2013: Year of the Vegan

By Megan Vick

So, for those of you who haven’t heard, Jay-Z and Queen B are embarking on a 22 day journey into the vegan diet. Please note, I said ‘DIET,’ not ‘LIFESTYLE.’ In just the few short days following the start of the power-couple’s adventure into veganism, they’ve already received both praise and criticism from vegans and non-vegans alike. (For reference, they started on 12/4, Jay-Z’s 44th birthday.) One of the very, very, very first things I read, was, “I’m pretty sure those shorts Beyonce is wearing are leather. She clearly isn’t embracing veganism.” The second thing I read was, “Don’t they both wear fur?” Yes and yes. Bey does rock leather in her wardrobe and most rappers have a fur or two in the closet. No one is denying that.


Vegan Jay-Z and Beyonce



It’s important to remember (for all the snobby vegans who give veganism a bad name) that just to have such an high-profile couple try the vegan diet for a few days is a step in the right direction. Many celebs have gone vegan over the last few years and whether they credit ethical reasons or health reasons or Forks Over Knives, who cares! For many people, myself included, the transition to a vegan diet can be extremely challenging and difficult. It can also be expensive if you’re unsure of where to shop for fresh produce (your local farmers market!) or if you don’t have the proper tools in your home to make some standard vegan staples (rice cooker and hand blender, for starters). As always, don’t judge people, even those in the public eye. Jay and Bey should be complimented on embracing plant-based meals for 22 days. Hopefully, they will stick with it.


Let’s embrace all who want to learn more about the LIFESTYLE, even if it means starting with the diet. 2013 has been the “Year of the Vegan” and with positivity and mutual respect, more people will feel comfortable ditching  meat in favor of chickpeas, kale, and tofu. If nutrition is a concern, there are hundreds of vegan blogs with free recipes and great information on the web to help anybody who wants it. I certainly didn’t just figure out how to cook a vegan meal. It was this beautiful, welcoming vegan community that helped my transition. Encourage people to follow their desires – especially embracing a healthier lifestyle. Keep life positive and you’ll stay positive. 


Good luck to the power couple (who I happen to adore anyway). And if you haven’t read Jay-Z and Beyonce: Vegan Power or Celebrity Hype, you need to read it. It’s awesome!


Namaste y’all!


Shorganics’ All-Season Gift Guide!

Christmas • Kwanzaa • Hanukkah • Eid • Rohatsu • Yule • Valentine’s • Mother’s Day • Father’s Day • Grandparents Day • Wedding/Anniversary • Wedding Favors • Birthdays • Sympathy • Just Because


If you’ve been looking for some great gift ideas, look no further. We’ve compiled a big list of products which can be gifted all year! Whether it’s a birthday, Valentine’s holiday, or just because, we’ve found a gift for you to give! We’ll keep updating the page as we find more great gifts!



Crate & Barrel 10 Piece Glass Nesting Bowls

10pc Nesting Bowls


We love Crate & Barrel for a number of reasons, but mostly it’s because you can get such great glass cookware! These awesome glass nesting bowls are perfect for the baker in your life and they are such a space saver. Not to mention, they are both dishwasher and microwave safe.



Crate & Barrel Glass Storage Containers

Again, Crate & Barrel has amazing prices on glassware. These storage containers are amazing because (as the website describes) they can go from oven to table to freezer. That’s handy! Now you don’t have to do the extra dishes of washing the cookware and washing the containers from the freezer. These containers come with silicone lids and are dishwasher, freezer, and oven safe (up to 425 degrees F).


Crate & Barrel Weck Canning Jars

These canning jars are amazing. Because they are gently tapered, the shape is easier to fill and to clean. Glass lids remove the risk of rust and also provide an easy way to ensure the sealing gasket is working and intact. Here’s the best part: microwave, dishwasher, and freezer safe- and stackable!


Wine of the Month

While “of the month” clubs may not be popular with everyone, what wine lover wouldn’t love this gift!? Each month, the recipient gets a surprise by getting a bottle of organic, vegan wine! Worried about the taste? Don’t be. It’s not hard to veganize wine and organic grapes taste infinitely better than conventionally grown grapes. It’s a win-win for everyone!


Dharma Glass Straw

Glass straw


You might be thinking that a glass straw is a weird gift to give, but if you know a smoothie or juice lover, this is the perfect gift! Straws, typically, are made of plastic and are disposed of after one use. Glass straws are eco-friendly because they can be washed and used again and again!




Eco-Water Bottles

As the need for fresh, accessible water increases worldwide, more people are switching to reusable bottles and bottles with filters to get away from the disposable plastic bottles. We’ve picked out top three bottles and they all make great gifts!


Klean Kanteen: Our friends at Discount Filter Store have these for a great price. Made of stainless steel and BPA free plastic, the Klean Kanteen can be used over and over again. It’s also dishwasher safe for the easiest cleaning you can find.

Vapur Snowflake


Vapur: The Anti-Bottle: The Vapur bottle is about the coolest water-related product out there. It’s a “flexible, reusable, hand-held hydration product.” Made in the USA of BPA-free plastic, this anti-bottle is durable, freezable, and dishwasher safe. Anyone who carries a water bottle around will love this!


Bobble: The Bobble is a neat twist on a reusable filtered water bottle. With a cute, curvy design, and multiple color accents to choose from, this bottle is for the stylish water lovers. It’s also a great price, with the largest size bobble (34oz) coming in at just $12.99.


For the Home




Did you really think we would create this amazing gift guide and not toot our horns? You know us, you love us, so gift our soy candles and reed diffusers to those special people in your life. With a variety of scents, we’ve got what you need for your friends, family, and coworkers.




Coyuchi is a bed, bath, and home company specializing in organic goodies. They have everything you’d love to give including organic sheets, towels, robes and pajamas, and nursery linens for the baby. Whether you’re going to a wedding, baby shower, or just treating yourself, we know you’ll fall in love with Coyuchi!



Gaiam is the go-to for organic and eco-friendly products for the home. They have everything from organic bedding collections to eco-friendly laundry products to organic cotton yoga wear to a table top water distiller. Most of your eco-friendly shopping could easily be completed at Gaiam!



Vaute CoutureVC Vegan Coat

Our friends over at Vaute Couture are inspiring. With a line of shirts and coats which are completely cruelty free, you can feel great being fashionable.  All clothing items are produced using no animal products and no sweatshops. Many items are also produced in America. Vaute has developed a cult following and several items have been featured on TV and are frequently worn by celebrities.


The Vegan Collection

The Vegan Collection has everything you need from wallets to belts to clothing. Our favorite part about The Vegan Collection is the great belts they have for men. Not to mention 25% of all profits are donated to animal advocacy organizations. What’s not to love!


Vegan Chic

We love Vegan Chic because they are a great 1 stop shop for vegan shoes and handbags. They do the work for you when searching for shoes and each pair is guaranteed to be free of wool, silk, leather, and suede. This may seem extreme to you, but there are many alternatives when creating shoes, so you’ll see brands you recognize on this website. See, veganism isn’t too scary.


Alternative Outfitters

Alternative Outfitters is a cool vegan boutique in Pasadena, CA (outside of LA). They have quite a range of product s for guys and girls as well as gift cards. They work extremely hard to ensure every product is cruelty free and manufactured under fair labor conditions. They’re open to questions, so don’t hesitate to contact them!


The Ethical Man

The name says it all. The Ethical Man is a men’s online store featuring fashion and grooming items that are of the highest quality. Everything they sell is vegan, manly, and eco-friendly.  They even have a style tips section as well as a section featuring real-life ethical men. If you’re looking for the vegan man in your life, stop by this store!


Donation/Adoption Gifts

World Wildlife Fund

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is a well-known animal conservation organization. They have programs for dozens of species for you to choose. You can symbolically adopt an animal and based on your adoption amount, you get a gift like an adoption certificate or a small stuffed animal. If you think the recipient would like a simple donation in his or her name, you can choose to maximize your donation by not receiving a gift in return. Whichever you choose, you’re giving a great gift to people and to animals.


Sea Shepherd

Sea Shepherd is a marine conservation organization most known for the hit TV show Whale Wars. Not only do they work to end whale killing initiatives in Japan and the Faeroe Islands, but they also have volunteers working globally to protect seals from slaughter in Canada, and the killing of dolphins in Taiji, Japan (setting of the documentary The Cove). With many more projects to help the animals, Sea Shepherd has a plethora of ways to donate.


Farm Sanctuary

Farm Sanctuary's BenFarm Sanctuary is a great organization which rescues farm animals (cows, pigs, turkeys, chickens) from horrible conditions at factory farms and gives them freedom to roam on acres of grass, roll in soft hay, and bask in sunshine. With two locations (one in California and one in upstate New York), donations are always appreciated to take care of animals many people know as food.


Because there are hundreds of organizations for the protection of animals, check out a large list here. Of course, just because we’ve listed animal organizations doesn’t mean other non-profits wouldn’t make our list! Donating is a great gift, so choose an organization that is near and dear to your heart.



VegNews Magazine Subscription

If you have a vegetarian or vegan in your life, VegNews Magazine makes a great gift. It’s got great news, information, products, and reviews for this specific community and at $20 for a year subscription, you can’t go wrong. To be even more eco-friendly, give the gift of a digital subscription sent right to someone’s inbox! Just be sure to let them know first so they don’t think it’s spam!


Seeds of LifeSoL Magnolia Tree

Seeds of Life is a unique company specializing in sending seedlings or trees as gifts. Whether you want to give tree seedlings as gifts for wedding or corporate favors, or you’d like to send a commemorative tree in honor of someone who has passed, Seeds of Life has some truly original ideas. We’re big fans of the Enduring Oak Tree or Olive Tree as a gift for a housewarming, wedding, or anniversary!


Kitty Grass

You might be thinking this is the weirdest gift on the list, but if you know a cat lover, think again. This organic cat grass from the Humane Society is excellent for pet owners (dogs eat grass too)! It helps with their digestion. Instead of Fluffy eating pesticide-laden grass from outside, bring the outside indoors. This also makes a great gift ideas because many cats enjoy nibbling on house plants, which often times are toxic!