Posts tagged with "Vegan"

Is your Canada Goose parka keeping you single?

December 4, 2019

When it comes to potential partners, Lily Primamore, 28, considers herself pretty “non-judgmental.”

“I love everyone,” Primamore, who works at a gallery in New York City’s Soho, told The Daily Beast. Well, except. . .

“If you came to me and said, ‘Hey Lily, I’m going to set you up on a blind date,’” Primamore suggested, “And I went and saw someone sitting across from me in a Canada Goose coat, I would have to ask: ‘How would you feel if Freddy Krueger was sitting at [your] table?’ I’m going to have to go the other way, no thank you.”

Primamore, who has been vegan for about a year, loathes the trending Canadian label’s use of coyote fur trim and goose down lining, The Daily Beast reports.

What’s more, the knee-length padded parka—complete with the label’s insignia patch stamped over the right shoulder—costs over $1,000. Originally created in the 1950s as rugged outdoor gear for Canadian Rangers and other open-air workers, the parka gained instant “it” status when it was spotted on Rihanna and given away as Sundance Festival swag, the news outlet says.

But with its rise in prominence came overexposure. The perhaps inevitable backlash manifested in blogs like the now-dormant Canada Douche tumblr, which existed to publicly shame college students wearing the label. This month, the Chicago Tribune published a list of “Canada Goose alternatives: 10 ultra-warm winter coats that won’t set you back $1,000.” Animal

While at dinner a few weeks ago, a friend of The Daily Beast’s style writer Alaina Demopoulos posed the question, “What if you met someone in the summer who was perfect, but then it got cold and you realized they had a Canada Goose jacket?”

Afterward, she says she conducted “a very unscientific poll on my Instagram stories”—learning that 75% of those who answered would consider the offense a deal-breaker.

The reasons? “Animals rights [represented] the top concern, along with the coat being a major wealth flex and, to some, just plain boring.”

As Primamore asked, “What are you trying to symbolize [by wearing that brand of coat] other than being ridiculously expensive?”

“Everybody has those jackets,” Berto Calkins, 30, told The Daily Beast. “It’s kind of corny to be following that trend just because it’s expensive. You could get a different brand. Go to Zara and get a warm jacket—or worse-case scenario, layer!”

The personal trainer and nutritionist is currently coupled up, but if he were still dating, he’d pass on Canada Goose clones. “Some people buy the coat because it’s warm or whatever, but at the end of the day you’re buying it because of the branding.”

But Tedi Sarah, 32, who has been vegan for six years, takes a more measured approach, she said in an interview with the news outlet. “I’m all about living a cruelty-free lifestyle and making kinder choices for animals, people, and the planet, but there was a time when I didn’t know about these issues either,” she said. “As long as the person I’m dating is interested in learning more and open to making kinder choices, that works for me. It’s all about progress, not perfection.”

Canada Goose’s trapping methods have been meticulously documented by animal-welfare groups like PETA, which regularly stage protests outside stores, complete with fake blood strewn over cuddly coyote costumes.

This increased awareness, spurred by watchdog groups, does not seem to deter customers. Canada Goose revealed last month that its revenue increased over 27% from last year, bringing in a total of CA$249 million.

The brand has responded on its website, writing in a statement that “We do not condone any willful mistreatment, neglect, or acts that maliciously cause animals undue suffering. Our standards for sourcing and use of fur, down, and wool reflect our commitment that materials are sourced from animals that are not subject to willful mistreatment or undue harm.”

But maybe leave the parka at home on your next date. There are other ways to flaunt your six-figure salary. Or as Primamore put it, “It’s a black jacket with f**ing fur on it. You can find that from Chanel and Gucci, too.”

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After she sues neighbors for ‘meat smell,’ massive BBQ planned outside vegan’s home

September 5, 2019

Is that shrimp on the barbie? Or is it fish, chicken, steak, or burgers? A  vegan woman living in Perth, Australia, doesn’t care. She says any meat is disgusting and she recently filed a lawsuit against her meat-cooking neighbors to stop them from “stinking up” their backyard—and by proximity, hers, according to 9 News Australia.

Now, a neighborhood cookout has been planned in her honor—right outside her home, the news outlet says.

The veggie-loving woman, Cilla Carden, took the case against her next-door neighbors to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in late 2018.

She said the residents of the house next door were intentionally interrupting her gardening time, complaining,  “It’s deliberate. All I can smell is fish I can’t enjoy my backyard. I can’t go out there.”

Carden, a massage therapist, also is at furious about the smell of cigarette smoke wafting into her yard and the sound of children playing basketball next door.

“It’s been devastating, it’s been turmoil, it’s been unrest, I haven’t been able to sleep,” she said.

Now, nearly 9,000 Australians are RSVPing “yes” to an invitation to attend a community cookout outside this woman’s home called “Community BBQ for Cilla Carden” and scheduled for October. 19.

“Don’t let Cilla destroy a good old Aussie tradition, join us for a community BBQ, and help Cilla Carden GET SOME PORK ON HER FORK,” the invitation says.

The UK Evening Standard reported that the court dismissed her case in January, saying she didn’t have enough evidence, but Carden was convinced this was a violation of her rights as a homeowner. She filed a 600-page document detailing her appeal, The West Australian reported, saying that she intended to keep fighting the battle.

“What they’re doing is living in their backyard and their home as a family,” the State Administrative Tribunal of Western Australia said, dismissing the case once more.

Research contact: @9NewsAUS

94% of caterers worldwide expect success in 2018|

February 5, 2018

Fully 94% of caterers worldwide polled by the International Caterers Association (ICA) in January believe that business will be up within the next year.

For many ICA members, 2017 was a good year, too, according to 72% of respondents to findings of the annual poll.

Asked about new dining requests, members mentioned that American cuisine (which has been the favorite in years past) was even more popular this year, with 44% of caterers saying it was their most requested.

Also growing in popularity were international and farm-to-table catering, at 23% and 18%, respectively. International cuisine is certainly on the rise, as only 6% of caterers said it was most requested in 2015.

As many caterers know, dietary accommodations are more common and more expected each year, and the results reflect this change. More than 90% of members who participated in the poll cater to vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free diets, and over 80% cater to peanut allergies, too. Another common dietary accommodation? Over 30% of caterers now cater to Kosher diets.

Within the past 12 months, the largest area of growth has been corporate catering, 54% of respondents said. Weddings took second, with 30% of members contacted saying they were their largest area of growth in 2017.

The biggest challenges? Staffing (54%) and sales (11%) were the biggest business struggles in 2017.

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