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Vegetarian Shoes and Ethical Fashion

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Ethical fashion, and vegetarian shoes by proxy, have traditionally had unfortunate stigmas attached to them. Usually associated with tragic environmentalists with a holier than thou attitude, vegetarian shoes and ethical fashion have really come of age. There are two principle reasons for this. The first is the development of vegetarian materials other than hemp that allow the creation of much more fashion conscious clothing and footwear, and the other is the internet.

The first is particularly important. Put simply, vegetarian shoes and fashion in general tended to rely heavily on hemp before the invention of modern synthetic materials. Nowadays, faux-leather is so convincing that it is almost impossible to tell the difference and vegetarian shoes have been spotted on Cheryl Cole, Cameron Diaz and Natalie Portman to name but a few. The effect of these materials cannot be overstated. Ethical fashion is no longer a sniggered at as an oxymoron, it really is just that and boutique fashion is now available without the ethical price tag. Designers are using these materials to make clothes at least as beautiful and functional as those found in common high street shops.

The internet has also been tremendously important in the growth of the vegetarian shoes and ethical market. Being a ‘long tail’ concern, vegetarian shoe shops were previously only found in certain corners of London and Brighton, propped up by a very specific customer base found in large enough numbers in very specific localities. Now, the internet has allowed online vegan fashion boutiques to emerge and connect with a large niche market when taken as a whole.

The ethical fashion market is still a niche concern, but with the combination of fresh, exciting clothes and a distribution network that connects disparate customers to form a sustainable customer base means that it is on the rise. This can only be seen as a good thing. Most ethical fashion designers are as concerned with ethics and vegetarian materials as they are with the environment, so you can be sure that most ethical fashion is also green fashion.

Easy Way To Vegetarianism

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Take it slow and easy. Thats a good motto for learning a new skill or going through a big life transition. When you decide to explore becoming a vegetarian, it is very easy to get scared off by what appears to be a difficult road ahead. But the truth is, there is an easy way and a hard way to become a vegetarian. So in keeping with our motto of the day of “make it easy on yourself”, lets discuss vegetarianism the easy way.

First of all along with learning a new way to eat, you are also giving up something you probably have loved to eat for years. So to reduce the difficulty in going through this transition, don’t try to accomplish the entire transition in one day. We have a mistaken concept about vegetarians that the conversion is instantaneous as though one day the person was eating all the meat he or she could find and in a flash they became a robe wearing, mantra singing vegetarian. But that is complete myth. Most successful vegetarians found there way into the discipline in stages and gave up meat slowly.

Select specific items you will eliminate from specific meals and just accomplish that for a week or so.Then once you have conquered that step, add lunch and then much later add dinner. And don’t throw your hands up and give up if you have a moment of weakness and have a hamburger one day. You won’t be drummed out of the vegetarian society for one mistake in your program. Just get back with it and keep on keeping on.

Find ways to see some success by being reasonable and sensible about how you approach your meal planning. If one of your goals for switching to a meatless diet is to lose weight, don’t substitute sugars and sweats for the meat. If you find yourself eating without meat but each day you have a big bowl of fruit drowned in sugary additives, you won’t lose the weight and you might mistakenly think your program failed you. Think about what you eat so you don’t sabotage your own diet.

By doing your shopping in your own grocery store and buying more food from the produce section than the meat section, you will be working with foods like carrots, onions, garlic, broccoli, celery and cabbage and that familiarity will make the transition to becoming a vegetarian easier to take. Also by shopping where you are comfortable and eating “normal” foods, you eliminate the sensation that you are joining some bizarre cult.

Now make it fun. Yes it can be fun to be a vegetarian. You can start shopping at farmer’s markets instead at the boring grocery store and select very fresh produce and vegetables for your next cooking experiment. Not only are outdoor markets more fun, you will find them cheaper so instead of seeing your food budget go up because of becoming a vegetarian, it goes down. Then by working as a family to find fun vegetarian recipes and working together to make them, everybody gets in on the act discovering how delicious vegetarian meals can be.