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"The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river." ~ Ross Perot

Wednesday, 03 December 2014 01:32

12 Days of Vegan Christmas: Epic Giveaway!

The holidays are all about generosity and love. I want you to know how much I appreciate your support and dedication to making the world a more conscious, compassionate place. What better way to show how much you mean to me than by giving you what you want: more videos and free products! And I'm not talking the run-of-the-mill video series and giveaway here, I'm talking EPIC! More specifically, 12 videos plus a chance to win over 20 vegan products worth over $2,700. You read that right.

Over 4.7 Billion plastic toothbrushes are produced every year worldwide, and once used they end up in landfills and oceans. This is pretty frightening considering that the average person replaces their toothbrush every 3 months. For years I thought I was doing my part by using brushes made from recycled plastic, then realized that it was ending up in the same place as all the other brushes. Bummer. Then I was introduced to the company Brush with Bamboo, who is aiming to be the most ecological toothbrush.

A few days ago I was nominated to do the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for ALS, and I really hesitated to participate. I talked it over with a few people in person, then turned to social media to get the Eco-Vegan Gal community's opinion, which was really all over the place. It is evident that there is a lot of confusion and frustration around this topic, so I started doing research to learn more. Over the course of several hours pouring over websites on ALS, a book on animal testing, and several sources on water waste, I put together a video to address my findings and feelings. Since vegan chef Jason Wrobel was also nominated to do the challenge and hesitated for similar reasons, he joined me on camera to spread the message on the importance of educating ourselves before supporting a cause and joining a social trend.

People mean well when they donate to health charities, but many are unaware that they may inadvertently be supporting cruel and unnecessary animal experiments. With growing awareness of the dangers of reliance on data from animal tests, the public should be able to make an informed choice as to how their generous donations are really being spent. ~ Helen Marston, chief executive of Humane Research Australia.

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