Ethical Influencing: Why Bloggers Need To Do Better

Vix xxx

  1. Cate Bell

    November 21st, 2017 at 08:32

    This is great Vix, excellent to promote a “we can’t do it all but there’s not bloody harm in doing some” approach to ethical living. Trying some small swaps myself and hoping to incrementally be a better/more ethical person over the next few years!

  2. Zara Anne Lonsdale

    November 21st, 2017 at 08:53

    Love this! I agree that influencers need to take some respnsibility!

  3. Ada

    November 21st, 2017 at 10:53

    This is an awesome post, Vix. It can be hard to make sense of what we’re supposed to- or not supposed to- buy into, particularly when it feels like swimming upstream against a tide of influencer marketing. You’re right in that we should start with the causes closest to our hearts- tackle something you feel passionately about and the rest will follow.

  4. Jessica

    November 21st, 2017 at 11:32

    This is a really good post Vix! The whole fur coat thing got me thinking – At first I was outraged but then I thought ‘My shoes are leather, I eat meat and I own a couple of MAC products….Does that make me a big fat hypocrite?’. And the truth is that yes it probably does. I think the whole debacle was a bit of a wake up call for a lot of bloggers and I think a few of us (myself included) are going to be trying a lot harder to be more ethical overall – I’m planning on going CF, reducing my meat consumption and being more mindful of my plastic use.

    Jess xx

  5. Madeleine

    November 21st, 2017 at 10:37

    Yes to all this. I abandoned my hard-core animal rights activist past but I still believe in the importance of cruelty free products and eating less meat (I only eat meat once a week and even then it’s usually chicken or fish).
    The fur thing really bugs me as it’s so unnecessary, there are so many fantastic alternatives out there. It’s just not like we’re living in the Arctic circle where it might be more justified if we were also Native people.

  6. Steph Dring

    November 21st, 2017 at 11:37

    I love important blog posts like this. Not everyone is going to agree about everything or about what is ethical so we all just need to decide what we stand for and then bloody well stand for it. We should definitely not lose our morals for the sake of a few quid.

    Steph x

  7. Liz

    November 21st, 2017 at 10:48

    Absolutely, I think this definitely needs to be said. Like you acknowledge it’s difficult (or perhaps impossible) to be 100% ethical all the time, but it’s important to have some kind of personal code and really consider what you’re promoting. I’ve unfollowed a few bloggers/instagrammers where I felt like they were just CONSTANTLY advertising things – even if the individual products themselves weren’t horrendously bad, I find it hard to get behind the constant encouragement to buy shit you don’t need.

  8. Immy May

    November 21st, 2017 at 11:25

    Yes yeeeeeeeees Vix this is absolutely GREAT. Ethics in blogging / ‘influencing’ needs to be chatted about far more often. I am so saddened to see the recently outreach promoting real fur – it is shocking. I definitely analyse each brand that approach me – e.g turning down Nestle as their ethics is an absolute shit storm. I am veggie going on vegan, but there is definitely more I can do in terms of plastic / recycling (especially after watching the heart breaking Blue Planet episode). Thank you for these pointers lady. Hope you are doing well x

  9. Amanda

    November 21st, 2017 at 13:03

    I wholeheartedly agree with this post Vix. And even small swaps make a huge difference. Example, If everyone in the US did a meat free Monday (literally just 1 day a week!) the US would reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 1.2 million tons of CO2, as much as produced by all of France. I reduced my meat and animal product consumption gradually over the years and have been eating a vegan diet over the past 6 months. But by no means do I think that a vegan diet works for everyone. It’s the small changes that really add up.

    What upset me most about the fur controversy is that there’s no reason in this day and age to buy fur. There are some absolutely brilliant faux alternatives out there. And for people who worry that they are hypocrites because they eat meat but are outraged by the fur, I think the difference is that fur is an absolute luxury. There’s absolutely zero reason why you’d need to wear real fur. And if you do have an innate obsession with real fur, why not by a vintage piece that’s sitting in a charity shop somewhere so that no new animal needs to die?

    But influencers do need to be better. I’m not sure any of us are exempt. (And don’t get me started with those f*&%ing teas. I have blogged about being treated for an eating disorder and when I do in the days afterwards I’m always inundated with weight-loss tea emails)

  10. Laura

    November 21st, 2017 at 15:46

    Such a great post! I especially agree with the sentiment that doing something is better than nothing – it can be SO easy to get sucked into the black hole of thinking that there’s nothing you can do because you can’t do it all, but you absolutely can! Everything counts, and if everyone just did their bit, the world would be so much better already. xx

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

  11. Emily Underworld

    November 21st, 2017 at 16:50

    Yes yes yes yes yes.

    I was naive enough to think that real fur wasn’t being sold any more, I thought it was illegal! I’m very surprised that anyone would endorse that. Funnily enough I’d never actually heard of that particular influencer until shit went down the other day. It’s also not difficult at all to get faux-fur or faux-leather bags/jackets/shoes, so I don’t understand why real leather etc is even purchased – there’s no need for it. It’s also pretty grim to be walking around wearing a dead animal IMO.

    I think it’s great that you’ve come up with a list of causes that you care about, I’d thoroughly encourage other bloggers to do the same!

    Personally, I care a lot about recycling, caring for the planet by reducing CO2 emissions etc, and helping the homeless, among other causes of course. I’ve been reducing my products to limit waste, and support cruelty-free brands. My favourite blog posts to write are ethical ones that feature charities, and ways to help others / the planet. Unfortunately they usually get the least engagement, but people like you and Laila have been inspiring me to keep pushing it.

    Hope you’re well,
    Emily x

  12. Ysabelle

    November 21st, 2017 at 20:07


    I’m obsessed with this post. Your ethics are so on point. I love how you talk about not having to be the perfect person either! I’m a vegan, but I still eat the vegan options at chain restuarants, and vegan Ben and Jerry’s (according to some that’s like a cardinal sin).

    I often unfollow influencers who are promoting silly shite, or just making stupid arguments for the sake of it like not redirecting the issue and stuff

    Love this!

    Ysabelle x

  13. kerry

    November 21st, 2017 at 22:25

    I love this post! I blooming love it! I am a non meat eater, have been since I was 14, yet I do have leather handbags and shoes. I totally admit I haven’t got all my ducks lines up and I do feel guilt over it. I have made effort to be more conscious of the brands I buy from, and my last make up purchases have been from cruelty free brands. Im trying. I was upset that the “influencer” that sparked all this was promoting fur, she isn’t someone I follow or have intention of following, but I know she has a huge following so should be more accountable for her actions. I get mad that they don’t answer to the negative. I love the idea of setting causes that are important to me, and you have inspired me to follow suit

  14. Paige

    November 22nd, 2017 at 21:11

    Completely agree with this post. Nobody can do it all, all the time, but there’s no harm in making some improvements! I unfollowed said influencer after they promoted real fur as it turns my stomach – why is there a need for real fur anyway when faux fur looks beautiful? Completely unnecessary.

    I’m quite conscious of takeout coffee cups as they’re not easily recyclable, so am looking into getting a keepcup for when I don’t have time to sit in a coffee shop to try and stop myself from adding to the problem. It seems so small, but like you say, what we can realistically do, we should definitely do!

    Really thought provoking, I love the way you write!

    Paige –

  15. Danielle

    November 22nd, 2017 at 22:33

    I love this post. There are so many things that as a “blogger”, I feel that I can do better!

    Danielle xx

  16. Chichi

    November 23rd, 2017 at 15:24

    I agree with this post, I do agree that influencers need to take responsibility and be aware of what they post online. Having a code of ethics would be great practice.


  17. Alice

    November 25th, 2017 at 20:15

    Such a brilliant post, and I think the conversations that influencer has sparked have been so interesting! It’s not about being 100% hippy, but making better ethical choices, and taking one step at a time to be more conscious of what we’re consuming. If everyone did that, we’d see the benefits enormously. Alice xxx

  18. Erin

    November 26th, 2017 at 14:16

    Haha I LOVE this post, its such a grey area, and so many influencers are ok with some but dead set against the rest, I believe as long as they are crystal clear about the realistic of the product and if they would actually part with their own money to buy it, and genuinely like it then I am ok with it – even if I disagree. I was FURIOUS with the Natural Cycles app, the way it was being sold was SO misleading, and maybe because I had a whoopsie on the pill that caused my son, I just don’t – and cannot agree with it at all for anyone who doesn’t actually want to get pregnant or end up with an STI. – but that aside ethically its a hard one, everyone has different beliefs, I don’t agree with the fur, but somehow I am ok with buying MAC, Primark etc, so maybe I’m wrong? What I firmly disagree with is the influencers deleting comments from people who disagree with them, trying to hide the fact people have a different opinion, to influence others that it is totally OK – everyone is ok with it and saying how nice it is. That to me is wrong, so wrong. And I think they should be making themselves so clear. But meh, sorry for ranting all over your comments !

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  19. Ellie

    November 26th, 2017 at 21:13

    This is such an amazing post Vix! Sometimes it feels like there are so many bloggers out there who don’t care about what they buy and the way they promote them. It was almost an eye opener when you said that you sometime mess up with beauty choices I think this needs to be shown more. People will tear you down for a single mistake if you didn’t realise a company tested on animals or whatnot but I think appreciating that fact people are trying to do something better for the planet often goes without endeavour. I am by no means the perfect ethical blogger or the worlds best vegan but reducing is the key it’s really not something you can do over night. This post was so inspirational like you and it’s brilliant to see influencers like yourself putting the message out there ❤️ Hope my comment made sense! Running on very little sleep so please excuse any typos! Have a wonderful week xxx

  20. Malin

    November 27th, 2017 at 01:16

    This is great, Vix! I think influencers would be great voices to advocate for a more ethical life. I just question why it’s always fur so many people care about. I’m so happy that you also talk about other products as well to make people aware of more ways to live ethically 🙂


    December 5th, 2017 at 11:50

    Love this! Can’t stand people promoting MAC. People can do what they want, it’s just upsetting. If these influencers when and saw how their makeup was made or their fur coats they wouldn’t promote them. ( I hope)

    Love this post.



  22. Tracey

    January 15th, 2018 at 21:24

    Really great post.
    Agree with everything you said. We [bloggers] do need to be more aware and not just accept stuff cause it’s free. I see this so much . People bloggng about stuff that’s totally irrelevant to their blog.
    I say no to a lot of stuff and this year I’m making a conscious effort to do more for charity; raise awareness for gynae cancers. Having lost my mum last year to vagina cancer it’s something I’m passionate about.
    Great post
    Tracey x

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