There are lots of ways to add some items to your wardrobe while also supporting animals and those who fight for them. It feels good to know you're promoting a cause that spreads compassion wherever you go! Check out some of the selections we've featured below, and the organizations who work so hard to make a more sustainable and compassionate world.
Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary
Cedar Row Sanctuary has been operating for more than twenty-one years as a place of hope for animals rescued from abuse, neglect and slaughter. Abuse that happens at meat, milk, and egg farms. Since it was established, the farm has rescued hundreds of farm animals including pigs, cows, goats, sheep, donkeys, rabbits, turkeys, chickens, ducks and geese.
We have volunteered many times at this particular sanctuary and can personally attest to what a wonderful place of peace this is. Please check out their website and consider making a monthly donation.
Animal Justice Canada
Animal Justice is Canada’s only national animal law advocacy organization. In the world we live in, animals need lawyers, and the Animal Justice legal team works to protect animals from cruelty and neglect. Canada has some of the worst animal protection laws in the western world, and their mission is to overhaul the legal system to better reflect the country’s values of compassion and justice for all.
Whether animals are used for food, fashion, experiments, entertainment, or in the pet trade, Animal Justice fights for the legal protections that these animals desperately need and deserve. Check out their online store for a variety of ways to support animals in need in Canada.
Fair/Square is Canada's first online concept store for fair and vegan products from socially-conscious Canadian brands. It's an independent small business that is fully owned and operated by vegans; Fair/Square offers a growing selection of vegan products that are responsibly made in Canada. The company itself donates 10% of all annual proceeds to local sanctuaries and vegan-minded organizations.
Fair/Square ships plastic free wherever possible. Their shipping boxes are made out of 100% recycled and recyclable content. To protect the contents, they use 100% recyclable, compostable and biodegradable wrapping paper, rather than oil-based bubble or foam wraps. Check out their website at the link below.
Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary
The folks at Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary believe that every individual has the right to freedom. This beautiful sanctuary space is the largest animal sanctuary in Oregon - home to 400 non-human animals who have seen the very worst of humanity and are now living our their days in freedom and love. Over twenty years and still going strong - this place is known for fostering the bonds between humans and animals and helping transform the world into a more compassionate place.
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Sea Shepherd works to support ocean protection and conservation through involvement in local events, the sale of official Sea Shepherd merchandise, fundraising activities, and by educating the public about our international campaigns and world ocean news. With innumerable marine wildlife species on the brink of extinction, the stakes are high and Sea Shepherd is always on the front lines.
From the inception in 1977, as a small organization with one boat, Sea Shepherd has grown to become a global movement of thousands of passionate and courageous volunteers working on the decks of ten ships – and soon to be more – operating all around the planet. Their message over these last four decades has been consistent and transparent: expose, intercept, and oppose illegal operations that damage and destroy marine wildlife and habitats.
The people of Sea Shepherd are known to be incorruptible, passionate, persistent, professional, cooperative, and effective. Together they fearlessly defend life and diversity in the oceans. Support their work by purchasing one of their many items in their shop or make a donation to your local chapter.
The Fur-Bearers is a charitable, non-partisan organization whose goals are to end the commercial fur trade and promote solutions for wildlife coexistence in communities. The Fur-Bearers was founded as The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals in 1953. Since then, the organization has evolved to end the commercial fur trade, provide support to communities seeking to co-exist, and educate Canadians about wildlife. Learn more about the organization at TheFurBearers.com.
The history of The Fur-Bearers is a rich one. You can read more about the journey to what the organization is today in the eBook The Defenders: The history of The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals. All proceeds from the sale of this book go directly to protecting wildlife.Visit their store at the link below.
Farm Sanctuary was founded in 1986 to combat the abuses of factory farming and encourage a new awareness and understanding about farm animals. Today, Farm Sanctuary is the USA's largest and most effective farm animal rescue and protection organization. They have rescued thousands of animals and cared for them at our sanctuaries in Watkins Glen, New York; Northern California (Orland); and the Los Angeles area. At Farm Sanctuary, the animals are friends, not food. They educate millions of people about their plight and the effects of factory farming on our health and environment.
Farm Sanctuary is committed to ending cruelty to farm animals and promoting compassionate vegan living through rescue, education, and advocacy efforts. Please join us. A compassionate world begins with you!
While searching the web for a pair of wool-free socks I could get for my family this past Christmas, I came across this company: Conscious Step. Socks that help various organizations through their sales. Each pair is uniquely designed, ethically manufactured and partnered with a first class nonprofit to fund impact for the world's to-do list: the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Be it educating kids, fighting hunger or treating disease, each pair makes a real difference for the things that matter. Each pair is a conscious step.
The varieties above for example, you can find socks that help protect the habitats of penguins and sloths, even turtles or lions! Check out their full selection of products at their website link below.
Obviously this is just a short list, and there are many more options out there, but we hope it gives you a place to start when looking for ways you can give back or support an organization that helps to pay it forward. Let us know your favourite animal sanctuary or vegan clothing company so we can check them out too!
Well - if you've noticed the time between this post and the one before it, then you'll recognize that the website got off to a start about two years ago, and then abruptly fizzled. I have no real excuses other than you know how life gets in the way and our side projects all to easily get pushed to the side. That's what happened to me. I started something I had an idea for and but couldn't keep it going without some extra support and motivation.
Now that I'm in a better place mentally I feel like this is a project I want to dive back into and see where it leads. And with the help of two new team members - who also happen to be my best friends - I'm very excited to be embarking upon this journey again with them. You know the old song, "I get by with a little help from my friends" - well that really rings true for me.
And with that I would like to introduce you to our two new contributors and facilitators of this blog - Sam D and Samantha M! Both are fantastically talented humans who have many years of veganism behind them already. The three of us connected originally via social media several years ago - and we have organized countless animal rights protests and plant-powered events together since then.
Sam D (first photo above) has a natural knack for make up and graphic design and will be helping out with content on the blog as well as teaching us a thing or two about veganizing our kitchens! As the author of a number of vegan and gluten-free ebooks, Sam has a way of making any dish delicious and her recipes are super easy to follow! I'm very excited to see what she's gonna whip up for us!
Samantha M (second photo above) is a photographer, artist and creator with a specialty in vintage finds and ALL things plants!! She weaves her magic through her handmade goodies, photography and in the unique way she curates and cares for the land and the world around her. I'm very much looking forward to seeing what knowledge she can pass our way about cultivating a peaceful and compassionate space in our own homes.
For more info check out their websites below and be sure to follow them both on social media as well for updates about their individual projects!
Updated: Dec 29, 2020
1. Sans Beast - Chipmunk Archive Tote
Sans Beast is a collection that uses no animal products. Created by Cathryn Wills, formerly Managing and Creative Director at Australian accessories brand, MIMCO. After living and breathing the world of leather handbags for over a decade, Wills adopted a vegetarian diet in mid 2015 and progressively recognised a disconnect between her professional role and her ethical stance on animal welfare and the environment.
"We believe there is a need for more choice in the quality fashion space - an alternative to products derived from animals – well made pieces…collectible, functional, affordable and designed with love."
In the spirit of the 'from little things, big things grow' ethos, the company has committed to donating all gross profits from the sale of their spirit animal bag charms, to Edgar's Mission farm sanctuary. It's a small but committed start to ensuring this brand walks its talk & gives back to the beasts.
The Chipmunk Archive Tote is available for purchase on their website here.
2. HOLLY NU PEBBLE BLACK by Nella Bella
Founded in 2007 by Tarek Al-Azbat and headquartered in Toronto’s fashion district, Nella Bella is fashion and functionality in one: classic reinvented. Nella Bella is a Canadian brand of handbags and accessories that utilize vegan fabrics to create beautiful, trend setting, high quality collections that accentuate an individual’s sense of style. Nella Bella creates a wide variety of handbags and accessories that effortlessly cater to both the sophisticated and the casual.
Nella Bella is proud of their high standards and practices:
NB is a vegan brand—no animals harmed and we are 100% cruelty free
NB is Peta Approved
NB only uses PU (polyurethane) coating, never PVC, as it can be environmentally harmful
NB uses the best hardware on all items including like YKK zippers and Brushed Nickel Hardware
NB believes in upcycling—all excess materials from production are turned around and used to produce useful items like coin pouches or mini wristlets
The HOLLY is our smart zipped carry all tote. Not too big and not too small it’s the perfect size to carry what you need for the everyday. It has a huge front pocket that is a sweet solution for the items that you constantly reaching for like your cell phone, keys, ID or wallet. This handbag is designed to be hassle free easy to use daily tote. We really think you will LOVE IT! It also comes with a removable and adjustable strap for hands free carry. Available for purchase here.
3. 'VIVERE' Blue Bag by Setton Brothers
Because of our commitment to a full vegan line of products, we are constantly seeking innovative ways to provide products made from quality leather alternatives.
Through careful partnerships with like-minded manufacturers, we source gorgeous materials and hardware from around the world.
Our collections are characterized by meticulous attention to detail and exceptional craftsmanship that make all the difference.
We are a vegetarian company committed to operate a business that respects the planet as well as the people and animals on it.
We believe that no animal should give their life for the sake of fashion. Most people are led to believe that leather is a byproduct of the meat industry, that it’s simply a "leftover," and if we don’t use it, it will go to waste. This is a common misconception. The truth is that leather is not a byproduct of meat and is not produced in an effort to minimize waste. In fact, much of the leather sold comes from animals killed primarily for their skins, and is produced because it is a highly profitable and lucrative business.
A cow’s skin is approximately 10% of her total value, making it the most profitable part of her body. Surprisingly, leather actually makes the meat industry more sustainable, as use of animals skins makes raising animals more profitable than meat alone could.
For every SettonBrothers Bag you purchase, a school bag will be donated to underprivileged children in our hometown of Argentina.
There are 7 million kids who come from families struggling with extreme poverty, putting tremendous pressure on children and making it so much harder for them to take advantage of the school system. Getting school supplies can make all the difference in the world to their future success.
According to Unicef in Argentina, 51.800 elementary aged kids don't attend and from those that do attend, 877.939 are at risk of abandoning it. 470.595 high school aged kids don't attend and 1.476.132 kids attending high school are in risk of abandoning it.
Available for purchase here.
4. De Pijp by Osier
We're a creative, independent brand living for sustainable, timeless and ethical design. All of our products are designed and hand manufactured in Europe with the finest vegan materials. We are different. We are constantly exploring innovative ways to remain ethical, sustainable and eco-friendly. Our values care for both our animals and our planet as we pave the footsteps towards our future.
Our chic and classic capsule collections blend effortlessly into your wardrobe. We have your everyday needs covered, with a luxury finish and full of compassion. Dress OSIER up or down, we are flexible - we want you to love our bags as much as we love making them!
We get inspired by nature every day, that’s why we strive to use materials that don’t harm any animals or our planet. We use various vegan leathers in our production, the scientific terms are PU (polyurethane) and PVC (polyvinylchloride). PU is less harmful for the environment than PVC and its use is definitely preferred, whenever possible.
Available for purchase here.