Making a difference
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 […]
When people think of non-vegan clothing, they mostly think of leather, fur and wool. However, the production of silk also causes a lot of animal suffering and thousands of insects die in the process of making one piece of silk clothing. This is because silk is a substance made by certain insects, such as specific […]
Manure causes different kinds of pollution and other environmental problems. In this blog we discuss these problems and possible alternatives for animal manure as a fertilizer. Pollution Greenhouse gases According to research by the FAO, animal manure is responsible for 37 percent of the anthropogenic methane emissions. In addition, 65 percent of nitrous oxide emissions and […]
Hi! I’m Elise and I hope to inspire you to be green. On this blog, I share information and tips for living a more animal, human and environmentally friendly lifestyle.