Making a difference
The coffee industry has a long history of colonialism and the exploitation of human beings. However, some people might be surprised that nowadays coffee is still heavily linked to slavery, child labour and other forms of exploitation. Coffee is one of the most tradable commodities in the world and is often produced in poor countries. […]
When you decide to live more environmentally and animal friendly, your bank may not be the first thing you think about. However, which bank you choose can have a significant impact. Banks use your money to invest in companies and projects. Unfortunately, most banks invest in fossil fuels, factory farms, weapons or projects that involve […]
What does organic mean? Since 1991 the EU has established rules for products in order to be called organic and get an organic certificate. Organic products in the EU can be recognized by their green leaf certification. To get this, companies have to meet to the following requirements: Not use chemical fertilizer Not use synthetic […]
Castoreum is one of the stranger animal products that humans use. While it’s not used much, there are cosmetics and food products in the EU that contain a small amount of castoreum. That’s why in this blog we will discuss what it is and what it’s being used for. What is castoreum? Castoreum is a […]
Carmine (E120), also called cochineal or natural red, is a red colouring additive. This colouring was used by the Incas and Aztecs and was probably brought to Europe in the 16th century. Nowadays, 80% of carmine production (200 tons a year) takes place in Peru, but other South American countries and even countries like Poland […]
Products containing cocoa such as chocolate are regularly consumed by many people nowadays and some people even eat them daily. While cocoa used to be a luxury product, today that’s no longer the case and production has increased dramatically. Since the ’60s the demand for cocoa has trippled and in the last twenty years it […]
Hi! We’re Elise and Alex and we hope to inspire you to be green. On this blog, we share our tips for living a more animal, human and environmentally friendly lifestyle.