Hey, ladies! Yes, I am looking at you! Are you against animal testing?
If so you might want to check out a Youtube challenge that has been going around lately.
It’s called ‘How cruel is my makeup bag’.
Here’s a few videos you might want to check out:
Tessa Violet does a pretty good simple explanation of the challenge.
However if you are feeling particularly sassy you might want to check the video on justkissmyfrog’s channel (cute name, no?):
Basically what happens here is that people go through their makeup bags and check on http://logicalharmony.net/ whether or not the brands they are using are cruelty-free. Logical Harmony compiles a list of brands that is truly free of animal testing (updates every week!). A quick way of conducting your search is to press Ctrl+F to open up a search engine and type out the brands you are using or thinking of purchasing.
Many of us are against animal-testing but it is often not obvious which brands are cruelty-free, and sometimes it is not really something we think about when we are trying to pick out the perfect eyeshadow. However, if you do believe that animal-testing is wrong, take a few minutes to go on that website and put on a bit of tape just like in the videos to mark the brands you won’t be buying again.
Each of us has the power to determine what kind of world we want to live in and what kind of product we want to consume. It may feel like a tiny step but—not only are you sending a message to the cosmetics industry that you, as a consumer, demands a more ethical approach—you are choosing to align yourself with your values. While you might be reluctant to part with a brand, ask yourself this: does the world need that product so very bad that lives have to be spent on testing its efficiency? I’d say humanity could spare a few eyeliners here and there.
So let’s change the cosmetics industry together, one make-up bag at a time!
By Natanin Rachpradit
Going Green is the New Black
Do you know what’s really trendy right now? The answer is Being trash-free!!
If you are like me that there is a rush of guilt every time I go to the supermarket and carry home far too many plastic bags and packaged products. But this is just the way of life for now, right? It is not like we can avoid it.
…Or can we?
Because this, believe it or not, is two years-worth of Lauren Singer’s trash:
Lauren Singers is an environmental major graduate who lives a Zero-Waste lifestyle right in the rush of New York City. By taking steps to reduce trash such as composting and making her own products—from toothpaste to condoms—all the trash she makes in two years only fit into one mason jar.
So if she can do it, why can’t you? What if the idea of living life that produces no trash ,doesn’t sound attractive enough to you!? we have compiled together five reasons why you should be living a Zero-Waste Life.
The Perks of living a Zero-Waste Life:
1. You are in control of what goes into your body.
Not only is a Zero-Waste Lifestyle good for the environment it is great for your overall complexion. Lauren says so herself that after taking on this life style her skin was much clearer and her hair became shinier. Why is this? A Zero-Waste lifestyle pushes you to take control of what goes into your body: by avoiding packaged food you won’t be eating just anything the meets the eye or strike your mood at that moment. Also, nowadays the chemicals in your face cream can sometimes do you more harm than good. Which is why your body will be thanking you for opting for natural homemade beauty products.
2. You will have much less clutter in your life.
A Zero-Waste life pushes you to focus mainly on the essentials, of what you truly need in life and only make a purchase (aka. contributing new trash) when it is absolutely necessary. By buying only what you need you will find that your apartment is much less cluttered.
3. More money left in your pockets.
4. Increase in mindfulness.
The challenging thing about living this lifestyle is becoming aware at all times of your actions and learning to plan ahead. Because you have to avoid contributing trash like the plaque you will have to be more vigilant of what you do such as not forgetting your water bottle for the day, not forgetting to decline the offers of plastic bags etc.
And last but not least…
5. Going green is sexy.
It shows you are in control and empowered enough to live in a way that is aligned with your values. You are refusing to bow down to consumerism and striving to live a life that leaves no trash behind. Mother Nature salutes you. If that’s not charisma, I don’t know what else is.
A Zero-Waste life is possible and healthy—and it’s not that hard. So if this got you interested in taking the steps to becoming a greener you, we recommend you check out Lauren Singers website: www.trashisfortossers.com
Here you will find tutorials from Lauren herself on how to make your own products and incorporating such a lifestyle into your hectic, city life.
As Emma Watson (hail queen) has once said “If not me, who? If not now, when?”
So why not YOU? Why not NOW? Embark on your Zero-Waste journey today!
By Natanin Rachpradit
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As the world’s most visited city, Bangkok is a city loved for its rich culture, food, and entertainment. If you a planning your first trip to Bangkok, this is the absolute MUST DO list.
From elaborate palaces to magnificent temples, local markets to world-class sky-bars, your first week in Bangkok will be packed with choices. Whatever you choose, Bangkok’s locals will welcome you with their world famous Thai smile. Let’s get it started! Here are 10 places we highly recommend on your first visit to Bangkok:
1. The Grand Palace
Always at number one is the former residence and workplace of King Rama 1 to King Rama 5. This fabulous piece of Thai architecture is a must-see sight of Bangkok. This memorial is a complexion of traditional Thai architecture, Chinese and Western styles dating from the French and Italian Renaissances. The Grand Palace also hosts the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, a magnificent Buddha that dates back to the 14th century.
2. Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn)
Catch a boat across the river to visit Wat Arun, a masterpiece present on all postcards. Considered one of the most dazzling and most famous Buddhist temples in Bangkok, this 70 meters high monument is carefully decorated with Chinese porcelain and pieces of glowing glass.
Socialgiver Travel Tip
Another possible way to enjoy Wat Arun is from the Riva Arun Bangkok Hotel rooftop. Have a dinner or drinks while admiring the most famous sight in Bangkok. Book a stay at Riva Arun for an amazing view of Wat Arun from right across the river so you can experience the first light’s reflection off the surface of the temple with pearly iridescence. When you book on Socialgiver get the best rate, and 100% of profits go to support a music programme for children living in Klong Toey slums.
3. Wat Pho (The Golden Buddha Temple)
Right across the river from Wat Arun, you can appreciate the 46 meters long reclining Buddha that magnifies the uniqueness of this beautiful temple. Wat Pho is the oldest temple in Thailand, built before Bangkok became the capital of Siam. This temple is also a school of Thai medicine, popularized as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage. Today it is Thailand’s leading massage school, the perfect place to experience a Thai massage during your afternoon rest.
4. Yaowarat Road (Chinatown)
This is the best place to try Thai-Chinese fusion cuisine and world-famous street food. Walk around the different market stalls and street vendors, and immerse yourself in a spontaneous atmosphere. Most particularly at night, Yaowarat Road turns into a street-food paradise and becomes an amazing spot to explore. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the candid chaos and a sense of adventure. Closeby is a small street called Soi Nana, where lots of cool local bars have popped up. Check out Teens of Thailand, Tep Bar, or Ba Hao if you’d like a drink.
Socialgiver Travel Tip
To enjoy Bangkok’s old town to the fullest and avoid scams, get your Tuk Tuk Hop Tickets online. Your on-demand Tuk-tuk for up to 3 persons will take you across all the spots highlighted above and to many more, including Museums, Palaces, Temples, and Riverside malls. Get the best rate on Socialgiver and 100% of profits go to support forest rangers protecting Thailand’s most threatened forests and wildlife.
5. Chatuchak Market
Chatuchak weekend market is the world’s largest outdoor market, hosting more than 8,000 stalls on 35 acres. Get lost in this shopping paradise and discover all kinds of goods, from clothes to pets to souvenirs and everything in between. If you find something you like, don’t wait to buy it later because probably you won’t find that shop again. The best way to visit is via MRT (Chatuchak Park Station) and BTS (Mo Chit Station). Expect to spend at least half a day here.
6. Talad Rot Fai (Train Market)
There are two major train markets you can choose from, the larger one in Srinakarin (behind Seacon Square) or the closer one in Ratchada (behind Esplanade Mall). You’ll find endless varieties of food, clothing, souvenirs, and cool local bars.
7. Sirocco Sky Bar
Popularized by the infamous Hangover Part II, Sirocco is one of the highest sky bars in the world, at more than 800 feet in the air, enjoy a drink with a fabulous 360° view of the city and its skyline overlooking the Chaophraya river on one side, and the central business district on the other. However, we must warn you that drinks a quite pricey and you must abide by their dress code to enter. Great alternatives are Vertigo and Moon bar at the Banyan Tree, Red Sky at Centara Central World, and Above Eleven at Sukhumvit Soi 11.
8. Muay Thai
Muay Thai, also known as Thai boxing and the Art of Eight Limbs is an ancient martial art born in Thailand. You can watch the award-winning Muay Thai Live choreographed show at Asiatique Riverside mall or live boxing matches at Ratchadamnern Stadium.
Socialgiver Travel Tip
Why not try your hands at Muay Thai yourself and get some exercise on your holiday. Get your first lessons on Socialgiver at a special price (1:30 hour beginners group class) at RSM Academy and 100% of the profits go to help treat children born with disabilities.
9. Jim Thompson’s House
A wonderful art collection hosted in the former home of an American who started the Thai silk industry, Mr. Jim Thompson. This jungle in a busy city continues today as one of the most popular museums in Thailand housing historical Buddhist statues, Thai Paintings, Chinese Porcelain, and artifacts from Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, and beyond.
A Sino-Siamese Heritage site built since 1850 during the modernization of Siam along the bank of the Chao Phaya River. Lhong1919 was once an old Chinese style steamship terminal, where countless Chinese diasporas first set foot in the Kingdom of Siam. Today it is under restoration to showcase the old paintings and furnishings of a once bustling market, and hosts the Mazu Shrine – the goddess of the sea, protecting fishermen and seafarers – which was brought on a boat from China and have been enshrined and worshipped here ever since. Other community spaces worth visiting include Tha Maharaj and Chang Chui.
Socialgiver Travel Tip
Chao Phraya Tourist Boat offers a one-day pass, where you can hop-on hop-off between Asiatique, BTS Saphan Taksin, Lhong1919, Wat Arun, Tha Maharaj, Phra Arthit Road, and more. This unique mode of transport will show you Bangkok from another perspective. Get your tickets on Socialgiver at a discounted price while 100% of profits go toward training programmes to prevent young children in rural Thailand from drowning.
Did we miss anything? Let us know what else you think should have made it on this list!