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Style Destino is my personal style space bout cruelty-free and vegetarian style. Fashion is not above someone's life and it is irresponsible when someone makes a fashion choice that involves taking a poor animal's life. I believe in style that has a conscience. We are in 21st century where technology has advanced immensely, there are myriad options available and any person with a desire can make things happen. So it is sheer selfishness and irresponsible behaviour when people make unethical fashion choices. Through StyleDestino I share everything cruelty-free and ethical in my style. I do not use any handbags, shoes or accessories made from leather (animal skin), the make-up I use is also vegetarian and cruelty free. Luxury and compassion can coexist stylishly and Style Destino is an attempt to prove just that. Vegan fashion is not about dowdy clothes, cheap bags, or tawdry shoes. I can just easily be vegan and trot in my Olsen heels, sporting a Stella McCartney luxurious vegan handbag while showing off my red lips painted with OCC lip tar!! I travel the world around and never find dearth of stylish, high quality vegetarian fashion.


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Here's why I ditched plastic straws and you should too: Time To Stop Sucking!

We're a matcha made in heaven. When I want a quick boost of energy and stay wide awake, I have my matcha latte (prefer it iced) and never with plastic straws (you can find my perfect matcha latte recipe here).

Did you notice the bamboo straw in the picture above? I'm so glad I could finally get my hands on the reusable bamboo straws. My pledge at Faeth Sustainable & Positive Change event in March was to ditch plastic straws and I am 80% there.

Why no straws? I've seen heartbreaking videos of rescuers taking out plastic straws from the nose of sea turtles and read about being stuck inside penguins and others animals, killing them. Plus, the straws can't be recycled so they end up in landfill breaking down and releasing toxins. Too put things into perspective, let me share some statistics and facts {I am after all a former economics and finance student and wealth manager - I understand it better with numbers}.

Plastic takes over 200 years to decompose - but the problem does not stop there. That's because plastic cannot biodegrade so it just turns into micro-plastics and remains in the environment for thousands of years entering our oceans and soil - and ultimately in our bodies. Plastic is already having a devastating effect on the oceans - killing marine life and animals.

If you come to think of it, most of the times they're unnecessary. Like who needs a straw for a drink - can't we just sip it directly from the glass? And if you must, either carry a reusable straw (bamboo or steel), or paper straws (less ecological but better than plastic).

Next time you reach out for a straw or are being served one at a cafe, remember - THE MOMENT YOU GET YOUR HANDS ON IT ITS ALREADY ON ITS WAY TO BECOMING WASTE – usually completely unnecessarily!

I got this bamboo straw from a sustainable brand Cling Nature in Dubai. However, if you are not in Dubai, you can find reusable straws online and carry them with you, for when needed.

By the way, did you hear about Starbucks ditching plastic straws and giving paper/ biodegradable straws a test run in 54 of its coffee shops in the UK? When Starbucks can try, so should we. So let's say no to plastic straws!


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