Fresh Friday Finds

November 28 is Buy Nothing Day

1. BUY NOTHING DAY is a holiday that is more important than Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, Hanukkah, and yes – even New Years? Why, you ask? Because the integrity of the ecosystems we depend upon for survival hang in the balance. Consumption – something Americans are better at than the rest of the world, requires production. Production requires resource extraction. Every product has to be dug up, ripped out, cut down, or gathered – it doesn’t magically appear! Even greenwashed products, unless totally recycled or thrift, requires a piece of the landbase in some form. So on November 28th, let freedom ring – exercise your right NOT to go shopping!


2. A Breaking Investigation Reveals That Turkeys Were Stomped, Punched, and Kicked. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, do you really need to condone this by choosing to eat a big, dead bird? Really?

What can you do about it? Don’t pay the callous people who do this by purchasingthe body of a turkey this Thanksgiving. Instead – adopt a turkey!

Adopt-A-Turkey Project

3. Like the Peacoat look, but hate the wool? If you need a really warm, non-wool peacoat, check this out from VeganStore. $199

4. Emilie at The Conscious Kitchen has prepared some mouth-watering thanksgiving fare. If you need inspiration, she is your go-to gal for sure!

5. Where Does Donna Karan Stand On Fur? I love the new ad campaign from PETA that is being wheatpasted up all around Donna’s office and apartment. Donna Karan

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3 Responses to Fresh Friday Finds

  1. cowjonesvegan says:

    Hi Joshua – this is in response to the “Buy Nothing” post. Since this has been pretty much an entire season of “Buy Nothing”, perhaps it should be changed to “Buy only ethically produced” day. Most of us retailers who are trying to provide ethical fashion alternatives are really hurting in this economy. We are not rampant capitalists, but this year it is hard for me to muster up any enthusiasm for a “Buy Nothing” day.

  2. Monica says:

    Just a word on mulesing–it’s not a reason to not consume wool, but to make sure you know where your wool is coming from and what type it is. Australian Merinos are the only sheep that get mulesed (which Australia will cease doing by 2012–i think that’s the date, but not 100% positive). Australian Merino is about 20% of wool produced in the world.
    Therefore most wool purchased is not from a mulesed sheep.
    Particularly if you’re buying from small fiber farms, where the animals are sometimes even rescues, using wool is a good thing.
    There are many lovely examples in the US.

    Another note, if environmental concerns are factored in, using common substitute fabrics like fleece, acrylic and other synthetics are pretty terrible considering their petroleum origins…

    • Monica, I see what you’re saying. In a perfect world, we’d all be self-sufficient and occasionally give a gentle haircut to our companion sheep who we’d have rescued. But as we have learned – livestock production – whether for wool or meat, contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, water contamination, erosion, and wildlife killings (coyotes, etc..) on a scale that is amazing. The sheer number of sheep (no pun intended) to accommodate the amount of wool that is produced is staggering. Just as staggering is the amount of resources it takes to keep those sheep alive, reproducing, and fed. The amount of petro going into this process heavily outweighs synthetics. Especially the petro-based energy and chemicals used to grow livestock feed.

      There are certainly plenty of natural alternatives to wool – and the eco-textile industry is developing organic alternatives every day. I have a great bamboo/organic cotton sweater from Covet that is just as cozy as cashmere. By comparison, synthetics, while made of petro, are still not as ecologically devastating as the wool industry.

      Of course, if you buy wool locally from sheep whose names you know – I don’t think anyone is going to give you too much heat for that.

      check this link for more info:
      http://savethesheep.com/environment.asp

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