3 Reasons for Reducing Plastics

3 Reasons for Reducing Plastics

The short of it is that if more people reduce their usage of plastics, it will help the animals, the environment, and yes, humans.


Plastics are made from fossil fuels. They have a huge carbon footprint. They will exist practically forever. Only a tiny percentage is recycled. Plastics leach toxins into food and drinks. They promote hormone disruption and cancers. There is so much plastics usage in the world, that our lands and seas have become horribly polluted. They kill animals and birds by strangling them or because they are ingested. The plastics enter our food chain.          

Some statistics:

  • 2.5 billion metric tons (1000 kg) of solid waste is produced all around the world.
  • Of that number, 275 million metric tons is plastic waste.
  • 2 billion people within 30 miles of the coast create 100 million metric tons of coastal plastic waste.
  • 8 million metric tons of plastic goes into the oceans yearly. 

What can people do? We can’t get away from plastics yet. Too many of our products offer no alternatives. However, there are many things we can do…

  • Use reusable mesh produce bags and shopping bags.
  • Use recycled and compostable bags.
  • Save the plastic bags you’ve collected and reuse them as often as possible to reduce acquiring new bags.
  • Avoid buying 6 packs with the plastic rings around each.
  • Use reusable products such as bottles, containers, and straws.
  • Use silicone baking mats, lids and food bags instead of use-once aluminum sheets, plastic wraps and plastic bags.
  • Use reusable K Cups for Keurig machines.
  • Use dryer balls rather than dryer sheets.
  • Recycle as much as possible in your area.

You will find such products at the online store, www.TheCompassionateShopper.com.

What are some of your solutions to reducing plastics and waste?


Manufactured Leather and Fur are Helping Abused Animals

Manufactured Leather and Fur are Helping Abused Animals

Great news!

More and more companies are manufacturing products with materials that look and feel like leather and fur, but are not derived from animals. This is because they realize how abusive leather and other materials and fabrics are when made from animals. And they also realize that consumers are becoming more aware and conscious of their purchases, wanting compassionate products. Consumers are demanding an end to animal testing and animal derived products. Businesses that don’t meet this growing consumer demand are growing go out of favor.


Meet a pioneer and global leader in vegan design, Deborah DiMare. Her video explains how wonderful these new products are and why more consumers are choosing compassionate products.

Deborah is an accomplished vegan design expert, luxury interior decorator, published author, TV personality, educational speaker, a global influencer for the vegan design movement and founder of DiMare Design. She created VeganDesign.org to promote an understanding of fabulous vegan options and why these should replace animal derived products.

Click HERE to see a list of many beautiful vegan fabrics taking over the market.

Vegan Design Online Class

VeganDesign.org offers an accredited online courses for professional designers, students and non-professional compassionate consumers that care about animal welfare.

Certified Vegan Class

The Vegan Design 101 Online Class

When purchasing, please use the code ‘HelpingAnimals‘ to receive 20% off.

Consumers will learn how wonderful vegan materials are. Professionals will receive a Certificate of Completion to display on their marketing materials. Students will receive an accredited 7.5 CEUs.

Other offerings include on-site classes, lectures, seminars and internship programs.

Consumer trends show that:1

56% of Americans stop buying from brands they believe are unethical.

16 Million people in the U.S. are now vegan or vegetarian. That is a growth of 13 Million since 2009.

 72% of Americans oppose testing products on animals.

30-55% of global consumers are willing to pay more for socially responsible companies.

One BILLION animals are killed every year for their skin and fur. 1

Animals feel pain too

Innovative materials are a true luxury, rather than [animal] leather, which as become a commodity.

Stella McCartney

Fashion Designer

Design Industry Statistics1

  • 80% of the world’s leather comes from China. China has no regulations on leather, so dogs and cats are often used for leather hides.
  • The fur and skins industry is not transparent about the statistics. The following estimates are based on research:
    • 12 geese for 1 down pillow
    • 8 cows for 1 sofa
    • 150 chinchillas for 1 full-length coat,
    • 60 minks for 1 full-length coat

For additional statistics, please see https://vegandesign.org/industry-facts/.

WWF Petitions are Helping Abused Animals

WWF Petitions are Helping Abused Animals

The petition sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund is helping the last Mekong Irrawaddy dolphins living in the wild. More than 200,000 supporters responded to WWF’s call to stop the Don Sahong dam, and by doing so they are helping abused animals.

WWF is seeing results quicker than imagined: “Two weeks ago, the Laos government told dam developers they would have to go through a formal consultation process. This consultation is likely to delay construction and requires Laos to conduct further studies on the project’s environmental and social impacts and share them with key groups. Despite Laos’ decision, we cannot call it a victory. The fight is not over yet.”

Let’s hope it does help the dolphins!


About: Network for Animals Helping Abused Animals

About: Network for Animals Helping Abused Animals

Brian Davies, who helped save newborn seals from being bludgeoned to death, continues his quest in helping abused animals. He founded the Network for Animals.

They are working to save animals with campaigns addressing dog meat trading, badger culling, killing of elephants, horse fighting, rhino and elephant poaching, disaster reliefs, hunting, and the continued slaughter of the baby seals.



About: Marine Mammal Center Helping Abused Animals – Marine Mammals

About: Marine Mammal Center Helping Abused Animals – Marine Mammals

The Marine Mammal Center is helping abused animals with a focus on marine mammals such as elephant seals, harbor seals, and the California sea lions. They rescue and rehabilitate sick and injured marine mammals. They are supported by state-of-the-art animal care and research facilities, a corps of dedicated volunteers, and an engaged community.

A Hawaiian monk seal
Image from the Marine Mammal Center Website.

The Marine Mammal Center is a nonprofit veterinary research hospital and educational center . dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of ill and injured marine mammals – primarily elephant seals, harbor seals, and California sea lions. It is wonderful to hear that they have rescued and treated more than 18,000 marine mammals in the California area! Tremendous success that deserves much appreciation from the rest of us.


Sausalito, CA

The Marine Mammal Center is rated 4 stars on Charity Navigator

The Marine Mammal Center is also listed in the Independent Charities of America‘s best charities.

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About: World Animal Protection – Helping Abused Animals

About: World Animal Protection – Helping Abused Animals

Thank you to World Animal Protection for helping abused animals globally. They have updated our post with the latest information as of 5-9-2014. Thank you World Animal Protection for the update.

The World Animal Protection works to tackle animal cruelty across the globe. They work to stop the unnecessary and inhumane culling of dogs in communities. They help the millions of farm animals suffering from the cruel conditions of factory farming by encouraging humane farming practices. When a disaster strikes, World Animal Protection is there to assist animals both in the immediate aftermath and in the long-term. They also work to rescue bears in captivity and protect marine life. Through their educational programs, they help people to understand the importance of good animal welfare.

World Animal Protection works directly with animals and with the people and organizations that can prevent cruelty and ensure that animals are treated with respect and compassion.

World Animal Protection actively works in more than 50 countries and collaborates with national governments, the United Nations, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Organization for Animal Health to improve the lives of millions of animals. They bring animals into the heart of the most pressing global debates and prove the links between good animal welfare and successful sustainable development.

World Animal Protection is a world leader in animal-focused disaster response and risk reduction. With 30 years of experience, they are sometimes the only animal organization able to access disaster-struck regions and make a very real, immediate difference to suffering animals.

Charity Navigator Rating: 2.

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USA Office:

450 Seventh Avenue, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10123

World Animal Protection is listed in Independent Charities of America.

(WSPA changed their name to World Animal Protection.)
Their Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/WorldAnimalProtectionUS.


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