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Plant-Based Chef Matthew Kenney to Open His First Vegan Restaurant in Canada

Renowned plant-based chef and restaurateur, Matthew Kenney, has announced his latest endeavour: his debut vegan restaurant in Canada, “Kanu.” Kenney announced the venture via his Instagram account, where over 60,000 users follow his veg-cuisine-centric posts. “We are seeking a chef de cuisine for our first restaurant in Canada. Kanu will be opening in Edmonton this July in a modern, beautifully designed space. We will be serving many of our classics and a number of new dishes created for the local market,” captioned Kenney. The chef shared an aesthetic picture of one of his dishes to break the news –...

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Kate Winslet Uses Vegan Cooking as a Self-Care Routine

Vegetarian actor, Kate Winslet, alongside her recently turned vegan husband, use plant-based cooking as a form of self-care, Winslet revealed in a recent interview. When asked about her self-care routine in between looking after her three young children, the Academy-Award winner told major fashion magazine InStyle that she is partial to “lots of green juicing.” “Our fridge is always full of spinach, kale, cucumbers. I’m vegetarian and my husband is vegan, so there’s a lot of plant-based focus in our home,” the Titanic actor said. “My husband turning vegan is relatively recent, so that’s been a really fun education because you have to...

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75% of British Columbia Residents Oppose Open Net Salmon Farming

New data released by Mainstreet Research, has revealed that almost 75% of Canadians living in British Columbia oppose open pen net salmon farming. Of this group, just under half (48%) of the poll respondents supported an immediate ban on the practice. “Despite a quarter of residents not having an opinion, those who do have an opinion on an immediate ban are certainly in the vast majority,” stated President of Mainstreet Research, Quito Maggi. “This goes for both those who say they support an immediate ban and those who say they agree that the government should impose immediate restrictions and...

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European Parliament to Support Global Cosmetic Animal Testing Ban

Six-hundred-twenty MEPs from the European Parliament have voted in support of pioneering a global cosmetics animal testing ban. The vote was in response to a petition, delivered by The Body Shop and Cruelty Free International, asking The European Union (EU) to actively lead the way for a worldwide ban on cosmetic animal testing. The petition gained the support and signatures of many influential celebrities such as actor and animal activist Ricky Gervais, Joanna Lumley, environmentalist Dr. Jane Goodall, and Pixie Geldof. The EU banned the sale of cosmetics that had been tested on animals five years ago, sparking other nations,...

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London’s Selfridges Launches Vegan Avocado Gelato

Selfridges of London has launched a vegan avocado gelato in the store’s Snowflake Luxury Gelato department dessert parlour. The luxury department store says the store is serving 100 Avolatos every day. The gelato, dubbed “Avolato,” is made from fresh avocado flesh, grape sugar, and lemon juice. It’s served as a creamy dessert in a frozen avocado skin. Two halves of the avocado are served on a bamboo boat with a bamboo spoon. The avocado stone is removed, replaced by a creamy nut butter lookalike produced by combining four types of nuts, which gives it a stone-esque appearance and nutty flavor....

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Flexitarian Diets Gain Worldwide Momentum as More People Reduce Meat and Dairy

Plant-based and vegan diets have seen a significant rise in popularity over the past few years along with the less strict “flexitarian” movement. While vegan foods fit a specific definition, the term “plant-based” and “flexitarian” are less defined, as people interpret the meaning differently. Mary Ward, a columnist for New Zealand media publication Stuff shed light on the growing interest in flexible plant-based eating in a recent article. Ward described someone who eats a predominantly vegan diet, with the occasional serving of an animal product, as “the chill vegan.” She nodded to how “plant-based” isn’t a strict term – meals can...

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‘Witchy’ Vegan Apothecary Now Delivers Fresh Juices and Elixirs to DC

Popular DC juicery, Jrink, has rebranded to become a holistic plant-based apothecary, named the Apothékary. The shop, located in Dupont Circle, is due to re-open to the public on the 16th of May with a delivery service option also available. Customers can expect a strong chic witchy vibe from the revamped establishment. The juicery was founded when two busy friends struggled to eat healthily and consume adequate nutrients whilst working long shifts at the World Bank; the pair then decided to rebrand their business into a juicery and herb-centric vegan self-care shop. “We noticed, DC really doesn’t have this here. We...

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11 Vegan Gifts to Show Your Love This Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is fast-approaching, do you have the perfect gift? For all the times mom has consoled us after a breakup, laughed with us during a kitchen fiasco, and cheered us on at our childhood soccer games, she deserves something special on her day. Return her love with these 11 thoughtful and sustainable vegan gifts this Mother’s Day. 11 Vegan Gifts to Show Your Love This Mother’s Day 1. Chocolate It’s the obvious choice for a reason. Treat your mom to some quality, cruelty-free vegan chocolate, and you’ll surely sweeten her day. Try a dark chocolate vegan gift box...

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7 Vegan Pigs-in-a-Blanket Recipes Plant-Based Hot Dog Lovers Have to Try

Anyone looking to make healthier choices by cutting out processed meat from their diet don’t have to miss out on a classic dish — plant-based pigs in a blanket are possible. Opting for a vegan version of this classic dish saves farmed animals. If you love dogs, pigs are basically pink dogs anyway, and some may deem it fitting to cook up a vegan meaty feast, instead of a processed pig. 7 Vegan Recipes To Make Plant-Based Pigs in a Blanket 1. “I love pigs. In a blanket.” This recipe calls for just three ingredients. Kathy Patalsky from Happy...

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Australian Labour Party Promises Ban on Live Sheep Exports

The Australian Labour party has called for a ban on the live export of sheep for overseas slaughter. “[W]e see no future for the live sheep export trade,” said the agriculture spokesman for Labor, Joel Fitzgibbon. If elected, the party intends to implement a ban on the export of live sheep. It is already illegal to export live animals to Indonesia from “down under;” legislation preventing this journey came into effect during the Gillard administration in June 2011. The ban was put in place following an ABC TV 4 Corners investigation that exposed animal cruelty present in Indonesian abattoirs. Currently,...

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60% Of Consumers Would Try Clean Meat, Reveals Memphis Meats Survey

A survey by clean meat start-up, Memphis Meats, has revealed that 60% of consumers are open to trying clean meat. Clean meat is animal protein that is grown in a lab from a collection of cells taken from a Q-tip swab of a live animal.   “Two-thirds of people we and others have surveyed say they would try clean meat if it was at price parity with conventional products,” the Memphis Meats vice president of product and regulation, Eric Schulze, told Food Navigator U.S.A. Similarly, data released in March predicted that 41% of Brits will eat lab-grown meat within the next decade....

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May the Force Be With Your Feet in These Vegan Millennium Falcon and Han Solo Shoes

Vegan sneakers inspired by Star Wars’ Millennium Falcon and its grumpy pilot, Han Solo, have launched on PO-ZU, an online retailer rated number one by the Ethical Company. For those days when you need to take a trip to another galaxy, or just the supermarket, a pair of vegan Han Solo-inspired sneakers will launch you into hyperspeed at the price of £69.00. “High-top vegan lace-up Sneaker in organic cotton and a Fair Trade rubber sole. The HAN SOLO sneakers have subtle yet striking details synonymous with the legendary Han Solo character: a Corellian Bloodstripe stripe along the side.” The shoes...

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Raw Pet Food Poses Health Risks for Dogs and Pet Owners, According to Veterinarian

Some pet owners opt to feed their pets raw food diets under the belief that this will boost the pet’s energy and enhance the nutrients available, as certain nutrients die when exposed to heat. The raw diet can be packaged, or home-cooked. However, veterinarians say raw meat can contain bacteria including E.coli, Salmonella and Listeria, all of which can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy. “Even raw pet food that you buy commercially prepared in a pet store is still potentially dangerous because it can still contain harmful bacteria,” Julia Calderone, Consumer Reports’ health editor told CTV News. “The...

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Vegan Violife Cheese Arrives in Stores Across India

Greece-based Violife’s vegan cheeses have arrived in stores across India. The brand, which is popular in the U.S., the U.K., and on online marketplaces, had yet to make its Indian debut. Violife claim its vegan cheese products are indistinguishable from dairy counterparts, that they’re so good “you won’t know it’s not made from milk,” reads one slogan. Violife’s range includes vegan mozzarella, cheddar, blue cheese, a variety of seasoned slices, a range of block flavors, grated cheeses, a feta-style product, and cream cheeses. Violife also offers “chicken”-style deli slices, and in time for Christmas last year Violife partnered up...

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‘Bad Ass Vegan’ John Lewis to Release Documentary Exploring Food Deserts and Hip-Hop

Vegan activist and CEO of Badass Vegan and VeganSmart, John Lewis announced on Instagram that he’s trying his hand as a film director. The feature-length documentary, “Hungry For Justice,” delves into the ethics of veganism, food justice, and hip-hop. “Can’t wait to share this project with you all!!! It may be my first time directing but I got a good feeling about this! #peacelovepandas,” he captioned. WHO IS COMING TO @eatdrinkvegan @seedfw – – Catch my co director/producer Keegan @firstsparkmedia and I speak about our upcoming film @hungryforjusticefilm – – Date- May 24 Time- 7Pm Place – DTLA Ticket...

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Researchers Develop Vegan Leather That Repels Water and Oil

Researchers at Ohio State University have developed a new type of leather that is both animal-free and water-repellent. Synthetic leather has long been reputable for being more “sticky,” than genuine leather, as high temperatures make the plastic surface become soft. But the new, vegan material is said to be able to prevent things from sticking to it in temperatures as high as 158 degrees Fahrenheit (70 degrees Celsius). The researchers successfully developed technology, including a type of mesh, that catches oil but allows water through as well as glass that “cleans itself,” using a nano-engineering process. According to results published...

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Topshop, Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy Officially Ban Mohair Fabric Made From Angora Goat Hair

A new video exposing mohair production, released by animal rights organization PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), has prompted the major fashion brand Gap to ban mohair from its collections. Also following suit are fellow brands Topshop, Old Navy, Banana Republic, and Athleta. Apparel brands owned by Inditex, such as Zara, and H&M Group’s eight sub-brands, say they will all be mohair-free by 2020. Over half of the world’s mohair comes from South Africa. PETA’s video focused on twelve farms within the country’s mohair industry and claim the video is the first of its kind to shed...

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Starbucks Introduces Vegan Macadamia Cookies to Accompany Your Almond Milk Latte

Popular coffee chain, Starbucks, has launched a vegan macadamia cookie in the bakery cabinet at locations across the U.S. The new cookie has been listed as “vegan” on Starbucks’ website, helping people with allergies and other dietary requirements identify exactly what is in the treat. “Our vegan cookie includes oatmeal, macadamia nuts, almonds and coconut plus the delightful tang of dried cranberries,” the company notes on the website. “Scrumptious on its own and even better alongside a cup of coffee or tea.” Vegan author, Jackie Day, wrote about the new cookie on her website. “I spoke with a Starbucks...

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Guy Fieri Proudly Serves Vegan Stagecoach Menu

Host of the Food Network’s show “Guy’s Grocery Games” and well-known U.S. television personality, Guy Fieri, served a vegan menu at the Stagecoach California Country Music Festival last weekend. Vegan food blogger Jackie Sobon, better known by as “Vegan Yack Attack,” visited Fieri’s Stagecoach Smokehouse and documented her experience on Instagram. “Well, today didn’t really go as expected! 😳 I was at @stagecoach visiting/working on some stuff. And went over to @guyfieri’s area to get a picture for my dude and our friend.📸 Then, Guy told me that he had a vegan part of his Stagecoach menu!😱 (And also,...

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Dubai Chocolatiers Launch Vegan Chocolate-Covered Dates for Ramadan

A Dubai-based chocolate company has launched a new line of vegan chocolates in honor of the month-long Islamic holiday, Ramadan. Mirzam Chocolate Makers‘ chocolate-covered dates were created as a sweet treat to break the daily fast, both during Iftar (the meal at sunset) and Suhoor (the pre-dawn meal).  Mirzam Chocolate Makers explained that it has received ongoing requests for healthier options during Ramadan, and they responded to their loyal customers with these vegan, refined-sugar-free treats. The company created two options, a box of  Just 9 Dates, or for larger social gatherings (as is often the case with Iftar), a...

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31 Vegan Recipes For a Perfectly Plant-Based May

Welcome to May! Now that the calendar has flipped pages five times this year, perhaps you might be looking to change up a lifestyle, embrace a new diet, ponder a meatless May, or revisit those long-forgotten resolutions made in January. If any of that sounds familiar, or if you are simply looking for some pleasant meal ideas, here are 31 vegan recipes – so that anyone can follow along with one for each day of the month. 31 Vegan Recipes For People Eating Plant-Based This May 1. Green Curry With Potatoes and Chickpeas If you’re always in a hurry,...

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3 Vegan Ways to Increase Collagen Production Without Eating Animal Products

 Collagen is a hot topic in today’s health, fitness, and beauty circles for its ability to regenerate and rejuvenate the skin. It is one of the most common proteins found in the human body; making up 90% of connective tissue and 90% of the organic bone matrix. To maintain tight skin, connective tissues, as well as contributing to the health of joints and the lining of one’s gut, ensuring the production of this protein within the body is central. Bodies make less collagen as they grow older, hence why many people start to see wrinkles, joint discomfort and aches, intestinal problems, and...

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15 Vegan Mexican Recipes for a Plant-Based Cinco De Mayo Feast

Happy Cinco De Mayo! This day is a celebration of Mexican culture, its people, and its traditions. The day originated on the 5th of May, 1862, marking the defeat of the French Army in Mexico during the Battle of Puebla (“Batalla de Puebla,” in Spanish). Cinco De Mayo celebrations are not just held in Mexico; people across Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Phoenix, and more can be found enjoying the festivities. Cinco De Mayo can be celebrated with parades, street fairs, dancing, and of course, by enjoying Mexican food. So, if you’re in the mood to enjoy a feast...

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15 Vegan and Cruelty-Free Deodorants To Keep You Feeling Fresh

When sweat begins to show its effects, many of us reach for a deodorant. However, not all deodorants are created equal; many include questionable chemicals and some can include animal byproducts or be tested on animals. If you’re vegan or looking to get that healthy fresh feeling without the guilt, here are 15 deodorants made with vegan ingredients and are completely cruelty-free. 15 Vegan and Cruelty-Free Deodorants To Stave Off Sweat 1. Sam’s Natural Deodorant Stick If you’re looking for an unscented, fragrance-free, and aluminum-free deodorant, this is the one! Get the deodorant here. 2. Spirit Nest Lavender Moon Organic Deodorant This...

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Ellen DeGeneres Promotes Vegan Animal Rights Activist James Aspey

Popular U.S. talk show, The Ellen Show, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, recently reposted a video uploaded by vegan Australian animal activist, James Aspey, to its 52.5 million followers on Instagram. The video clip was originally posted to the site by the animal-themed Instagram account Animal on Earth. Aspey shared a screenshot of The Ellen Show’s repost and captioned: “Wussup @theellenshow! This is the closest I’ve been to getting on your show 😂 Let’s chill and talk about veganism and animal rights sometime! Thank you so much for all the good you do for this world! ✌🏽” For Aspey to be...

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Domino’s Pizza Tease New Vegan Cheesy Garlic Bread Menu Option

Popular pizza chain, Domino’s Australia, recently asked customers if a vegan cheesy garlic bread option should be added to its menu. Domino’s Australia posted a picture of the potential new addition on its Instagram account to 1 million followers.  “We know that Garlic Bread has been a staple for our Vegan customers for a while now,” the chain captioned the post. “Should a Vegan Cheesy Garlic Bread make it to our menu…? 🧀.” The pizza chain “down under” caused a flurry of excitement in January this year, after it added three new cheesy vegan pizzas, the Vegan Avocado Veg, the...

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New IKEA Kids Collection Highlights Wildlife Conservation Efforts

The world’s largest home furnishings retailer, Ikea, has debuted two new kids collections promoting the conservation of threatened and endangered wildlife species. The new kids collections are marketed toward “tykes” and “tweens” and include animal-shaped soft toys, duvet covers, rugs, picture books, curtains, cushions, and towels. While Ikea is no stranger to soft toys and other animal-themed items, the new lines are aimed at raising awareness about the conservation efforts for threatened species. “We started the project from the perspective ‘How can we engage children in sustainability topics?'” Range manager for Children’s Ikea, Nina Hughes, told MNN. “We always start...

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Vegan Dog Food Company V-Dog Announces International Expansion

U.S.-based vegan dog food company, V-Dog, has announced its international expansion. Following 13 years of distribution in the U.S., V-Dog is partnering with sister company V-Planet in order to offer its plant-based dog food to dogs across the globe. “Our goals are to make connections with distributors interested in providing their clients with a high-quality, allergen-friendly, alternative dog food,” explained V-Planet’s vice president, Lindsay Rubin. “In addition to offering health benefits such as improved skin and coat conditions and relief from food allergies, vegan diets for dogs eliminate animal suffering while drastically reducing environmental impact.” Although V-Dog’s products will...

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Vegan Former VP of Citibank Philip Wollen Says Animal Rights Is the World’s Greatest Social Justice Issue

Australian philanthropist, animal rights activist, and Citibank’s former vice president, Philip Wollen has shared a powerful message on the Kindness Production YouTube channel, wherein he urges the public to go vegan, and imparts his dearest well wishes to all March for Animal Rights participants. “We are sending out a clarion call that we are earthlings, no longer blind to injustice… We are no longer voiceless, we are no longer powerless, we are no longer spineless, we will stand up for justice whenever and wherever and to whoever it is denied, because animal rights now is the greatest social justice...

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Brits Ate More Than 2.5 Million Feet of Vegan Sausage Last Year, Study Finds

Sales of vegan and vegetarian sausages are rising, according to frozen foods distributor Central Foods. The company conducted research in anticipation of the UK’s National Vegetarian Week, which runs from May 14-20. Linda McCartney’s brand of vegan and vegetarian sausages saw a 20% sales increase between 2016 and 2017. The data indicated that if every meat-free sausage link sold last year was laid end-to-end, the chain would stack up to a height 15,000 times greater than central London’s Nelson’s Column, or a total of more than 2.5 million feet of sausage. Notably, many of the brand’s customers aren’t vegan or...

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Domino’s Netherlands and Belgium Launch 3 New Cheesy Vegan Pizzas

Pizza lovers rejoice! Three new vegan pizzas are set to be released at branches of Domino’s in both the Netherlands and Belgium. The pizzas, created in collaboration with the Dutch Society for Veganism, will be available from 30th of April and onwards. Vegan Margherita, Vegan BBQ, and Spicy Vegan are the new vegan menu options, but if none of these take your fancy, customers can also pick their own toppings to layer over the base of tomato sauce and vegan mozzarella cheese. Previously, vegans were unable to eat any of the pizzas from Domino’s in Belgium and the Netherlands as...

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Jennifer Garner Inspired to Cook Vegan Pancakes By Jessica Chastain

Vegan actor Jessica Chastain recently shared an Instagram post with her 1.7 million followers, offering a recipe for vegan pancakes within the caption. “Sundays are for vegan banana pancakes 🥞🍌☕,” teased the “Interstellar” star. Sundays are for vegan banana pancakes 🥞🍌☕ @journalegoiste. Styled by @deborahafshani, makeup by @kateleemakeup, hair by @cwoodhair and production design by @becketcook. Photographed by @ellenvonunwerth Recipe: Ingredients 1&1/4 cups all-purpose flour, 2 tablespoons white sugar, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1&1/4 cups water, 1 tablespoon oil, sliced bananas. Directions: Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl. Whisk the water and...

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Vegan Chain By Chloe Launches Meghan Markle’s Favorite Dish on Deliveroo

Vegan fast-casual chain, By Chloe, has partnered with British food delivery service Deliveroo to offer customers a limited-edition vegan poutine in honor of the highly anticipated royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Wedding diet or not, this veganized Canadian classic is reportedly Markle’s favorite meal, and the new London By Chloe is one of her go-to restaurants, according to Metro UK.  Poutine is a traditional Canadian dish that originated from the Quebec province, though it is slowly beginning to attract some international attention. In its most basic form, poutine is made of cheese curds and gravy piled on...

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Vegan ‘The Flash’ Actor Stars in Animal Empathy Campaign

Vegan actor Violett Beane, best known for her role as Jesse Quick in the CW television series “The Flash,” is starring in a new video to promote animal empathy and the vegan lifestyle.  The video is an exclusive feature for PETA’s youth division, peta2, which is launching a new campaign, “All Animals Have Parts.” Beane states “[W]hether it be your family dog or cat or a chicken or a pig or human beings, we all have the exact same parts. We all deserve the same amount of respect.” ”[W]e stopped drinking our mother’s milk when we were really young. Why...

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Ellie Goulding Wears Vegan Fashion by Stella McCartney at V&A Exhibit Launch

Vegetarian musician, Ellie Goulding, recently attended a celebrity-studded event celebrating the launch of London’s Victoria & Albert Museum’s (V&A) latest exhibit, Fashioned From Nature. Goulding donned a dress by designer Stella McCartney for the special event. The one-shoulder, fitted cocktail dress featured 80s-style ruffles and was made with viscose and polyester; both vegan fabrics. Little me at the V&A last night for the #fashionedfromnature exhibition. Sustainable fashion is the future. #EcoAge @stellamccartney A post shared by elliegoulding (@elliegoulding) on Apr 19, 2018 at 12:00pm PDT While this Stella McCartney design costs £865 pounds, Theory, Rogue Finery, and MF all make...

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Cauliflower is the New Kale – 13 Vegan Recipes to Embrace the Trend

 Time has labeled cauliflower as the new “it” vegetable, while Bloomberg has said cauliflower is “the new kale.” The cruciferous veggie has been steamed, roasted, riced, and even turned into pizza crusts. In restaurants, cauliflower steaks and whole roasted seasoned centerpieces are becoming a trend, whereas food manufacturers and grocers are now selling bags of fresh and frozen riced cauliflower. Don’t miss out on this delicious trend; check out these 13 vegan cauliflower recipes to create crave-worthy cruciferous dishes at home. 13 Vegan Recipes to Embrace the Cauliflower Trend 1. Cauliflower Popcorn Shake it up on movie night; serve cauliflower in place of...

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15 Vegan Leather Watches to Complement Any Outfit

Some accessories are timeless. Although we can all check the time with a quick glance at our smartphone, a cool and sophisticated watch will never go out of style. Further, you never have to charge a wristwatch, and sometimes it can be inappropriate to check your phone in certain situations. Add some personal and functional fashion to your wardrobe with these 15 vegan leather watches that complement any outfit. 15 Vegan Leather Watches to Complement Any Outfit 1. XOXO Women’s Round Gray Watch Gray and rose gold are a chic combination, making any outfit look put-together. Pair with some...

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9 Vegan Recipes For a Plant-Based ANZAC Day Feast

On April 25, New Zealand and Australia celebrate ANZAC (Australia New Zealand Army Corps) Day. The public holiday is observed to remember to the ANZAC soldiers who fought on Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915 for an alliance between the two countries, many of whom lost their lives in battle. Today, there are numerous memorials across the two nations and in Gallipoli. For many families, the day marks a time to remember their lost relatives and to honor the bravery of these soldiers who fought for their country. ANZAC celebrations are often centered around a meal, though the traditional foods of this...

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Vegan Restaurant Boom in Canada Fueled by Meat Eaters, Says Business Owners

Canada has seen an influx of vegan spots as of late, as plant-based eating has been said to be the “dining of the future,” according to The Canadian Press. The publication spoke with multiple vegan business owners regarding this plant-based boom and discovered that it’s not being fueled by vegans, but by veg-curious omnivores interested in trying vegan food.  According to resource Ethical Tree, the number of vegan-friendly restaurants in Ontario alone has increased by 46 locations within just the last year. “I think we’re living in kind of a boom of veganism,” explained Eva Lampert, 5700 Inc.’s director of vegan operations. “People...

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7 Vegan BLT Recipes for the Perfect Bacon Sandwich

Happy BLT month! Many people are observing the occasion throughout the month and vegans are no exception. Like many recipes, a BLT can be veganized! The lettuce and tomato are a vegan given, but bacon can be plant-based, too.  From seitan, tofu, tempeh, eggplant, rice paper, mushroom, coconut, carrot, beetroot and more – the options are endless. Flavor ’em, season ’em, fry ’em how you would classic bacon. Get sizzling! 7 Vegan BLT Recipes For the Perfect Bacon Sandwich 1. The Buddhist Chef’s Vegan BLT With only seven ingredients, this vegan BLT is fast to make and perfect for a...

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7 Environmental Documentaries That Will Inspire You to Go Vegan This Earth Day

Earth Day is an internationally celebrated holiday, held annually on April 22, to commemorate the modern environmental movement that began in the 1970s. Citizens are encouraged to walk or bike to work, plant a tree, and take shorter showers, but adopting a plant-based diet will also make a positive impact on the environment. Need some inspiration? Grab a bucket of vegan popcorn and queue up these seven documentaries to learn how you can celebrate Earth Day every day. 7 Documentaries To Celebrate Earth Day 1. Food Exposed With Nelufar Hedayat This eight-part documentary series highlights corruption within the food...

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Vegan Company Beyond Meat Celebrates Earth Day With Massive Beach Clean-Up

Vegan meat company, Beyond Meat, renowned for its “bleeding” burgers, has conducted a beach clean-up in preparation for Earth Day, on the 22nd of April. In the initiative, led by the company’s founder and CEO, Ethan Brown, the Beyond Meat team were able to pull 352 pounds of trash from the Ballona Wetlands area, a marine estuary. The company documented highlights of the day via its Instagram stories, including one post that encouraged viewers to “Go Beyond for Mother Earth.” Plastic pollution is one of the most pressing issues facing the world right now, especially with the rise in a consumer...

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Vegan Caribbean Café Moving to Brick-and-Mortar Restaurant in Florida

Popular vegan Caribbean restaurant, DaJen Eats Cafe & Creamery, is packing up and moving into a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Eatonville, Florida. DaJen Eats announced the move in an Instagram post, sharing the company’s humble origin story. According to the post, the restaurant got its start in an unusual way, by “opening up a vegan cafe in the middle of a gas station,” as the founders were on a mission to show “getting delicious vegan food can be as ordinary/mundane as pumping gas.” The business chose to open in an underserved community “to show how easily anyone can go vegan and how relatable the...

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Richard Branson’s Virgin Holiday Partners With Sea Sanctuary for Rescue Dolphins

Billionaire entrepreneur, Richard Branson, has taken to his blog to share his enthusiasm for an upcoming venture: a sea sanctuary for rescued captive dolphins, which is being established with the help of his company Virgin. The business recently committed to a two-year partnership with the World Cetacean Alliance and will be providing all Virgin Holidays suppliers with Responsible Whale Watching Guidelines. “Thrilled to see Virgin Holidays teaming up with the National Aquarium in Baltimore to support North America’s first dolphin sea sanctuary,” explained Branson. “Once it is up and running in a few years’ time, this pioneering project will...

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Prince Harry’s Fiancé Meghan Markle ‘Refuses’ to Promote Fur

A close friend of Prince Harry’s fiancé, Meghan Markle, has revealed that Markle employs a strict fur-free wardrobe policy. Speaking to British media publication, The Independent, Gina Nelthorpe-Cowne explained that Markle takes an ethical stance against establishments that support poor standards of animal welfare. Nelthorpe-Cowne is the co-founder and Managing Director of Kruger Cowne Talent Management and was Markle’s commercial agent between 2014 and 2016. “She flat out refuses to promote fur or animal products, instead opting to wear faux fur,” Nelthorpe-Cowne said. Similarly, Markle discussed her personal fashion style with Good Housekeeping last year;  the “Suits” actress revealed she is an avid...

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Seattle Food Tech Raises $1M to Jumpstart Vegan Chicken Nugget Manufacturing

Vegan meat company, Seattle Food Tech, whose slogan reads “Sustainable, Affordable Plant-Based Meat,” has acquired $1 million of seed round funding. The company, founded in 2017, employs unique manufacturing processes to create vegan meat that resembles traditional meat, in terms of texture and taste, while maintaining price parity with meat counterparts. It’s first upcoming product, a plant-based “chicken” nugget was finalized in February. The Food Tech company hopes to retail the product at major franchises, such as Walmart and Costco, for as little as $2 per serving. It is also expected that the new nuggets will be stocked at hospitals and...

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Bollywood Actor Mallika Sherawat to Promote Veganism as a ‘Lifestyle Choice’ Across India

Bollywood actor, Mallika Sherawat, who is best-known for her role as Naagin in “Hisss,” is on a mission to use her celebrity platform to promote the vegan lifestyle across India. “Veganism is not a fad, it’s a healthy, lifestyle choice,” Sherawat explained, according to Simply Cinema. “I have a lot of plans to promote veganism in India. I’m joining hands with a friend’s restaurant to introduce vegan offerings to the Indian palate. I plan to rope in international chefs to whip up some delicious dishes. Once people see how nutritious and delicious vegan food can be, they’ll switch to a...

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Piers Morgan Compliments Pamela Anderson’s Healthy Vegan ‘Glow’

In a recent segment on Good Morning Britain, model and animal activist Pamela Anderson spoke to hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid about vegan athletes, her life in France, and the temptation of butter and croissants. During the interview, Morgan mentioned that Anderson breaks the stigma sometimes associated with a vegan diet. “People say vegans look really ill, but you’re glowing with good health,” Morgan told Anderson. “I do the best I can, I say I’m a ‘naughty vegan’ because I’m living in France. There is butter, there [are] croissants, there [are] all sorts,” Anderson explained. However, the model then added, “But,...

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New Vegan Grocery Store Opens Near Niagara Falls

A new vegan grocery store, aptly named “The Vegan Grocery Store”, has opened in rural New York, near Niagara Falls. The store’s slogan reads: “no need to read ingredient lists here, we’ve already done it for you!” Miyoko’s Kitchen, Amy’s Kitchen, Gardein, Lightlife, Unreal, Tofutti, V-Dog, Field Roast, and Califia Farms are some of the major vegan brands supplying to the new store, among other, smaller companies. The grocery store also intends to offer its customers cruelty-free beauty products, personal care, and homeware products. Founded by Judith Mittiga, alongside her daughter Gabrielle Richards and Gabrielle’s husband Jason, the new supermarket hopes to inspire positive change. Mittiga stated on...

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Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster Releases Recipe for Vegan Cookies

Ageless childhood icon, Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster, recently visited the Washington Post, where journalist Bonnie S. Benwick says “[h]e came, he saw, he conquered,” regarding a vegan cookie recipe concocted and sampled by the furry, blue Muppet himself. The recipe comes from Cookie Monster’s new cookbook: “The Joy of Cookies: Cookie Monster’s Guide to Life,” by Sesame Street Imprint. Being the non-confrontational, inclusivity-promoting Muppet he is, Cookie Monster’s recipe dubbed “Every-Monster Cookies” are free of animal products, as well as being gluten-free and nut-free (and and therefore lactose-free and cholesterol-free). “The only thing better than eating cookies is sharing cookies,” Cookie...

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