Welcome to our blog!
We are Alex and Elise, an English guy and a Dutch girl, currently living in the Netherlands. While we realise that nobody is perfect and we don’t strive for perfection, we like to try our best to live a lifestyle that is as cruelty-free and sustainable as possible. If you would also like to make some of your habits a bit greener, we hope our blogs will be useful. If you have any tips for us, feel free to let us know!
Our journey so far
Our journey to a greener lifestyle began in the spring of 2016. Up until then we lived like most people do and did not pay much attention to how our habits impacted the rest of the world. By chance, we came across the book “Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer at a second-hand book market. That book would probably still be somewhere in a huge pile of books if it wasn’t for the fact that that summer we went on a cycling holiday in Italy. As we had to pack light, Eating Animals was the perfect size to take with us in case we felt like reading.
While on holiday I (Elise) read this book and it all made sense to me. I had always known that factory farming wasn’t pretty but I had never allowed myself to take the time to really look into the story behind my food. The same goes for other products that are produced by exploiting humans or ruining the environment. Suddenly it felt really bad to continue contributing to such detestable practices just out of laziness and convenience. We became vegetarians shortly after and slowly started to eliminate any other animal products from our lives. In the meantime, we also tried to find more information about any other products that cause harm and have tried to stop buying those as much as possible.
Since the beginning of 2017 we’ve been 100% vegan and going vegan was the best decision we ever made. It just feels a whole lot better knowing we’re not harming anyone, especially when for most things it’s so incredibly easy to prevent that harm. Because this transition has been such a positive experience for us, we hope you’ll make the step to making your life a little bit greener.