Plastic doesn’t break down, it breaks up. It breaks up into smaller and smaller pieces, becoming what we now know as microplastics. Primary microplastics are 5mm in length or less, and include plastic pellets, microbeads (often found in skincare and scrubs) and microfibres from fabric. Secondary microplastics are made when larger pieces of plastic begin to degrade and break up. In the ocean, this is commonly from fishing nets, water bottles and shopping bags. The smaller a piece of plastic is, the more likely birds and fish are going to consume it and somewhere along that food chain, we end up eating these microplastics too. A study in the journal Environmental Science and Technology says “it's possible that humans could be consuming between 39,000 and 52,000 microplastic particles each year.” While it is currently unclear what the health risks are attached to this, certain types of plastic attract harmful bacteria or can become more toxic over time.
A vegan is someone who doesn’t eat food containing animal products, such as milk, meat, and eggs. While you can obtain protein from seeds, tofu, nuts, green peas, and lentils, you need protein supplementation for your workout. That’s when vegan protein powder plays a crucial role in attaining good health and fitness.
When it comes to veganism, diet is just one thing that should be considered. Being vegan is about living in a way that avoids using animal products in everything that we do but it's also about protecting our environment in the best way that we can. This means shopping ethically so that we can look after our animals, our planet and the people living on it.
Finding the appropriate products for treating skin problems has become a big challenge these days. It’s not because you lack the options. But, because it can be too hard to find one that promises no side effects. There are many products promoted everywhere that assure you of healthy skincare only to find out that they’re worsening your skin problems. This is the reason why many people also took that significant shift from using mainstream skin care products to all natural skin remedies to deal with their skin problems. The best thing about these natural remedies is that they’re not just safe and effective. But, they’re also affordable. Check out the following skin problems and see how they can be treated the natural way.
Everything you need to know about 100% Ethical and Personal Diamonds
If you could have a diamond grown for your engagement ring from your own personal source of carbon, or another source of your choosing that represents your love and your life would you be intrigued?
We suddenly felt the urgency to find out more about this new type of plant-based leather and which products were already in the market, then we discovered two great brands already making amazing leaf leather wallets, bags and accessories. Tree Tribe & Thamon.
Jewellery may be frivolous and thrilling, it may be sentimental and nostalgic, but the reality of production can be a different story.
As with all areas of fashion it is very easy to overlook the journeys our products have been a part of. In an era of disposable, cheap and fast fashion, we need to take a very important step back and reassess why and how products are made and delivered to the consumer.
The date is approaching, there is JUST A FEW DAYS left for Valentine's day and we know you are wondering...
What is the best gift for him?
What should I get for my girlfriend this year?
You do not have to go very far to find the perfect VEGAN & ETHICAL gift for your partner, we have the best gift ideas. Original, fairly made, cruelty free and charming gifts to show your love on Valentine's Day.
The International Vegetarian Union defines veganism in two ways. First, it is a way of living to exclude all forms of cruelty and exploitation of all animals as sources of food and clothing. The other definition is that it is a dietary practice of completely staying away from animal produce like meat, fish, poultry, animal milk, and its derivatives.
Rosehip oil as the name suggests comes from the “hip” of a rose behind the flower. The seed comes out when the flower has bloomed, and all the petals have fallen. Then the oil is extracted from the seeds, and although it comes from the fragrant rose flower, the rosehip seed oil has a woody smell with a rich golden or orange color. Many skincare companies like Kosmea use the best rosehip oil to treat skin conditions because it’s a great source of antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and minerals.
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We cannot go through life without buying certain things, no matter how spartan or minimalist we may strive to be there are something things we simply cannot avoid.
Eating being a great example.
The vegan movement is growing rapidly and teaching huge amounts of people every year how they can eat more ethically whilst having less impact on the planet and at the same time reduce the suffering of animals. It’s quite easy to eat vegan in this day and age.
The world is changing.
The fashion industry is changing.
The way we create things is also changing.
Pinatex, a new revolutionary material created and developed for a Spanish woman, Dr Carmen Hijosa.
But what is Pinatex?
Most of us are aware that our plastic and waste production is a huge global
challenge. However, many still struggle to go plastic free or make a significant reduction in their day-to-day waste. But it’s actually super easy once you get started and I promise that once you do start you’ll never look back. So here are some super helpful tips that reduce your waste, with the added benefit of supporting small businesses and actually saving you money in the long run.
Nowadays, there are quite a few fashion brands all over the world making vegan bags, it's not difficult to find them, it's also not too difficult to find a great variety of designs and styles.
However, it becomes a bit more difficult when you are trying to find a bag that is vegan and also ethically made, eco-friendly and sustainable.
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12 ETHICAL & VEGAN GIFT IDEAS FOR MEN & WOMEN AUSTRALIA
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Choosing the perfect vegan gift for someone you love isn't always easy, also trying to find the best ethical and also vegan gift can be really difficult!
That's why at Velvety, we want to help you to find the best ethical & vegan products for those you really care giving you free access to this beautiful guide and list of vegan gifts ideas.
We guarantee that all the products you are going to find here are vegan, but also cruelty free, fair trade, handmade, some of them made of organic cotton or upcycled materials, and of course, ethical and sustainable.
At Velvety we care about products that respect humans, animals and the planet.
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VEGAN & ETHICAL FASHION
Ethical fashion is growing, and thanks to that today we can find fully sustainable brands that care about the environment, animals, and their workers.
Buying ethical fashion
We are supporting a great cause and helping in a massive way to change the course of the fast fashion industry, towards a more conscious and sustainable lifestyle, which in the long run benefits us all.
In this post, we will introduce:
6 ethical fashion brands
New clothing and accessories that can all be found at Velvety. All these brands have something in common, they are all ethical, use organic or recycled materials and are produced in a fair way.
Ethics: Fair Trade certified, GOTS certified
Based in: Germany
About them: Great style, modern but elegant, sophisticated and trendy. I remember the first time I saw this brand online. I couldn't believe what my eyes were seeing! A huge ethical and sustainable store with the kind of fashion items that most women love. But the best part? A human company behind all these organic (GOTS certified) garments and an impressive way of creating them, always working with the Fair Wear and Fair Trade associations to guarantee the best ethical practices in regards to workers and labor conditions.
Considering all this... Stocking Armedangels at Velvety was a MUST!
Ethics: Ethical production, handmade, GOTS certified
Based in: Barcelona
About them: I will never forget the day I discovered this brand! I was in Australia when a friend from Barcelona sent me a picture of their physical store with the message: "Lorena this store may interest you for your project"
When I visited their website I quickly fell in love! Beautiful and charming garments made of organic cotton (GOTS certified) and handmade in Barcelona (my beloved city). In that moment I realized that they had to be part of Velvety yes or yes! So 1 year later on a trip to Barcelona I visited them and met the lovely people behind the brand, Nuria, Ernesto and their rescue dog. It was not surprising to see that behind great brands there are always great people making things happen.
Ethics: Ethical production, handmade, vegan, eco label certified
Category: Bags and accessories
Based in: Barcelona
About them: What to say about Numon? An incredible brand located very close to Barcelona that makes the most beautiful and unique vegan upcycled, bags, backpacks and accessories always using forgotten/wasted materials. I met Nuria (the maker and designer) in Barcelona possibly 10 years ago. Back in those days I remember admiring their products, I never forgot them and the first brand I knew I would introduce to Velvety would be NUMON. And that's how it all started! A big thanks to Nuria and Ramon (the ones behind the scenes) for making such an amazing product 100% vegan.
Ethics: Ethically Handmade, Zero-waste, Organic, Vegan
Based in: Australia
About them: Australian made and sustainable! Indecisive could be our most luxurious yet modern and affordable brand at Velvety. Their transeasonal garments are simply pieces of art that will make you feel unique when wearing them! The best part is knowing that you're wearing upcycled garments, they consist of wasted textiles from the fashion industry that are usually discarded and considered trash, Indecisive rescue them in perfect condition and make their stunning collections. They also use organic materials such as bamboo to create relaxed modern pieces. Something really important for us (and you don't see it very often) is that all their pieces are made to order, this way Indecisve ensures that there are no wasted garments and this is the best way to ensure a sustainable production, don't you think?
Ethics: Ethically Handmade, Vegan, toxic free
Based in: London
About them: With Thamon I discovered that yes...there are more sustainable options to vegan leather and of course to real leather! What an amazing company, concept, and product! Great style and quality for people interested in making more sustainable choices and "wear leaves, not leather". Thamon creates their own leaf fibre from sustainably sourced tree leaves and the result is amazing, that's why we carry their range at Velvety, with the goal of bring more and more of their products to Australia, this is the kind of vegan leather we want to offer to our ethical customers.
Ethics: Ehically Handmade, Vegan, toxic free
Based in: Thailand
About them: Another great brand that makes sustainable bags and wallets (among other things) from leaves! The result is urban bags and wallets made from natural raw materials that respect the environment and remind us that simplicity is the key to living in harmony and respecting life. We can guarantee you wont see these unique patterns anywhere else as each product has a unique natural pattern. The colours change every season reflecting the natural beauty of the leaves for that time of the year.
I believe nowadays, vegan and ethical fashion can be easy to find if you search for it, but ethical, vegan and sustainable...can be a bit more tricky, that's why when I started Velvety I strived to create a one stop shop where ethical consumers could ensure they were making the best decisions when it came to respecting animals, the planet, and people.
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Love being INDECISIVE?
You will now!
Welcome to the new fashion brand gracing the Velvety collection. INDECISIVE.
This sustainable, Australian clothing brand also makes in Australia! That's rare.
The hand picked selection is carefully cultivated to suits VEGANS. Lorena being vegan herself, is dedicated to providing the best selection of Vegan fashion and lifestyle products. Making it so much easier to buy all Vegan, Ethical and Sustainable at Velvety. In our oversaturated globalised world it's so important to consider what you buy, from who and how.
See the whole range of organic and upcycled fashion garments that Velvety carries:
Speaking of being responsible and angelic.....
Have you heard of Armedangels? These tough but kind angels follow the best practices.
Velvety presents a cultivated selection of Armed Angels fair and organic fashion collection.
Armedangels come all the way from Deutschland! These beauties design everyday favorites to be worn for longer. These angels have nothing to hide and live up to their expectation of quality and integrity. Their pieces are classic and beautiful quality. Velvety has hand picked the best pieces from Armed Angels all responsible vegan fashion. Vegan wares!
It's best practice to support and champion sustainablility and ethical products. In the ideal world we won't have to use these keywords anymore. Eco Fashion, Sustainability, Ethical, Cruelty free, Organic and Fair Trade. These values will become standard. But at the moment we have to state the obvious and have accredited approval so that others don't follow bad practices.
Integrity and purpose are the most important things in fashion brands these days. Yes fast fashion is cheaper than ever and a moving beast that swallows up unsuspecting youths. But someone somewhere else is paying for the price of those clothes. I don't need to tell you this is common sense. I am preaching to the enlightened.
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This post has been written by Freyja Ronngard.
"I must confess I am not Vegan but I consider myself a responsible and considerate human being." designfar.com
We have a beautiful selection of natural, cruelty free and sustainable gift ideas for that person who loves you the most, Your Mum! and there is also an option for every budget!
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