Did you know that animal agricultural is the number 1 cause of climate change and global warming?

Animal agriculture is the collective process of breeding, feeding, and killing of land animals for meat, dairy and other by-products, and it is the most destructive industry our planet faces.

51% of all global greenhouse emissions are created by livestock, compared to the 13% that all of the transportation on the entire planet contributes to, this includes all road, air, rail and sea vehicles.

That is a huge discrepancy.

It’s all very well switching off our lights, buying LED lightbulbs, and washing our clothes at 30 degrees, but clearly if we actually want to make a meanginful impact in our fight against the rising temperature of our planet, we need to reduce the emissions caused by this industry.

Animal agriculture is not only the single largest factor of climate change, but it is the main cause of deforestation and destruction of our rainforests, creation of ocean dead zones, species extinction, water pollution and global famine.

Lets talk through the cycle.

Hundreds of pounds of soy, corn and other grains are required to feed animals until they are slaughtered; for cows it is estimated that you need 60 pounds of animal feed to get 1 pound of beef, and this requires 2,500 gallons of water. This is a huge amount of energy, water and waste.

When you consider how much feed that is, but across the world humans still die from famine and hunger on a daily basis because they don’t have enough food, and yet we have enough food to feed 56 billion land animals which are then slaughtered for food; this is 8 times the worlds population over. Crazy talk.

In addition to that, rainforests are destroyed and cleared to make room for the soy and corn fields in order to feed the animals bred as livestock, which destroys habitats and ecosystems; it is estimated that 110 animal and insect species are lost every single day due to rainforest destruction. Rainforests are our planet’s lungs; without them, we can’t breathe. Livestock covers 45% of the total land mass of our planet.

The soy and corn which is grown to feed the animals is typically significantly genetically modified and is sprayed with tremendous amounts of chemicals. So not only are the rain forests destroyed to make room for the crops, the chemicals pollute the soil and earth which in turns runs into the rivers and oceans causing dead zones, wiping out marine life and contaminating fish, which are caught and eaten by humans. Finally, the chemicals within the feed being eaten by the animals is stored in their fat cells, which is then also consumed by humans.

It is a crazy cycle and it is slowly killing our planet.

These are some scary statistics, and emissions for animal agriculture are forecast to rise to 80% by 2050. We need to stop.

So what can we do as a species to collectively save our planet?

If everyone in the world stopped eating meat, or even reduced their meat consumption, greenhouse gases and pollution would rapidly decrease, rain forests would be saved, ocean contamination would decrease and dead zones could thrive again, and there would be enough grain available to feed the world population at least 7 times over!

In fact, by following a plant based diet you can cut your carbon emissions by 50%. You can literally half your impact compared to that of a meat eater.

In order to save our planet for future generations, we need to CHANGE and that change is needed right now. It isn’t a future issue we don’t need to worry about, it is happening right now.

Let’s save our planet together, we got this!

For more information about the impact of animal agriculture, make sure you watch Cowspiracy on Netflix.

I’ve teamed up with Swim Outlet to bring you this post who have launched a range of 3 unique suits that provide a key message about the importance of fighting global warming, and 100% of the profits from this collection will be donated to charities focused on the issue of climate change. You can shop the collection here.

When I was a little girl I spent a lot of weekends at my Grandparents house getting spoiled and having sleepovers. I would watch in awe at my glamourous Grandmother Popo getting ready in the morning in a cloud of lotion, powders, creams and perfumes and I would watch as she applied her make up, did her hair, chose her jewellery (including clip on earrings) and I would try and learn how to be a grown up as fast as possible.

A key piece of advice she gave me for being a young lady was to always moisturise my body and to look after my skin. Well, that and drinking G&Ts by 12pm was socially acceptable. Oh and strawberries dipped in sugar for breakfast was nutritious.

I’m afraid to say Popo, I could have done a lot better at the skincare side of things. Gin side, I got you.

Throughout my early 20s applying body lotion was one of those things that came last on my priorities list when getting ready in the morning and was normally an activity saved for when I had a lonnnng time get ready. I found it a drag. Correction, I still find it a drag. It’s something I have to actively remember and it never seems to become part of my routine no matter how hard I try.

So I am always looking for products to make this process a little easier, and that I click with enough that the joy of the product overtakes the drag of applying it.

My beautiful friend Hannah bought me the Sister & Co. Body Melt for my birthday a few weeks ago and it has quickly made the top of the list for products that make the body care process that little bit easier.

It’s a gorgeous silky smooth balm that melts as it is applied to the skin. It’s all natural, all vegan, all cruelty free and you guys know by now, that gets nothing but heart eyes from me. And it smells like a freaking vanilla and apricot dessert. I mean, I could eat it. I’m not guna. But I could.

Sister & Co. offer a unique collection of truly natural skin and body care products made with the finest skin superfoods from around the world, using organic cold-pressed plant oils, raw nut butters and milks, sugars, salts, clays, waxes and pure essential oils.

Their products don’t use any chemical preservatives or fillers, synthetic fragrances or toxins of any kind, or in any quantity and nothing is done to artificially alter the texture, smell or colour of the products. The ingredients are raw, minimally processed and as a result remain as potent and as natural as they are at the source.

Another fact I found out about when I was looking into the Company, is their impressive approach to production. Their production runs in batches every twelve weeks, and those products are brought to market straight away, meaning that every product is at its peak efficacy and it as fresh as it can be.

You’re not going to be getting a product that has been sitting on a shelf degrading before you buy it, or packed full of synthetic chemicals to preserve it.

I think the ethos and ethics of this brand are incredible, and they are true advocates that nutrient-rich natural ingredients in their raw and undiluted state, have the highest levels of intact vitamins, minerals and nutrients, that can heal and nourish the body. They also clearly state on their website that ‘All our formulations are unique, created by us and tested on people — never animals’.

I am truly in love.

I can’t wait to try more products from this awesome brand. They are already helping me fall in love with taking care of my skin, and hopefully this lesson is something I can pass on to my Granddaughter one day too.

Popo, you were right.

 

When setting up Honestly Ombré it was really important to ensure we could offer non-toxic, cruelty free and vegan products and services. A lot of research and many hours were put in testing products to ensure not only were the products we use and stock of the highest ethical standard, but also delivered an impeccable finish.

For you nail lovers out there, the chances are you’ve had a gel manicure before, and this has probably been referred to as either shellac or gel. Now you might not assume there is a difference and that the words are interchangeable, but actually they refer to quite different products, so this was an important distinction to make when choosing the products we use at Honestly Ombré. Identifying the difference between these products can be a bit of a minefield, so we’re going to break it down to help you guys out!

An important question we get asked a lot it is, why isn’t shellac vegan?

The name ‘shellac’ actually refers to where the ingredients come from, which if you didn’t know is actually the Lac bug, a type of beetle. And this means shellac is an animal derivative and doesn’t meet the vegan criteria. It is estimated that up to 300,000 Lac bugs are required to produce 1 kilogram of shellac, and so the bugs are intensively farmed and harvested on a mass scale and many are killed in order to meet the demand for shellac which has both ethical and environmental implications.

In addition to this, the vast majority of shellac products on the market are also tested on animals meaning they aren’t cruelty free, this means they are applied to broken skin, rubbed into the eyes and force fed to bunnies, dogs, cats, rats, mice and other creatures to ‘test’ the product. Yep, barbaric and completely unnecessary.

The good news is that Gel is a synthetic alternative and does not contain any animal derived products, and so meets the vegan criteria. However it’s still important to make sure the brand and company itself does not support animal testing of its products.

When I first decided I wanted to launch Honestly Ombré, I started doing lots of research  into the best quality products to stock whilst meeting the ethical requirements my business is built around. And after much testing I decided that The Gel Bottle was highest quality product on the market. The Gel Bottle is a vegan and cruelty free company and clearly advertises themselves as so, which is so refreshing that the information isn’t hidden and buried within terms and conditions or ingredient lists.

The application, durability and finish of the product are unrivaled by any other product I have used, and the colour options are unreal! In addition, the brand is non-toxic, and ’10 free’.

 

 

Now we’re really into Spring, Summer is fast approaching and seems a good time as any to start reaching for that tan in a bottle to make your skin look a little healthier after the paleness of Winter.

I’m not that committed to fake tan. I like simplicity and ease when it comes to my body care routine, and so when Tropic asked if I wanted to try their Summer Skin Gradual Tanning Lotion I jumped at the chance. Why have two separate products for moisturising and tanning, if you can have 1 multi-purpose lotion?

I’m delighted by this product, it’s silky, applies beautifully, smells wonderful and absorbs quickly into the skin. It isn’t thick or just sit on the skin after application, and it doesn’t streak or leave weird brown patches.

I’ve been sure to exfoliate every day for an even tan, and I feel my skin already looks healthier.

The Summer Skin Lotion provides an effortless, even, natural looking tan and it’s already given me such a boost ready for Summer.

I’ve also been teaming it with the Sun Drops Face Serum to make sure my face matches my body – I’ve added one drop to my moisturiser in the morning and I’m really happy with the glow it has given me.

I can’t wait for some warmer weather to soak up that Vitamin D!

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Who doesn’t love a natural, non-toxic, super rich moisturiser?

The Magical Moringa Balm by Lush is exactly that.

It has a beautiful silky balm type texture, and feels like you’re applying a primer to your face, it’s that gorgeous velvety texture that leaves your skin SOOOO soft you can barely feel it (you know what I mean, like those super soft blankets that feel like they slide through your fingers like water?….)

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Like with all Lush products, it only has natural ingredients, and no preservatives, so it’s face for your skin to absorb.

Your skin needs hydration, sun protection, and moisturising, so forget all those highly chemically products, and give you skin what it needs.