but so they would be shopping smartly, with intention and understanding. Also, I really think these two should be read/watched together. What one leaves out the other fills in.

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Overdressed: The Shockingly high cost of cheap fashion by Elizabeth L.Cline

This book goes through very well the insane mass consumption of fashion in the USA and the history of how they got to it. She is writing this from a USA point of view, however, I think it can be somewhat transferable to the European consumer as well. Elizabeth is not really blaming the consumer or the businesses for problems in the fashion industry but rather explains how the system is intricate and has so many layers it is difficult to tackle.

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Basically, she explains how fast-fashion is a horrible problem in many ways from exploiting labour to poor fitting fashion and masses of textile waste. Unlike articles about all these problems, however, she does explain what she thinks would help to slowly resolve at least some of these problems.

I was really interested in why there is no more support for small businesses and makers and why are the conditions in developing countries not improving in spite of all the media attention.

Elizabeth’s writing is very interesting, thorough and clear. I found it very easy to read although with somewhat mixed feelings. Where the book is interesting, it is also very sad and depressing and it made me feel a bit powerless, nevertheless of her tips. Although after reading it I felt this urge to do my part in moving towards slower fashion. The only thing I would have wished to have more in the book is the sustainability and other environmental issues, as she only scratches the surface on these issues and rather sticks with the labour issues.

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True cost movie (available on Netflix)

This movie does touch some of the issues mentioned in the book but concentrates more on the environmental problems, such as toxicity and erosion, which are usually overlooked in articles and in the media when talking about the problems in the fashion industry. I really liked how in depth they took this subject without blaming the consumer but exploring the wider implications. They questioned the economy and capitalism as a part of the driving forces in this problem, which rarely is mentioned and they talked about what we could do if we shopped sustainably and ethically.

The documentary was filmed well and Andrew Morgan has done a great job directing it. It was interesting and grabbed my attention, but also made me a bit depressed. The only thing I was wishing a bit more from the documentary was showing more the problems we have with the waste resulted from the fashion industry.

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As a result of watching and reading these, I felt the need to do more and better and a little empowered to move in the right direction. Whereas previously I felt I didn’t have any options, now I feel I do. Yes, it is depressing but it is also so informative! There are so many companies and people who think they can get away with doing just about anything and this is one of the ways they can be exposed.

I definitely recommend checking out both of these and when you have please leave me a comment. I would love to discuss these issues further! And please let me know if this is something that you are interested in reading more about on my blog.

 

Pics from Take Part and Going Zero Waste. You can also read more about the topic from those resources.

 

With love,

Lii

Natures treasures – Etsy finds

Even though the lovely UK climate doesn’t always show the best of our spring, it is still in our hearts (read it is cold and windy today!). The cherry trees are blooming and the birdsong wakes us up nicely in the morning. Nature is all around us and it provides us with a refreshed sense of living and beauty. To celebrate this I collected some items inspired by nature or made out of nature’s supplies from the Etsy. Go and have a look, there are some truly amazing handmade items there! I especially like soy wax candle, as I am on a lookout for a more sustainable candle to cozy up to and the beautiful wooden items!

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The treasury or the Natures treasures collection can be found here.

Do you like making collections of items you find in shops?

 

With love,

Lii

My sustainability

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One of the main topics that I want to write about in my blog is sustainability. I thought it only suitable to start with telling you about my own sustainable behaviour and perceptions.

I think everybody should have at least small consideration for sustainability to protect the earth from even further damage. The waste, the toxicity, overusing natural resources and the list goes on. When adding ethical issues such as animal and human abuse, the list can become really overwhelming for every one-of-us.

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This used to make me very anxious and sad. I tried hard finding solutions for all the problems, only finding more problems. It is a vicious cycle! Buying products in todays world is so difficult, as there are so many layers of companies and hands before the product actually reaches the buyer. In most cases you are not even aware of where the product has been before you buy it.

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I want to behave sustainably, however, I also want to feel happy and good about it, rather than anxious. Balancing the happy with sustainability can be very tricky, and I do want to enjoy my life! So I cut myself some slack and decided to take it step by step, and making it more as a journey towards really sustainable life. At the moment, I am doing several things that could be considered sustainable, but they are so rooted in me that I might not even notice it, however, I thought of mentioning few here that I am quite conscious about.

  • I have reduced my shopping for fashion and beauty items a lot. I like to buy only things that I know I am going to like and wear for a long time, so quality and style go a long way. With beauty, I do not really experiment, but rather only buy things I need or I have run out of.
  • I am always conscious of trying to use all the food from the fridge before buying new, and I hate wasting food. It makes me really guilty and annoyed.
  • Partly related to the previous note, we have a charging system at home for when we have to through out food that we didn’t finish or if we left the lights on in the room. How it works is, when such an incident occurs we have to put the value of the food item or 50pence for lights into a box. The money from the box is then at some point used for something useful like gym membership or haircut. This sounds like it is just a way of saving money, which it is, but it really has made us think about how we consume food because we are really competitive with who gets to put less money into the box!
  • I only wash my clothes if they start to smell or when I feel they get dirty. I like to air them a lot, though.
  • I am not vegetarian or vegan, but I do eat mainly plant-based diet with some eggs and cheese. Okay, a lot of cheese, I am completely obsessed with cheese! But then I rarely eat meat and don’t really drink milk.
  • We recycle as much as we can.

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There are still many things that I consciously want to improve on, such as bio-composting, recycling tights (how quickly can I wear them out?!), generating less waste, being even more economical with food and shopping from more sustainable or ethical sources for food. Then there are of course those things I have not even realised to consider yet, as I learn something new all the time.

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I want to take sustainability with enthusiasm and positivity and help other make it easy on them to make small changes in their life for a more sustainable future. I want to find companies and brands who are trying to be more sustainable and introduce them to you as well. And I wish there could be an open discussion about these issues in the comments as well.

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Are you trying to be sustainable? If so what are your tips for a more sustainable life?

These pics are from my resent walk in a park near me. I thought pictures of nature is suitable to the topic.

 

With love,

Lii