One of the things I want to do more this year is to help others
. There’s too much pressure to assign it as one of my New Year’s Resolutions but I really am trying to think of other people this year. A couple of weeks ago, on my birthday, I donated my time to volunteer at Oxfam. It’s not much but I’ve decided to continue volunteering for as long as I can.
After some thought, I’ve realised that it’s not too much of a stretch for me to make a small monthly donation to a campaign through fundraising websites
, it’s easy and secure, and takes less than 5 minutes of my time.
Raising Funds For PETA
In the past 8 years, I’ve felt a more emotional connection to animals and that’s all down to our pets, Oscar and Bonnie
(I mean, just look at them
As much as I begged for a family pet when I was little, living within the premise of my parent’s takeaway, we were never allowed them. But this changed when we moved to a new house and I couldn’t imagine life without Oscar and Bonnie and the joy they’ve brought to the family!
Without passing judgement upon others, I have started to make my own choices that may help make an impact on animals and the environment. I recently started a vegan-friendly beauty section of my blog and through this, I have been keeping myself informed and educated on this as much as I can.
As a blogger, I feel a sense of responsibility, and admittedly, I have a long way to go but one of the easiest starting point for me is beauty and taking a look at the brands I buy.
I’ve learned a lot in the past about cruelty-free and eco-friendly brands. When big brands declare themselves as completely cruelty free, it is such a triumphant step forward. With public support, organisations such as PETA will be successful in continuously putting pressure to stamp out the issue of animal testing. It’s so unnecessary in this day and age to still test products on animals when they can be ethically tested by other methods.
Thankfully, animal testing is banned in the EU. One of the first questions I ask PRs now when they get in touch to introduce their new releases is ‘Is it cruelty free?’, and it great to learn that 99% of them actually are.
So many of my favourite brands such as Too Faced, Charlotte Tilbury, Kat Von D, NARS, Pixi, Zoeva, Urban Decay, Illamasqua, Marc Jacobs, and are already leading the way with their no testing on animals policy, and in an ideal world, others would follow their lead.
For now, the help we can provide is to be aware of it and to support those who campaign endlessly for animal rights. If you’d like to donate to the cause (even if it’s £1), you can find all the information on Leetchi.com.
Don’t worry if you can’t donate because you can still help by spreading the word and share this link
on social media. Plus, when you share the link using hashtag #LWfundraiser, you will be in with a chance to win on of the lipstick from Lucy Watson’s cruelty-free make-up brand, Basic Bitch.