Category: Lifestyle

Oh, no! Our Beloved Glitter Is Harming Us!

It’s summer, it’s festival season and I can understand your feelings. You want to be outside in the sun, forgetting your worries and just have a good time with your friends, listening to awesome music, seeing your favorite bands and looking like a fabulous crazy version of yourself.

Of course, you can use as much glitter as you want – but please use the alternative bio glitter that doesn’t last in our environment for over 100 years. No, I am not joking, it really lasts that long. We don’t even last that long.

The regular petroleum-based glitter is aluminium-coated plastic and stays longer on this beautiful planet than a human being. I bet you don’t feel good about the thought of putting such bad ingredients like petroleum, aluminium, and plastic on your skin and you probably wouldn’t do it if it wasn’t for the glittery effect.

The normal, let’s call it bad glitter causes damage in our water ways, disrupts marine life, as well as other animals like birds and insects and ends up in our human food chain. On top of it all, you risk that your glitter is being sourced using child labour. If you haven’t known about it, it’s okay, don’t feel bad – I just happened to know about it too. But let’s make a change right now and stop using bad glitter during our festival trips and once and for all, ’cause harming the environment is generally pretty uncool…

Here are a couple of harmless bio organic alternatives that sparkle just as gorgeous…

Illustration © Jana Malderle

A big thank you to Mandy for her original Photograph © Courtesy of Mandy Barker

This is not a sponsored post. 

Let’s Eat at May am Ufer

You are probably familiar with this kind of situation: out of nowhere you get really hungry, but you are unsure where to go, what to buy, or what to cook (and at the end of the day, you get very lazy).

That’s why I started to write “Let’s Eat”. Every time I find a good place to eat deliciously tasting food, I am going to “eat and tell”. I mean, hello, this blog is not called Jana told me for fun…

After a long day of work neither my boyfriend nor I have the motivation to cook, so we spoil ourselves from time to time with eating out (especially when it’s so warm these days, but thanks summer, please stay). Since I missed lunch that day, I was as hungry as a wolf and I could remember one restaurant that smelled so good like garlic and olive oil, when we were passing by.

The restaurant is called May am Ufer.
Like the name is intending, it’s located at the Maybachufer, the place where Neukölln and Kreuzberg meet. We were sitting in a room in the back, because there was not a single empty chair left outside. The room was beautiful: wooden floors, candles, stucco ornaments on the ceiling and an uneven wall decorated with paintings and photographs in black and white.

The menu was small, but that’s alright. I use to get overwhelmed by big menus anywhere. You flick through, you think you know what you want, you see something more interesting, oh no – that’s not vegan. Didn’t happen to me with the small menu. I couldn’t find a vegan dish, so I just asked the waiter.

They changed a dish into a vegan one for me, so I had: tagliatelle with aubergines, cherry tomatoes, mint and pine nuts (minus the buffalo ricotta). Unfortunately I didn’t photograph the dish, but it was so good. I believe I have never eaten such a delicious pasta dish (in years, or ever?). The portion was perfect, the price was justified. I paid 9€ for my vegan dish, my boyfriend’s dish plus buffallo ricotta was 12€.

Would I visit May am Ufer again? Oh yes.

What makes this place so good? A small curated menu + regional groceries + good atmosphere

Photographs: © Courtesy Of, Jana Malderle

Yoox Group Bans Fur for Ethical Reasons

Yesterday the Yoox Group (NET-A-PORTER, Yoox, The Outnet, Mr Porter) announced their no-fur policy. The Group will no longer sell articles made from fur. The news probably came as a shock for design houses like Prada, Gucci, Burberry and Michael Kors, who use fur throughout their collections. It is a big step forward to realize a cruelty-free fashion industry. The Yoox Net-a-Porter Group’s  decision is based on its long-established relationship with The Humane Society International (HSI) and Lega Anti Vivisezione. Furthermore YNAP joins the international Fur Free Retailer Program supported by the Fur Free Alliance, just as Asos, Zara, Giorgio Armani and Hugo Boss.

I think these news are absolutely striking. The YNAP Group is the world’s leading online luxury fashion retailer. It has the power not only to change the consumer’s buying behaviour, but also to force design houses to change their attitude towards fur. Matteo James Moroni, head of sustainability at YNAP, said:

“We have a strong sense of responsibility and recognise the importance of making a positive contribution to society. With a range of initiatives, partnerships and innovations, our goal is to act as an industry-wide catalyst for change.”

Concerning the fact that the worldwide fur trade is worth $30 billion (according to the International Fur Federation), YNAP’s decision is increasing the gap that already divides the fashion industry. But it’s a step that needs to be taken in order to create a sustainable fashion future. Claire Bass, executive director of HSI, knows their decision is a strong message to the designers using fur in their collections:

“This is a huge retail door slamming in the face of the fur industry, reflecting the growing consumer belief that cruelty has no place in fashion and strengthening the business case for investment in fake fur alternatives.”

Fur, thus cruelty, has no place in today’s fashion industry.

© Illustration by Jana Malderle


The Best Deodorant I know is Cruelty Free

Everybody sweats, it’s human. The body needs to sweat in order to regulate the body temperature. But in today’s society sweat stains and unpleasant smells can damage your reputation for good. It’s like this odd believe that women’s legs should always look smooth and shiny and be without a single hair. It’s unnatural and absurd.

I decided to sweat without smelling badly. Last christmas I received a little set of Aurelia Skincare products. My family got used to the fact that I live vegan now and they tried to support my decision by giving me cruelty-free cosmetic products.

One product of this self-made set became my absolute favorite: the botanical cream deodorant. As you can see on the photo, this deodorant has a creamy texture. It smells powdery fresh, with a strong minty note. At first I wasn’t sure if this natural deodorant could really conquer the smell of sweat, but ohhh yes it does!

It is so easy to use. Simply apply some cream with your washed fingertips on your clean skin. While rubbing it in, you can see the cream quickly starting to transform into a powdery consistency. That’s it!

I always check the list of the ingredients to see if the product is really free things like synthetic fragrances, parabens, mineral oil, silicones, propylene glycol, phtalates, GMO’s, PEGs,…

These are the ingredients of the botanical cream deodorant by Aurelia Skincare: Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Coco-Caprylate (derived from coconuts), Sodium Bicarbonate, Maranta Arundinacea (Arrowroot) Extract, Kaolin, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil Expressed, Citrus Bergamia Peel (Bergamot) Oil Expressed, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Glycerin (plant derived), Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Linalool*, Limonene*, Geraniol*, Farnesol* (*naturally occurring in essential oil)

This product is absolutely natural. It is also not tested on animals, which makes it cruelty-free. If you like to buy it, I recommend buying it on or on, they have the fairest prices. The deodorant costs 18£, which is about 22€.

Yes, it’s the most expensive deodorant I’ve ever had, but it’s also the best one.

*Oh and this post is not sponsored by Aurelia Skincare. I just like their product, that’s why I made this article.

To Keep, or Not to Keep: Old Non-Vegan Clothes

When you begin to live a vegan lifestyle, you start to over think a lot of things, like: how will my family and friends react? What will I answer when people ask me why I’m vegan? Can I still go to a normal restaurant with friends and actually find something to eat, or will I be forced to undergo a water-diet? Where will I find vegan cosmetic products? What will I do with my old, but beloved non-vegan clothes?

I believe many people who pursue a vegan lifestyle are able to give away their non-vegan clothes without batting an eyelid. Unfortunately, I am not one of them. I am not proud of it. Over the years my wardrobe slowly started to fill with many clothes made from leather. I also still own cashmere and wool pullover. I feel like they are the only things keeping me really warm in winter. Do I have to get rid of them as a vegan? My gut tells me yes, I should. Can’t I just wear them until they fall apart?

I believe there is a thin line that separates wrong from right.

Eating vegan food turns your whole life situation around. Like I said in the beginning of this article: you start to over think. Every single thing. Yes, it can lead to stress, but we need to handle this situation calm and relaxed with a focused mind.

Every body needs to decide for themselves if they only want to eat vegan food, but want to wear animal products, or if they want to live a vegan life as good as they can. I wrote: as good as they can, because it is so hard to live 100% fully vegan. There are so many ingredients made from animals in our everyday life, that there is almost no possible way to avoid them completely.

My goal is to create as less harm as possible. I decided to wear my old non-vegan clothes until they fall apart. They already do. I will not buy leather products in the future, so I will probably buy a few clothes made from sustainable garments like alpaca. It will definitely cost me more, but I will buy less and wear it longer.

Oh! Please help me to get rid of my never-worn and beautiful non-vegan clothes. If you don’t like them, maybe your friends do! So tell them about it. Just click here to take a look at my wardrobe.

Photograph: © Julia Stegner by Greg Kadel for Vogue-Germany February 2012

Why I Live Vegan

I grew up loving dairy products, but I wasn’t loving meat, or eggs. I was a child that loved drinking cocoa in the morning before school. Truth is: as a child, you don’t think about where the milk you drink, or the meat and eggs you eat are coming from. And normally your parents don’t mind telling you how cruel and violent most of the industry deals with animals. Probably they don’t want to think about it or even say it out loud themselves.

It is interesting to know that if you explain to children where the meat they are about to eat it coming from, they will most likely refuse to eat it. I think the reluctance to harm animals is our natural feeling as a human, but after being conditioned for years of our lives, it seems we learned to suppress our conscience.

Before I started to live vegan, I was a vegetarian for two years. Being a vegetarian, I thought I would create less violence in this world, because I no longer eat meat. But I was so wrong. Little did I know that the dairy and meat industry is working as one. How?

It’s a pretty simple and cruel procedure : a cow only gives milk, when she had a baby. To prevent the calf from “stealing” the milk he deserves (but the industry thinks differently about it), they separate mother and calf right after birth before they are able to get in contact. Can you imagine the screaming and crying of the mother cow when it is separated from its baby? After I saw several videos of these cruel separations, I can’t get the sound of the mother cow out of my head.

Some of you might say that the following thing I write is a big difference to the cow-situation, but how would you feel about the situation if a woman is separated from its baby right after birth without being able to touch it before it has to leave? Why do we allow the industry to be so cruel to animals, and why does the society seems to be blindfolded?

Again, the answer is simple: we allow them to do it, because we buy the products and don’t want to analyse the situation. It’s not a coincidence to see products of meat and dairy printed with happy cows, chicken, and pigs on it… But I am no longer falling for it.