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Vegan Lip Balm with SPF – 4 Brands that Offer Sun Protection for Your Kisser

I might be addicted to lip balm. It’s an issue. Especially since vegan lip balm can be slightly harder to find (many brands contain beeswax) and vegan lip balm WITH SPF?! *Sigh* They’re few and far between, unfortunately, especially if you’d prefer the stuff that’s going on your lips (and, as a result, into your mouth) to be sustainable and non-toxic. Lucky for you, we found a few brands that offer just that (plus are reef-safe)! So stock up on these 4 brands, ’cause you’re gonna wanna have a tube for every bag this season!

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Plant-based Kitchen Pantry Delivers Nutritious, Ready-to-Eat Produce to Texas

If you know anything about us here at Terradrift, you know we’re a.) vegan and b.) we love to eat. So yeah, we do a lot of cooking at home, so stocking our fridge with high quality fruit and vegetables is like, really freaking important. So imagine how stoked we were to discover Kitchen Pantry, a plant-based grocery delivery service based near Austin, Texas that will deliver fresh, shelf-stable, nutrient dense, and even pre-cut fruits and vegetables right to your door. Read (or watch) to learn more!

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Vegan Travel Tips – 7 Vegan Bloggers’ Tips for Traveling While Vegan

A vegan diet is the single most impactful thing an individual can do to make a difference when it comes to climate change. So maybe you’re thinking of trying a vegan diet to reduce your footprint. Maybe you’re going all-in with a full vegan lifestyle. Or maybe you’re just trying to cut back on meat because of the serious environmental ramifications of factory farming. But maybe you don’t think you can eat vegan and travel the world. These vegan bloggers beg to differ. So no more excuses. Eat sustainably when you travel, no matter where in the world you are, with these vegan travel tips from seven adventurous and sustainable vegan travel bloggers and influencers.

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Sustainable Snacks in Compostable Packaging to Fuel Your Adventure

The best snacks for hiking aren’t always the best snacks for the planet. Take jerky, for example: a perennial hiker favorite, is made from animal protein and therefore extremely harmful to the environment. Other snacks, like trail mix, are packaged in wasteful single-serve bags. Even multi-serving hiking snacks are almost always sold in single-use plastic or foil-lined bags. So if you’re looking for more sustainable snacks to keep you fueled on the trail, check out these snacks in compostable packaging for more sustainable snacking.

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3 Better Electrolyte Drink Mixes – Sports Hydration that isn’t Gatorade

It’s still summer. In fact, we’re sliding into August, which is typically the hottest month of the year in most places in the Northern Hemisphere. Which means if you’re playing/hiking/cycling/backpacking outside, you’re probably sweating. A lot. And a lot of sweat means your body is losing a lot of H20 (and other stuff). Which means your risk of dehydration is higher. So you need to drink more water. But here’s the thing: if you’re out working hard and sweating for over an hour at a time, your body needs more than water to keep itself functioning properly. It needs salt and minerals like potassium. It needs electrolytes. But not all electrolytes are created equal. So if you’re looking for better electrolyte drink mixes without all the artificial color, flavor, additives or sweeteners, we’ve got you covered. Here are 5 sports hydration mixes that aren’t Gatorade so you can hydrate and keep wandering on.

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The Best DEET Free Bug Spray – 5 DEET Free Insect Repellents

Does anyone like DEET anymore? I mean, I know people who swear by it, and it’s certainly proven effective, but nobody likes it, right? By now, we all know that it dissolves plastic (and rayon and spandex…). And frankly, anything that does that to synthetics, I’m not too keen to inhale and spread all over my largest organ (that’s skin, for those of you who have forgotten 7th-grade science class), even if the EPA has cleared it as a safe and effective insect repellent. But what are the alternatives? And do they work as well? We’ll break them down in this round-up of the 5 best DEET-free bug spray brands for those of us who would prefer to skip the harmful chemicals.

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3-Day Backpacking Menu: What We Eat When We’re Backpacking

As vegans, we get asked a lot: what do we eat when we’re backpacking? I personally enjoy a witty response like “food,” but I appreciate that that’s not a terribly helpful answer, especially for those who might be genuinely curious about eating plant-based in the outdoors. That’s why we created a whole e-book full of plant-based backpacking recipes! But let’s be honest: 15 recipes are really only a starting point for a lifetime of backcountry meals and if you’re just looking for an idea or two to get your creative juices flowing, well, this post has you covered. So here’s a breakdown of a simple 3-day backpacking menu, including what we actually ate on our last backpacking trip. So chow down, cause there’s no hiker hunger here. (And if you’re not vegan, yes, you can make these meals, too. You don’t need meat to survive in the wilderness, promise.)

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Is Leather Sustainable? Why Synthetics are a More Responsible Alternative

Leather is everywhere in the outdoor industry: boots, bags, climbing shoes, even decals and zipper pulls on backpacks and jackets. But why? For ages, leather has been the material of choice for sturdy, “natural,” durable gear that lasts. But now that other materials are available, do we really need leather? And is leather sustainable? While many in the industry would say yes, citing that it came from nature and will eventually biodegrade back to nature, leather is far from natural and neither sustainable nor environmentally responsible. But how does it stack up against competitors and substitutes like synthetic materials and faux leather? We’ll break it down and take a look at why you might want to ditch leather.

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The Best (Vegan) Reef Safe Sunscreen – 5 Cruelty-Free Reef Friendly Sunscreens

Sunscreen. It’s a summer staple. A product ubiquitous in beach bags, backpacks, and drugstores the world over. It protects our skin while we’re out in the world exploring and keeps us from looking like leather couches as we age. But could the sunscreen we use be doing as much damage to the environment as it’s doing good for our body’s largest organ? Turns out, a lot of the ingredients in suscreen damages coral reefs (which are not only a natural wonder, but living things, remember), makes ocean life sick, and contaminates waterways. How can we avoid such destruction while still preventing skin cancer? With reef safe sunscreen, of course! We rounded up five quality options that are not only reef friendly, but vegan, too, so you can wander (and swim) on!

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