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It was over 10 years ago that H&M debuted its first capsule collection made of organic cotton. What felt like a novelty at the time has become mainstream and almost expected; if you aren’t using organic cotton, then what are you even doing? It’s a pattern H&M is hoping to repeat with its latest eco-forward materials, which debut today in its new Conscious Collection.
Ranging from startlingly high-tech to almost-DIY, the collection follows last year’s push into bio-based materials and a move way from strictly-recycled fibers. The most surprising, potentially game-changing one is Vegea, a soft vegan leather alternative made from the byproducts of wine; H&M discovered it through its own Global Change Award in 2017. You’ll find the Vegea “leather” on chain-strap handbags and a few pairs of shoes. Also rooted in nature but ostensibly less complex is a new dye made from the coffee grounds in H&M’s offices in China.
“Going forward, we need to be using more bio-based materials and use more waste in our collections,” Pascal Brun, H&M’s sustainability manager, explains. He’s still excited about recycled materials, but is focused more on “fiber to fiber” recycling, like Renu’s recycled polyester, which comes from actual garments, not plastic water bottles. Similarly, a new material called Circulose is made from recovered cotton and viscose—making it 100% natural—and is making its worldwide launch with H&M. Brun hopes it will eventually become a permanent part of the collection, not just the Conscious Exclusive capsules. “These collections are here to help enable the scale of these new innovations, and make them more commercial [to us and to other brands].”
Still, buying a dress made from recycled viscose or polyester isn’t a shortcut to “being sustainable.” Brun and Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s creative advisor, agreed that the big challenge is still their garments’ end of life; recycled polyester sheds micro plastics in the wash and doesn’t biodegrade in a landfill. “In 2020 and beyond, we need to take the concept of circularity to another level,” Brun adds. “It’s the only way to think about our goals for natural resources [in the next decade]. It isn’t just about materials, though, it’s about how we can design clothes to last longer and to be eventually recycled, and how can we involve our customers to have more sustainable behavior? It’s a holistic approach.”
Johansson also name-checked H&M’s garment collection initiatives—you can take old clothes to any H&M store to be recycled or donated—and a few potential new business models in resale and rental. As far as design, she and her team are thinking about longevity and timelessness rather than trends, falling right in step with the luxury fashion conversation. “We’re talking about making clothes that are more durable and recyclable, but there has to be emotional durability, too,” she said. “If you fall in love with a garment, you take care of it and keep it for a long time. The price doesn’t matter—if you really love it, you’ll care for it, you’ll mend it, and when you don’t want it, maybe you can resell it. The emotional feeling is quite important.”
The one-shouldered recycled polyester blouse with an XXL ruffle Anna Ewers models in the lookbook certainly qualifies: It’s covetable and makes a statement, but isn’t so of-the-moment that it will feel dated. The same goes for the easy printed dresses and recycled glass jewelry. By 2030, those might not feel novel at all; H&M’s goal is that 100% of its materials will be recycled or sustainably-sourced by that time. Until then, mark your calendar for March 26th when you can get your hands on the capsule’s “wine leather” bags and recycled-poly gowns.
Memorial day is first and foremost about honoring those who have died serving in the armed forces. That’s why we spend the day enjoying quality time with friends and appreciating life and freedom. However, it’s also commonly associated with food, it’s one of the few holidays associated with food that’s actually usually spent outdoors! Rather than sitting around a big dinner table, memorial day is spent on picnic tables or laying on blankets on the grass by the grill waiting for your veggie burger or corn on the cob to be ready. Whether you’re a vegan or you have vegan friends coming this memorial day everyone can enjoy these delicious foods.
Continue reading here and check out these grilling recipes that are vegan friendly. 🍅🥑🥔🍆🌽
Have you ever thought about going vegan?
Here’s everything you need to know from cooking and baking swaps to super simple recipes.
Kids love animals. So it’s no surprise that the vast majority of children’s books feature animals as the main characters. Unfortunately, many of these books still refer to animals as something, rather than someone—so finding animal-themed books that teach respect for animals is crucial to nurturing our children’s natural love of animals.
I sat down with a few parents at Mercy For Animals to find out their favorite kids books that inspire compassion for animals. Here are our top picks:
1. Sprig the Rescue Pig by Leslie Crawford
Sprig the Rescue Pig tells the story of Sprig, a pig who leaps—or falls—off a farm truck. As the little pig trades a factory farm for freedom, his world changes from grim to hopeful. Inspired by a true story, the book is a fun, funny, and beautifully illustrated adventure tale with a happy ending.
*Sprig is the first in a series of farmed animal children’s books published by Stone Pier Press. Keep an eye out for the next book, Gwen the Rescue Hen!
2. Linus the Vegetarian T. Rex by Robert Neubecker
Young kids seem to LOVE dinosaurs, so this book is a great treat! It’s a very cute story with a simple message—“I don’t eat my friends!”—that resonates with kids and will help inspire them to eat their veggies.
3. A Book of Babies by Il Sung Na
Il Sung Na is an incredible artist, and his books are all beautiful and animal themed. One of our favorites is A Book of Babies, which features all kinds of animals going to sleep with their parents—showing just how alike we really are—and is the perfect read just before bedtime.
4. Care for Our World by Karen Robbins
This is a wonderful book advocating for all life on the planet. The last lines say: “Please care for all people, and all living things, with leaves, legs, or feathers, arms, fins, or wings. This is their world and it’s yours and it’s mine. If we treat it gently, it will last a long time. This world is our home, we need one another. Please care for our world, we’re sisters and brothers.”
5. Steven the Vegan by Dan Bodenstein
Steven the Vegan is about a boy whose class goes on a field trip to a farmed animal sanctuary. He tells everyone that the foods they are eating come from animals. The kids are shocked and all become vegan. This book is great because it normalizes the feeling of being the only vegan in the class and gives kids hope that they can change their friends’ minds.
6. Dave Loves Chickens by Carlos Patino
This is a favorite among very young vegans. Dave, a monster from outer space, loves all animals and doesn’t understand why humans eat them, especially chickens. In this heartwarming book, kids learn about how wonderful chickens are!
7. The True Adventures of Esther the Wonder Pig by Steve Jenkins
This brand-new kids book details the adventures of Esther the Wonder Pig. Rescued by her dads Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter when she was only a piglet, Esther has become an internet sensation, opening hearts and minds all around the world. This is her touching story.
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Apr 1, 2019 —
It’s April Fools’ Day, so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity for some fun! But you can help make vegan food a reality on McDonald’s menu TODAY with a quick phone call to the fast food giant at 1-800-244-6227, option 2.
Tyson Foods recently announced plans to launch its own “alternative protein” after hearing from hundreds of thousands of you who are flocking from the poultry giant’s cruelty. What that protein will be is still unknown, but with Tyson’s major customer McDonald’s now dipping its toes into plant-based innovation at its Chicago HQ and in the UK, we wondered whether a Tyson veggie burger could be on the horizon for McDonald’s full US menu.
Just over a year ago, Compassion Over Killing’s investigation exposed horrific abuse in Tyson’s supply chain. Though the farm was not a McDonald’s supplier, chickens across the country suffer similar abuse in factory farms.
Since the investigation, Tyson, the nation’s largest poultry producer, has taken some promising steps: increasing its investment in vegan company Beyond Meat, introducing its own plant-based bowls, investing in mushroom protein, and now foreshadowing its own foray into vegan meats.
Last fall, Tyson snapped up McDonald’s major chicken nugget supplier, Keystone Foods, positioning itself as an even bigger partner to the fast-food chain. And in January, Tyson created the position of President of McDonald’s Global Business to focus even more heavily on its relationship with the massive fast food chain.
Meanwhile, as a powerful coalition of animal protection organizations, including Compassion Over Killing, campaigns against the suffering of chickens in McDonald’s supply chain, it, too is taking notice: First, it debuted the McVegan in Sweden and Finland, which was followed by its first-ever vegan burger in the US at its Chicago HQ, along with a vegan Happy Meal in the UK.
Millions of consumers are waking up to the miserable lives of birds in the chicken industry, who are bred to grow so unnaturally large so quickly that their legs often cripple under their morbidly obese bodies, and are crammed by the thousands in filthy, windowless sheds. Tyson and McDonald’s both have an opportunity to leap ahead into the plant-based revolution–instead of being left in the dust.
Spread your wings for these birds, and help make a Tyson veggie burger on McDonald’s menu a reality: Call McDonald’s at 1-800-244-6227, option 2, and politely ask for a vegan burger nationwide!
Don’t forget to let us know how your call went by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for helping us make compassionate eating business as usual.
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“You want to do WHAT with the vodka?” The liquor store clerk looked at me incredulously.
“I want your cheapest vodka to make household cleaning solutions out of it.” I repeated myself to her.
Maybe your eyeballs are a bit wide right now. Mine were too the first time I read you could use vodka as a house hold cleaner! But the science makes sense. Vodka is typically 40% alcohol and has been proven effective at killing germs and bacteria.
I am on a journey, my friends. I’m learning so much about the nasty chemicals in our common household products. Did you know common household air fresheners like Febreze and Airwick score D’s and F’s on EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning? GROSS. Clorox also FAILS on their rating in nearly every product. EWG scores household cleaners by standards such as hazardous chemicals contained and if the product clearly states all…
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Cheese is one of the most addictive foods that most people just can’t get enough of! These melty deliciousness of these plant – based recipes will prove one and for all that eating plant – based diet doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your pizza, mac and cheese, or just cheese straight out of the fridge – we don’t judge. 🧀
Have easy cheesy meals with these 15 recipes from our Food Monster App!
Do you have trouble falling asleep? Are you struggling with insomnia or just want to be able to wind down smoothly for bed? perhaps prescribed medication isn’t working for you or you would like to try some more natural products first. Well we’ve got you covered. A good night sleep is important for our mental and physical wellness. There are natural plants, herbs, and roots that are blend into teas, essential oils, capsules, and gummies to help you.
Here are 15 natural, vegan calm – inducing products available on Amazon to help you to a better night’s rest.
Chills, sneezing, achy joints…it’s hard to be all smiles and full of cheer.
The best way to prevent having to deal with a cold, the flu, or allergies during the jolliest time of the year, is to prevent them from coming on in the first place. It’s also a good idea to have an arsenal of natural remedies up your sleeves that you can turn to when signs of any sickness or allergy reaction start to appear. Thankfully, nature has some pretty tasty foods that can help us to do just that. Certain foods contain just the right vitamins, minerals, or micro-nutrients that our bodies need to feel their best. Here are some of the best:
Christmas cakes are delicious, beautiful, and full of holiday cheer… so gather everyone together and enjoy…
If you’re trying to steer away from sugar, the holidays can be difficult.
Don’t worry, with these recipes you can bring along a delicious tasty refined sugar-free and vegan friendly dessert…
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I do love a steamed vegan pudding.
I’m such a fan I don’t like having to wait for nearly two hours for my puds to steam. So I cheat; I use the microwave to speed up the cooking time to only 4 mins, or so.
I replaced the egg with a chickpea batter made with water and gram flour. Added in some chopped apple, and apple puree. And replaced the milk with non-dairy milk.
So here it is:
Okay. I missed my regular Thursday post (sorry!) but here I am still in time for the weekend. You haven’t done your food shopping yet have you?
You have been writing me saying “more pumpkin recipes please”. I’m on it!
I made this coffee cake Wednesday morning cause I had a bag of pecans I was munching on (I got them to bake with but . . . ) and then I saw this recipe. Oh my. Ohhhhhhhhh my!
Here’s Ms Hingle’s description:
Easy 1 Bowl Pumpkin Cake, topped with Chai Spice Pecan Streusel. Just 15 mins prep. Soft, Spiced, Delicious. Makes 1 9 x 9 or 8…
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This week marked a first for me in kitchen experiments. I baked my very first loaf of homemade bread, from scratch (i.e. no bread maker!). There was a lot of kneading (making bread is a full body workout, ya’ll), a lot of waiting, some serious through-the-oven-door watching, and then a whole bunch more impatient waiting. When it was finally done, cooled, sliced, (slathered with today’s almond butter) and eaten, I felt some serious satisfaction. I made bread. Breeeeaaaaaadddd! Breeeaaaaadddd!! With my own two hands.
Making your own almond butter can bring you that very same deep sense of accomplishment and satisfaction, but without the upper body workout, blood, sweat, and tears that making bread from scratch entails. In fact, your kitchen gadgets do all work for you. Hmm… maybe that’s why people buy breadmakers.
In addition to outlining the steps to making the very best, most deliciously silky and smooth…
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Today is World Vegan Day and the beginning of World Vegan Month a time to recognize how far the vegan movement has come, to highlight how accessible and beneficial a plant-based lifestyle can be, and encourage people to adopt veganism by sharing advice, recipes and ideas.
To commemorate the occasion and its 74th anniversary The Vegan Society has launched a unprecedented app to help the vegan-curious adopt a plant-based lifestyle in 30 days.
“Today we are delighted to announce the launch of VeGuide- the app that makes it easier than ever to go vegan.”
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University Dairy Plant to Close After 111 Years Because Sales Are So Low Thanks to Popularity of Vegan Milks!
There is absolutely no denying that the future of food is headed in the plant-based direction. Meat and dairy alternatives have proven to be so popular with consumers that demand for plant-based food products has risen by 140 percent in just a few years. Meat alternatives, including lab-cultured meats, are quickly soaring in popularity, and plant-based milk alternatives made from everything including almonds, coconut, cashews, flax, hemp, hazelnut, rice, peas, oats, and of course, soy are so popular that the plant-based milk industry is set to hit a value of $34 billion by 2024. Additionally, considering humans do not naturally consume milk after childhood, let alone another animal’s milk, lactose intolerance has led many people to switch to plant-based milks. This major shift in consumer habits has caused dairy prices to drop significantly, leading many long-standing dairy plants to shut down, with some making the wise decision to switch to producing plant-based milks. And now there is yet another dairy plant that is shutting down thanks to the rise of plant-based milk alternatives…
After being in operation for 111 years, Andrews University dairy farm announced their plan to close by summer of 2019.
The dairy farm holds 1,200 cows and is run by student workers. Stephen Payne, VP of Integrated Marketing and Communication, expressed that with demand for dairy being at an all-time low, sales from the dairy farm have suffered greatly. He stated, “In the last two to three years, we have lost between $750,000 and $900,000 a year.”
As for the cows, no word yet on what will happen to them, but the university says they will work on finding new on-campus jobs for the student workers at the dairy farm. The rest of the university farm will still remain under operation.
Industrialized dairy is laden with animal cruelty, separating newborn calves from their mothers who cry out in protest. Many of these calves go on to become victims of the veal industry, while others are raised to become dairy cows and meet the same sad life as those before them. Additionally, industrialized dairy is responsible for gross air and water pollution and contributes greatly to greenhouse gases and climate change.
Andrews University is a place of higher learning and education, so we only hope that this serves as a lesson to countless other institutions that profit from the exploitation of animals and the environment – time’s up, people are demanding change.
Want to learn how you can make a positive change in the world with your food choices? Check out the Eat for the Planet book!
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By Lauren Lewis –
March 8, 2018
Beyoncé has adopted a vegan lifestyle again and she took to Instagram on Friday to encourage her 112 million followers to join her.
In preparation for her much-anticipated return performance at this year’s Coachella music festival in April, the 22-time Grammy winner shared her training regime by posting a mouth-watering photo of avocado toast with the caption, “44 days until Coachella!! Vegan Time!!”
As if they needed more motivation to accept her vegan challenge, a fierce and fit Beyoncé then posted a sneak-peek of her rehearsing with some of her dancers on both Instagram and Facebook.
The posts also included a link to the meal-planning service 22 Days Nutrition which Beyoncé and Jay-Z co-founded in 2015 along with trainer Marco Borges who authored the book The 22-Day Revolution.
As per the company’s website which claims to have “the best vegan-diet meal plans for weight loss and clean eating,” the powerful duo “inspired many around the world to unleash the life-changing health benefits of a plant-based diet.”
The website also includes some of the many benefits of following a plant-based diet that are good for one’s health and the planet. Although the most important reason why we have gone vegan is for the animals.
“We know that we need to eat more veggies, but the fact is that most North American diets are distinctly lacking many nutrients that can be easily found in a plant-based diet: fiber, healthy fats, trace minerals and vitamins.,” notes the website which also purports that a lack of vegetables in the diet is also bad for your waistline. “Additionally, plant-based diets are low in bad cholesterol and saturated fats. By cutting out meat and eating more veggies, you can cut your risk of disease, including high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancers, and diabetes.”
The website also points to some staggering statistics for people to chew on such as “the same amount of animal protein, rather than plant protein, requires up to 17x more land, 26x as much water, and up to 50 times the fossil fuels.”
WAN applauds Beyoncé for supporting a vegan diet and looks forward to a time when she becomes vegan & fur-free every day!
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Jan 20, 2018 — Help make National Cheese Lover’s Day fun for everyone by asking Little Caesars for vegan cheese TODAY! Just submit a comment to the company at http://bit.ly/LCvegancheese — use our sample text below!
Millions are going dairy-free for their health, animals, and the environment — but Little Caesars has yet to catch up with its competitors, including Pizza Hut UK, Domino’s Australia and US-based chains like Mellow Mushroom and Blaze Pizza, that are already dishing up dairy-free cheese. The chain has a huge opportunity to get a slice of a massive, growing consumer market by offering vegan cheese, but it needs to hear from YOU first!
TODAY, tell Little Caesars to celebrate National Cheese Lover’s Day by opening up its menu to non-dairy cheese lovers, too! Just visit http://bit.ly/LCvegancheese and use our sample comment below or a polite one of your own.
SAMPLE COMMENT: Happy National Cheese Lover’s Day! I hope you’ll use this opportunity to serve ALL cheese lovers by offering vegan cheese! While milk sales slump, the dairy alternatives market is soaring–and your competitors like Pizza Hut UK and Domino’s Australia, as well as US chains Mellow Mushroom and Blaze Pizza, are already getting a slice of the action. And according to international restaurant consultants Baum + Whiteman, 2018 will see the widespread adoption of vegan cheese on pizza and burger chain menus. You can attract a massive, growing consumer base that’s consistently seeking dairy-free dining options by offering vegan cheese. Please become a pizza industry leader and add vegan cheese to your menu today!
Don’t forget to email email@example.com with any response you get from the company. Thanks for helping us spread compassionate eating nationwide!
People should have the choice of vegan or regular cheese.
Cheese from cows milk is poison, full of casine, which is glue and causes osteoporosis, cancers etc.
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Eating a vegan diet applies the “Golden Rule” across the species barrier. Most people seem to understand this concept where dogs and cats are concerned — most of us would recoil at the idea of eating Fido or Fluffy, absent some apocalyptic scenario. I see chickens, pigs, fish, and cattle in the same way — there is no moral difference between eating a dog or a pig, a cat or a chicken.
Eating a vegan diet means that every time I sit down to eat, I’m choosing to support a less cruel world. Where I can make choices in opposition to violence and killing, shouldn’t I? There is a lot of suffering in the world, and the vast majority of it is beyond our control. But choosing to eat a plant-based diet is something we can all do, and it takes a stand on behalf of a kinder world — at every single meal.
Eating a vegan diet recognizes that morally speaking, killing and paying someone else to kill are indistinguishable actions. I would not personally slice animals’ throats, and so I don’t want to pay others to do that for me. Of course, all of us could spend an afternoon shucking corn, watching a factory turn plants into plant-based foods, and so on. We could all take part in every other aspect of getting plant-based foods to the table. But most of us would recoil at being asked to castrate animals, slice animals’ beaks off, and kill them. I feel like I’m in deeper integrity when I’m not paying others to do things to animals that I oppose.
In sum, it seems to me that every time we sit down to eat, we make a choice about who we are in the world. Choosing a plant-based diet casts our vote for a more compassionate world, recognizes that animals are not disposable commodities, and rejects support for practices that we would find morally objectionable if we had to do them personally.
And that’s something to celebrate!
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Simple Summer Macaroni Salad [Vegan]
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While the black bean burgers and the veggie kabobs get all the attention, it’s the side salads, appetizers, dips, and chips that really steal the show. This super easy and totally creamy macaroni is right on the top of that list of things that will soak up the glory. Pasta is tossed with crisp vegetables like bell pepper, celery, and onion with pickles providing a tangy, salty punch that will leave everybody coming back for a second helping.
Simple Summer Macaroni Salad [Vegan]
This Recipe is :
Dairy Free High Carb Vegan Vegan
For the Macaroni Salad:
1 box of noodles of your choice
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 cup diced celery
1 diced red onion
1/2 cup diced pickles
1 cup corn
3 or 4 green onions, sliced thin
1 cup vegan mayonnaise
1/2 cup pickle juice
2 tablespoons agave nectar
3 heaping tablespoons mustard
Salt and pepper, to taste
For the Optional Add-Ins:
Cook pasta. Run under cold water to cool off.
Throw all the ingredients together and mix well.
Total Calories: 3884 | Total Carbs: 468 g | Total Fat: 170 g | Total Protein: 67 g | Total Sodium: 1345 g | Total Sugar: 64 g
Nutrition information does not include the optional add-ins.