What would we do without Etsy! Totally die, probs. This cute shirt by Sneaky Pablo (based in Philly! Hey-o!) is a mere $20 and 25 percent of proceeds go to a local animal shelter. Huzzah!
So, on a scale of one to adorbs, what do we think?
[via One Green Planet]
How cute is this?! It’s only THREE POUNDS (that’s English doubloons if you’re not an International Juggernaut like I am) and it’s made out of CLAY. I don’t know, the world is magic! You can make anything out of anything these days! Pretty soon when you want a sandwich, all you’re gonna have to do is put a brick in a BRICKTOSANDWICH (yet to be tm) and BAM! A sandwich! Whether or not it tastes like a brick will be determined by lots of things, including food technology and our evolving taste buds. UGH THIS IS AWFUL I FEEL LIKE I’M WRITING A GROUPON RIGHT NOW SO SORRY FOR THIS TERRIBLE BIT OF WRITING.
Treewool: new vegan clothing line made by rad vegan lady! »
Yes! More vegans to support and get something awesome out of it! Treewool, brought to us by the lovely Kristin Blackmore, is making its debut on Etsy! Bringing an organic, ethically sourced, adorable line of knitwear to the people! We’re particularly enamored with EVERYTHING but are loving this vest (and the model! hot stuff!!):
And that’s just the beginning! There’s so much more cuteness and we’re sure that Kristen, being an adorable design-and-textile vegan, will continue to bring the adorability and functionality and radness and yeah, everything good! And when she continues to bring it, there will be a plus-sized line and I will be the model because I’m really cute and LOVE FASHION and don’t want to be relegated to shopping exclusively at the Hefty Hideaway. Or maybe I do, HELLO FRINGE!
Now on Etsy: cat fur jewelry! »
First came dog-fur knitting; now this:
"Davis has spent a while perfecting the technique of making perfect fur spheres. She starts by taking a small handful of fluff, which she molds into a starter ball. To this she adds more fluff around the edges and then rolls it between her palms quickly until the strands of hair start to felt into tight, solid ball forms. She then stashes the balls until there are enough to make a necklace—which can take between two and three months."
I’m going to go ahead and declare this vegan-acceptable to me, since the kitty probably adores the grooming and needs to be groomed anyway.
Here’s one of the necklaces:
Would you ever buy this? Could you wear it around people with allergies? Is it creative reuse or just crazy-cat-lady insane? Discuss.
[photos by Flora Davis via Etsy]
Chiengora: legitimate hobby for super-weird crafters or pretentious pseudo-trend? »
Humans do the darnedest things, like make yarn out of “naturally shed” dog hair. It boggles the mind, does it not? I mean, yay for sustainable materials and cruelty-free collection methods and whatnot, but also, like, WTF? Also, it costs $12 an ounce. This cottage industry is poised to blow up Etsy (and therefore, Regretsy) here in a hot minute. Is it smelly? Durable? Weird? What do you think?
Guest post: A vegan lady’s guide to bleeding, or whatever. AKA: Vegan periods, y’all! »
Hello, everybody! Today I’m going to talk about Shark Week. And when I say Shark Week, I’m not talking Discovery Channel. I’m talking the kind that happens to a person’s ovaries once a month.
So, what about having a “leaky basement” isn’t vegan? And why would Vegansaurus be talking about Mother Nature’s gift? Well, surfing the crimson tide is vegan, but the ways that we deal with Aunt Flo’s visit aren’t exactly the most environmentally friendly. Or people-friendly, for that matter. Tampons are bleached to get them white, pads are plasticky and feel like diapers, and it seems like nobody has done anything to asses this situation in a very long time. Furthermore, we spend hundreds of dollars each year on products that we use once and throw out—products that end up in our oceans and lakes and landfills and the end up in the stomachs of animals that don’t know any better.
I propose a solution. There are other ways of going about things! Ways that are better for you and the earth and all the little critters that live here.
Now before everyone goes all “reusable products are nasty and meant for some level of crunchy that I have just not attained yet”, give me a chance to make my point. I should mention that it’s really unfortunate that we are living in a society where the only advertised options for handling your red-flag week are disposable (not to mention the mysterious “blue liquid” used in all the advertisements). We don’t know about alternative options not because they’re bad, but because they don’t have the advertising opportunities that big companies do.
Alternative 1: Reusable Fabric Pads
Fabric pads look just like regular pads (but more colorful and way cooler**) and snap around your underwear.
If you’re like me, this proposal at first might seem ridiculous. Fabric would leak, washing that with the rest of my clothes would be awful, and I could imagine the pad shifting all the time and driving me insane. Well, fabric pads come in tons of different shapes, sizes, and patterns (Lunapads are great, and Etsy has a ton of options) so you can choose the best pads for you. Most are made with organic cotton and lined with nylon to prevent leaking. Along with many different sizes, many pads have options for you to add extra liners, making a thicker and more absorbent pad. Mind you, if there’s a lot of blood, things are going to leak. But they would with regular pads too.
And have I mentioned comfort yet!? Oh man, there is no comparison between organic cotton and scratchy plastic. None. I swear you’ll try one on and think "Wow, thank you, Vegansaurus; why didn’t I do this years ago!?" Plus the pad doesn’t move or shift around at all, which is lovely.
Now all that’s fine and dandy, until we get into cleanup. But this is the best part! The only difference between washing a pad and doing the rest of your laundry is that you rinse the pad before you put it in the laundry. I’ve been doing this for about a year so far and I have noticed no difference in my laundry at all! So easy!
Alternative 2: Menstrual Cups
Even though fabric pads are awesome, they just aren’t practical for some people, and this is where the cup comes in. Originally invented in the 1920s, the menstrual cup sort of works like a tampon but it’s, you know, a cup.
There are four really awesome things about the cup that makes it way better than tampons: 1) They absorb twice the amount that a tampon does, more than the super-plus kind, which means there’s no more constant fear of “Is my tampon about to leak? Does it need to be replaced?”; 2) They are reusable—you just need to disinfect it between periods; 3) You can leave them in for 12 hours, which is awesome, especially if you’re worried about Toxic Shock Syndrome and how if you sleep for more than eight hours with a tampon your uterus will explode or something; 4) Medical-grade silicone or rubber instead of scratchy bleached cotton.
Although it’s something that takes a little while to get the hang of, investing in a cup is a really great idea if you use tampons anyways. If the cup still sounds like a scary endeavor, there’s an entire Livejournal community dedicated to them, which has a lot of useful information, especially for troubleshooting. Note: Be careful, as at least one cup I know of, the Keeper, isn’t vegan.
So there you have it! Two awesome options that are better for people, animals, and the environment. So maybe the next time shark week comes around you’ll be feeling less like a shark and more like a guppy.
**Just from a quick look on Etsy, I found pads with a pizza print, Hello Kitty, and I know my friend bought my other friend an Edward Cullen-themed one so she could bleed on him once a week, which I found hilarious.
Sara Howie is a student, currently attending school for a double major in fine arts and business in Windsor, Canada. She has been vegan for a year (and hasn’t looked back!). She keeps herself busy by doing art, biking, cooking, playing the ukulele, and caring for her fat pet rabbit. You can check her out at her blog, Sara Takes Over the World.
Vegan Easter candy-palooza! »
At my house, Jesus didn’t have much of a presence during Easter. But candy did! We always did the little hunt with our Easter baskets and whatnot. To bring back that nostalgia for you Easter-celebrators, here’s some vegan Easter candy!
Rose City Chocolates has a ton of Easter stuff and it’s all totally adorbs. Except that big bunny in the middle keeps undressing me with his eyes. Goddamn buck-toothed perv.
PETA put together this nice basket of goodies. The work is all done for you! Lazy bones.
A chocolate basket straight from Sjaak’s! What a coincidence, that’s my favorite kind of basket! Plus, it’s organic and fair-trade. Holler at your ethics! Most of their other vegan Easter stuff is sold out so don’t procrastinate.
From Chocolate Decadence. This link wasn’t working for me today but hopefully it will be up later. Because those eggs are three inches of pure vegan yum! Ew, that sounds gross, Megan.
From Sweet Earth Chocolates. The dark chocolate caramel are vegan. They have little vegan chocolate bunnies too! Plus they are also organic and fair trade. That makes it taste better!
From NOWheyCandies on Etsy. Isn’t this guy cute? I just want to eat him up! And I could! Because it’s chocolate! This one is also gluten-free for our gluten-free pals. Congrats!
I was inspired to make this list by Bay Area Bites and Happy Vegan; they both made vegan Easter candy lists so def check those out. And there’s always Laura’s vegan creme egg taste-off and all of our Easter posts where we talk about shiz like delicious vegan peeps! I was also inspired by chocolate and my main man Jesus.
Vegan creme egg TASTE-OFF! »
Yo! So I found two VEGAN creme eggs* that you can buy commercially. Or, kinda commercially, meaning that you can order them wherever you are (in the United States?). Is that what commercially means? Probably not. ANYWAY. First off, there’s VeganSweets vanilla creme eggs and secondly, there are these ones in Queenbalch’s Etsy shop!
Okay so first, the VeganSweets ones. Here is what they look like in package:
Adorable! There are 12 in a package. And here’s what they look like when you cut into them:
Creamy goodness! And the taste is OUTRAGEOUS. I loved them because they weren’t too sweet and the chocolate was rich and delicious. A vegetarian who tasted one said that they are very reminiscent of the real deal, they just taste like a high-class version. They’re also about half the size of the Cadbury creme egg so, hey, you can eat more! Or just have one as a snack and not go all Tom Cruise on Oprah. Or I guess we’re saying Charlie Sheen now? Anyway, you’ll be the opposite of those psychos. Anyway, they’re $9.99 plus whatever shipping to your house from Maryland. Speaking of, you could double up your shipping with them and get all sorts of other delicious Easter candy, including VEGAN PEEPS.
Next up! The Etsy one! Here’s the pic from the listing:
Cute! When they arrive, they’re actually wrapped in deliciously shiny silver foil, and your mouth starts to water, imagining the Willy Wonka experience it’s about to have. You get six eggs (they’re roughly the same size as an actual cadbury creme egg) for $9.99, plus $4.50 shipping. BUT CHECK OUT WHAT THESE FOOLS LOOK LIKE INSIDE:
HOT DAMN THAT LOOKS LIKE YOLK, SON! These are very sweet, almost buttery. They were a little TOO sweet for me (lie, I’m still hella eating them), but Jonas liked them better than the VeganSweets ones for that reason. Plus, cracking them open and having that freaky creme that looks like yolk ooze out will give you the same gross thrill that you get from the actual Cadbury egg. It’s SO GROSS, yet SO SATISFYING!
Okay so, they’re both awesome. If you’re into super-sweet realistic replications, go with Etsy’s Queenbalch. If you want a classier, more delicate egg that’s still authentic-tasting, go with VeganSweets! If you have the money, get both and do your own taste-test! Or if you have kids and you celebrate Easter, it would be fun to mix them up as basket treats, as the different colored foils look cute and festive together.
Oh, and if you don’t want to buy, you can always make your own! Kids might have fun doing that too or they might just hate you forever for making them work for their candy. It’s a toss-up!
Now please excuse me while I go eat both of those beauties DON’T HATE.
The vegan dopeness: five faux-leather messenger bags »
What’s not to like about a messenger bag?! Besides the boob-divider thing. But some people find that attractive! I’m not saying you should fill these with PBR and hop on your bike, but they are all cross-body bags and they are all dope. This Espe one from Alternative Outfitters is what inspired my round-up today:
So professory! And at one point or another, everyone wants to bang a professor.
This next one is also from Alternative Outfitters, the Luella by Shiraleah:
I’m in love with this bag, goddang it! And I don’t care who knows! I’m a big fan of Shiraleah, I have one of their wallets and it RULES.
Here’s a hot Matt and Nat number from Mooshoes:
I like odd, shapely pockets. That’s also how I like my men, BTDubs.
Also from Mooshoes, the Strap Hanger bag from Tano:
LOTS OF POCKETS. That’s how you know how important someone is, by how many pockets they need. And keys.
Lastly, here’s a mini messenger from Beg for a Bag on Etsy:
I don’t feel super-confident about the quality of this one but sometimes you just want some damn pleather.
There you have it! Five faux-leather messenger bags curated by yours truly. Dishes are done.
Twig & Leaf Botanicals is offering us a discount! »
The fabulous homemade, all-organic, woman-owned Twig & Leaf Botanicals is not only one of our fabulous SXSW sponsors, she’s also offering a very special discount code for Vegansaurus readers!
Head on over to her etsy shop, make your selections, and enter in “vegansaurus” as the coupon code for 20 percent off your entire purchase.
[Did you know Laura will be a panelist at this year’s SXSW Interactive? If you’ll be at SXSW, come to the panel and say hi!]