Connecticut Residents: Ask Your Legislators to Support Statewide Fur Ban!

Connecticut is leading groundbreaking efforts to save animals who needlessly suffer and die for the whims of fashion! A new bill would save a countless number of fur-bearing animals from excruciating deaths if passed, and we need your support to get it enacted into law!

Just months ago, California became the first state in the nation to ban fur sales, which reflects the growing intolerance for animal cruelty and an upswing in the demand for animal-friendly apparel. Now, we have the tremendous opportunity to phase out the use of stolen animal skins in Connecticut! Please urge your legislators to support a statewide ban on fur!

Connecticut animal advocates are joining the efforts of others working to create compassionate cities and states across the country, including the cities of Portland, New York City, and Minneapolis, to prohibit the sale, trade, and manufacture of animal fur products. This ban would apply to clothing and accessories that contain fur.

To produce a fur jacket, trim, or accessory, fur-bearing animals are held hostage on fur farms, where they are deprived of space, socialization, and everything wild animals need to thrive. To preserve their coats, coyotes, chinchillas, foxes, mink, rabbits, and other fur-bearing animals are often anally or vaginally electrocuted, which kills them from the inside out. They may also be bludgeoned to death or skinned alive. The onlooking animals wait in terror for their turn, and the brutal process continues. Furs from dogs, cats, raccoons, rodents and other animals are often undisclosed or intentionally mislabeled by manufacturers, and fur products are often preserved with carcinogenic chemicals.

The inherently cruel fur industry is on its last legs. Designers from all over the world, including Gucci, Prada, and Michael Kors, have pledged to ditch fur. Giant retailers including Macy’s, Inc. and Bloomingdales, have also announced that animal fur will no longer be sold at its stores or online in 2021.

What YOU Can Do:

Most Connecticut residents do not support the brutal fur trade which needlessly profits from the misery and torture of innocent animals. We must urge the state senators and representatives to support a statewide ban on the sale, trade, and manufacture of new animal fur products by making a phone call or two and then sending our letter with your personalization.

1)   Call. Please call your state senator and state representative by entering your full address at idausa.org/findmyrep and then choosing the Connecticut tab to find the identity and contact information of your district’s legislators.

When you call, you can say: 

 “Hello, my name is (name), and I’m a resident of (hometown/city). Please support a ban on the sale, trade, and manufacture of new animal fur products in Connecticut, and ask your colleagues on the Environment Committee to raise the bill!” 

2. Volunteer. Interested in volunteering? Email julie@idausa.org to find out how you can take action to ban fur in Connecticut!

3. Write. Please personalize and send our letter to your legislators by visiting: https://www.idausa.org/campaign/wild-animals-and-habitats/fur/latest-news/connecticut-residents-ask-your-legislator-to-support-statewide-fur-ban/

Celebrate Earth Day with Nature Inspired Art and Accessories from Rainbowgrove Dreams!

Happy Earth Day! Today is the PERFECT day to share the beautiful, nature-inspired and animal-friendly art and accessories from Rainbowgrove Dreams!

If you’re anything like me, you truly love nature! From the ocean to the forests, to the mountains. I’ve lived in and have loved them all! My admiration of nature and animals are reflected in my personal style and home. These items from Rainbowgrove Dreams fit my aesthetics and ethics perfectly and you will LOVE them too!

I’ve wanted to work with this company for quite some time! Laura, the founder of Rainbowgrove Dreams, aims to educate and ultimately change the world, just like me!

Rainbowgrove Dreams is a beautifully curated collection of unique accessories, art, and home decor items that are vegan, cruelty-free, and showcases the exquisite world around us! This wonderful company gives back to exemplary organizations like Mercy For Animals and Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary.

I truly appreciate a company that offers special items and supports worthy causes. It shows that their heart is in the right place! Alright, let’s get into the review!

Company: Rainbowgrove Dreams

Products

Dreamy Sky and Earth Wall Art

Casual Messenger Bag (Blue)

Retro Floral Design Wallet (Green)

Reviews:

 

To kick off this review, I’m starting with the item that just so happens to be one of my favorite art pieces of all time! The Dreamy Sky and Earth Wall Art is a stunning print on canvas that I could stare at for hours! The vibrant magenta and purple hues of the flowering fields pop against the dreamy, cloudy sky! I love art that gives you the ability to add your own personal flair to it. This item comes with 5 individual canvases that you can arrange as you see in the picture or any way you like! This is definitely a conversation piece that brings the beauty of nature into your home!

Next up, is the Casual Messenger Bag (Blue) by Amelie Galanti. This bag is perfect for just about every outfit and is very high quality. The faux leather has a glossy finish and the texture of actual leather. It has dark chrome hardware and multiple pockets and compartments to fit all of your belongings! It comes with a shoulder strap and a long cross-body strap so it can be styled to meet your needs. This bag is built to last, made with animal-friendly materials, and is the perfect everyday accessory!

Last up, is the Retro Floral Design Wallet (Green) that may just be the cutest wallet on the planet! This tri-fold wallet features an adorable, vintage-inspired floral pattern and high quality faux leather-esque material. It is large enough to fit all of your cards, bills, coins, and even your cell phone. This could even double as a clutch to add some springtime flair to your outfit! The inside is a pretty pink faux leather material with a sateen floral material inside the pockets. If you love vintage style, vegan accessories, or are just looking for a new item for the warmer weather, this wallet is it!

The Bottom Line

Rainbowgrove Dreams is a fabulous shop that offers special items that are anything but ordinary! The materials used are vegan and made to mirror the beauty of nature and the world around us. These items are gorgeous and of excellent quality, but most of all, they do not use leather and they are used to support fantastic organizations that make the world a better place for everyone.

This Earth Day, head on over to Rainbowgrove Dreams and check out all of the fabulous items that they have to offer!

 

*Special thanks to my sister for modeling!*

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Evolvh Luxury Natural Haircare – SmartStart Leave-in Conditioner and SmartCurl Wash/Conditioner Reviews

Company: Evolvh Luxury Natural Haircare

Products:

SmartCurl Hydrating Wash

SmartCurl Hydrating Conditioner

SmartStart Leave-in Conditioner

Reviews:

Let me start out by saying that my hair is super curly and dry. I have a hard time finding products that will moisturize my hair, enhance my curls, and fight frizz without weighing it down.

I am thrilled to share these products from Evolvh with you… I’m in love!

The SmartCurl line is a newly released range of products that are formulated to specifically address the needs of curly hair that I mentioned above.

Let’s start with the SmartCurl Hydrating Wash. In all honesty, I would buy this shampoo based on the scent alone! It smells SO fresh and clean with hints of florals and fruit. Its AH-MAZING! The formula is thick and luxurious and you only need a small amount of product to work into a rich lather. It rinses out easily and leaves your hair feeling thoroughly cleansed without being stripped of natural oils.

This shampoo contains nourishing plant-based ingredients like almond oil, kiwi seed oil, seaweed extract, mango, sunflower, wild pansy, and passion flower. No wonder it smells so good!

The SmartCurl Hydrating Conditioner has the same intoxicating scent as the shampoo (YASSS!). It also contains tons of plant-based, good-for-your-locks ingredients. Essential amino acids, fatty acids and botanicals work together to strengthen and soften your curls while fighting frizz. The consistency is thick (I don’t trust thin, drippy conditioners… they slide right out of your hair and barely moisturize), and easily works through even the most tangled of manes. As I do with all of my conditioners, I left this in my hair for about five minutes. It rinsed out quickly and my hair was tangle-free and ready to be styled.

The SmartStart Leave-in Conditioner contains fun, natural ingredients like oils from pumpkin seed, red raspberry seed, cranberry seed, citrus orange, grapefruit peel, patchouli and lemon peel. Whoa! So much plant-based goodness in one bottle! As you can imagine, it smells like a sweet, fruit-filled paradise!

When my hair was damp, I sprayed about 7 or 8 pumps on my just-past-shoulder-length hair. I combed it through with my fingers and just let it soak in. I usually use gel in my hair, but for the purposes of this review, I just let it air dry without any additional products.

The Bottom Line

I can’t think of anything negative to say about these products! After using them, my curls looked hydrated, defined, and bouncy! My frizz was drastically reduced and my hair smelled absolutely amazing! My hair was manageable, free of tangles, and just looked healthy! My sad little curls have definitely met their haircare soulmate!

I highly recommend these products! Thank you, Evolvh, for sending me these products to review!