Freshen your soul with vegan soap that gives back »
What’s better than a nice, wholesome, sweet-smelling bar of organic vegan soap? A nice bar of soap that’ll help a child in a faraway land not die of cholera or other stupid, preventable diseases, that’s what.
"But how do I give soap to foreign children?" you may ask. "I choose destinations with good sanitation, I avoid sick kids, and I have no room in my fancy duffel bag for extra soap. Heck, I barely carry my own." Rest easy, friend. Jack’s Soap has got you covered.
Here’s the deal: Jack’s will sell YOU fancy vegan soap. Choose citrus, mint, or lavender. The bars are hefty, generous, and smell great. (They sent me a sample of each, and my bathroom is way classier now. My fav is probably the mint, pictured above, but they’re all lovely.)
Meanwhile, for every bar you buy, Jack’s works with nonprofits Children of the Nations and Global Handwashing Day to get a bar to a child in need. My favorite part? Instead of shipping froofy fancy soap from the U.S., Jack’s manufactures the donation soap in the country where it’s gonna be donated, thus avoiding extra shipping and helping the local economy. Right now they’re working in Ethiopia, with Haiti on the horizon.
What if everything you bought magically sent a version of itself to someone in need? It’d be like TOMS meets "The Sorcerers’ Apprentice"! Crazy! I’d totally think harder about what I bought. Example: I want a new blender. Does a child in Haiti need a new blender? Hmm, maybe I should buy lentils instead. Bam! I’m a better person.
I also think this soap would make a stellar Easter present. Hint, hint.
Keep shoes for Japan! »
I got this in an email from Keep today. Pretty cool! “A portion from every sale of our Japanese Thatch collection will be donated to Japanese Disaster Relief efforts.” There’s no more info on their site about it, at least none I can find, so I don’t know the percentage they’re donating or anything but every little bit helps! Plus VEGAN SNEAKERS HOLLER AT ME.
Now if only they had some kind of Haitian thatch shoe! Of course you don’t need to buy vegan shoes to donate money to Haiti, or Japan for that matter, but it would definitely be a bonus! Vegan shoes make everything better. It’s nature’s way!
Paris Hilton, human being, loves Lied Animal Shelter! »
Paris Hilton: she has to perform 200 community service, because jail. And she gets to choose where to work off those hours, because—well, she worked a day at Lied Animal Shelter in Las Vegas, and at the end adopted a dog. Aww! An idle rich using some of that endless free time to do something good! Do you think she’ll add to her menagerie in the future exclusively by adopting animals?
Mike from Occupied Las Vegas, our number-one source for Las Vegas animal news, nots that, reputation aside, if “[Paris Hilton] can influence legions of slack jawed gossip zombies not to buy dogs from pet stores then that’s a win. You know, the demographic who fills the shelters with dalmatians and chihuahuas after the release of a popular Disney movie or a Taco Bell commercial. If Bruce Willis would just make ADOPT HARD, the shelters would be empty tomorrow.”
[Pearl—furthest right—with the rest of her team in Haiti. See more photos here!]
Lied Animal Shelter, if you recall, is the home of Crosby and many other potential search and rescue dogs. The ASPCA Dog of the Year 2010 is a search and rescue dog, actually; her name is Pearl, and she was deployed to Haiti to help save lives after the earthquake. Pearl is A HERO*, you guys, and two nice teachers from Rancho Romero School in Alamo, Calif. wrote a book about her. It’s called A New Job for Pearl, and all the profits from its sale are donated to the Search Dog Foundation center in Ojai, Calif. AWWW, YOU GUYS, buy the nice book for your little relations! Then you can explain why no one should ever, ever buy a dog when they can adopt one, because the dogs who don’t get adopted and don’t find good jobs WILL BE MURDERED.
Merry Christmas! Adopt an animal!
*You know “heroine” is going the way of “actress,” right? English allows for gender neutrality, let’s embrace it. Imagine if we still used “authoress” or “poetess”—BARF.
[Thanks to Mike from Occupied Las Vegas for the tips!]
Sometimes we have slow weeks; for those weeks, there are AMAZING and INFORMATIVE link-o-ramas! »
The “cutest plague ever” of teeny tiny frogs, which carpeted a highway in Northern Greece on Wednesday for two hours. [link from Princess Sparkle Pony]
Sunday, May 30 is a National Day of Mourning for Animals in Laboratories. In San Francisco, the vigil will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at UCSF.
Presidio Habitats opened last week and they look so neat! You should go check them out multiple times during the year they’re up—maybe you’ll see actual animals using them! The wild parrots of Telegraph Hill, on the other hand, need lots of help—there are more of them than ever, and Mickaboo Bird Rescue is totally overwhelmed.
Chicken farmers testified last week in an antitrust hearing held by the USDA and the Justice Department. Haitian farmers are super-pissed at Monsanto for donating their evil hybrid seeds as some kind of helpful gesture—seriously that third paragraph is enough to make you sick. Meanwhile, subsidizing legal fishing plus tons of illegal fishing is "plundering" the oceans.
Mixed messages from the media aren’t surprising, right? The Chronicle says a vegan diet is acceptable (this week), despite totally ignoring us in its restaurants-and-food-news repository, Inside Scoop (no link because BOO); SFWeekly likes Pepple’s Donuts more than Whole Foods’ “Posh” knock-offs; and Martha Stewart had a recipe for strawberry gazpacho that sounded really amazing and is totally vegan though of course no one said anything because that word is only for theme days.
West Hollywood banned “sales of dogs and cats in retail stores.” South Lake Tahoe, Calif., and Albuquerque, N.M., also prohibit sales of companion animals. Pretty great, right? Because ANIMALS AREN’T INANIMATE OBJECTS! FOR FUCK’S SAKE. This year, the American Kennel Club will acccept mixed-breed dogs in the Agility, Rally, and Obedience competitions, for the first time in the club’s existence. And one day, dog-breeding for “beauty” or whatever-the-fuck will be seen as base, vile, and speciesist, and people will giggle at our earnestly angry essays about how fucking gross the whole idea of dog breeds was. Sorry guys I’m in a weird mood today.
Neal Harden used to be the chef of Pure Food and Wine! But now he is setting up a restaurant in Bali! I recommend subscribing to his quite interesting blog through a reader, as the font on the layout is fucking impossible to read.
This is the way I feel Lost should have ended: vegan feasts. Because, duh.
East Bay Vegan Bakesale this weekend! »
It’s that time again! Hooray! The East Bay Vegan Bakesale returns this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m, at the same location as before, in front of Issues. Perennial baking superstars Fat Bottom Bakery, Cinnaholic (have you tried the pizza rolls?!), and more will be on hand dishing out treats to benefit Animal Place and Haitian relief efforts.
Check out the spread at the San Lorenzo Valley High School Animal Rights Club Bakesale for Haitian earthquake relief! In just half an hour they raised $233! Santa Cruz County: home of super-awesome vegan activists. I wish I’d known kids as great as you when I was in high school, maybe I would’ve actually attended class. OH WELL.
Congratulations to Friend of Vegansaurus’ and HBiC Beau Broughton, and all the members of the SLVARC for their success!
[photo courtesy SLVARC]
Vegan bakesale for Haiti a great success! »
Guess who went to the vegan bakesale this weekend: STALIN! Just kidding! It was me. A few pals and I headed over there Saturday afternoon. Let me tell you all about it!
Because of the rain, Mercury Cafe hosted the bakesale, and damn, was it poppin’! There were tons of people and tons of baked goods. We ended up buying kind of A LOT of stuff. The omnivores were OBSESSED with the purple sweet potato bars. They were definitely good, but my heart was taken by a delicious slice of “monkey bread.” If you are like me, this is the first you’ve ever heard of monkey bread. It is not made of monkeys, nor is it for monkeys. Monkey bread is a delightful collection of balls of dough with cinnamon sugar baked in between. Holy hell, it was ooey-gooey awesomeness! Of course I also had some yummy mini chocolate cupcakes courtesy of Sugar Beat Sweets and ever-lovely Vegansaur Jordan. I love the peanut butter frosting! It’s salty-sweet. And why do things taste so good when they are mini?! Except mini-corn; it’s not as good as regular corn. That’s right, I said it! Mini cupcakes, though, off the hizzle!
Let’s see, what else did I try—kind of everything! I’m so serious; I’m having horrible sugar withdrawal as I write. I’m half-sugar, half-human! There were super-excellent pumpkin muffins, yummy maple oat scones (the food of my people!), crazy peanut butter oat cookie things, pineapple muffins and chocolate cookies galore! There were even these Swedish cardamom buns that my Swedish friend tried; she said they tasted like childhood! Really, everybody was beyond pleased. I for one was ecstatic. I spent a lot of money, ate my feelings, and $3,375 was raised for Haiti! Yay!
The PPK has the details on other vegan bakesales for Haiti across the country.
Beautiful collage photographed and assembled by my friend Emmet (the Swedish cardamom bun taste tester!). Thanks Emmet!
Fundraiser for animals in Haiti! Humans welcome! »
First thing really super fast. If you’re in San Francisco tomorrow (Sat Jan 23), stop by the SF Vegan Bakesale for Haiti and eat lots of deliciousness for two charities that need the money VERY BADLY RIGHT NOW! Moving on!
If you do not use twitter, you might not know that there are about a zillion “anipals” on there. These are twitter accounts people make for their pets (though don’t forget about @common_squirrel). One of the most famous anipals is of course @sockington, who has over 1.5 million followers. But there are some anipals you may recognize—like Junior Vegansaur Figaro! (I just made up Junior Vegansaur! Hazel, you want in on this?!) My dog Figaro has over 1,000 followers, which is 3 times as many as I have. Yes.
Now, the anipals are a pretty tight-knit community. One thing they do is have a monthly “pawpawty.” On pawpawty.com, they have a pretty clear explanation for what exactly a pawpawty is (yes, pawpawty.com—I’m telling you, they are organized!):
A PawPawty is a virtual “party” held once a month on Twitter where anipals have fun and raise money for animal charities. It is like having a real “party” but everything takes place in the twitterverse. There are lots of new pals to meet, fun pawty food and drinks as well as music to listen to. We share photos, sing, dance and have contests where you can win great prizes.
While there’s music and prizes (mind you these prizes are real, not virtual), the fundraising takes center stage. If this all sounds crazy to you, what isn’t crazy is that they raise between $1,000 and $1,500 a month for animal charities. Yowza! That’s no joke. Usually the charity is selected by vote, but there was an overwhelming consensus this month that the money go to the animal welfare organizations helping in Haiti. If that isn’t enticing enough, DJFiggyFig will be spinning tunes via blip.fm at noon SF time tomorrow! Since the theme this month is Viva Wag Vegas in honor of Elvis’ 75th birthday, DJFiggyFig will take a break from his gangster rap diet and play all Elvis songs!
The pawpawty starts at 11 a.m. PST Saturday, Jan. 23rd, and ends Sunday at 11 a.m. There are anipals all over the world so the parties go pretty strong for the entire 24 hours. If you can’t make it to the party but still want to donate, you can do that here. But if you DO make it to the party, be sure holler at your boy @FigaroRascal! He will take requests from all Vegansaur friends! And if you need to hear that UB40 Elvis cover, I think he can make that happen.
Herbivore is selling this cute shirt, all proceeds going to help groups aiding in relief to Haiti. Buy one if you have a passion for fashion and doing good! See what I did there! Barely!
Anywho, $18 bucks for the shirt (includes shipping within the United States). Deal.