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/.

Cruelty-Free Soap

Cruelty-Free Soap

People are many times surprised at some of the products have animal by-products. Even soap contains animal parts! There are many soaps that are cruelty-free. We have added them to our Cruelty-Free Store.

For additional information about products, there are many apps and websites that indicate which products are cruelty-free.

Some cruelty-free soap products are

Kiss My Face

Clearly Natural

Dr Bronner’s Magic All-One

The Body Shop

Crabtree & Evelyn

A Wild Soap Bar


Tom’s of Maine

About: SaveDogLives


SaveDogLives are helping abused animals by providing information and education about animal abuse at the hands of humans. The assist rescue organizations.  Their website provides information and references that would help the community understand the problems and avoid supporting puppy mills. They are based in Florida.

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About: Stella & Chewy’s

Marie Moody, Founder & President of Stella & Chewy’s is committed to helping abused animals.  Ms. Moody not only rescued her pet Chewy from an animal shelter, she saved his life by putting him on a raw meat diet upon a veterinarian’s advice.

Ms. Moody is committed to improving the lives of pets with quality food, while helping abused animals by donating a percentage of their annual profits and product to animal rescue groups and no-kill animal shelters. Here are the organizations Stella & Chewy’s actively support. We list these for your reference and support.

ANIMAL HAVEN | New York City
A New York-based no-kill animal shelter and sanctuary whose mission is to carefully place cats and dogs in loving homes, as well as to give lifetime care for those who cannot be placed. They run adoption programs, provide courses in positive reinforcement training, and run a sanctuary and rehabilitation center. www.animalhavenshelter.org

Animal Rescue is dedicated to animals that are waiting for a home or never find a home. Animal Rescue also promotes spay/neuter programs (they run their own low cost program for those in need), and operates a Crisis Intervention Program which keeps the human/animal bond intact by providing assistance to the elderly, sick and the infirm. www.animalrescueinc.org

Originally conceived as a program to promote the adoption of shelter animals, Broadway Barks has evolved into an event that has not only focused on the plight of homeless animals, but has opened the door of communication and fostered a spirit of community among the numerous shelters and rescue groups working throughout NYC. www.broadwaybarks.com

CENTRAL PARK PAWS | Central Park, New York City
PAWS is the advisory group to the Central Park Conservancy representing the many thousands of dog owners who enjoy the Park every day. PAWS is the voice of Central Park dog owners in a dialogue with the Conservancy to address all issues relating to dogs in the Park. www.centralparkpaws.net

is a group of volunteer dog lovers whose mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and ultimately to re-home abandoned, stray, abused and neglected dogs. www.doghabitat.org

Friends Of Barrington Dog Park (FOBDP) is the volunteer maintenance, fundraising and event-planning team for BARRINGTON DOG PARK. We enjoy the opportunity to meet and relax with other obsessed dog lovers, and our goal is to enhance the pleasant experience of visiting the park via our volunteer efforts. Our dogs, Stella and Chewy, used this Dog Park on a daily basis when they were rescued and lived in LA. www.fobdp.org

A Brooklyn vet clinic that provides comprehensive, client-centered treatment to enhance the health and well-being of animals and promote the human-animal bond. www.hopevet.com

Founded in 2002, The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals is a non-profit, public-private partnership of over 160 animal rescue groups and shelters working with the City of New York toward the day when no New York City dog or cat of reasonable health and temperament is killed merely because he or she does not have a home. wwww.animalalliancenyc.org/new/index.php

The Tri County Humane Society is a no-kill organization. Once an animal is rescued by Tri County, it is saved for life. They will not release an animal to another organization that has a policy of euthanasia and they will only place animals with qualified prospective owners. Tri County rescues thousands of pups, cat, dogs and kittens each year that were on death row ready to be euthanized. www.tricountyhumane.org/


About: Farm Sanctuary

About: Farm Sanctuary

Farm Sanctuary located in NY, has 3 shelters (1 in NY and 2 in California), is helping abused animals with rescues and shelters for farm animals. They promote vegan diets to helping animals. They have raised money with their Walk for Farm Animals. They operate the country’s largest farm animal rescue and adoption network, assisting with cruelty cases involving a large number of animals. When their shelters are full, they rely on their Farm Animal Adoption Network FAAN to assist. FAAN has saved 3000 animals since 1986

Visit the Farm Sanctuary online store.

Farm Sanctuary is listed in the Charity Navigator as 4 Star !!

Farm Sanctuary is also listed on the Independent Charities of America best charities list.

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