My favourite place to go in my hometown (Albany, NY) is the Honest Weight Food Co-Op - I’m not going to lie, it kicks the co-ops in NYC (that I can actually go to, meaning excluding the infamous Park Slope food co-op - aka the Flatbush + East Village - the thing I think I miss most about my ex was his hood of Flatbush, it’s not a bad co-op + there’s other cool stuff by the Courtelyou B/Q stop too) asses! I’m stoked to go upstate this weekend and stock up on some grains and vitamins and everything else. Going there always makes me feel really calm, too. A nice thought - when my mother was in the hospital, I used to go home 3-4 days out of the week (I skipped school for over a week when she first had surgery) and I’d always walk up to the co-op, a great 25 minute walk from my house, and get yellow/orange tomatoes - it’s weird how the little things keep you going.
I read an article on Jezebel about the myth of cruelty-free cosmetics - which you can read clicking here - and I don’t use any of the brands mentioned (Mary Kay, Avon etc) - but still - what is the point of animal testing? Rats don’t wear lipstick, other mammals don’t have the same make-up - I don’t think just because something is tested on animals that it’s appropriate for human use. It’s a stupid industry and it needs to stop.
For make-up, by the by, I usually use Urban Decay. They’re a pretty safe bet and lots of their products are vegan. Pricey, but beautiful colours - totally worth it.