If you saw my posts on minimalist packing for a week in Hamburg and Hamburg’s Speicherstadt, you know that we spent the first week of May in Hamburg visiting family and friends. Living in Hamburg, I never had to seek out vegan restaurants as I was still vegetarian, which is a lot easier with regards to eating out. My expectations were quite high as I had already found a multitude of options on HappyCow. Compared to my previous travels as a vegan (Corfu, Bucharest, Rome, Brussels), this trip was so much more filled with exciting vegan options.
Hair care can be a difficult topic when you’re vegan because a lot of the products out there are not vegan and cruelty-free. Luckily, since I try to live a more minimalist lifestyle I want to keep the number of products I use very low and am not too concerned with owning tons of different, new products.
I have previously written about ethical fashion and the truth about fast fashion and can now happily say that I haven’t purchased anything from a fast fashion brand in over a year. We have to realize that anything that is fast and makes a lot of money is probably problematic with regards to human rights, animal rights, and the environment.
It's been a while since I last made a vegan travel post, but here it is, and it's about Brussels, Belgium. By now you already know that my favorite place to look up vegan and vegan-friendly places when traveling is HappyCow, and there are quite a few listings for Brussels. The obvious favorites in Brussels are waffles, fries, and chocolate, so I was hoping to find some vegan versions. As we only spent one night in Brussels, it was actually not necessary to try out a lot of places, however.
I had mentioned in my holiday wish list that I wanted to get a pair of Oxfords from Golden Ponies. As it turned out, my mother got me two pairs for my birthday: the pink pair I mentioned in the other post, and the brown and beige pair I'm going to talk about in this post.
When I wrote my post on zero waste I mentioned some ways to reduce trash in general. I have since found that cutting down on plastic is much more difficult than it seems, especially here in Greece. There are some things that are relatively easy, but others need more effort. These are the things that I find easy, difficult, and a little bit of both when cutting down on plastic.
Intersectionality and the privilege of white vegan men are finally being discussed at a higher rate in the vegan movement. However, many people still don't understand the terms "intersectionality" and "privilege" - and others outright refuse to acknowledge these concepts.
These are some things that I've been loving lately.
H&M is one of the most well-known fast fashion brands in the world with thousands of stores on all continents. The retailer’s success is based on low prices and aggressive marketing, including collaborations with high-profile celebrities. As any big company, H&M is interested in profits and nothing more. A lot of money is spent on their marketing campaigns and the décor in their stores. The prices are kept low so that the lower middle class can afford to shop there, and yet Stefan Persson, the son of H&M founder Erling Persson, is one of the richest people in the world. His son Karl-Johan Persson is currently the CEO of H&M. How is that possible when we, the consumers, have to pay such low prices, and H&M spends so much money on advertising and nice locations?
Winter has officially started, and even here in Athens, temperatures are dropping. These are some of my favorite products this winter so far:
Half Bulgarian Turk, half German living life as an expat in Greece.