Wear Animals or DIE.

In my recent wanderings around the Urban Outfitters site (love new Fall Collection!) I came across a warning that was mostly found on faux leather items such as the saddle bag I was ogling.

The fine print, written in a light grey color, almost missable, states ‘This item does not comply with California Proposition 65. Please visit help/info for more details on Proposition 65.’

Curious, I DID visit the help section. This is what I then found;

“What is California Proposition 65, and how does it apply to our products?

Some of our products such as dinnerware, glassware, items used to serve food, wallets, handbags, purses, clutches, totes, clothing, accessories, or shoes made of vinyl or imitation leather may contain lead. In accordance with Proposition 65, we issue the following warning to our California customers: “The materials used on the exterior of this product contain lead, a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.” For more information regarding lead-related FAQs, we recommend you review http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/tfacts13.html.”

Does this mean every time I rock my polyutherane saddle bag- because I am vegan and do not condone the suffering of animals for my personal gain- I increase the risk of having a baby with birth defects down the track, aswell as the possibility of other lead related health issues? Why is one of the biggest ‘teen’ retail stores in America even allowed to involve lead in the production of these bags? The information I have found indicates one must have long-term exposure to lead for any health issues to occur, but what does that mean in regards to these bags? How much lead do they even contain? How long is too long?

Urban Outfitters definitely needs more information on their site.

Is this enough to deter fellow vegans, or just the even environmentally conscious, from buying one of these bags? Not me, no, because I don’t really have any other options (please note; NOT owning a saddle bag is not an option!) but this is definitely going to make the bags less attractive to others that do have to make the choice between leather and non-leather items.

The possibility of a life-time of nightmarish health issues for themselves, aswell as their spawn vs the suffering of some cow that they never really cared about it the first place. Such large influential chains such as Urban Outfitters really need to take into account the consequences of their actions. They should be discouraging the use of animals, not encouraging customers to choose the non-vegan option. There is no doubt that stores such as these are delving into the ‘eco-chick’ issues, mostly for PR, but they need to take a step back and take a look at how hypocritical they are being. ‘We use leather and other animal products and by-products, but we put a $2 surcharge on all our products to off-set the carbon emissions produced by our cattle trucks.’

Wankers.
But i really do love the fall collection.

k.

More Vegan Clogin’

So I know some of you might be getting sick of me rambling on about vegan clogs . . but I just can’t help it! I am addicted! And the countless fashion blogs I follow only fuel my hunger more!

I am happy to announce that I have made a few more discoveries today! I’m so proud! 😀

Introducing, the Miss Me Footwear Woody 4 Black Peep Toe Platform Clog!

Quite a mouthful! I found these babies (who come in black & camel) via Lulus, who even have a ‘vegan shoes’ category! Very commendable!

 

“Ladies, this is the one shoe your summer wardrobe can’t do without! The Miss Me Footwear Woody 4 Black Peep Toe Platform Clog is a about as sophisticated and stylish as it gets. Comfy ankle strap secures with large brass buckle and three adjustable slots. Peep toe on black, vegan leather upper is detailed with brass nail heads and sexy cutouts along each side. Wooden, 1″ platform at the toe meets a 4″ heel in back for the perfect lift. Black-lined foot bed contrasts brown lining on upper. Brown rubberized sole has non-skid markings at both toe and heel. Fit is true to size. Available in whole and half sizes. All man-made materials. Imported.”

I couldn’t have put it better myself, so I didn’t!

All I can say is at the crazy awesome price of $40, how could you NOT buy these? I know I am getting them in black . . God I can’t wait!

Excitement aside, I have another shoe to present. Not quite a clog, a wedge actually, but it reminded me so much of one of JC’s wedges I thought I would post it aswell!

Jeffrey Campbell Slingback Wedge

Madden Girl Kaliie Vegan Platform Wedge

Similar, non? Ha. I wish that the vegan version wasnt going for the whole ‘distressed leather’ kind of look, but as I have said- veggers can’t be choosers!

You can get these from Alternative Outfitters for $52.00, not bad if you ask me!

I understand that people are opposed to cheap knock offs like those above, stealing designer’s ideas and churning them out the thousands, but make me a high-end vegan clog and I will wear it my friend. Man-made materials are cheaper and easier to produce than ever today, there is honestly no excuse to slaughter animals anymore. Back in day I understand, it was hard to obtain or produce, but with today’s technology it is completely unneccessary! Think about all the costs incurred raising, sheltering, feeding, transporting & slaughtering animals, not to mention what must happen to the fur/hides etc afterward in the finishing process. Throw some reasons out there.

Better quality? Not acceptable. With todays advanced technology, only getting better everyday, super fibers and the like are being created left right and center!

Tradition? Traditions can be broken. unneccessary suffering for the sake of tradition? Are you kidding me?

I think the main reason high-end designers use more expensive materials is to increase the price of an item.

It just makes me so angry a little vein could pop from neck any second!!

Can I also just say that I am NOT liking the fact that bootleg/flair jeans/pants are coming back in?? They are reserved for teens moms trailer trash! Also, I wish that crucifixes weren’t so big right now! I refuse to wear one based on the fact that i oppose everything they stand for! (I wear my beliefs on my sleeves).

I am out! You can find me at Rubi Shoes, trawling the shelves for non leathery goodness.

k.

Vegan Love

Hey Guys,

Another quick one today, as I have just once again stumbled on something vegan and awesome!

Found this site via lookbook funnily enough! Introducing my new bag/belt source; Matt&Nat! (LOVING the Hendrix bag!)

To quote the website;

WHO IS MATT & NAT?

In 1995, MATT & NAT Founder and Creative Director Inder Bedi was challenged by a Mahatma to become a Vegetarian for 30 days. It was during this time that MATT & NAT was conceived. A brand and movement shaped by the power of duality. Fifteen years later, he is continuously working towards this goal – exceeding norms to offer cutting edge products that are fashionable and beautiful and yet made in a socially responsible way, or as we like to say, with Compassion. MATT & NAT products have never used animal by-products. That said, the brand is more than just vegan. It has always been a trailblazer in the environmental movement. Each product contains at least one recycled element and on average 21 plastic bottles are recycled to make linings for our bags. MATT & NAT has always been a Pioneer in Eco-Fashion.

MATT & NAT COLLECTION INSPIRATION

Our women’s collection is characterized by a modern approach to primitive; beads and metal orna¬ments give an antique, custom and yet romantic feel. Colors are understated, with some grey under¬tones for a certain vintage feel, a feeling of authenticity. For the men’s line, the inspiration is practical, utilitarian and urban; we continued and expanded the men’s line (consisting of practical bags, messengers, lap top carriers and overnight bags) with the in¬troduction of new utilitarian shapes like totes and backpacks, as well as new colors like khaki and plaid.

MATT BY MATT & NAT COLLECTION INSPIRATION

As MATT & NAT’s younger sibling, the inspiration for the MATT BY MATT & NAT collection is rocker/urban with distinctive design and hardware details. This season we also introduced a new vegan leather material Luster, which let us experiment with softer bohemian shapes, deep tone colors, and weaving accents. This collection is practical, yet with a modern flare and can be dressed up or down.

Also, slaadi very kindly dug up that bingo sheet I was referring to in a previous post, check out the hilarities below! I can garantee you I have seen every single one of these! Sometimes all in the same conversation! Tedious 😐

 

So next time you speak to a vegan I would like you to stop, take a deep breathe, and think about what you are going to ask them 🙂

k.

Soy Un Perdedor

Que Pasa?

Quick update on my somewhat fruitless search for the perfect Vegan Clog. I stumbled across a site that I had no idea existed today!

Down The Rabbit Hole

An online vegan shoe shop, based here in fair Australia! :O This is something you don’t regularly come across! Especially not in Australia! So, yay for that!

Anyways, I am planning my next tattoo (forever planning) and it will be featuring predominantly a V for Vegan.

Excitedly telling my sister, someone overheard and added in- “But what if you stop being vegan, guess you could change the V to an M for meat”

It bugged me at the time, but I quickly said I would never change and went back to showing my sis the pic, but it stuck in the edge of my mind.

My sister mentioned it to a mutual friend today, showing her the pic I had sent, and she said the same, also saying what if I broke up with my boyfriend (slaadi) and dumped veganism along with it. This got me seeing a vibrate shade of rouge. A lot of people have implied to me before that I am only vegan because my boyfriend is.

I didn’t become a vegan so slaadi would ‘love me’, and I won’t become a meat eater when/if he stops. Its like the one thing/cause in my life that I am truly passionate about and it would take a great deal for me to unsee/unknow everything I know now.

 

I think ex-vegans are worse than naive omnis. We know too much. I don’t know if ex-vegans put in as much research as some, but honestly, knowing the things we do, I don’t know how a person could be remotely turned on by a piece of meat. This is not a ‘fad’ its forever. It’s a life style choice that I have chosen and will continue to choose for the rest of my life, and I couldn’t live with myself if I ever went back. I know that my family and friends are sceptical and think that I’m making a huge life time commitment that I cant necessarily keep, but I know and believe in myself, and believe I will be vegan forever. I accept there is things I will never have done like ‘eat cheese in Paris’ or ‘sashimi in Japan’ or ‘mudcrabs in Broome’ but that site ok with me.

 

She also compared veganism to religion. Sure its something that a large group of people believe in but it’s hardly like a religion, for starters it’s not based on a pack of lies! We don’t encourage hate, and DO encourage science.

Religion. Lol.

 

 

 

For those interested, here is a rough sketch of what I would like, though its on my left hand, when it will actually be on my right.

 

Always,

 

k.

Long Time No Blog


Well Hey There,


Long time no blog right? I know, I know.


To the point,

I know Winter is almost over but I am still addicted to pouring over fashion blogs looking for the perfect winter outfit, and lusting over everything!

Trends I am loving right now include the following; Sheer, Panels, Olive/Khaki, Capes,  Lace Up Boots, Bowler Hats, Tailored Trousers & Jumpsuits



My top visited fashion sites?

www.lookbook.nu

www.nastygal.com

www.pixiemarket.com

www.cocoperez.com

http://www.thesartorialist.blogspot.com/

http://www.garypeppervintage.com/

www.claireinc.com

www.topshop.com

www.urbanoutfitters.com

http://diamondhorse.us/

http://autilia.wordpress.com/

http://garypepperpieces.blogspot.com/

http://www.minkpink.com/blog/

http://www.motelrocks.co.uk/

http://petitefashionista.wordpress.com/

http://kertiii.blogspot.com/

Unfortunately I have to find the vegan alternative to alot of stuff! Well, not unfortunately, its just a tiny bit harder 🙂

Speaking of Vegan Fashion, I put in the looong haul looking for cute vegan-wear, and have finally found the most perfect discovery! Introducing, Vaute Couture.

 

I love everything about the small brand! The tees and jewellery are adorable, and I finally have found somewhere I can find great coats/jackets with no trouble! I have been dealing with the creator/owner Leanne Hilgart, and have found she is lovely and very obliging 🙂

On a vegan note, yes, the oil spill, it seems to be all that anyone is talking about these days (well, that and the whole Julia Gillard- 1st Woman Prime Minister thing), I sent out an appeal to all my friends, and what kinda vegan would I be if I didnt paste an exerpt of it in here 🙂

 


The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is not getting any smaller, and such a careless mistake by BP is having crazy serious environmental impacts, not only in the immediate area, but soon all over the world. I am sure you have all seen some of the pictures below, and they really are shocking. And its not just birds that are suffering, animals all around the area are.  You might not care as much about that stuff as I do, thats ok, but surely you must care about the bigger picture. The spill is destroying ecosystems, hell if anything, worry for the lack of fish that will soon be in your diet. Studies have found that the oil spill will hit the Atlantic by October, the year has gone so fast I bet you don’t even realise that is only 2 and a bit months away. You might think, pffft- 2 and a half months? It will be over by then. Sorry guys- I mean as you saw above, it has been 64days, the Deepwater Horizon exploded on the 20th of April, with the slick starting on April 22nd. The spill is leaking at about 2,100,000 US gallons per day. That is alot. (Understatement?) What is 2,100,000 x 64?

I could go into the the ocean rape far more, but the purpose of this email wasn’t to bore you, I just wanted to bring it to your attention. Why are you telling me this? I hear you asking yourself? WELL funny story actually.

We can help.

Kenneth Cole (Designer) is selling T-Shirts from his facebook page, ($25) with 100% of net profits being donated to ‘Awearness’- The Kenneth Cole Foundation to support clean-up effort through July 2010.

http://www.facebook.com/KennethColeProductions?v=app_10467688569

Threadless are also selling shirts (sold out at the moment- lift your game Threadless!) they are only $10, all proceeds going to the Gulf Restoration Network.

http://www.threadless.com/product/2346/peliCAN

healthygurlf.org also take donations. I’m not writing to beg you all to donate your money bla blab bla, if anything, all I ask is that you send this on, because ultimately if  awareness is the best we can do, then awareness is the best we can do!

It’s not MY fault, I hear you saying in your head, whilst rolling your eyes. Damn hippy! I hear others say. Think about it guys. How many times have we taken the car to the shops, when maybe we could have walked? I know I do it. We are a wasteful society. Maybe we should try give back a little, where we have taken so much?

 


thats all from me now.

k.

conflicted

Question;
When it comes to products that are made of leather, suede, fur (ew!) etc, etc, etc, if they are recycled or second hand, is their use still not considered vegan?
I’m not so sure anymore. I mean, obviously they arent in the sense that they are an animal product, but there is a part of me that says dont have let this animal die for no reason, you know? For example- I know of someone that went through their entire house getting rid of all products that used palm oil- because of the conversion of tropical forest to commercial palm tree plantations. I agree that yes- they should stop buying palm oil from here on in- in order to limit the demand, but to go through and throw out all palm oiled products seems like a waste to me, like now no one is benefitting from that 1 tree that was knocked over to grow that one palm tree. Getting off track here anyways- another issue that came up was that a co-worker is getting a house built with a recycled leather floor. She is a hippy- not sure where she got this idea from, but pretty much what it is, is tile made from recycled leather from old cars, couches, etc, etc. First things first- leather is gross right? Skin on skin. I dont think leather should be used any which way. But so many animals have died, there is a lot of leather hanging around in todays world, and rather than people going out and throwing it away I am glad it is being put to use somehow. I dont know.
Thrifting- Second hand clothing shops, vintage pieces, what if they are suede or leather? I pose this question, because it seems the more I look into things, the more the lines between right and wrong are fuzzed.

Besides that, nothing exciting to report here, myself and slaadi ATTEMPTED to go to Genesis in the Hills for lunch the Saturday after my birthday- yes, I am 20 now, still irrelevent though- only to find that a bunch of hippies took up all the tables and we couldnt get a spot 😦 also, thismorning I woke up with a twinge in my neck that has worsened during the day. FML.


k.

Please note- I am not throwing out any palm oiled products, I am not getting a recycled leather floor, and I am not purchasing any animal skinned clothing.

attention dairy consumers

Last night I stumbled upon a really informative clip on YouTube regarding the dairy industry.
It took all the information I knew, and a lot I didn’t know, about the dairy industry and condensed it down into a 5 minute clip that evidently was really effective.
  
Through some research I have done, I have come up with the figure of 40%- yes, as in almost half of all dairy cows suffer from mastitis. The most common form is contagious mastitis, which can be easily transmitted from one cow to another during milking. Symptoms of mastitis can include gross inflammation of the teat (swelling, redness, heat and pain), aswell as a reduction in the milk yield, changes of the milks composition, and in the cows case, fever, depression, shivering, loss of appetite and consequently loss of weight. This all occurs to a cow that has been enslaved into a life of giving.   

 
 

  

 

  

L Mastitis infected cow's milk R Healthy cow's milk

 

Anyways, veal also comes into the dairy industry. Think about it, humans give milk why? Because they have just had babies. Cows are the same.

So what happens to the calves you ask? Well funny story. The calves are separated from their mother from the get go, causing great distress to both. Yep- we are the dingoes stealing their babies. The female cows are lucky, they get to grow up into dairy cows aswell, and if not, get slaughtered for their precious rennet (found in the stomach) so we can enjoy a nice fondu ahhh– it’s a glamorous life ahead. I’m not sure who gets it better though, because males, well there is just so much in store for them! They get to go to big fancy auctions where they are paraded around a ring, tripping over their own legs, mostly because they have barely had the chance to form enough muscle to take their first steps. They are then bought by the lucky winner, and get put into a cozy isolated little cages (so they can do some serious soul-searching) where their legs go lame, as the stalls are so small they can barely lay down comfortably, or even turn around.  
  

   

They are then fed on a delicious almost all liquid iron reduced diet (slimming!) which consist of milk replacer (yep, they don’t even get to taste real milk, mostly because momma’s back at the dairy shed, so you can have your daily dose of cookies and milk) until they are borderline anemic. This creates that lovely pale coloured veal, fancied by the more ‘cultured’ meat eater.  

Once dairy cows are done living their charmed life they are sold off at auctions, and as their flesh is such a low quality, are mostly used as burger patties. 

 

 

  

   

 I honestly think he was going to cry. We talked about him being fucked after that and he said he wouldn’t consume dairy, I told him he must have been be aware of what was going on, and he said he didn’t think about it. Being naive about something doesn’t mean it’s not happening. Also- kid couldn’t last a week without dairy, let alone being a vegan. He did say something that stuck with me though, he said, if you showed me this, and then I showed other people, and they showed other people, and they showed other people, then maybe everyone would stop and it wouldn’t happen anymore. It was cute. But ever the cynic, I told him what my omnivore sister once told me, ‘it still taste good, so nobody cares’.
 

 

 

  

ENJOY  YOUR MEAL    

 
k.

  

  

  

  

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