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August 12, 2007 Sunday
Vegan shoppers can rejoice over range of stylish options
By Erin Wade, McClatchy-Tribune newspapers
Section Q ; ZONE C; Pg. 4
The new stylish living goes beyond big-name designers. Cruelty-free is what's in fashion now.
Walk on the wild-friendly side in shoes from Simple's Green Toe line. They're made with sustainable materials: jute shoelaces, recycled car-tire soles, cork insoles and bamboo-fabric lining. Some styles are made with wool felt as well, but if you're vegan, you can choose the shoes without it. Women's GT Jane in tendril sunset gold ($85) and men's Stop Global Warming Toepeeka ($65) are light and fun for summer. Find them at simpleshoes.com.
If you really want to feel fresh and clean in the tub, add some products from 100 percent Pure to your bathroom. The company's shower gels, scrubs, lotions and butters are all organic and come in flavors so yummy you could just eat them (but don't). Almost all products are vegan except for the ones made with honey. The vegan options we love are the organic Juicy Pineapple shower gel ($13.50) and the organic Strawberry Butter body scrub ($19). 100 percent Pure products can be found at Bath & Body Works. Find out more at puritycosmetics.com.
Green and clean
Lush Cosmetics' handmade products are so natural that many even have expiration dates. But the company also has a strong stance against animal testing and includes many vegan products in its catalog. The Veganese lemon-scented hair conditioner ($24.95) is made with a seaweed-gel base instead of animal-based glycerines. We also love the Lip Lime balm ($7.95), which is made with mango and avocado butters. Find these products at Lush.
Beauty company Smashbox has created two eye shadow Palettes for PETA in Earth Mother and In the Wild. The limited-edition shadows are 100 percent vegan and have never been tested on animals. $34 each at Sephora.
What is vegan?
The basics are obvious: no meat, eggs, honey, gelatin, etc. But animal byproducts are present in our everyday lives beyond the kitchen. Many vegans ban clothing and personal-care products made with leather, silk and even wool and down, plus any product tested on animals, according to Vegan Action. Visit vegan.org to learn more about veganism and easy steps toward living vegan.
Bag it up
Some of the stylish and animal-friendly bags by Christian Livingston look, feel and even smell like soft leather but are actually made from PVC. A toggle tote ($85) is supple and handy with lots of pockets and details. The line also includes hip nylon bags ($67) for another leather alternative.
(End of Chicago Tribune article)
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Date: Mon Aug 13 00:11:38 2007