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Challenges of the fall season – why I stay away from wool, leather and down

Vegan coat, suitcase and boots

Coat without down or wool I found my perfect winter coat in COS, which is the higher-end brand of H&M group. What is important to me, despite the fact that H&M manufactures in developing countries, where workers’ rights and those concerning environmental protection doesn’t exist or aren’t enforced, it is usually assessed quite well on the lists of ethical manufacturers (Ethical Consumer, The Good Shopping Guide). Also in the context of animal-friendliness H&M looks not so bad. It is marked with “A like Awesome” by PETA. This category does not imply that the manufacturer completely resigns from animal materials, but…

The end of summer – veggie afternoon at the Borough Market

  In the last days of summer I went to Borough Market in London for a vegan treat. A market full colourful veggies and fruits also turned out to be a perfect place to photoshoot my summery bag from Vendula London. Borough Market  During the weekdays Borough Market is very popular lunch spot amongst the employees of nearby offices and on Saturdays it crowded with tourists.  Many stalls here offer vegan and vegetarian options (I recommend especially the Ethiopian injera), there are also totally vegetarian and vegan ones, including the totally vegan burger place.  I wrote about Vendula before presenting a…

Don’t judge a book by its cover. Vendula London bag. Irregular Choice shoes.

Irregular Chocie vegan shoes, Vendula London vegan bag

 Shoes: Irregular Choice is not a vegan brand, however they started a line of vegan shoes. They explicitly say on their website that it was caused by a popular demand for shoes which contain non leather or animal based products.           Bag: I’ve already presented Vendula London bag on this blog a while ago. I love their quirky designs and even more the fact that they use only animal friendly fabrics. Moja ulubiona seria Vendula London:

Beyond Skin Shoes

nieskórzane wegańskie buty baletki firmy Beyond Skin

I saw Beyond Skin ad on Facebook a few times and as I needed new summer shoes I finally made my first purchase with them. My parcel came in two days in beautiful recycled hot pink box, wrapped in delicate pink tissue paper – recycled as well. When I buy shoes on the internet I’m usually concerned about the size. This time there was no problem, ordering my regular size turned out to be perfect hit. Founders of Beyond Skin came up with the idea in 2001. They were motivated by similar reasons to why I started this blog –…

Leather – Naturally Luxurious?

Laura Vandervoort w kampani Peta zachęcającej do zaprzestania noszenia skór zwierząt egzotycznych

I wonder why people are so keen to buy natural leather. On the one hand leather products are everywhere, and sometimes it is difficult to find their non-leather counterparts, but on the other hand, natural leather is considered exclusive. High-end car’s interiors, handbags and furniture are often associated with natural leather. Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi and that Donna Situation looks similar in the world of fashion. For many people decent bags or shoes must be made of natural leather. In the popular high street chains we’d get both natural leather and leatherette products, but it’s really not easy to find…

Leather, pleather or Pinatex?


My attitude towards leather and meat changed in the same way. In my early childhood when I learnt where they come from I just refused to eat meat and didn’t want to wear leather. Each time I was buying shoes I was asking a shop assistant whether they’re made of natural leather. Usually I received enthusiastic reassurance that of course they are. And I was done with shopping. Thank you very much, goodbye. These days I know where I can buy faux leather shoes. But what concerns me is that it is believed faux leather is not environmentally friendly. Animals…

Karni Mata Temple – The Rat Temple in India

Autorka bloga w świątyni szczurów Karni Mata

There is a few Karni Mata temples in Rajasthan in India. However, the temple of Karni Mata in Deshnok, a town close to Bikaner, is the only one of that kind – it’s the temple of rats. Rats in India Attitudes towards rats vary a lot in India. Similarly like in Europe they have been associated with dirt and epidemics. In the year 2000 in Mumbai there was a campaign in which people where paid 5 rupees for each rat they killed. It was aimed to reduce the spread of diseases. Another problem with rats is that they damage crops.…

Vegan condoms

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Vegan cuisine is popular in the mainstream now, vegan shoes are not hard to find either, but do people ever consider vegan condoms? And opposite, do people consider the fact that most condoms are not vegan? History of condoms There is no consensus between archaeologists as to whether condoms were used in ancient cultures and what they were made from. There may be some examples of devices from ancient Egypt that are similar to condoms but mainly had a decorative function. Also, there are recorded cases from Japan and China of the use of glans condoms made out of either…

Are animal products heathy?

Wagon z mlekiem, Wheeled MilkWagon Didcot Railway Centre autor: David Merrett from Daventry, England, licencja: This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Polityka, Polish biggest selling weekly magazine published an interesting article on bad quality of food. It is not explicitly written, but the text covers only animal products, mainly meat. Antibiotics in meat A large part of the article regards antibiotics that are given to animals in factory farming. Antibiotics help animals to breed quicker or give more eggs. However, as long as forty years ago Professor Michael Swann was warning that such a practice might lead to the creation of superbacteria resistant to antibiotics. His projection is becoming more of a reality today. The European Medicines Agency (EMEA) now issues…

Toxic Fashion. Is ethical fashion possible?

Okładka Newsweek Polska zawierającego artykuł Toxic Fashion

I have always been against fur and leather products and have always avoided both. However, some time ago I discovered that the ethical clothing goes far beyond veganism. Information concerning the substandard working conditions and poor wages suffered by clothes industry workers have been well known for a while. In 2013 a shocking building collapse occurred of the Rana Plaza clothes factory, an eight-floor complex near Dhaka in Bangladesh. 1127 people were killed and about 2,500 were injured, most of the victims were garment workers. The factory manufactured clothes for several brands including Benetton, Monsoon Accessorize, Mango, Primark, Walmart. In this…