What is Mulesing?

The misleading word ‘mulesing’ has nothing to do with mules, donkeys, or any other type of equine. But for those of us trying to live (not just eat) vegan, mulesing is a term we can’t afford not to know about… Recently, I had a conversation with a friend about wool. “What’s really wrong with it?” … Read more

Sustainable Cork Wine Stoppers

Once you draw a cork out of its wine bottle soul mate and hear that signature squeak, anticipation immediately builds for the liquid ambrosia within. The lion’s share of the attention is typically given to the grape elixir that makes everything from truffles to pizza, pasta and — heck, probably even a peanut butter and … Read more

Should Amazon sell how-to guides for animal abuse?

Dogfighting. A contest in which two dogs are placed in a pit to fight each other for the spectators’ entertainment and gambling. The injuries inflicted and sustained by dogs participating in dogfights are frequently severe, even fatal. Dogfighting is illegal in all 50 states and a felony offense in almost every state. Cockfighting. A blood … Read more

A guide to vegan sweeteners

Is refined sugar vegan? It depends on your definition of “vegan.” While refined white sugar does not contain any animal products, some refineries do use animal bone char; a charcoal used to remove color, impurities and minerals from sugar. It really comes down to personal belief and preference when deciding whether to forgo refined sugar as a … Read more

15 Ways to tell if You’re Vegan

1. You spend hours in the grocery store, reading every label and frequently consult the many lists on your smart phone for guidance. This makes store security circle you way too often. 2. While you order your soy latte at Starbuck’s, you quietly sneer at the woman ordering her whole milk latte with honey. She … Read more

How to gift a vegan

Despite the fact that the holiday season has come and gone, the nagging issue of gift-giving still can rear its ugly face all throughout the year on such occasions as birthdays and various other holidays. As if it weren’t already problematic enough trying to shop for the person who “has it all” in these situations, the issue … Read more

Being vegan in the workplace

Being vegan in the workplace can result in a plethora of outcomes. You may have the pleasure of educating people on animal welfare issues, or you may be subjected to unprompted lectures and ridiculous “what if…” questions. Whatever the case may be here are a few insights to help make the most of it. Being … Read more

How do you inspire others to go vegan?

When I first transitioned into my meat-free diet five years ago, I was on a mission to convert everyone around me. I wasn’t persuaded by a friend, I just stumbled across a video of a slaughterhouse one day, then started doing more research. I had finally learned the ugly truth and I felt that it was my duty to spread … Read more

What to know when considering a plant-based diet

 1. Acknowledge what you can eat, not what you can’t. When I first explored a vegan diet, I was still living with my parents and I was unemployed so I had no choice but to put together extremely limited meals with the little amount of vegan-friendly food they bought every trip to the grocery store. I thought, … Read more

Answers to the plant-based diet protein deficiency myth

Anyone who is vegan, or even vegetarian, is likely quite familiar with the infamous question, “But where do you get your PROTEIN?” Some veggie lovers may already know how to answer this question without missing a beat. But if you’re not quite sure, read on to arm yourself with knowledge; not just for a quick … Read more