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I love popcorn.  Sadly, my popping machine mysteriously disappeared last year, and I found myself in a popcorn void, as none of the supermarket options in my ‘hood are without milk products.  Last weekend, an old pal told me about this little trick, and I can’t believe I haven’t heard of it before!  Ideally, I try to avoid using microwaves, but in a pinch, this snack is cheap and easy…and you know how much we love cheap and easy!

Using a brown paper bag, cover the bottom with one layer of popcorn seeds and fold the top down twice, pressing firmly.  Place laying down in the microwave and put on high for two minutes.  Melt a tbsp of Earth Balance, pour on top of the popcorn, add some freshly cracked salt (pepper is also yummy), seal the bag and shake it up.

Estimated cost: .32 cents per bag.

Eat that Orville!

~The Vegan Project

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Me + You Fruit + Veg Reusable Bags

 

The Vegan Project recently met a lovely young lady named Jenny Hughes, creator of Me + You reusable shopping bags.  Jenny could be considered a pioneer on the reusable bag front, since her first project, BYOB, launched in 2005, before everyone else  jumped on the reusable bag bandwagon.  Her recognition of the need in the market for fashionable, earth-friendly shopping bags landed her tons of media coverage, including features in Teen Vogue and Fashion Magazine.

Jenny’s new project, Me + You, features unique and stylish bags made of organic and natural cotton (and animal product free, of course).  Each bag series is limited edition and made in Vancouver, featuring designs by local artists.  Another great feature is the cute little detachable charm on each Me + You bag made of recycled wood from Jenny’s dad’s shop.

Me + You’s latest additions include a yoga bag with a recycled plastic liner for sweaty yoga clothes, and a line of reusable produce bags that can be purchased separately, or conveniently hooked onto the large bags so you never have to worry about forgetting them at home when you go to the grocery store (I know we often do).

Special Offer for Vegan Project Readers!

Jenny is offering all Vegan Project readers free shipping!  If you’re interested in ordering the fruit & vegetable bags, click here and enter the coupon code ‘freeship’ at the checkout.

These earth friendly, fashionable bags are definitely something The Vegan Project can get behind.  Check ’em out at www.meandyou.ca.

Help Jenny get to the one million mark in her petition to Stop Using Plastic Bags!

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Jessica and I had an interesting debate that we wanted to share with all you and hear your respective sides of the argument.  I was browsing vegan shoes online one day looking for some basic flats.  I went on to Stella McCartney’s website, remembering that she is vegan and makes vegan shoes, which by the way, I think is awesome. I expected that they would be priced accordingly, maintaining a designer status price tag, somewhere in the $100-$200 range.  Boy was I shocked when I saw this Stella McCartney faux snakeskin flat for $535!

The debate was this…

Bridget: I was outraged that a fellow vegan would exploit her position of power by gouging customers out of $535 for making an ethical statement with their shoes.  I felt that it lacked accessibility, which I think is the key to making a difference, as most people on this planet cannot spend $535 on shoes.

Jessica: I don’t think that just because she makes vegan products means that they should be inherently affordable to everyone or ethical in every sense.  She is a big name designer, and as such, her products have a big name designer price tag, regardless of the materials they’re made of.  I think it’s great that vegan items are being introduced in the high fashion market, where the idea of veganism will be spread in a community of designer item consumers, who ultimately have influence on other mass markets.  For example, we often see big name designs copycatted by mainstream lines, and perhaps that means that this is a starting point for stylish (read: non-stereotypical-hippie-wear) vegan fashions to hit the mainstream.  Also, consumers of luxury products also have more spending power, and in the free market, people vote with their $$ and ultimately influence the popularity of certain items.

What do you guys think?

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