Why Vegan isn’t Good Enough

Since we started Shorganics way back in 2011, the trend and popularity in veganism has only increased. There are blogs and websites dedicated to all things vegan and even vegan skincare.

But to us, vegan isn’t good enough. It’s not good enough to just be “cruelty-free” and “vegan” on your label. Have your ingredients ever been tested on animals? What about processed on equipment?

Even answering “no” to those questions isn’t good enough for us. Bottom line, is there a bunch of synthetic, processed junk in your finished product, food or cosmetics?

Short answer: Probably.

There is a growing trend in skincare to have cruelty-free and vegan skincare, but the level of synthetic, lab-created chemicals is off the charts. Too many of my favorite vegans are turning toward large brands (typically owned by one of the over-arching corporate conglomerate) that are “vegan” but have so little to do with plants and botanicals.

Many companies put “botanicals” and “plant oils” in the product, but they are so far down the list of ingredients that they serve no purpose in healing or helping your skin. And don’t get me started on “anti-aging” anything. The FDA is fining companies of all sizes who claim anti-aging because it’s a lie. You simply cannot reverse aging.

So, the question is: if people are willing to eat a minimally processed, reduced meat/dairy diet for their health, why are people still slathering themselves with rubbish lotions and face creams?

Check the ingredients. If you have questions, ask the manufacturer. If you don’t want to ask the manufacturer, email us. We won’t lie to you. We’re happy to sort out The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly.

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Food Friday: Delicious Vegan No-Knead Bread

 

FINALLY!

We finally found a homemade vegan bread recipe that turns out beautifully with minimal effort. Recently, we had a Pampered Chef party at our house (seriously considering being a consultant) and we got a ton of stuff. One of my most dreamed about purchases is the Deep Covered Baker. Not only does it come in a beautiful deep cranberry color, but you can do tons of different things with it – including making bread!

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Pampered Chef Deep Covered Baker
  • KitchenAid (or similar) stand mixer
  • Patience

 

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (use Wholesome Sweeteners – it’s vegan!)
  • 2 tablespoons yeast
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 cups hot water (120-130 degrees F)

 

Recipe:

  • Lightly oil Deep Covered Baker (I use an oil sprayer, but a light brushing with a pastry brush works too)
  • In KitchenAid stand mixer (or large 11+ cup food processor), combine dry ingredients in large bowl
  • While machine is running on low, add hot water slowly until dough forms into a ball and starts to thump around
  • Once the dough ball starts thumping, let it spin 20 times in the bowl.
  • Place dough into greased bowl and cover with a damp tea towel (not washcloth – don’t want fibers getting on the dough)
  • Let rise 15 minutes
  • Punch down 1-3 times and shape into a large loaf
  • Place loaf in Deep Covered Baker
  • Cut a slit in top of loaf (long ways) with a flour-tipped knife (so the dough won’t stick). Create diagonal slits from the center line so you have a branch/leaf look on the top of your bread (this helps it rise – it’s not for decoration)
  • Put the lid on the Deep Covered Baker and place in a cold oven. Turn oven to 400 degrees and bake for 50 minutes
  • NO PEEKING!! The bread is rising beautifully – I promise!
  • After 50 minutes, remove from oven and turn bread out onto cooling rack.

 

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Ringling Bros to End Live Elephant Show

Wow! What a win for elephants & for all those who boycotted, protested, petitioned, and spoke out against the cruel and abusive treatment of elephants at the circus. Ringling Bros is expected to end their elephant shows by 2018, but what happens then?

 

While we are thrilled that the elephant acts are ending, it brings up an interesting question: Will people have as much exposure to elephants? For many people, their love of elephants stemmed from a childhood experience at the circus. Many kids take field trips to the circus in school, not as a fun activity, but as a type of cultural exposure.

 

After time, will people fail to recognize the majesty of the elephant?

 

Probably not – thanks to the good ole internet.

 

Luckily, elephants will no longer be subjected to cruel circus practices. Now… to work on the poaching and ivory trade….

 

Baby elephant & mom

Women in the Workplace

For a long time, I’ve kept my head in the sand about women in the workplace. Personally, I had never really experienced sexism in the workplace and frankly, I figured most women really did get paid fairly and equally compared to their male counterparts. And since I’ve spent  most of my working life working with women, I never assumed men actually talked down to female employees.

 

Oh… how naive I was.

 

Recently, I’ve experienced the joys of womanhood. We truly do have to fight to move up in the workplace. Not only have I experienced it personally, I’ve seen other watched it happen to other women who work with me. Without going into details about the everyday banality of my life, I was truly shocked to experience such condescension toward me, while a male colleague received a vastly different reaction with the same information.

 

What do you do when your employer preached equality but consistently overlooks you for a promotion because “you’re doing great where you are?” It’s a tricky situation. You can stand up for yourself, call people out on their hypocrisies and lies… but then you’re the bitch. You can defend your brand and products, but then you’re the bitch.

 

Basically, the minute you open your mouth after someone dismisses you, you’ve sealed your fate as a bitch.

 

So go ahead. Call us bitches. Call us aggressive. At the end of the day, woman who are like this believe in something and are standing up for what they do and for what they’ve created. We know ourselves better than you know us and we can do the job you refuse to give us.

 

And call us bitches when we don’t laugh at sexism, ageism, racism, or whatever -ism just because you’re the boss.

 

Women, let’s wear the word “Bitch” like a badge of honor. When you’re the bitch, it simply means you get what you want and stand up for what’s right.

 

Just remember, us Bitches – real bitches, badass boss bitches – are kind, compassionate and loving, too.

 

bitches get stuff done