This is a guest post by Jaclyn McCosker, a freelance writer from regional Queensland, Australia. Vegan, minimalist and an aspiring zero-waster, Jaclyn’s background in international development has ultimately led to an interest in the way our consumer behaviour impacts the world around us. You can read more at jaclynmccosker.com.
From a time before we’re even born, possessions begin to shape who we are. The very act of our conception is celebrated with gifts that begin to pre-determine our identity. These gifts when chosen by colour and design begin to decide things such as our gender identity (whether we are a pink or blue baby), our music taste, our sports teams, our political affiliations and so much more. The clothes and toys of our childhood go on to shape much of our tastes later in life, as well as our relationships with possessions and money. / Read More »
Vegan black-eyed bean stew has been a staple in our household. Being another popular African meal, my mum used to make it for our family on a regular basis.
Just when I thought I was spoilt in Australia, I went back to Ghana in 2005 and this recipe was taken to another level!
In Ghana they call black-eyed bean stew red-red. It gets the red colour from the red palm oil they use which is easily accessible.
It’s common street food that is typically made with meat, fish and ripe fried plantains. It’s a delicious meal and certainly one that triggers fond memories of my childhood. / Read More »
We recently watched a documentary that inspired us to create a zero waste home. We’ve always been mindful of the destruction of plastic but this film has pushed us to make significant changes to our lifestyle. The documentary is called A Plastic Ocean and it’s available on Netflix.
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know how documentaries have completely shaped our values, whether it’s veganism, environment or fashion. Now we can add plastic free/zero waste to our list.
The moment that got us in the film was a graphic scene of scientists cutting open the stomach of sea birds only to find over 200 particles of plastic in their system! It was horrific. But it’s only the tip of the iceberg. / Read More »
Since becoming vegan three years ago I have really started enjoying Indian food at home. I never really cooked it or knew how to make it but started experimenting because that’s what happens when you change your lifestyle. I made the plain curries to start off with but have only recently started experimenting with others, one of them being a spinach based one. I knew what palak paneer stood for as a dish but never knew what it actually meant. Palak means spinach and paneer means cheese. For the sake of understanding what the dish is (as it’s so well known), I have left the name and added sweet potato to it so you know that’s the combination. / Read More »
Note: This is a guest post by Bob Hand, a blogger from Boise, Idaho. He studied at the University of South Carolina, and keeps a pulse on current issues in animal rights and education. His hobbies include reading and collecting vinyl records. You can follow him on Twitter.
Can we fight cruelty with cruelty? Can we persuade others to embrace a vegan lifestyle through mockery? At times, influential speakers and organizations in the vegan community hinder our shared agenda through such behavior.
I argue that, in order to maximize our outreach, and to truly make progress towards ending animal oppression, we need to find the humanity in non-vegans. / Read More »