I’m sure by now you’ve all seen the outrage that surrounded a certain ~influencer~ (god, I hate that word) and their promotion of a real fur coat. My main issue with it wasn’t JUST that she was wearing it, but that she was outright promoting it. In turn, influencing her (rather large) audience to do the same. I mean, I don’t agree with her wearing it either, but promoting it somehow feels even worse?
And, on top of that, when the backlash came, she didn’t DO anything. All she did was delete comments that called out her shitty behaviour and block people.
I think about living ethically a lot. I’ve thought about it for a few years, but never in any real depth.
After the fur coat issue, an episode of Blue Planet II aired that showed just how much devastation plastic is causing to our oceans and marine life. It was absolutely heart breaking.
All of this, alongside some other underlying feelings and opinions, got me thinking about how ethically I live.
Obviously, with us living with Joe’s parents, it’s not *always* easy to choose ethical living. Not everything we do/eat/use is our choice. But, with us moving out next week, I think I’m going to make an effort to make it the start of a more ethical life.
We’ve already talked about cutting down our meat consumption and trying some vegan meals a few times a week. Joe’s parents are EXCELLENT at recycling and I want to continue that. I’m also currently in the process of cutting dairy from my diet due to a suspected intolerance.
I suddenly realised a lot of the steps I’d want to take, I’d already taken without thinking. Which made it all feel slightly less daunting.
One of the other major changes I’m decided to go through is swapping to cruelty free. Makeup and skincare primarily, but I’m in the process of researching where else in my life would benefit from this (household cleaners etc.)
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to change to a 100% cruelty free, ethically-living vegan overnight. That’s not how this works and it frustrates me when people think otherwise.
I’ve seen a lot of people online berating other people for not being ethical “enough”. For only being vegetarian, not vegan. For being cruelty free, but still eating meat. Thankfully, especially over the last few days, I’ve also seen people contesting this view and emphasising every little helps. So that is the mindset I’m following.
I may never be fully vegetarian. I may never be fully vegan. I may never be fully cruelty free and I may never be fully ethical. But I’m going to try do my best to improve my ethical living choices from what they are now.
I’m going to cut down on my meat consumption by eating more vegan/vegetarian meals. I’m going to do my best to cut down my single-use plastic use to the bare minimum, and recycle/reuse anything else. I’m going to swap as many products as possible to cruelty free, and try not to support brands who test on animals. I’m going to try only buying faux or second hand leather and suede.
I’m going to try embrace a more ethical lifestyle, one step at a time.
I’m going to document this journey wherever and whenever I can. Whether that be recipes I love, tips I’ve found, cruelty free products I’ve fallen for or non/low-plastic alternatives I’ve discovered. And if anyone has any tips for me in the meanwhile, it will all be appreciated.
I may not ever be “perfect”, but surely every little helps?