genuinely hate living in this building omg got ANOTHER noise complaint
genuinely hate living in this building omg got ANOTHER noise complaint
In 2019, I devoted lots of time to removing products from my beauty routine that weren’t cruelty free. I started doing a lot of research and found out many of the brands I loved were sold in China, therefore conducted testing on animals.
Being a huge animal lover, I realized my long-term love of using brands like Bath and Body Works, L’Oreal, Revlon, Maybelline (and many other brands I’ve used since I was a teenager), just weren’t worth it. No product, in my opinion, should be tested on animals.
While I am not a perfect consumer, I am still learning every day. I’m proud to say I am a more conscious consumer now than I was years ago and continue to do research on brands before making purchases. Not every product I use is still cruelty-free BUT I am still working to replace all my beauty and cleaning products with ones that are. Making changes that last a lifetime are never a fast task.
After my search for cruelty-free products was started, I was then introduced to products that are packaged more sustainably. I received a jar of Kora Organics moisturizer from Influenster and it’s packaging concept opened up a whole new can of worms for me.
It contained a replaceable pod of moisturizer packaged in a beautiful glass jar. The concept is that when you run out of moisturizer, you can just replace the pod instead of the whole jar. It’s cheaper to buy another pod AND you waste less materials when you finish the product.
Other brands, like Lush, have worked to remove extra packaging from their products for years. Read on to learn about some other product lines that I love and have more sustainable packaging.
The Honest Company Cleaner Pods: I received a bathroom cleaner kit from Influenster and the brand The Honest Company (created by Jessica Alba). It was my first introduction to pod-based cleaners. If you order a cleaner kit, you get a bottle and concentrated pods. The concept is to drop a pod in the spray bottle and fill it with water. According to the Honest website “These tiny pods pack some serious cleaning power while reducing plastic waste-we save 1.8 pounds of water being shipped per bottle by shipping our bottles empty.”
I didn’t think I’d like it (but I did) or that the pod would even dissolve (but it did!). I felt the bathroom cleaner was a little too ammonia scented, but it was effective in cleaning my bathroom. I would definitely try more from the brand as well as other cruelty free and sustainable cleaners. Click here to learn more about The Honest Company and their sustainability.
Lush: I fell in love with Lush in 2003. I remember the exact year because I was about to get married and read about the brand in an Allure magazine. Their Skinny Dip body wash was featured in a “new products to try” article and it intrigued me. I researched the company and immediately placed an order on their website. While they stopped making the Skinny Dip body wash (oh how I miss it and many other things they’ve discontinued!), any time I smell clove, it takes me back to the days of planning my wedding to my best friend (and now husband), Tommy Braden.
They have worked to be a leader in the cruelty free and earth friendly bath and beauty product world for many years. The image above is from their website as I can’t seem to keep any of their products around after buying them. That’s how much I love Lush! Learn more about the brand by clicking this link.
Kora Organics: I tried the brand’s (created by Miranda Kerr) Turmeric Glow Moisturizer after receiving it free from Influenster and after about 4 weeks, I was impressed by the results. It’s thick, making it a moisturizer I only use at night. It did not break out my combination skin, it left my skin glow-y upon waking up in the morning, it’s cruelty free, certified organic and has some of the smartest and most beautiful packaging I’ve seen in a long time. It’s not the cheapest moisturizer, but I will be buying it again after I run out. I’ll purchase their replacement pod, as it is cheaper and produces less waste than buying another jar. I may even try more of the brand’s products. Learn more about Kora Organics by clicking this link.
Aether Beauty (also known as athr beauty…they appear to be rebranding): I bought their Supernova Crushed Pure Diamond Highlighter from Sephora recently for four reasons: It was on sale, it had amazing reviews, it had sustainable packaging (no mirror!), and it was cruelty free. The brand is expanding it’s line and I will say that the gorgeous results the highlighter left on my skin made me want to try more. Learn more about the brand on their website by clicking this link.
Love Beauty and Planet: Though owned by Unilever (which is not a cruelty-free company), this product line under the Unilever umbrella is cruelty free. You’ve got to give Unilever some credit for at least trying to jump on the sustainability and cruelty free product train. My thinking is this: If more people would start buying the sustainable lines produced by corporate giants like Unilever, then they would start producing more of them instead of their non-sustainable and cruelty free lines. Love Beauty and Planet uses recycled packaging, is cruelty free and sold in numerous big box stores like Target, Walmart and more, making it a cost effective and easily accessible earth friendly and sustainable product line. Learn more about their sustainability + download their reports by clicking this link.
Sustainable Nail Polish
Did you know that your nail polish may be harmful to the environment? Try selecting environment friendly polishes such as these brands (brands I use and love):
Zoya: Founder Zoya Rezis is the nail tech and creator behind Zoya and The Art of Beauty Brand. It’s a long lasting polish that comes in numerous colors. Click here to learn about Zoya cruelty free and toxin free nail polish.
Adesse: Adesse is a product line I was first introduced to by receiving it in an ipsy bag. I started using their cuticle oil and liked it so much, I started using some of their other products.
FYI: I stopped my ipsy subscription to try Causebox because they could guarantee cruelty-free and more sustainable products. I received more Adesse in a recent Causebox and I was excited to try even more from the brand. Learn more about Adesse by clicking this link.
Pretty Woman and Nail Medic: These polishes are free of 10 nasty toxins and come in a variety of gorgeous colors. The polishes last and the Nail Medic line actually works to repair damaged nails. I’ve been using them for a while now and love that they are cruelty-free. Learn more about the brands by clicking this link.
Margaret Dabbs: I received a bottle of her rose scented nail polish in an ipsy bag years ago and it is truly a great product. I think if I am ever in London, I will definitely get one of her Medical Pedicures Or Luxury Food Therapy sessions. Read the brand’s Sustainability Statement on their website by clicking this link.
Dear Sundays: I received this polish brand in an ipsy bag years ago and it’s a 10-free, cruelty-free and vegan winner! Learn more about the brand by clicking this link.
If you are wondering how you can reduce the waste caused by nail polishes, check out CHEMWISE and their nail polish recycling program.
ISRO countdown for the launch of Earth Watch Satellite EOS-01
Source: PTI BangaloreIndian Space Agency (ISRO) has said that the launch of the Earth observation satellite EOS-01 will begin tomorrow (November 7). The ISRO space program has been shut down for the past few months due to Corona and will be back tomorrow. EOS-01, along with nine other international customer satellites, will add ten satellites into space, at 3:02 pm on Saturday afternoon. PSLV-C49…
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i am done knowing things about the united states of america. i don't need to know any of their presidents or anything about us history. i do not wish to hear about american celebrities. i don't want to be surrounded by american brands, and i do not care about the classic american childhood "everyone" relates to.
if you want to teach me something about the united states of america, no thank you ♡
not me remembering an hour and a half late that i gotta update the walkthrough
Oh my God? Are y’all seeing this?? Marvel gave Dormammu braids!! 😂😂😂😂he really is black!
— Ocean Vuong, from On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous (via lunamonchtuna)
me immediately after having one of the biggest nervous breakdowns ive had in a Really long fuckin time: oogh. eaughe. ooghieehg I Am Going To Make A Playlist Now :) . eauaghgie g *oozes green slime*
AIR AND EARTH SIGNS 5.14
Bryce Quinlar from Crescent City by Halderzor on instagram! *posted with permission*
God why did my deadname also have to be a flower bc now every now and then I’ll be watching a show and they say the name and I nearly have a heart attack only to realize they’re talking about. the flower.
The first frost is the deepest
The first frost of autumn may be grim for gardeners but the latest evidence reveals it is a profound event in the life of plants.
The discovery may affect how we grow crops in a fluctuating climate and help us better understand molecular mechanisms in animals and humans.
Much of our understanding of how plants register temperature at a molecular level has been gained from the study of vernalization — the exposure to an extended period of cold as a preparation for flowering in spring.
Experiments using the model plant Arabidopsis have shown how this prolonged period of cold lifts the brake on flowering, a gene called FLC. This biochemical brake also involves another molecule COOLAIR which is antisense to FLC. This means it lies on the other strand of DNA to FLC and it can bind to FLC and influence its activity.
But less is known about how natural temperature changes affect this process. How does COOLAIR facilitate the shutdown of FLC in nature?
To find out, researchers from the John Innes Centre used naturally occurring types of Arabidopsis grown in different climates.
They measured how much COOLAIR is turned on in three different field sites with varying winter conditions, one in Norwich, UK, one in south Sweden and one in subarctic northern Sweden.
COOLAIR levels varied among different accessions and different locations. However, researchers spotted something that all the plants had in common — the first time the temperature dropped below freezing there was a peak in COOLAIR.
To confirm this boosting of COOLAIR after freezing they did experiments in temperature-controlled chambers which simulated the temperature changes seen in natural conditions.
They found COOLAIR expression levels rose within an hour of freezing and peaked about eight hours afterwards. There was a small reduction in FLC levels immediately after freezing too, reflecting the relationship between the two key molecular components.
Next, they found a mutant Arabidopsis which produces higher levels of COOLAIR all the time even when it is not cold, and low levels of FLC. When they edited the gene to switch off COOLAIR they found that FLC was no longer suppressed, providing further evidence of this elegant molecular mechanism.
Dr Yusheng Zhao, co-first author of the study said: “Our study shows a new aspect of temperature sensing in plants in natural field conditions. The first seasonal frost serves as an important indicator in autumn for winter arrival. The initial freezing dependent induction of COOLAIR appears to be an evolutionarily conserved feature in Arabidopsis and helps to explain how plants sense environmental signals to begin silencing of the major floral repressor FLC to align flowering with spring.”
The study offers insight into the plasticity in the molecular process of how plants sense temperatures which may help plants adapt to different climates.
Professor Dame Caroline Dean, corresponding author of the study explained: “From the plant’s point of view it gives you a tunable way of shutting off FLC. Any modulation of antisense will switch off sense and from an evolutionary perspective, depending on how efficiently or how fast this happens, and how many cells it happens in, you then have a way of dialing the brake up and down among cells.”
The findings will be helpful for understanding how plants and other organisms sense fluctuating environmental signals and could be translatable to improving crops at a time of climate change.
The discovery will also likely be widely relevant for environmental regulation of gene expression in many organisms because antisense transcription has been shown to alter transcription in yeast and human cells.
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