These last few weeks, I’ve been visiting TheKindLife.com, which to my mind is the equivalent of a wonderful old Victorian home with lots of rooms to explore, up and down stairs, each filled with little treasures. Spacious and cozy at the same time. Created as the cyber-companion to Alicia Silverstone’s book The Kind Diet, the web site builds on the basic tenet of treading lightly as we walk through this life by making mindful choices in our day-to-day. I wanted to read the book before blogging about the site, to have the complete picture… and there’s a lot to like here.
The very first time I blogged about moving in the cruelty-free direction, I related my experience of converting to all vegan footwear. In June 2008, I was Clickin’ My Heels about my new vegan sneakers… and loafers… and boots. But I ended that day still in search of vegan tap shoes. Fast-forward to May 2010 and my first visit to TheKindLife.com, and the search was finally over. After creating a quick profile for myself, I hopped into a room where there was a discussion going on about vegan shoes. What an unexpected boon to learn that Capezio will make vegan tap shoes on special order! Eureka!
Since my first visit, I’ve participated in exchanges about shaving foam, cleaning products, and the recent Supreme Court case involving animal crush videos. Categories on the site include beauty products, environment, animals, gardening, food, house, travel, and weddings — pretty much all the bases are covered. The home page conveniently lists the recent discussions, so it’s easy enough to browse around. And featured stories on the home page spotlight interesting, often very timely, topics. At the beginning of the month, there was an update about NYC’s horse-drawn carriage situation, a topic very close to my New-Yorker heart. Yesterday, the home page focused on efforts to soak up the oil spill in the Gulf.
What I like most about this site is the ease with which people can pool their finds — making it even easier to go cruelty-free and eco-friendly. In fact, I’ve already used something of The Kind Life in this blog, earlier this week: it was on the site that I found out about Zoya and Priti nail color products. Much like my own approach, The Kind Life is all about becoming more aware of the alternatives we have available to us. And whether we use the information to make sweeping changes in our lifestyle, or prefer baby steps and want to start out by substituting just a few things around the house or in our food, it’s all good.
I invite everyone to create a profile and start discovering… and sharing! The birth of another online cruelty-free community is worth celebrating and supporting. The more places we can turn to for ideas, the better.