Category: Vegan

The Newest Vegan ‘Leather’ Comes from Recycled Banana Trees

On the Micronesian island of Kosrae, banana trees are plentiful. Good paying jobs are not. Enter Green Banana Paper. After living and teaching on the island for several years, American ex-pat Matt Simpson recognized many of his students were leaving because they could not find work. So with the help of a friend and the internet, Simpson started a local company that utilizes recycled banana trees to create environmentally friendly “leather.” Banana trees grow rapidly, but only bear fruit once and must be chopped down and disposed of to make room for new shoots. Green Banana Paper re-purposes these...

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USDA Sued for Failing to Stop Massive Animal Suffering

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) after the department refused to respond to their petition requesting an update on the archaic Humane Methods of Slaughter Act — thus failing to prevent animal suffering on a massive scale. “The humane slaughter regulations have not been amended in nearly 40 years, despite the fact that we now know much more about the best ways to handle animals at slaughter,” said AWI’s Farm Animal Program Director Dena Jones in an interview with Lady Freethinker. Since AWI — a nonprofit animal advocacy organization...

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Beastie Boy ‘Ad-Rock’ is Selling Vegan Shoes to benefit Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood just celebrated its 100th year.  During that time, they have established themselves as a trusted healthcare provider, a go-to resource for information/answers and a constant and strong advocate for women. Many celebrities have supported the organization’s profound efforts, and if he wasn’t on that list before, Adam Horovitz (better known as Ad-Rock from the Beastie Boys) can now be added. Ad-Rock has teamed up with a cruelty-free shoe business to design a warm shoe with a big purpose. “Winter’s cold and I couldn’t find a warm sneaker to walk around in,” Horovitz said in a statement. “Given...

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List of Cheap Vegan Ingredients & 12 Tips for Buying Them

There’s a misconception that a vegan diet consists of pricey food. Au contraire, being healthy and compassionate can be very affordable. You just need to know what to buy! Here are some cruelty-free and inexpensive staples perfect for a nutritious diet: FRUITS AND VEGGIES: – fruits and vegetables in season (these will usually be far cheaper — and better for the environment — than out-of-season fruits shipped from far away) – bananas – honeydew – oranges – pears – plums – watermelon – cabbage – carrots – cauliflower – celery – kale – leafy greens – onions – potatoes –...

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7 Awesome Vegan Turkey Alternatives for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, but eating turkey doesn’t have to be. Check out these awesome alternatives to a meat-eating holiday — and maybe start a new tradition! Tofurky Roast Tofurky has practically become a household name, and of course offers a holiday feast! You can buy just the roast, the roast with gravy, or the entire feast. Though their marketing says vegetarian, it is 100% vegan. Gardein Holiday Roast Only 150 calories per serving, this turkey substitute has the looks and taste that befit a holiday. The roast is made with soy protein and wheat. Comes with gravy!...

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How Mushroom Leather Can Save the Planet

Vegans rejoice: Fashion has become cruelty-free and environmentally friendly with the creation of MuSkin, a biodegradable vegan leather substitute made from a subtropical species of mushroom. We spoke with a representative from the company, who explained that, “in avoiding animal leather, you avoid the use of tons of toxic chemical substances in the tanning process, [which]  seriously pollute the environment.” Because the type of mushroom used in MuSkin is a parasite removed from the trees, its production actually helps to preserve the health of the forest – thus making it possible for shoppers to save the environment, and look...

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