the closed mindset

Having a closed mindset – ah those who are consciously ignorant. Amidst a chat on #ethicalhour this week (a Twitter chat I would highly recommend for those of you that would like to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle) it was bought to my attention that whilst some people have the means to make a change they simply don’t know about it – or more like they simply don’t want to know about it. After discussing with fellow blogger Edieand the negative response she got among her peers when she said she was vegan; are they saying that because of the stereotype that surrounds veganism? There are some 542,000 vegans in the UK alone (a stat that could well have gone up since the time of release) and I bet that hardly any of them shout it from the rooftops. But people are ignorant to something new, maybe they don’t have time to research it or maybe they are just living in a bubble.
I actually drew this last night as I didn’t have any photos for this post and I wanted to get it up for today (yep I am aware it is a little messy. but what can you do?)

Once we get into a routine it can become very hard to break out of, on average it takes 66 days to get into a habit; don’t quote me on that I did only hear that from a school assembly however many moons ago. That’s a pretty small number in the scheme of things but when it comes to the habit of buying ethically or cruelty free that habit may take a littlelonger. It takes time to research where a store made an item, who made it, was it produced in the UK but through doing so you’re paving the way for the future.

Finding out the difference between whether a product is sustainable (eg the material it is made from) or ethical (who made the product that you’re wearing, what conditions did they work in and how much were they paid) – it is educating yourself that can make a difference. Those with a close mindset wouldn’t chose to find out something new, therefore get stuck in a routine they cannot break out of. Those of you who are reading my blog may have the misconception that buying ethically or cruelty free can cost a huge amount but it really doesn’t; charity shops are a perfect way to shop cheaply yet better and so many drugstore brands are in fact cruelty free or vegan.

Find out one new fact every day, you might surprise yourself.

 It is not just with educating one’s self but also in acceptance. It might mean that they just cannot accept something new that is happening, a change – Veganism a perfect example of those that cannot put their head around something that isn’t just a ‘trend’. Yes it’s relatively new and wildly talked about but it’s not going to disappear. If you open your mind up to new things you might just find yourself feeling a little more free.

I dare you to try and open your mindset a little. Whether it be to talk to someone you thought you might not like because of x personality trait or whether it be you want to turn vegan but you’re just thinking you shouldn’t because of a stereotype. If you do some research and conclude that maybe vegetarianism or veganism isn’t for you then that’s totally fine: you made an educated decision.

Do you have a closed or open mindset? I would love to know your thoughts on educating yourself on certain aspects of life, in particular sustainability and topics that are ever growing in the media for example feminism, diets and world views. 


  1. Edie 15th December 2016 at 10:13 am

    loved this so so so much!! You write so well, I really enjoyed this ��

    Edie x
    the life of

  2. Sara Patrizia 15th December 2016 at 10:36 am

    First of all, I really like the little drawing! It's so cute 🙂 I wrote a post on open-mindedness a while back ant to me being open minded means listening to people who want to educate you on a certain topic, like really listening to them, without any prejudices. Maybe after listening to them you still won't agree with their opinion or point of view but maybe your outlook will completely change and you realise the idea you had of that topic was actually wrong. I think especially with veganism a lot of people aren't open for it and therefore have prejudices right away. Great post! x


  3. Dalal Tahira 16th December 2016 at 1:27 pm

    This post was really good and you articulated your opinion so well. Admittedly, I'm not that educated on ethical and sustainable matters but I would definitely be open to learning about it. I've been thinking of trying vegetarianism…who knows. Anyway, loved this 🙂

  4. The Sunday Mode 18th December 2016 at 10:37 am

    I like to think I always keep an open mind with everyone, but undoubtedly it's difficult to keep an open mind when having conversations with people who are either very close minded or vehement about their beliefs, to the point where talking and disagreeing on things just results in arguments.

  5. Eleanor Pritchard 18th December 2016 at 6:18 pm

    Yes it is hard, especially at my age I feel people are still influenced by their parents views and have yet to form their own opinion on matters x

  6. Eleanor Pritchard 21st December 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Thank you Sara! I'll definitely have a read of your post about being open minded! Veganism is definitely a topic that has lots of discussion x

  7. Eleanor Pritchard 21st December 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Thank you! I will definitely be doing posts next year all about ethical and sustainable matters so I hope you'll like them! x

  8. Eleanor Pritchard 21st December 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Yes definitely! Once you've made the change it feels so much better 🙂 x

  9. Greta Cribbs 1st January 2017 at 11:58 am

    I echo your thoughts about the difficulties of living more sustainably. I'm not vegan, but I do make a valiant attempt to make a difference with where I buy my food. I think I read somewhere that "flexitarian" is what I've been striving to be. Not ready to give up meat completely, I have been trying to cut back to about once a week and, when I do eat it, only buy it from small local farms which are committed to sustainability and treating their animals with compassion. It's hard to do! I live in a small town. To buy this local meat I have to drive 35 minutes from my house. And because the meat is from a small farm, because it's all grass-fed, because the farm is sustainable, the meat is ridiculously expensive. Even if I didn't think it was good for the world in general to eat less meat, those prices would make me cut back. Couple that with the fact that I have two kids who are picky eaters and that makes it all the more difficult. Okay…I think this may have sounded like I'm arguing with you, but I'm really not. I'm just venting my own frustration with my attempts to live a lifestyle that benefits the world. And while I'm not vegan, I certainly don't judge vegans. They have my utmost admiration. Maybe I'll join them one day, who knows, but for now I'm going to keep trying this locavore thing.


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