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Church Celebrates Martin Luther King Day by Serving Vegan Food to the Hungry

Around 250 people went to Concord United Methodist Church in Farragut to participate in a massive food packing night. This event, which was organized in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, to benefit Rise Against Hunger, a Raleigh, North Carolina-based nonprofit — who would be sending these packaged meals to famine-struck areas like Haiti. Thousands of bags were organized by the night’s end. These meals were organized and intended to be powerfully “nutritious.” For that reason, there are no meat or dairy products to be found — which might be surprising to mainstream cultures which often sell propaganda that you...

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Norway Announces Total Ban on Fur Farming

The Norwegian Animal Rights Organization (NOAH), who have long fought for the rights of animals, announced today that Norway will unroll a total ban on fur farming. According to a rough translation of their post, they’ve been at this fight for over 30 years and have much to celebrate now — though, they’re hardly interested in resting now. The ban, they say, will be finalized in 2025, when all farms in the country will be shut down. It’s unclear, at the moment, how this will affect the sale of fur (whether Norway intends simply to stop producing it). Camilla...

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First All-Vegan Breakfast & Dessert Bar Arrives in Australia

A new breakfast and dessert spot has set up shop in Ballarat, Victoria. New stores open all the time but what makes Namaste Nourishment unique is that they are the first vegan restaurant in the city. And not only that, but they’re bringing folks a variety of healthy and tasty raw foods. Owned by raw food chef Markeeta Hines and her husband Scott Keating, they decided to focus exclusively on breakfast and dessert because the former was their favorite meal of the day while the latter was Hines’ specialty. Hines, who spent two years working in Bali, wanted to bring...

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Vegan Demand Pushes Global Almond Milk Market to $2.68 Billion

According to Digital Journal, the global almond milk market is projected to reach $2.68 billion. It’s a project that is rapidly changing the foodscape as its manufacturing and popularity are both largely due to increased consumer demand for healthier, dairy-free, and vegan alternatives. In addition, allergies have become a large concern, as increasingly folks are lactose-intolerant — which is not unusual, given that cow and other farmed animals’ milk are biologically formulated for babies of their species. Global analysis of growth, trends, and opportunity all show positive things for almond milk. With a growing interest in living a healthy...

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Kat Von D Beauty Launches 40 New Vegan and Cruelty-Free Lipstick Shades

Lipstick lovers rejoice! Kat Von D Beauty has just launched 40 new Studded Kiss Crème Lipsticks, ensuring that there’s a shade for everyone. This vegan makeup is versatile from bright to dark, and cute to punk rock. These KVD lipsticks are perfect for every day and/or special occasions. The site describes the new and improved lipsticks, in detail: “Introducing the new and reborn Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick, the creamiest, most cushiony and unbelievably pigmented lipstick to ever cross your lips. Discover your new go-to color from Kat’s biggest, boldest shade range—40 shades, 3 finishes and never-before-seen shades made to match Everlasting...

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Vegan Native American Night Arrives at New York Tavern

New York State’s O’Donoghue’s Tavern has been running a popular recurring event called “Vegan Nite.” This series breaks away from the idea that quick and/or pub food has to be made from animal ingredients. This series follows the pub’s 2017 change in ideology. According to Lohud, O’Donoghue’s (or O’D’s if you’re a local), reopened for dinner last April, “with a new menu focusing on organic, vegetarian-friendly and GMO-free food.” The Vegan Nite series is planning a special dinner on Wednesday, January 31st, ending the first month of the new year with something meaningful. That day the menu will be comprised entirely...

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5 Delicious Vegan Girl Scout Cookies You Gotta Try!

People often wonder how vegans live without the many desserts people have come to know and love. What they frequently don’t see, however, is that vegans rarely have to give up anything. More and more these days, snacks and foods with animal products are being replaced with vegan alternatives — things like chocolate, ice cream, cake, cupcakes, and donuts are easy to make vegan. This trend of replacing animal products seems to have taken root in the Girl Scouts organization, who now have 5 delicious (vegan) cookies to offer. This list includes some of the classics. Some would say...

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Vegan “Babe” Actor James Cromwell Receives Award For His Animal Rights Activism

James Cromwell is not a typical celebrity activist. He’s not afraid to put himself on the frontlines and does much more than pose for the camera(s). Last year he led a protest at SeaWorld, advocating for the freedom of the “abusement” park’s orcas, during which he was aggressively approached, with male attendees getting in his face and even snatching and destroying his megaphone. He and his fellow protestors were later handcuffed and arrested for their efforts, but, still, they never stopped speaking up for animals. This year, Cromwell is receiving a very special honor from People for the Ethical...

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Arizona’s First All-Vegan Supermarket Expands Following Demand for Plant-Based Food

Real estate company Bryant Commercial Real Estate (BCRE) — run by a female and women-of-color dominant team — is bringing Arizona its first all-vegan grocery store. BCRE secured a 25-month lease on a 1,400 square-foot storefront for the Veggie Rebellion team. The Sales and Leasing Agent at BCRE, Vinny Summo, was part of this deal and explained this big move: “This is the beginning of a changing retail landscape,” he explained, “the vegan food industry grew by $3.1 billion in one year.” Veggie Rebellion is Arizona’s first all-vegan grocery store and is now getting a much larger space so they can serve...

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New Vegan Documentary From James Cameron To Premiere At Sundance

Game Changers, the highly anticipated documentary from producer and award-winning director, James Cameron, will debut at Park City Utah’s Sundance Film Festival on January 19th. The film is executive produced by Cameron and directed by Louie Psihoyos, a former photographer for National Geographic who went on to win 70+ awards for 2009’s The Cove, exposing the horrors of the annual Japanese dolphin hunt. Game Changers seeks to dispel the myth that meat consumption is necessary for superior physical strength or masculinity by featuring athletes from all over the world, who compete in all forms of various sports and athletic disciplines. And all...

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New Vegan Egg Substitute Created Amid Rising Demand for Plant Based Food

Prices of eggs have more than doubled in the EU — they’ve risen 55.8 percent, to be specific — leaving consumers looking for affordable alternatives. Following the growth of plant based foods, particularly in 2017, Ulrick & Short, a British starch specialist, has launched a vegan egg replacement called “ovaprox.” While this product is not available to consumers, it’s making waves in food manufacturing world. The product, which is made from maize and wheat, is clean and will remain consistent in price, unlike eggs. This pricing fiasco is on top of rising animal welfare concerns. The facts about the...

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New Animal Protection Law Could Make Animal Abuse Illegal in Pakistan

Sindh, a province in Pakistan, may soon become the first within the country to acknowledge animal rights. As of December 30, when a draft of a bill on the matter was approved by the Sindh cabinet, the process is officially underway. The bill aims to enforce standards for the treatment of animals, including ensuring that they remain safe from abuse and are given adequate shelter. The bill will, reportedly, make it illegal to, “kill, kick, ill-treat, overload, torture, infuriate and terrify animals.” There is, technically, a law already in place. The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act still exists,...

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London Pub Goes 100% Vegan and Says Goodbye to The Meat Grinder

The Blacksmith & Toffeemaker, a London-based pub — in Islington, specifically — has started 2018 off with a BIG change. They tossed out their meat grinder and rolled out a fully vegan menu. Evidently, not all people’s enthusiasm for this new year was dulled by cynicism. According to their Instagram, this move was inspired by sustainability. Meat and dairy, as two examples, are not sustainable products. Between all of the food and water required to feed animals, massive pollution from factory farms, the development of superbugs, increased chances for disease, and being the largest contributor to climate change, meat and dairy...

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7 Apps That Make Vegan Life Easier Than Ever Before

With the help of technology, it’s easier than ever to go (and stay) vegan. There’s an app for just about everything and veganism is no exception. Whether you’re looking to eat more plant-based foods, looking for vegan beauty, or trying to eliminate animal products altogether, there’s an app for that. The ease of use and accessibility of the app makes it so that many of the shopping difficulties of veganism all but non-existent. Some of these apps can be used to scan barcodes while you shop, letting you know what is and isn’t vegan. Others are directories of companies and...

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Will.i.am Credits Vegan Diet for Improved Health And Dramatic Weight Loss

Black Eyed Peas lead and the Voice judge Will.i.am recently shared that he’d started following a vegan diet. After a recent struggle with weight gain and poor health, the singer decided it was time to make a change. The star reported that he weighed roughly 15 stone (210 pounds) after filming for the Voice. He said going vegan was what helped him get back where he wanted to be, healthwise. “After we finished filming in December I went home, I became vegan, I biked to work and I lost 15lb.” However, this wasn’t just about weight loss but rather his overall health....

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Nearly 30% of Britain Wants to Give Up Cheese and Dairy Milk This Year

A new poll reveals that one-fifth of the British public is willing to ditch milk, butter, and cheese — the very pride and joys of the dairy industry. According to the poll, specifically, 28 percent of people said they will try to give up cheese and dairy milk in 2018. On that note, 50 percent of people who started a dairy-free or vegetarian diet will maintain it in the new year, which is a big win for cows and other animals bred and used for milk. While only 28 percent say they’re willing to try giving up cheese and...

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Vegan Watermelon Jerky Is a Real Thing (and Everyone is Going Crazy For It)

It takes a lot to make people on the Internet stop and pay attention. But some things can do exactly that. Watermelon jerky is one of those things. Made by Sakara, this healthy snacks is catching the attention of some influential folks and with one simple ingredient — watermelon — and almost the full daily recommended amount of vitamin A and C, it’s only a matter of time before you start seeing it everywhere. Michelle Lee, Editor in Chief of Allure and former Editor in Chief of NYLON, was just one fan of watermelon jerky. She showed off the tasty treat on...

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Vegan Milk Takes Major Market Share From Organic Dairy Milk

A recent article from the Wall Street Journal reveals that dairy companies currently have an oversupply of organic milk because consumers are instead opting for dairy milk alternatives. Reportedly organic milk sales have dropped 2.5 percent and plant based milk sales have increased 2.9 percent in the last few months of 2017. The drop in sales suggests that consumers don’t want “cleaner” dairy milk, but rather that they’re more interested in alternatives that are plant based. Organic milk was intended by the dairy industry as a competitor to healthier, fresher, dairy-free milk like almond and soy milk. Now, dairy leaders are left with an...

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Vegan ‘Frauxmagerie’ Creates Plant Based Blue Cheese Alternative

Contrary to popular belief, going vegan doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy cheese. It just means you just don’t eat cheese made from cow or any other animal’s milk — which, like a human mother, is made for the young of their own species. Plant based cheeses are becoming increasingly accessible these days, with established and emerging brands investing in the newer, animal-friendly cheeses. Georgian Bay Frauxmagerie is one such brand, whose individually crafted cheeses are making a splash on the world wide web. The Ontario-based company is providing artisanal cheeses with ingredient lists made of actual food that you can actually...

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CNBC Lists Vegan Meat Brands as a Top Thing You’ll Be Eating In 2018

CNBC recently published a list of projected foods that both sales and market research shows more people will be eating in 2018. Topping this list is ‘vegetable protein,’ with an emphasis on vegan meat products that look, taste, and sometimes even bleed like traditional animal products. Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods stand out amongst these vegetable proteins — and are mentioned by name in the article — having both had an extraordinary year. That being said there are others like Memphis Meats, a company working on “clean meat,” and Gardein, which sells affordable vegan meats all over the country, that also...

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A Record Breaking 100,000 People Officially Pledge to Go Vegan for Veganuary

Veganism thrived in 2017 with extraordinary jumps in interest, availability, innovation, and sales, all over the world. There were documentaries like What the Health and films like Okja that shook people to the core. Social media was abuzz with vegan food tutorials and cruelty-free beauty. It’s clear that people are happy and willing to make positive changes, especially given that Veganuary — a charity that aims to inspires folks to eat vegan in January and onwards— has received, already, over 100,000 sign-ups. A post shared by Veganuary (@weareveganuary) on Dec 30, 2017 at 10:30am PST They’ve got a vegan starter guide, they dispel...

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Vegan Doctor Launches 3-Month ‘Healing America’ Tour

Starting on January 20th, vegan doctor and health pioneer T. Colin Campbell will be touring the United States with one simple goal… to help heal the country and teach people about the (many) benefits of a plant-based vegan diet. The Healing America tour begins January 20 and continues through March 24, with stops in Tampa Bay, Fla., Long Island, Atlanta, Houston, San Diego, and St. Louis. Folks can even sign up for text updates on specific locations the tour will be hitting. Joining Dr. T. Colin Campbell is his son, PlantPure Founder and President, Nelson Campbell. To many, Dr....

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China’s Ivory Ban ‘A Huge Step for Elephants’

China made the announcement that it was banning ivory back at the beginning of 2017, but now as the ban goes into effect, the government is stepping up its enforcement of the law and educating the public, which will help save tens of thousands of elephants from being hunted. Despite this victory, the world is still far from a safe place for elephants. In fact, while China moves forward, the United States is moving backward. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) notes: “Meanwhile, as the Chinese government takes two steps forward regarding elephant protection, the Trump administration is taking two steps...

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17 of The Best Vegan Memes From 2017

Whether funny, relatable, empowering, or educational, memes are the backbone of the Internet. You can hardly scroll for two seconds without running into one. 2017 may, arguably, go down in history as The Year Of The Meme. That being said, we’d be silly not to round up some of the best vegan memes we’ve seen this year. Vegan memes, in particular, are a powerful form of media. They minimize the confrontation and discomfort that some folks feel talking about veganism, factory farming, and other related topics. And sometimes, they make something important and meaningful, like veganism, something we can...

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9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Fur Industry

The truth about wearing fur is said eloquently, if not directly, by singer Natalie Imbruglia. “There is no kind way to rip the skin off animals’ backs,” she said. “Anyone who wears any fur shares the blame for the torture and gruesome deaths of millions of animals each year.” Where we spend our money matters and if we, collectively, choose not to fund fur producers, they will no longer have the means to continue making, distributing, or selling fur. Sometimes the only thing people need to quit fur is to learn the truth about where it comes from. Contrary to...

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Liam Hemsworth Officially Crowned Australia’s Sexiest Vegan

The Hemsworth family is a family of beautiful sons. First, there’s Chris Hemsworth, known most popularly as Thor, who is so hunky it should be illegal. And then there’s Liam Hemsworth, Hunger Games star, animal lover, one half of a vegan power couple — with Miley Cyrus being the other half — who was just named Australia’s Sexiest Vegan Celebrity by PETA. This is not Liam’s first time winning this kind of award. He won the same title, only in the United States, last year. It’s not hard to see why he picked, again. His Instagram feed alone is a testament...

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People In The UK Are Now Eating 50 Percent Less Beef

According to a new report by ReportLinker, folks in the UK are eating half the beef and veal they did in 1975, with a steady decrease almost every single year since then. In addition to this, the report showed that sales of vegetables and bags of mixed vegetables have steadily increased. ReportLinker, a market research company, has compiled these figures which show that more people are getting protein and other nutrients from plant based sources. It goes on to explain: “Household expenditures on Soya and other novel protein products have shot up significantly since the mid-1990s compared to what they...

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Chris Brown Posts Emotive ‘Vegan’ Video to Instagram

In an unexpected move, singer Chris Brown recently shared a strong, pro-animal video on his Instagram feed. While the singer provides no context for the video, save a single emoji, the video itself says it all with vivid depictions of what the world would look like if animals treated people the way people treat animals. 😏 A post shared by 💔🌕🏆 SILVER AURA (@chrisbrownofficial) on Dec 27, 2017 at 4:32am PST Brown has not come out as vegan nor made any recent suggestions that he would go vegan. In fact, he was recently the center of controversy for reportedly...

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Vegan Celeb Laverne Cox Teams with Cruelty Free Nail Polish Brand

Laverne Cox is a woman of many firsts, creating new precedents for trans women everywhere. She was the first trans woman to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and the first to be featured on the cover of Time. She is paving the way for trans women and women of color and does so with her powerfully inclusive and thoughtful presence. It seems, these days, her inclusivity is not limited to people, though, as she has not only switched to a vegan diet, but she has also partnered with nail beauty brand ORLY to create an exclusive, vegan nail polish line. ORLY...

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Netflix’s “Okja” Makes Top 10 in NYTimes Best Movies of 2017

The New York Times listed Okja as one of the ten best movies of 2017. In the list, Okja is praised for extraordinary visuals and the depth and complexity of its message. The film, which follows a young girl trying to rescue her pig, shared the heartbreaking realities of animal agriculture. The film resonated not only with vegans but also with non-vegans who may not have been interested in watching a documentary. Specifically, the review, by chief film critic Manohla Dargis, reads: “Filled with lapidary visual touches and pictorial splendor, Mr. Bong’s lovely, often funny and achingly soulful movie about a girl and her pig didn’t...

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Police Give Out Vegan Turkey Roasts to Families in Traffic

West Liberty police in Iowa made the holidays a little brighter for 20 families when they handed out free vegan turkey roasts at otherwise normal traffic stops. The artisan, vegan roasts, made by Field Roast, are made specifically for this time of year and are filled with popular holiday fixings like butternut squash, apples, and mushrooms. The idea came from PETA, who heard of the police’s “Turkey for Tickets initiative.” Instead of turkeys, however, they thought they’d donate some animal-free roasts for the police to give out. KWQC reported: “Officers happily handed out the tofurkeys[sic]. West Liberty Police Chief Kary...

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New Study Reinforces That Consuming Red Meat Increases Cancer Risk

For a long time now red meat has been linked to cancer. The warning has yet to find a mainstream spot in food health conversations. However, researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno, have dug deeper into this connection and found out exactly why red meat dramatically increases the likelihood of a cancer diagnosis. The research identified a gene in animals called CMAH, which causes a certain sugar to form. This sugar triggers inflammation in the people who, down the line, eat the animal with this gene. Increased inflammation then leads to the development of tumors and arthritis, as...

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Vegan ‘Nutella’ Lipsticks Launched by Cruelty Free Beauty Brand

Beauty Bakerie, a beauty brand that mixes the goodness of bakeries with makeup, has released a sweet product that’s going to have lots of people ready to eat their lipstick. Called “Nude-tella,” Beauty Bakerie’s new Nutella-inspired lipsticks are just in time for the holidays. And best of all, these lipsticks are all vegan and smudge-free. A post shared by Beauty Bakerie Cosmetics Brand (@beautybakeriemakeup) on Dec 10, 2017 at 2:36pm PST Cashmere Nicole, the founder of Beauty Bakerie, is enthusiastic about her animal-free, cruelty-free product, as well as the brand she’s built. “I wanted to create a brand that...

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9 Things You Didn’t Know About Eggs, But Wish You Did

The egg industry has had quite a complex relationship with the public, arguably a more up and down one than any other food industry. They’ve gone from being a staple in every person’s breakfast to public enemy number one. This is especially so after more, unbiased information came out about how eggs are not, nor have they ever been, the health food they were advertised as. Eggs have a unique spot in the vegan/food world, as the products themselves don’t require any direct slaughter. However, slaughter occurs, massively, every single day so that people can have eggs. This is something...

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Vegan Beyond Burger Plans to Make European Debut Next Year

The Beyond Meat Beyond Burger is headed to Europe. Slated for arrival in the market sometime in the first quarter of 2018, vegans, flexitarians, and market analysts are all eagerly awaiting the product that’s been a huge hit stateside. It’ll test market in the UK before moving on throughout Europe. According to Mintel, a leading market intelligence agency, 28 percent of Brits are cutting back on their meat consumption. A further one in seven people (14 percent) say they’d be interested in reducing their meat and poultry consumption in the future. This is a strong indicator that flexitarianism — a diet...

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Vegan Gummy Bears to be Created Thanks to Startup’s Bone-Free Gelatin

Gelatin. It’s hidden in much more than the marshmallow and gummy candies we loved as children (and, ahem, as adults?). It’s also a pervasive ingredient in pharmaceutical and personal care products. This wouldn’t be much of a problem, were it not for the product’s origins. Add to that the recent collagen craze that has health seekers adding gelatin powder to coffee, smoothies, and juices all in the quest for beauty– never mind the fact that gelatin is anything but beautiful. While gelatin makes many people think of soft, and pleasantly squishy things, the reality is that gelatin is little more...

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Michael Kors/Jimmy Choo Going Fur-Free, Debuting a ‘Luxe’ Vegan Alternative in 2018

Michael Kors is officially going fur-free. Kors and his brand announced today that fur will no longer be used in the company’s products. Production will be phased out at the end of December 2018. This new policy will not only apply to the Michael Kors brand, but also to Jimmy Choo, another high-ranking fashion brand that Kors acquired last July. In the past, Michael Kors has sent multitudes of furs down the runway. Animal rights violations inherent to the fur industry were brought directly to Kors’ attention when a big speech at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art was interrupted in June...

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Vegan Restaurant ‘Planta’ Announce Expansion into the US

Planta, a Toronto-based, vegan restaurant, announced it will be opening its second location in 2018 in the United States. The company is excited to bring locally sourced, plant based food, and an elevated ambiance to a new Miami location. Their mission is simple: “… to deliver delicious food while minimizing the environmental footprint, at every price point.” The restaurant will be specifically be opening at 850 Commerce Street in the trendy South of Fifth neighborhood. Specific dishes include cauliflower tots, crabs cakes, the Planta burger, coconut ceviche, and the 18 carrot dog. There will be more than 100 percent, plant...

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Vegan Footwear Brand “Native Shoes” Expands to First Brick and Mortar Store

Native Shoes, a Vancouver-based, vegan footwear line has opened its first physical location today. After two months of construction, the store is open to the public, offering the brand’s shoes for men, women, adults of all genders, and children. With offerings from slip-ons, to sneakers, and boots, there’s something for everyone — what’s better, all of the shoes are vegan and “beast free,” as Native Shoes calls it. CEO Scott Hawthorn talked to LIVEKINDLY about the mission of Native Shoes, as well as the ethos behind the brand. “Choosing to include more beast free products in your life has...

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Vegan Meat to be Served in 600 Stores to 1.5 Million People in Denmark

Dansk Supermarked Group, the largest Danish supermarket retailer, is set to introduce vegan minced meat to over 600 of their stores. The product, which was made by the Aarhus based company Naturli Foods, will be making its way to locations all over the Danes. CEO Henrik Lund is understandably enthusiastic about this big step forward. This move began with what Lund calls a coincidence. “I met the senior category manager of fresh meat from Dansk Supermarked Group Kasper Fuglsang by coincidence, and he told me that if I could present a product that tastes good and had a competitive price he would...

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Designer Shoes Are Going Vegan Following Demand for Ethical Fashion, Says Forbes Writer

According to PETA, over a billion animals are slaughtered in the global leather trade every year, a number most would agree is huge. Many people believe that they need leather for various reasons, be it the way a product looks, how long it lasts or how hardy it is, but this is so often not the case. Thankfully, there are many companies making strides in providing cruelty-free alternatives to leather products. One example is Rebecca Mink of Mink Shoes, who is attempting to challenge the largely unmoving luxury shoe industry, which has shown little change across the board as...

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9 Things You Didn’t Know About Cheese, But Wish You Did

Cheese is nearly everywhere these days. It’s the flavor of chips, in tacos, on burgers, and is also commonly eaten as a block all on its own. While America loves the yellow stuff, few know many of the facts hidden behind this all too common food. The dairy industry work overtime to keep many of the health and ethical issues of their business hidden from the public. Here’s a list of 9 things you didn’t know about cheese, but probably should. 9 Things You Didn’t Know About Cheese, But Wish You Did It’s Addictive Cheese is addictive, and this...

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10 Holiday Gift Ideas That Are Vegan, Budget, and Environmentally Friendly

Holiday shopping can be stressful and overwhelming in a number of ways. Not only is it not fun for the shopper, it can be massively detrimental to animals and the environment. Many gifts contain animal products, whether in food or cosmetics. The environment also takes a hard hit as a massive amount of paper, cards, fake Christmas trees, and gag gifts flood the trash, overwhelming our already waste-overflowing landfills. While it sounds bleak, there are very easy ways to reduce our waste and to be smarter, more conscious shoppers. Below is a guide to ways we can shop this holiday season… without...

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Zizzi’s Vegan Pizzas Set to Arrive At Sainsbury’s Nationwide

Grocery trips are about to be a lot better. Say hello to restaurant quality, hot pizzas to go, as supermarket giant Sainsbury’s — across the UK — partners with Zizzi. In a trial, starting with Sainsbury’s Balham store, the powerhouse grocer will offer a selection of Zizzi’s high-quality pizzas, including their vegan options. The pizzas can be ordered in the store, by click & collect on the Zizi website, or through Deliveroo. The CEO of Zizzi, Steve Holmes, said of this new venture: “Changing consumer lifestyles have created opportunities within casual dining and we have seen delivery sales grow...

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Tyson Increases Investment in Vegan Company, Beyond Meat

The future of food is much more vegan-friendly, so says the latest news from Tyson, the largest meat producer in the U.S. Having previously invested a five percent stake in California plant meat producer, Beyond Meat, just a year ago, Tyson has now upped its investment in the plant-based meat producer rocking the food world. Tyson’s latest move is indicative of a growing trend in the food industry as meat companies like Canada’s Maple Leaf Foods, which acquired two vegan meat producers this year, continue to seek out and support the growth in the plant-based meat alternative market. While the exact...

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Horse Drawn Carriages Banned as Mayor Declares Barcelona a “Friend to Animals”

Barcelona has banned horse-drawn carriages. The trade will be banned beginning in June 2018 with the only exception being days of traditional Spanish celebration like Los Tres Toms and the Feast of Sant Medir. After the announcement was made, Deputy Mayor Janet Sanz tweeted, “Barcelona is a friend to animals.” Given the number of incidents with horse-drawn carriages in the US alone, Barcelona is certainly showing its compassion to animals. Horse-drawn carriages are cruel for a number of reasons, including: Carriages are immense and heavy, add people to the mix and it just gets heavier, even for big, strong animals. Walking...

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4 Ways to Deal With Receiving Non Vegan Gifts This Holiday Season

It’s the holiday season, a time of celebration and gift giving for many all over the world. And where there are gifts to be given, there are inevitably going to be gifts we would rather not have received. When you’re a vegan this is doubly true, as folks will often unintentionally give you non-vegan gifts. It’s hard to know how to react to receiving non-vegan gifts, but that’s where this list comes in. The goal is to be realistic. It’s great to be an outspoken activist who is ready to school people anywhere they are, but that’s just not...

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Vegan Brand Says Working With Big Businesses Like Nestle Is Smart, Not “Selling Out”

Sweet Earth has found itself the topic of debate in the vegan and plant based world. After joining forces with multinational, business powerhouse Nestlé — who have made their business selling non vegan products — supporters of Sweet Earth sounded off on social media. While people voiced disapproval, Sweet Earth co-founder Kelly Swette was positive in her and her husband’s decision. She told FoodNavigator-USA, “I think there’s something wrong with a system that thinks it’s great for technology companies to invest in companies that want to change the food system, but somehow it’s not right for big companies to invest in them.”...

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Pork Industry Admits to Keeping a Close Eye on Vegans

It might not be fair to say the meat industry is running scared from the growing vegan movement, but it’s accurate to say that the burgeoning demand for healthier, animal-free products is on their radar. It might be even more precise to say that the pork industry, in particular, is keeping a close eye on vegans. In an editorial from Farm Journal’s Pork (FJP), the author responds to an article written by Forbes’ in-house vegan contributor, Katrina Fox, called “Move Over McDonald’s, The Future Of Fast Food Is Vegan.” The author says about Fox, “It wasn’t until I clicked on her name...

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New Resource Helps Investors Find Cruelty Free and Ethical Brands

“Ethical” is a buzzword these days, a buzzword that, through its now widespread use, has arguably lost some impact. Companies, for example, that minimize waste or have any green/environmental initiatives can label themselves as ethical brands. In the same way, a company with human rights initiatives and/or those who support a higher wage for workers could also use this label. Because of this, it’s difficult to know what ethical means and, in many ways, animals and carbon emissions are left out of the definition. One group is attempting to change that. Cruelty Free Investing is a non-profit that has...

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