Woll-less Waistcoats, Easy Sneaks & Flexitarians

Sometimes it can be tough avoiding the the wool industry when looking for a decent waistcoat. Here’s a couple wool-free options by Topman. And if you think wool is just a haircut, check out our pal Gary Smith’s article Pulling the Wool over our Eyes at Elephant Journal.


Grey suit waistcoatBlack Striped WaiscoatGreen tartan waistcoat

Overstock.com announced that it will no longer sell products made from exotic skins. According to company officials, the Salt Lake City-based online retailer “has removed from its site all apparel and accessory products which feature exotic animal skins, including snake, alligator, crocodile, lizard, ostrich, stingray, eel, shark or kangaroo and will no longer sell such products.” Thanks to PETA for cluing them in.


These sneaks are made of 100% organic cotton. Spring is just around the (very long, cold) corner!

White Organic TrainersBlue Organic Cotton Trainers

The world’s largest food service company, Compass Group, launched it’s Flexitarian initiative, which is aimed at expanding the variety and supply of meat-free options for its customers—promoting healthier, more sustainable and more humane eating.A “flexitarian” is someone who actively integrates meatless meals into his or her diet when possible but isn’t a full-time vegetarian.

Brave New Gear

Here are some cool tools to add to your aresnal for the approaching autumn. Whether you’re headed back to school or back to work, new flax kicks, acessories, and organic cotton shirts are a good place to start.

Loomstate teams up with Jil Planter for some cool accessories.


The UO Linen Oxford combines a flax upper, a faux-leather inner, and a wood and resin sole. Now that’s smart and on sale for $39.99 .The other styles have real cow skin in them, so stick to these beige kicks.

Paul Smith has a distinguished autumn organic check shirt.

$item.image.namePaul Smith Shirt - Tailored Fit, Organic Cotton Check Shirt

TOPMAN offers up some handsome plimsoles in poly faux-leather brown, and red tartan. These are great for back-to-school and autumn adventures.


Nordstrom has a good selection of organic cotton dress shirts for under $30.

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Nordstrom Traditional Fit Organic Cotton Dress ShirtNordstrom Traditional Fit Organic Cotton Dress Shirt

Stupid Age, Vegan Firefighters & Ed Hardy's Fur Drama

1. The Age of Stupid. Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite (In The Name of the Father, Brassed Off) stars as a man living alone in the devasted world of 2055, looking back at “archive” footage from 2007 and asking: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?

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2. High-tops from TOPMAN. These killer sneaks are all synthetic, textile, and poly.



Portrait of Rip

3. If you think you’re too manly to eat a plant-based diet, you’ve got another thing coming. The Engine 2 Diet, a 28 day total-body overhaul, is based on a crew of real Texas firefighters who took control of their health:

Image of the book coverProfessional athlete-turned-firefighter Rip Esselstyn is used to responding to emergencies. So, when he learned that some of his fellow Engine 2 firefighters in Austin, TX, were in dire physical condition-several had dangerously high cholesterol levels (the highest was 344!)- he sprang into action and created a life-saving plan for the firehouse. By following Rip’s program, everyone lost weight (some more than 20 lbs.), lowered their cholesterol (Mr. 344’s dropped to 196), and improved their overall health. Now, Rip outlines his proven plan in this book. With Rip as your expert coach and motivator, you’ll transform your body and lifestyle in a month. His plant-powered eating plan is based on a diet of whole foods, including vegetables, whole grains, fruit, legumes, seeds and nuts. – www.theengine2diet.com

Look out soon for my interview with author Rip Esselstyn!

4. Ed Hardy says Eff fur! He got a hand from HSUS to stop licensee’s from using fur on products with his name and art on them. Read the Full Article


5. Meat The Truth. Finally a documentary that fills in the giant void left by Al Gore’s ‘Inconvenient Truth’ – the reality that meat production is the top global warming offender! The trailer:

Meat the TruthYou can order the film on Amazon.Click here to order your copy now!

TOPMAN: Holy Spring & Organic Monkee Genes

TOPMAN has some very handsome perforated white canvas plimsoles, and grey mesh plimsoles that will give your feet some air time. Spring is just around the corner, and perforation is a big trend in footwear this spring – and the vegans shall not be left out!

TOPMAN has also started a line of organic jeans, called MONKEE GENES that are all ‘supa-skinny’ and made with 97% organic cotton, and 3% Elastane. They come in four colors, at $100 a pop. Black, Burgandy Cord, Slate, and Purple.