The face of your Christmas dinner

This video highlights, in a kind and non-violent manner, the individual personalities of turkeys and touches upon the conditions under which they live when bred for food.  There are so many delicious vegan alternatives to turkey to try this Christmas.

For an eco-friendly holiday, quit shopping online

This article in today’s Globe and Mail discusses the amount of waste that can be generated in the form of excesses packaging by online vendors.  I’ve experienced this myself.  I avoid online shopping as much as possible, as I prefer to do business with local businesses, but sometimes, I simply can’t find certain products locally.  Some online vendors with whom I do business try their best to minimize waste, and to ensure that they use only recyclable materials (of course, recycling uses fossil fuels, but it’s better than the waste heap).  On the other hand, I’ve received some parcels that were far too large for the items contained.  Further, these items, which were not fragile, were bubble wrapped.  I wish there were a way to indicate shipping material preferences when shopping online, including a waiver that the recipient assumes responsibility if something is damaged (like a hardcover book) if it’s not bubble wrapped.  To add to this, of course, is the carbon footprint caused by the trucks and planes needed to ship the items.

Squirrely Season Winter Show

I attended the Halifax Crafters’ Society’s Squirrely Season Winter Show over the weekend.  I was happy to see the show packed with people.  I picked  up four bars of Bad Mouth Soap for my sister, some vegan hot chocolate from Cocoa and Honey, and Boozetella and Cranberry sauce from Bals Provisions. The cranberry sauce is for my sister, but I’m keeping the Boozetella, which is a vegan nutella-type sauce made of dark chocolate, hazenults, almond milk, and cabernet sauvignon.  Delicious.  There are so many talented craftspeople in Nova Scotia (admittedly, Bals is in Montreal) that there is little need to buy anything that isn’t locally made.