Friday, April 29, 2011
Drusilla the Zombie Queen by Dark Faerie
Black Sheep Pin by Vegancraftastic
Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas' Favorite Colors - Handknit Patchwork Scarf in Grey, Yellow, Orange-Red, Purple and Green by CricketsCreations
Congratulations to Kate and Prince William for their Royal Wedding.
To celebrate their union, here are some Red White and Blue items from some EtsyVeg shops.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
|Spring Stripes Canvas Clutch|
|Green With Envy Knitted Bracelet|
Be sure to share your favorite items with everyone you know and maybe a few strangers, too. Treasuries, Facebook posts, Tweets and blog posts are always welcome and when you're done, come back and leave a comment after posting your own info to get a little love back. Then go veg out on some holiday leftovers and smile because you've done your good deed for the day. :)
Friday, April 22, 2011
“Like a great poet, Nature knows how
to produce the greatest effects
with the most limited means.”
~ Heinrich Hein, German poet (1797-1856)
Check out these Etsy shops for a fantastic array of handmade made by vegans and vegetarians:
The deal: 20% off with a free gift(a set of stitch markers). Use code LOVEYOURMAMA.
Where to redeem: http://baubles4knitwits.etsy.com/
Sale Dates: April 22nd - May 8th
The deal: 25% off in my shop. Use code YUMEARTHDAY.
Where to redeem: http://desideriochocolates.etsy.com/
Sale Dates: April 22nd - May 8th
The deal: 50% discount with the coupon code PROMO1.
Where to redeem: http://katkinstudios.etsy.com/
Expires on: April 25th
Lean Dog Pottery
The deal: 15% off with coupon code EARTHDAY15. PLUS FREE shipping on all US orders with coupon code ILOVEMYMOM. Since you can only use ONE coupon code at a time on Etsy, I'll refund buyers through PayPal the one they can't enter.
Where to redeem: http://leandogpottery.etsy.com/
Sale Dates: May 2nd
The deal: 10% off sale starting with the Coupon Code EARTHDAYLOVE! PLUS an extra extra surprise with the extra surprise I already give with each purchase! =)
Where to redeem: http://mumbot.etsy.com/
Sale Dates: April 21st - April 24th
The deal: 15% off with the code EARTHDAY2011.
Where to redeem: http://OooohShiny.etsy.com/
Sale Dates: April 22 - 24th
Sage Tea Social
The deal: 15% off all reusable coffee cup sleeves. Use code EARTHLOVE11
Where to redeem: http://sageteasocial.etsy.com/
Expires on: April 23rd
Plus! Enter the Earth Day Giveaway for a chance to win a reusable sleeve, for free!
The deal: 20% off all items, PLUS a free upcycled brooch with every purchase. 10% of all sales on Earth Day, April 22nd, will be donated to EarthSave. Use code EARTHLOVE.
Where to redeem: http://silentlotus.etsy.com/
Expires on: April 24th
The deal: 25% off all handcrafted vegan soaps. Use code EARTHLOVE
Where to redeem: http://sinistersoaps.etsy.com/
Expires on: April 24th
The Little Schremlin
The deal: 20% off all orders that include at least one item from the “Earth Day Sale” section. Use code EARTHDAY.
Where to redeem: http://thelittleschremlin.etsy.com/
Expires on: April 22nd
Twig and Leaf Botanicals
The deal: 25% off all items: spices, teas, and vegan body care. Use code LOVEOUREARTH.
Where to redeem: http://twigandleafbotanical.etsy.com/
Expires on: Unknown
The deal: 15% off all vegan baked goods. Use code MOMMYEARTH.
Where to redeem: http://veganville.etsy.com/
Sale Dates: April 21st - May 8th
The deal: Free shipping. Use code SPRING2011
Where to redeem: http://xmittens.etsy.com/
Expires on: May 15th
Shop handmade! Buy recycled! Love the planet! :)
Bluegrass and Lime Leaf Veins - Ready to Ship - Upcycled Earrings by Kathleen Marie Kelly
Lil Bunny Amongst The Carrots, 5 x 7 Fine Art Print by The Blue Windmill
Summer Swirls Necklace by Bella Tu Jewelry
Malcolm - 12-24 month hat with stripes by the Anecdotes
Nispero Seeds Loquat by Pixie Pod
Custom spiral plugs by Sweet Obsolete
But what does “green” really mean?
I know that for me, personally, it means many things. Cutting down on plastic usage, reusing, recycling and reducing (the emphasis being on “reduce”) and choosing a Vegan lifestyle are just a few.
I’m naturally not a materialistic person and in fact I get quite twitchy when I have too much “stuff” in my life. Only last year I had another wobbly and sold/gave away all of my possessions so that I could be free to travel as light as the wind and the freedom I felt was (as always) awesome!
I actively tell people not to buy me things for birthdays/Christmas because it will lead to an eventual mental meltdown and I will end up taking everything to the charity shops!
This wonderful planet that we inhabit is being suffocated by our ignorance. We have lost our connection with nature and no longer feel part of this world. Therefore we feel nothing about destroying it; mostly in the name of small sheets of printed paper that we call money. If this is not collective madness then I’m sure I don’t know what is!
But let’s not get too freaked out by things we cannot change alone.
Only this morning I said to my partner;
“I’m not sure how much longer I can continue to buy food that has plastic wrapping....I feel terrible....there is a huge floating island of plastic in the sea and the animals are dying and.....and...” (Here, I momentarily became speechless with dismay!)
My partner, my wonderful partner, turned to me and calmly said:
“We don’t need to do everything alone. We were born into a society where this kind of consumerism is normal. We can do as much as we can with the options that we have and we can do no more. Don’t stress yourself about things that you cannot change. Plastic is how most of the food here is packaged, just let’s do our part and avoid, as much as we can, the food with plastic on it.”
He is much more present than me sometimes!
But he is right. What can I, alone, do about the floating plastic island in the sea? What can I, alone, do about the people who still have no compassion for the animals that are being slaughtered to feed them?
Alone.....not much.....but, together, my friends......we can start a revolution! We can make the choice to honour our home and our feathered, scaly, furry and horned brothers.
Things are changing. WE are changing things! There are huge groups of likeminded people who have awoken to the fact that we are one.....we are all made up of the same 92 chemical compounds, and all of us were born from the same star.
We are the same as the cows in the meadow and the fish in the ocean. We are the same as the trees in the forest and the towering mountains.
As a group of Vegetarians and Vegans we have taken the first choices towards becoming a more enlightened race. A race that holds the Earth and all who dwell upon her in the highest regard. We are the catalyst for a change that is coming to the world!
We can show others by our lifestyle choices that we are perfectly healthy, happy and lovely individuals. We should never push our beliefs onto others, but we can lead by example!
For me, we are all “acts of green” and we will be the deep breath before the plunge into the new way of thinking.
So this day, let’s recognise our beautiful planet and sing praise for the life that she gives us and all the wonderful natural abundance that sustains our every need.
Let’s celebrate this wonderful Earth, not only for today...but every day of the year from now on.
One billion acts of green.....doesn’t seem so much after all!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Though most people think of guinea pigs and rats when they picture animals in labs, my first lab rescues were Syrian hamsters (if they were in a pet store instead of a laboratory, they'd be called "teddy bear hamsters") and several Mongolian gerbils. We were careful to tread carefully at the pickup, not wanting to offend the facility that was turning the animals over to us. If they were to stop allowing us to take their surplus animals, it would sentence these small creatures to certain death. Any surplus animals who didn't go home with a rescue or as the pet of an employee of the facility were slated to be killed. By "surplus", I mean the animals the lab purchased and didn't end up using for experiments. For various reasons, it was a rarity to be able to rescue any who had been experimented on, so in general, they were killed regardless.
Of course, labs don't just use rodents, though that's what our rescue specialized in. The facility used many rabbits and beagles and cats as well. Luckily, there were some cat and dog rescues who were doing the same thing we were--taking in as many as we could care for humanely and adopt out, but just like us, there were simply far more animals than they could take in. That was the toughest part of the "job" (we were volunteers, hence the quotes), having to decide who lives and who dies.
Once there, I'd go into the room they'd put the animals to be released in. I didn't ask questions, talk much, or try to see anything else, because honestly, if they were cooperative enough to let us take in whichever animals we could, I didn't want to jinx it. After all, not every lab is so kind, and I appreciated every animal we were allowed to carry out.
I remember being surprised at how tiny the cages were, with nothing inside but a little bit of wood litter. There was a sloped part in the lid for plain lab block and a water bottle, so even less of the space inside was actually usable for the animal inside. I tried not to actually look at any of the animals in particular. It was too hard to look into those deep, marble-like eyes and know that I had to leave some of them behind. I just gave the number of hamsters I could take and was relieved to discover that they had only a small number of gerbils at that pickup and I could take them all. Still, I knew there was a room full of rabbits we didn't have spaces for, and that definitely made my heart squeeze.
The mood changed dramatically when we got them home and started setting up our new fosters into their new cages, filled with toys to climb on, dens to hide in, plenty of litter to burrow deep into, special bedding that could be shredded and expanded into soft nests, and more. Their first feeding time was a huge event--their first experience with "real" food. Squeaks of excitement announced the discovery of fresh veggies and bits of real fruit along with carefully blended mixed food diets formulated to be species specific, instead of the "rodent block" they were used to eating--think large bland blocks made to avoid interfering with experiments and to be convenient to researchers. Much gleeful hoarding, of food, re-arranging those stashes, and nibbling went on long into the night.
The happiest of the new arrivals had to be the gerbils, who had formerly lived alone. While hamsters are solitary creatures who should not be kept in groups, gerbils are highly social creatures and these guys couldn't have been happier to form a family. They would play together, build complex tunnels, and even sing happily (it sounds like birds chirping and is the cutest thing *ever*) Despite a lonely start, these boys lived together for nearly 5 years, which I can attest to, because I was the one who adopted them. I am grateful for the lab that allowed me to take them in, along with the others I picked up that day who all found fabulous homes. If they hadn't opted to allow rescues to take in their unwanted animals, these guys wouldn't have had the happy experiences they enjoyed together.
Meanwhile, I will do all I can to work toward a day when animals are no longer used in testing. I will always avoid purchasing products tested on animals, and I will encourage the implication of the three R's wherever animal testing continues:
*Reduce the numbers of animals used to the absolute minimum needed
*Refine tests to ensure that duplicate unnecessary animal tests are not performed
*Replace animals with non-animal testing.
If all labs follow these rules, animal testing will come to an end.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
In case you don't know, this week is World Week for Animals in Laboratories. There is a great website called WWAIL that is working this week to share as much information as they can about what goes on behind the closed doors of labs. A couple of things I've learned from their site and from Vivisection Info is that there is really no way to know how many animals are used world wide for animal testing because federal law does not require companies to state how many rats, mice and cold blooded animals they use. The estimate lies somewhere between 20 and 70 million. Some of the statics they do know are:
* In the US, 28 million warm-blooded vertebrate animals are used every year in labs for testing. 18 million of those animals are killed every year. To compare that to a few other countries, in England the number is 2.51 million, in Canada it's 1.66 million and in the Netherlands it's 0.73 million.
* Some of the animals used for testing include dogs, cats, primates (usually monkeys), hamsters, gerbils and rabbits.
* Even though an act exists called the Animal Welfare Act, it does nothing to control how animals are treated while in the lab. All it controls is how animals are cared for before and after testing.
Some of the tests that are done on animals include:
* Eye irritancy test: This is when a liquid, granule or flake is place in the eyes of an animal, usually a rabbit. The animal is kept in a cage with extremely limited mobility and usually receives no anesthesia.
* Acute Toxicity Test: These are also commonly referred to as poisoning tests, where scientists test a product to see how much it takes to kill up to 100% of a group of test animals.
You can learn more about both of these types of tests here.
There are many companies that test on animals, either at the beginning, end of, or throughout the entire process of making their products. These companies include but are not limited to:
* Proctor and Gamble
* 3M (The makers of Post It's)
* Aveeno (By Johnson and Johnson)
* Arm and Hammer
* Unilever (The makers of Suave products)
A full list of companies that do test on animals can be found here.
Luckily, there are also many companies that don't test on animals. They include:
* Abercrombie and Fitch
* Afterglow Cosmetics
* Arbonne International
* Bonne Bell
* Candles with a Cause
A good bet is to look for the Leaping Bunny. They have strict standards that companies must adhere to in order to get a leaping bunny on there product. There is also a full list here of companies that don't test on animals.
I hope you find all the information here useful to live a cruelty free lifestyle. Remember to do your research and check all the labels before you buy!
Sunday, April 17, 2011
It's that time again and we have a great Spotlight Seller for this week. Coco + Me is filled with one of a kind, handmade jewelry inspired by her two adopted golden retrievers. Eva's love for animals (and people) shows in many of her pieces and she takes her compassion one step further by donating a percentage of her profits to animal (or sometimes human) non-profit organizations. Currently, Eva is donating 25% of every jewelry sale to Etsy For Animals' Charity of the Month (EFA COTM).
|Tribal Bone Dog Lover's Necklace|
|Passion Poppy Lampwork Necklace|
Thursday, April 14, 2011
|"The world is a dangerous place. Not because of the people who are evil; but because of the people who don't do anything about it."|
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
|Commission: Digital painting.|
|Birth: 3-Dimensional acrylic, gouache, and polystyrene on canvas.|
Kat could use a little pounce and that's just what we're going to give her. So stop by her shop and add the piece that inspires you most to your favorites. Then you can head over to her Facebook page and give her some love.
Give a shout out on Twitter, link the item on Facebook or even blog about Kat's unique style of art. Come back here and link up, then leave a comment telling us what you did to help share Kat with the rest of the online community.
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Friday, April 8, 2011
Yellow Peep Earrings by The Little Schremlin
Small Yellow Flower Plate / Spoon Rest by Karin Lorenc
Fleeting Blossoms- 5x7 Print of Original Brush Painting (medium) by Silent Lotus
BrisStyle Handmade Ark Flood Appeal - Cherry Blossom Hand Embroidered Pendant Necklace by Edward and Lilly
Little White Quail Pin by Vegancraftastic
Spring Romance watercolor by Knee Deep Originals
Switch to Spring 2 -- Recycled Double Light Switch Plate by Aguavino
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
I'm Cherie of Jag & Nevie here on (the MARVELOUS) EtsyVeg Marketplace, and I'm a "use-whatcha-got" cook, so you'll notice the vegetable selection is open to whatever you have in the fridge... Go for it, kids!
* "Enchila'zagna" because it is made from enchilada ingredients and layered like a lasagna. Corny, I know, and yes the pun's intended;->
VEGAN GREEN CHILI ENCHILA'ZAGNA
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
A big congrats to last month's challenge winner, Jade of Mumbot, who was chosen as the top entry by voters!
See the poll below to vote!