Eco-Conscious Living

Ethically Made or Vegan?


Last week, I had an interesting conversation with a friend about my new diet and how that may conflict with the blog. I didn’t think twice about calling myself vegan because I figured anyone who doesn’t eat meat or dairy is vegan. Well, being vegan means living a completely cruelty free lifestyle that ranges from cosmetics to clothes. In an ideal world, everything would be cruelty free that doesn’t just include animals, but also humans.

My biggest concerns about the vegan lifestyle are clothes and shoes that could have been made in sweatshops. There are plenty of vegan options out there, but how many were made by humans in decent conditions receiving living wages? It’s hard for me to imagine that a $40 purse was made by someone working in fair conditions when ethically made products are at least double the price. This is when the situation gets tricky and labels make it hard for someone to make a “right” decision because you either have to choose between humans trying to survive or innocent animals.

For that reason, I’m not going to call myself vegan and this blog will continue to be a hub for eco-conscious ideas and alternatives for clothes, food and cosmetics. I will try to find items that are both ethically made and vegan, but it is slim pickins when it comes to shoes. I’m still going to continue eating a meatless diet, but I will no longer put myself in the vegan label box or any label for that matter. I’m simply Hanna, an eco-conscious blogger that strives to be as eco-friendly and sustainable as possible.

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  • Johanne

    Hi 🙂
    I found this post really interesting, especially because I’ve met many self-proclaimed vegans who’ve only focused on food. Oh and fur and leather. The obvious things. So refreshing that you are shedding a label that you don’t feel you life up to, or don’t want to be retained by.
    I have been wondering about wool though – is that accepted?
    Ps. how do I follow your blog on bloglovin?

    • Hanna Baror-Padilla @ Goldpolk

      Thank you, Johanne! I think it is important to not be restricted by labels because life isn’t so black and white. Not having a label allows for you to be more flexible and make your own decisions. According to the vegan lifestyle, silk and wool are also not accepted, but again, the choice is up to you! If the item is ethically made or second hand then it is already better than what you would find at the mall and fast fashion stores.

      The “+” at the top right hand side of my home page takes you straight to my Bloglovin page!

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  • Jenny Beres

    What a fantastic discussion on your blog. I am vegan ( i don’t wear leather, fur, silk, wool either) and it is SO hard to find stuff that is both ethical to humans AND animals. It’s like you don’t get both in this market- you have to choose. Luckily there a few great companies making it happen, but man. The market is stunningly saturated with exploitation every where you turn, and your post opens up a conversation that everyone, who ever buys anything needs to have.
    mad love to you & your blog

    • Hanna Baror-Padilla @ Goldpolk

      That is awesome, Jenny! Thank you so much. It isn’t easy because most of the time we are choosing items that are either ethical to humans or animals and who really wants to choose between the two? It is so important for people to understand that every decision we make has an impact. I hope more companies start manufacturing products that are both vegan and ethically made because it would make my life a whole lot easier 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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  • Taylor @ day22 boutique

    Hi Hanna! This is such a great post! So honest and refreshing! I think it’s so great that you are transparent in the matter and aren’t trying to be someone who you’re not. 🙂 Keep up the amazing work and continue inspiring so many!

    Enjoy the day!

    • Hanna Baror-Padilla @ Goldpolk

      Hi Taylor! Thank you so much for your support! This eco-conscious lifestyle can be tricky to navigate sometimes, but I’m enjoying the journey 🙂 Thank you for stopping by! xoxo

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