10 Delicious Egg Recipes WITHOUT The Eggs

10 Delicious Egg Recipes WITHOUT The Eggs
Eggs are loaded with cholesterolsaturated fat, and animal suffering. Here are 10 vegan egg dishes that are delicious, cruelty-free, and easy to make! 

1. Eggless Egg Salad 


Use this scrumptious salad in sandwiches, spread on crackers, or eat straight from the bowl! 

2. Morning Scramble (and Breakfast Burritos!)


Everyone loves breakfast burritos! Why not throw this tasty filling in a tortilla with your favorite veggies? 

3. Devilish Potatoes


A family favorite around Easter, this recipe is a new, compassionate twist on a cruel classic. 

4. French Toast


Try this delicious breakfast dish with almond milk and sliced banana! 

5. Omelet 


Yep, you read that right. A vegan omelet. Check out this mouthwatering recipeby the Post Punk Kitchen. 

6. Quiche


Never had vegan quiche? You haven’t lived until you’ve tried this gourmet recipe

7. Eggs Benedict


Why not start the day with a recipe that will impress even the pickiest eaters! 

8. Egg Fried Rice


Great any time of day! This recipe is sure to please! 

9. Tofu Rancheros


Egg-cited? We sure are! Tofu rancheros are here to stay! 

10. Fried Egg 


And last, but certainly not least, the classic fried egg. Serve with tempeh bacon and toast for a trip down memory lane.

 
Source: http://www.chooseveg.com/10-delicious-egg-recipes-without-the-eggs
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Your Guide to Cruelty-Free Clothing

When trying to live a cruelty-free lifestyle, often times, we are bombarded by the things we should not do and should not buy. The story is the same when it comes to clothing: no silk, no fur, no leather, no suede, no wool and so on. In short, anything that contributes to the exploitation of animals is off limits. In addition to this, we might also consider how the manufacturing of certain materials with high inputs of chemicals and dyes creates a cruelty in and of itself against the planet and those who inhabit it. With all this in mind, lists of what not to buy seem helpful, but what about what clothing materials you can buy? I mean, it’s pretty difficult to go shopping with only a list of things you can’t have. This guide to cruelty-free clothing fixes that for you.

1. Search for Vegan Brands

One of the easiest ways to tell if a material is cruelty-free is by checking the brand and company it comes from: is it vegan? Getting to know your favorite vegan brands will make shopping quicker and way more fun. Keep in mind that many stores offer vegan versions of clothing, but may not advertise them that way. Don’t be afraid to ask for some assistance. After a short while, you won’t need to be checking tags or asking sales representatives for information on the materials, you’ll know by heart what you can and like to buy. A tip until then: carry this guide and a version of cruelty-free brands and companies with you.

2. Choose Bamboo

A personal favorite, bamboo material is soft, forgiving, and cozy all at once. So on top of feeling great for not contributing to cruelty, you look great too. Moreover, according to BambooCentral.org, bamboo production is a powerhouse for minimizing carbon dioxide emissions into the air and producing up to thirty-five percent more oxygen than trees. Feel great, look great, and help save the planet. Bamboo materials are a win-win, especially considering how their production leads to economic growth and support to poorer rural areas in the Asia-Pacific region (BambooCentral.org). Keeping these factors in mind helps to ensure your clothes really are as cruelty-free as possible.

3. Try On Hemp

Choosing plant fibers over chemically-laden synthetics ensures you are cruelty-free to animals and the environment when purchasing new clothes. According to Rawganique.com, hemp is resistant to pests because it grows so fast, making it a sustainable source that does not require large inputs of pesticides to grow. In fact, its manufacturing process in general is less intensive than other materials. Moreover, hemp growth lowers risks of soil erosion (Rawganique.com). Feel good about this durable material.

4. Opt For Organic Cotton

Yes, the organic part really does matter here if you are going for a cruelty-free material. You see, cotton manufacturing takes a disproportionate toll on the environment and its inhabitants by leaching chemicals into water ways and using pounds of pesticides and fertilizers: 1/3 of a pound of synthetic fertilizers and chemicals are needed for one cotton t-shirt (BambooCentral.org). Non-organic cotton doesn’t make sense in your cruelty-free lifestyle, but you can make room for an organic alternative. Organic cotton is also suitable for persons with chemical sensitivities and allergies to dyes (BambooCentral.org).

This guide to cruelty-free clothing urges you to look beyond the basic definition of “cruelty” to understand how our choices affect not only animals, but the environment and our families who inhabit it too. That’s why synthetic materials like rayon and polyester are not listed; those materials are heavily processed and add copious amounts of chemicals, dyes, and other toxins that are detrimental to our personal health and the planet’s. In sum, it isn’t cruelty-free just because it doesn’t contain animal products.

 

Source: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/your-guide-to-cruelty-free-clothing/

Compassion Education – Telling the Truth

 

We require children to recite the Pledge of Allegiance for “liberty and justice for all.” We teach kids that Abraham Lincoln, in sum, freed the slaves. We ensure that every child can recognize the icon of Martin Luther King, Jr., and summarize his achievements in one sentence—and then we take the day off in celebration of his life.

We tell kids that it only takes one person to change the world, but we don’t tell them how it can be done.

Our promises are empty: the nod we give to achievements in social justice is void of substantive wisdom.

Why go through the motions at all if not to relay lessons of significance? It is not that children are too young to learn the why’s and how’s of social change. They are capable of much more than our culture gives them credit for. We leave out the grittier details behind achievements in social justice because we collectively believe that children should be sheltered from the “adult” world.

Without much thought, we accept a concept of childhood that sees children as fragile beings who require being kept ignorant of many basic realities. But there is no universally accepted concept of childhood. Notions of what is and isn’t appropriate for children vary throughout history and the world. Kids are more competent and sturdy than we think. When we sugarcoat, oversimplify, or avoid truths, we hinder what our children are capable of, psychologically, spiritually, and morally. We hinder our progress as a society.

The path to a more sustainable and socially just future lies in bravely engaging our children in new ways of thinking and living—even if the topics are challenging. Kids must know what’s at stake, they must understand the power of the individual in a substantive manner, and they must be aware of how, specifically, they can help change the world.

A vegan education (there’s no better curriculum encompassing environmental, health, and humane education) starts where kids are already interested—with animals—and leads to the kind of life-centered worldview critical to sustainable innovations and environmental and social policies. Think how the future of business, industry, and politics would look with such systemic thinkers at the helm.

In my experience, the resistance to the notion of a vegan education is more about adults’ unwillingness to change than it is about kids’ abilities to learn.

When my second children’s book, Vegan Is Love, was released in 2012, major media outlets picked up the news. Not in celebration of a new resource for a new generation of compassionate kids, but because inviting children into an honest dialogue about meat and dairy products was being deemed outrageous and controversial—after all, most parents avoid the day their kid realizes that chicken nuggets do not, in fact, grow on trees. My book threatened to make kids more aware than was comfortable for adults.

While a slew of media talking heads judged Vegan Is Love to be propaganda, dangerous, brainwashing, and even child abuse, vegan families—who have all along been engaging in the work of social change—had a good laugh. After a child psychologist on television called Vegan Is Love “the most disturbing children’s book” he’d ever seen, I received a note from a 10-year-old vegan girl who had seen the segment and asked, “Why is that expert so ignorant?” An even younger girl threw her hands in the air and asked me, “What’s so scary about your book? It just tells the truth!”

Grownups were having a hard time with the concept of social change toward a life-centered, compassionate worldview, while children were understanding it easily.

“Children don’t know the full story!” these skeptical adults argued. “Kids don’t know about nutrient deficiencies or human history or food production or costs! They just want to be nice to animals!”

Precisely. Where better to begin an exploration of the world’s unknowns than from a place of compassion and a sense of justice?

With animals as the centerpiece, my books address how even the youngest of children can put their love into action—through healthy food and cruelty-free choices that protect our bodies, the environment, and all living beings. I cover the emotional lives of animals—the why’s behind veganism—and our choices, the how’s of a compassionate lifestyleThey are picture books, but at their core, my books are about democracy, supply and demand, and engaging ourselves in the public realm. We can give kids this education—and it is one that lasts a lifetime.

To this day, I have never known any child to be overwhelmed by discovering the motives behind veganism—only adults. In this way, the media outrage over Vegan Is Love revealed the invisible forces that shape public thinking about children, food, health, and animals—hindering our growth toward a more sustainable and just world. If the public were aware of the level of disease and abuse caused by eating animals, the outrage would be directed at the pervasive cultural programming, not at a children’s book about choices alternative to the status quo.

Corporations are well aware of the importance of marketing to kids in order to increase profits. But neither our educational systems, nor parenting magazines, nor children’s literature takes the intelligence and abilities of kids seriously enough to help empower them to create substantive social change. Engaging kids is not just good for business—it’s good for a sustainable and just future.

 

Source: http://www.veganpublishers.com/ruby-roth-harming-children-to-protect-them/

Animal Testing

Animal Testing

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Animal Testing – cosmetics and household products

Being vegan not only means cutting out animal products and derivatives from what we eat, but it also affects the choices we make when buying make-up, bodycare and household products.

In a massively significant move, it has been illegal to test cosmetics (and their ingredients) in the  EU since the 11th of March 2009. The legislative act also establishes a prohibition on the sale of products tested on animals elsewhere in the world in the European Community by 2013 (to ensure testing is not relocated to third countries). However, there will remain on the market products that have been previously tested on animals before the EU ban and sadly animal testing for household products is allowed to continue.

Just because a product is vegan does not guarantee that it has never been tested on animals. In addition to this there are various animal testing policies that a company may adopt. We prefer to support only companies with a fixed cut-off date (FCOD). If a product has ‘not tested on animals’ on the label be aware that this may refer to the final product and not necessarily the ingredients.

Fixed Cut-Off Date

Companies adopting this policy will not use ingredients, or procure from suppliers ingredients that have been tested on animals since a specific date. They also do not test their finished products on animals.

Humane Cosmetics/Household Products Standard

Leaping Bunny logo

Launched by a coalition of animal protection groups including the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, this standard is the world’s only internationally recognised scheme which uses a leaping bunny logo to allow consumers to easily identify products that have been made cruelty free.

To receive approval to use the logo, not only must the company no longer conduct or commission animal testing, they must also adopt a fixed cut-off date (which must never be moved) for ingredients and products. In addition to this they must also agree to an independent audit of its supply chain to ensure compliance with all of the above.

The BUAV endorses a fixed cut-off date policy because they believe it will eventually reduce the need for animal testing and eliminate it from household products industries.

Five Year Rolling Rule

Companies using this policy will not use ingredients that have been tested with a five year period. However as this is a ‘rolling’ rule something which was tested say in 2003 will not be permitted for use during the five year period to 2008, but may then be introduced in 2009. This policy does nothing to discourage animal testing and may also deter the development of alternative research methods.

Brand Acquistions

Another issue to be aware of is who actually owns the brand you are buying. The Body Shop, a company which made its name through opposing animal testing was taken over by L’Oreal in 2006. L’Oreal was still continuing to test new ingredients on animals prior to the March EU deadline (although the testing of new ingredients was in fact equired by law , there were already thousands of  ingredients proven to be safe for use. The result undoubtedly being more unnecessary suffering just to produce the latest ‘must have’ beauty product). Whilst we can appreciate that The Body Shop maintain they will sustain the values and beliefs at the core of their business and perhaps may even be able to influence their parent company, the money spent there will ultimately line the pockets of L’Oreal.

Many of the large companies dominating the cosmetics market have picked up on the growing ethical and environmental concerns of today’s consumers and have either acquired or created brands which are associated with nature, or have a no animal testing policy. One such example is Estee Lauder who own Origins and Aveda both companies who pride themselves on working in harmony with nature, while Estee Lauder was also another company still testing on animals prior to March 2009 (lists of brands that Estee Lauder and L’Oreal own can be found on their respective websites).

Whilst it is now illegal for these companies to continue such practises, products that had been created in this way will still remain on the shelves so whilst the change in law is the best thing that could have happened, in reality we do not have as much freedom with shopping and choices as someone for whom these issues are not a factor. So again, some investigation is required either contact brands yourself or use one of the many lists that are available citing cruelty free companies.

Shopping Guides

List of cruelty free companies that we like are under the relevant Beauty and Household Products (coming soon) sections, more comprehensive lists can be obtained from the following sources:

 

  • The BUAV (Leaping Bunny) list all its approved companies at their website Go Cruelty Free, their US website Leaping Bunny handily identifies those brands with a parent company which do not comply with their standard. You can also read more about the BUAV and what they do.

  • Nature Watch sells a Compassionate Shopping Guide.

  • The Vegan Society publishes an Animal Free Shopper (find it here under [intlink id=”3″ type=”category”]Life Style[/intlink]).

  • PeTA provide a list on their animal testing website Caring Consumer.

 

Source: http://www.tohappyvegans.com/wordpress/category/furry-friends/animal-testing/