What is an ethical lifestyle?

You may have noticed that my blog (and instagram etc.) is more and more focused on ethicality and ethical living. But even the rising trend of veganism and this type of lifestyle, there are still some misconceptions about what an ethical lifestyle is…

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ethical is really the new black! photo by @inthesoulshine from instagram

 

It’s different for everyone

Keep in mind that there are as many definitions as there is people practicing this way of living.

Wikipedia: Ethical living is the philosophy of making decisions for daily life which take into account ethics and moral values, particularly with regard to consumerism, sustainability, environmentalism, wildlife and animal welfare. At present it is largely a personal choice, and not an organized social movement.

 

No matter if the question is about veganism, minimalism or anything else, you make your own version of it. Many don’t like the use of “ism” behind those words and I personally know people who hate everything “ism” involved. I think that people are just stuck with some negative words like nazism and fascism and therefore think that everything kinda sounding like those words are the same. Sometimes it’s helpful to have labels and boxes where you can scoop out the information that you need on a topic and then move on. It’s also clarifying for other people to know what you are all about. But you don’t have to tattoo it onto your forehead…if you don’t want to.

 

Lifesquared.org: So, what does ‘ethical living’ really mean? This term is often used to simply mean ‘living your own life in a way that is considerate towards the wider world beyond you’. In this context, the wider world includes other people, animals and the environment.

 

Things and ideas that bring us and to our surroundings joy, happiness and peace are good whether or not there is an “ism” behind it. This is not a cult. This is not an exclusive gang. This is just the way I want to live in order to bring peace into my life and into the world I live in.

 

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realize that this is a big journey that starts with just one step

It’s a journey

Yes, that’s correct. I’m on a journey and I don’t need to require myself to be 100% ready at this or at anything. Nobody is perfect nor will ever be.

For example there is certain percent of nuclear power heating up my stove at my parents house where I live at the moment. Can I make a difference about what type of electricity comes to our house? Unfortunately not. I could just start to eat a raw vegan diet that doesn’t require a heating process but in Finland and for me as an unemployed, that is not sustainable. So I can go raw or wait until I move into my own house and have the chance to really make a decision about my own electricity.

Sadly some people have a problem with making your life sustainable for you. “So you allow nuclear power but cry for the dairy cows. How can you say that you’re ethical when you are just choosing what type of ethical things you do? That’s hypocrisy and labeling yourself as a better person than everyone else. You are just being passive!”

*deep breath*

Not everyone want or can go to live on deserted island with no electricity.

Not everyone can go and save all the starving African children.

And fiy, living a more ethical life is not passive.

It’s extremely active. The effort of every time I go outside, check my instagram or even turn on TV (which I don’t do very often). Every time I need to be conscious about who is trying to sell me, what and in what cause? What ideas these mainly huge corporations are trying to plant in my head? That I need something ’cause I’m not good enough? That it’s okay the slaughter innocent beings for my appetite? Because bacon tho’ ??

Being conscious and living a more ethical lifestyle is the least we can do, living in a first-world country where we vote with our money for the reality we want to see.

But it’s also realizing that you don’t have and cannot save everyone at once. Many people have the dissolution that you would have to do everything once in order to live more ethically. And as a result, people don’t even start ’cause they think it’s too hard. Guys, this is not true. Allow yourself to go on to this journey. If you are new to this whole idea, don’t freak out that the world is a mess and you cannot change anything. We’ve all been there and it feels horrible. But the shame and quilt from living in a privileged world is still not helping anyone… Not you, not the fast fashion slaves and not the dairy cows. Open your eyes and take action.

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My definition

At the moment in life I can be charge at least these things: what I eat, what I wear and what I buy. So here is my short definition of what an ethical lifestyle holds for me:

  • A plant-based diet is the obvious choice: nothing is more sustainable in the world. If you want proof go and watch Cowspicary on Netflix! Harming other beings and this planet is a very un-ethical way of living. Being a vegan is really a no-brainer.

 

  • Not buying from fast fashion brands: the fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world. We always want the newest version of everything and don’t think about the origin of the garment. In my other blogpost I shared some handy questions whether or not you should buy a certain item, so if you are having problem with impulse shopping, I highly suggest you read that. But hail thrift shops, vintage and trashion!

 

  • Always keeping in mind the origin: Every item we purchase has a story. That story can be sad and scary or relatively okay. Making a habit of buying fair trade, organic and local when ever I can is a way of consuming I want to continue.

 

  • Learning all the time: It’s not about buying the latest fair trade coffee or just being “vegan” for the sake that it’s popular atm. This is about learning continuously about new ways of doing something ethically. Keeping your mind open for new ideas and exposures ’cause nothing is like it seems. Living ethically is more about the mindset not the shopping list.

 

Now it’s up to you

I have laid out my thoughts on what an ethical lifestyle holds for me. A way of living that bring peace and joy for me and for others. Now it’s up to you to define it to yourself. Some things that I hold valuable may not be so relevant in your life. But I encourage you to ask yourself about your values: what type of world do you want to live in? How can you make an impact to really make this world a better place?

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Thank you for reading and of course if you have any comments please leave them down below. I would love to hear your thoughts!

You are awesome!

Take Care ❤

*Meeri

 

 

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MITEN SELVITÄ PITKÄSTÄ MATKASTA

(Don’t understand Finnish? It’s okay, I have a translation for you at the end of this post)

 

Meitsi on matkustellut paljon ja tulen vielä matkustamaan (esim. koko tulevan kuukauden, voit seurata menojani instastooreista @meerielviira ), joten tässä mun vinkit, miten näistä pitkistä matkustuspäivistä selvitään!

 

Video sai innoituksen toisesta postauksestani, jossa kerroin omista must-have tuotteista matkustaessa.

 

 

Toivottavasti videosta on sulle iloa tai hyötyä ja toki muista tilata meitsin kanava, jos haluat nähdä lisää höpötyksiä suomeksi!

 

 

I share my tips on how to survive a long travel day! Video is in Finnish but I have a blogpost covering some of the same tips here.  

You are awesome!

Take Care ❤

*Meeri

8 (VEGAN) BEAUTY TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

I have enjoyed the Miami sun and now I’m back in Finland and enjoying the heat from our fireplace. Of course the jet lag had me for the first week so that’s why I haven’t been posting but since all this travel has been going on –> I thought I’d share my vegan beauty travel essentials!

I’m not one of those crazy beauty gurus that do that full on make-up and beauty routine but I still have some essentials that I do take with me on a long-haul flight.

So here are my 8 vegan beauty travel essentials for a long-haul flight in no particular order:

1. Hand sanitizer

This is a must. If nothing else makes to the plane, this does. Planes are not the most hygienic places so having a hand sanitizer is an essential. Don’t wash your hands in the planes toilet; the water isn’t the purest. You can also use this sanitizer and tissues to wipe out your table and armrests.

2. Rosewater spray / face spray

Imagine that you have been sitting on a plane for 6 hours and the end is nowhere near. It’s starting to get too hot or too cold and very uncomfortable. Here you pull out your rosewater spray and spray that onto your (preferably clean) face and feel the freshness. Sounds like a plan? Yes, it does.

3. Argan oil

Occasionally my skin gets very dry while flying. So I want to nourish it with the best of the best: argan oil. It easy to carry and mine it has the pipet that makes it easy to apply. The benefit of having argan oil versus a face cream is that you can use it for your nails or neck or any other part of your skin that feels dry.

4. Towelettes

The fresh feeling when you wipe your face clean on a plane! I prefer something that doesn’t have much alcohol in it ’cause alcohol tends to dry out my skin even though I would put argan oil right after. Also the travel size towelettes that have like 5-10 pieces are the best so you don’t have to carry a big package with you.

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5. Peppermint essential oil

Maybe not for everyone but after having brought this little buddy with me on the flight to Helsinki to Miami, I will add this to my essential list no doubt. Hence the word “essential oil”:D Long-haul flights can get very stuffy and I tend to manage to pull sort of a headache from all of that traveling. Sniff on peppermint essential oil helps with the headache and relaxes. After all every little thing that can freshen up the travel is a must.

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6. Toothbrush and toothpaste

After landing it’s time to rush to the bathroom and brush our teeth. I like this bamboo cole brush with Urtekrams fluor mint toothpaste. Nothing better than getting a fresh breath after a long flight.

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7. Hand cream

Every time I set foot on a plane, all the moisture from my hands disappear. So hand cream is crucial for me. I like to have something with a fresh smell like aloe vera and something that absorbs quickly. I’ve been using Urtekrams Aloe Vera Hand Cream lately and I highly recommend that one!

 8. Deodorant

This is no brainer as well. But I usually apply deodorant after landing. Feel like after a long flight brushing your teeth and doing a small underarm shower in the bathroom and then getting that deodorant gets me going. Don’t like to use any perfume. It can easily get stuffy and really annoying ’cause even though it may smell nice you don’t necessarily get that fresh feeling.

 

So those were all my beauty essentials for a long-haul flight! I hope you found some inspiration for your travels and leave me a comment your favorite beauty product that you always take with you! I would love to hear your essentials as well 🙂

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*Meeri

 

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Happy New Year! | VIDEO

Hi guys and happy New Year!

Here’s my quick review of my year 2016. A lot of things happened and I’m so excited for upcoming year 2017. I hope it’s filled with new experiences, theater and lots of love.

What do you wish from 2017?

 

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Thanks for staying with me this year. 

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