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Fake Leather vs. Real, and My Affordable Adorable Purse Collection

All six together cost only $120!

Just indulging my handbag obsession…they make me happy. Also sharing some important, relevant information down below. Not really expecting anyone to have much interest in this topic, except for a few other bargain hunting bag-aholics. But then, with my crappy web cam photos, even they may be disappointed. Ah well, below is my little collection of faux leather, “vegan” bags. I don’t really have a favorite among them, they’re all equally favorite. 😍

And no, I don’t think this bag thing makes me interesting…quite the opposite; I’m all done trying to be interesting to people. 😴

Lookie…

Lulu Satchel by Rosetti – White, Tan Trim (lots of compartments, cheery, nice for spring and summer)

 

Lakewood Convertible Shoulder Bag by Rosetti – Husky Grey (great design and good color for any season, several nice compartments)

 

Morgan Collection by Nicole Miller – Carolina Blue (my newest, I love it, cool neutral blue, roomy, beautiful)

 

Gussaci Style No. G15526 – Taupe (so smooth, beautiful tan w/gleaming gold hardware, 2 main compartments)

 

Gussaci G15526 again – Black (especially pretty in black, the two were labeled “vegan for the animals”)

 

Carryland Style No. V1636 – Brown/Tan Monogram Print (currently in use, cute and handy as can be, zips down to open wide)

Hey, wake up, you! It’s not nice to doze off while looking at some hardworking nut’s blog! 😓

I am just in love with each and every one of their adorable, functional, well-made, scrumptious little selves. And yes, they do have personalities, because, you got it, I’m nuts. They’re all medium size and average $20 each, so all of them cost me far less than these la-di-da, uppity, “high maintenance but worth it” women spend on just one bag in their vast collections, so as purse-crazy goes, I’m not all that far gone.

But seriously, all this cuteness, good craftsmanship and great functionality can be got on the cheap and without ever resorting to using animal skins.

Unfortunately, almost 100% of faux leather handbags are made in China

Even though they’re usually designed and the companies based elsewhere, China still makes almost all handbags and much else that people use worldwide. Despite there being many truly kind, intelligent Chinese citizens, the nation is of course known for unscrupulous practices, including the monstrous dog/cat meat trade. It’s why I keep the number of bags and the expense down and use them well and donate them while still functional. I trust (with a great deal of hope) that the product originators are diligent in seeing that Chinese manufacturers obey safety and all other standards, such as regarding lead (see below).

Regarding the safety and environmental impacts from vinyl and polyurethane products versus animal skins:

Unsafe levels of lead were once regularly found in fake leather products, notably in brightly colored items. Since 2016, lead levels in Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) products have decreased dramatically due to new regulations. That’s in California anyways, due to Proposition 65…and if they must obey California’s standards to sell here, hopefully it’s also their practice for everywhere. Polyurethane (PU) is a better option for people who want more environmentally safe products. (Half of my current bags are made of PU.) So yes, there is environmental pollution from the plastics industries, but handbags are only a fraction of the plastics used out there.

People talk against fake leather because they think real leather is natural and environmentally friendly. But real leather of course comes from the “cattle” slaughter industry which causes a host of damaging environmental impacts on its own. But leather also contains environmentally hazardous elements due to the tanning process—aside from the serious, legitimate, ethical reasons for not buying leather. Chromium is the most serious danger with leather, also known as Cr, among other heavy metals and chemicals known to be damaging to health. There is also drinking water, soil and air pollution caused by the leather industry.

They’ll say leather lasts longer so is better, but I say just take good care of your plastic items and use them for years, and donate or recycle them whenever possible. Plastic #3 (PVC) can be recycled into: binders, cables, carpet backing, decking and fencing, film plastic, flooring, park benches, pipe, speed bumps and traffic cones.

Fabric handbags are of course an option for some. But best yet, there are many great, natural and sustainable vegan leather products being made these days, such as from processed apple skins, cork or tree bark (from sustainable timber), among others, like these, and they’re beautiful, but are out of my price range. So buy them up, all you big spenders, and bring those prices down! 😉 (Although I don’t plan on buying any more bags anytime soon.)

What’s the real reason for all this blathering away about purses?…

Cows and other animals are sweet and innocent, and what is done to them when they’re used as products is truly horrifying—far beneath us all as technologically advanced, ethically aware human beings in 2019 and beyond…

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“Vegan toddler clinging to life, so malnourished by her parents’ vegan diet!”

On this Mother’s Day I thought it appropriate to deal with the latest vegan-baby-starvation-witch-hunt-oh-boy-let’s-all-pile-on-and-vent-our-vegan-hating-rage-and-demand-their-babies-are-all-confiscated-by-the-authorities-blah-blah-blah, out of Australia this time. Never mind the fact that tons of ignorant, unhinged parents of every dietary stripe are guilty of malnourishing their children every day, while the only ones that become a fake news sensation and hate fest are the so-called vegans…a tiny minority of vegans at that.

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Gee whiz, I wonder why that would be. Could it be…well, that the dietary advisors and the meat- and pharmaceutical industry-beholden media are hell bent on destroying the vegan movement in any insidious, libelous, slanderous, dishonest, sleazy way possible? Oh gosh no! Our trusted, concerned, friendly faces of the media would do no such thing!

People so love those stories, a perfect chance to really let those despised vegans have it.

Below is a small sampling of the thousands of comments out there in the last several days, mostly self-righteously, extremely hostile, in response to this latest media campaign against veganism. My faves are the fifth and sixth ones down:

”I think it should be illegal to force eating habits on children under the age of 12. Also to brainwash them into said eating habits. They shohld be able to choose when they’re in tbeir mid teens and not before. This poor little mite shows that being vegan from birth is dangerous and detrimental to life.” (But forcing dead animals into their mouths is A-ok! 😣)

“It has nothing to do with being Vegan, and everything to do with being bad irresponsible parents.”

“I think this has more to do with being abusive than being vegan. That child was not fed enough of anything. My son was between 4 and 5 kilo when he was born. Unreal to think that poor 19 month old was under 5 kilo!!”

“A Vegan diet isn’t appropriate for an infant period”

“Mindless vegans again. It should be illegal to feed your child any fad diet. You should be obliged to feed them all food groups. After 18 they choose…stop imposing your mental illness onto a child. Try telling a vegan almond milk isn’t suitable for children they have a complete meltdown. Whole mentality of it is sick.” (But other species’ milk is suitable for children? So mentally healthy. 😣)

“And this is why vegans should not be alowed force their diets on kids. Babies need meat and other foods..”

“They should never ever be allowed to have any more children. They have proved themselves unfit, nothing to do with vegan beliefs, just evil. Were the other children malnourish too, vile cruel couple”

“Most sensible comment ever.”

“Vegans are wallys”

Get the drift? And that’s a UK publication where veganism is quite popular. A few sensible people, but the rest are nothing but ignorant, raging, aggressive conformists’ showing evidence of their bacon & cheese clogged carotid arteries.

Long story short:

You don’t feed a vegan baby nothing but starch, protein and a bit of banana and have a fear of soy because of “hormones,” as did the latest Australian parents, and not expect the child to have problems. A child needs vegetables including greens, carrots, etc.; fruits including citrus; beans, nuts or nut butters, whole grains, flaxseed or chia seed MEAL, a B12 supplement, daily sunshine or a vegan D3 supplement, and yes, a serving or two of soy products like organic tofu, and possibly a multivitamin & mineral supplement if you have a fussy eater. It’s not rocket science, just basic Human Nutrition, for Babies – 101.

When people get caught up in gurus like the “admirably slim” guy on the right here who spout, “all this or all that, high or low carb, high or low/no fat, NO SOY!, all raw, all fruit, no grains!, etc.,” then people are being really foolish, in my opinion. (Of course anyone sensitive to ANY substance such as peanuts, gluten or soy should not have them in their diet.)

The reality, not the media witch hunt, regarding vegan kids:

Following are some videos and articles, a book review, and a great collection of recipes for vegan babies and kids, for anyone who wants to see some REAL vegan kids being raised by sane, common-sense vegan parents, and the how-tos, but it’s all fairly simple…the hard part, as with any family, is getting fussy babies and kids to eat healthy.

Tons of great RECIPES on Pintrest, Vegan Baby! https://www.pinterest.com/mishmashfire/vegan-baby/

Video of healthy vegan toddler’s day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9B6RAQ6DI_w

Video with nurse practitioner on feeding vegan babies and kids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwiVlka6imA

Article/podcast on the No Meat Athlete’s Kids: https://www.nomeatathlete.com/radio-196/

Article on nutrition for babies through teens from PCRM: https://www.pcrm.org/good-nutrition/nutrition-for-kids

Book review Baby & Toddler Vegan Feeding Guide: https://www.plantbasednews.org/post/vegan-kids-book-review-of-baby-toddler-vegan-feeding-guide

Article, best gifts for vegan kids: http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/2013/11/the-best-gifts-for-vegan-kids-of-all-ages/

Article on vegan mother’s (start-up) meal service for babies: https://vegnews.com/2017/6/mother-starts-vegan-meal-delivery-service-for-babies

Happy Mother’s Day to all the responsible vegan moms out there! Don’t let the hateful goons out there get you down and make you feel like pariahs…you’re the exact opposite of that.