So you want to be a more conscious consumer (yay!) but don't know where to start? Here is what to watch & read and some tips from our founder on how to begin...
1) What the Health- A deep dive into America's diet and how the government, media, and pharmaceutical industries are benefitting from us eating animal products and how those products are directly increasing cancer rates, diabetes, and heart disease.
2) True Cost- Real behind the scenes footage and facts on what a sh*tstorm fast fashion has created, how it is truly made, and who really pays for it in the end.
3) Happy- gets into the psychology of human beings and "why we are here" ultimately proving that we are happiest when we are helping others.
4) Cowspiracy- Documentary full of data and research that proves why livestock and eating meat is destroying the planet and why it is one of the #1 contributors to global warming.
5) Bill Cunningham New York- Honors the life of the legendary and inspiring street fashion photographer who chose to live simply, do what he loves, and interact with others. "I don’t work, I only know how to have fun everyday." ~Bill Cunningham
5) Forks over Knives- Deep scientific dive into the health benefits of going plant based. Follows many different real life people who are prescribed a "plant based diet" from their doctors and what the end results are.
6) Food Inc.- Similar to What the Health, but truly dives into the food industry, processed food, added sugars, and America's increasing obesity.
7) Eating you Alive- Similar to Forks over Knives just slightly newer and updated.
8) Earthlings- If you you think what you need to stop eating meat is to be shocked (which some people need) then you can force yourself to watch the behind the scenes of slaughterhouses in this emotional documentary.
The Best Speech You Will Ever Hear: literally the best speech you will ever hear (skip the intro).
Tia's Vegan Kitchen: what young & beautiful pro surfer eats in a day
Articles we love:
The Plant Power Way
Oh She Glows
Crazy Sexy Kitchen
Chipotle brown rice bowl with veggies and sofritas
Starbucks coconut milk or soy lattes
Dunkin Donuts coffee with almond milk
Nuts, chickpeas, lentil/pea snacks, fruit, & water from convenience stores or airports.
Doctor up boring take out salads- hold the dressing and add your own avocado, hummus, olive oil and/or nuts & salt and pepper.
Sushi- brown rice with veggies and avocado (so you don't have to worry about fish quality)
Whole Foods- stop for lunch or snacks at their salad/hot food sections
Sandwich shops- hummus, and all veggies on sourdough or protein packed multigrain bread. Ask for sprouts for added protein.
Thai Take out: Any noodle or curry dishes with veggies and tofu.
How bad is leather really? The softest leather bags most likely aren't made from cows but from the belly's of baby lambs. You can't skin an animal without first taking it's life.
Where does real fur really come from? Because of the increasing interest in heavy fur using brands like Canada Goose they have to mass trap wolves and coyotes, line them up and shoot them with darts in their head one by one.
About Wool- Is wool bad? Wool comes from sheep.
About Cashmere- Is Cashmere bad? Cashmere comes from goats.
Look for tags that say "Made in the U.S.A"
Look for tags/product descriptions that don't read "leather, wool, silk, or fur"
Read the company's "about" page on their website to see if they disclose how or where their clothing is manufactured
Google!! The beauty of having your phone on you when shopping: google a brand to find info on how and where their clothing is made