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Hugo Boss recently launched a new line of vegan sneakers made with pineapple-based leather. The limited-edition shoes are part of the BOSS Menswear collection and are available in four colors: blue, black, brown, and yellow. The shoes are made with Piñatex—a vegan alternative to leather made with the fruit's leaf fibers, a waste byproduct of the pineapple industry, developed by Spanish designer Carmen Hijosa. The biodegradable material sells for between $5 to $15 per square meter—making it more affordable than animal leather. "The pineapple leaves used to create this unique textile require no extra resources to grow and provide farming communities with an additional income," Hugo Boss explained in a statement. The company described the shoe line as "footwear that makes a minimal imprint on the planet and offers a sleek BOSS look." Piñatex is among a growing number of alternatives recently developed to replace animal leather, including nat-2's fungi leather, VEERAH's apple peel-based leather, and Modern Meadow's collagen-based leather. (vegnews.com)
International furniture chain IKEA recently revealed that its new vegan hotdog received a 95-percent customer approval rating. In February, IKEA introduced the vegan option—then a prototype that the chain planned to reforumulate based on consumer response, which would have potentially rendered it not vegan—to the menu at its Malmö location in Sweden. Based on positive consumer response, the brand will expand the offering as-is to all of its European locations in August. Peter Ho, IKEA US Range and Product Developer, revealed that 12 percent of the chain's customers order meatless dishes. "With the introduction of the veggie dog," Ho told media outlet Press Herald, "IKEA Malmö is seeing a new customer in their bistro, whether they are vegans, vegetarians, flexitarians, or meat-reducers." In 2015, IKEA launched its first vegan entrée (plant-based Swedish meatballs) and plans to expand the vegan hot dog to menus in the United States by 2019. (vegnews.com)
This summer, California-based vegan brand Beyond Meat will expand to more than 50 countries across six continents. The brand's Beyond Burger—which launched in 2016 in the meat department of one Whole Foods Market in Colorado—will soon be available worldwide in Europe, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Chile, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Korea, Taiwan, and South Africa, among others. The company is currently constructing a production facility in Los Angeles that will enable it to increase output seven-fold and develop a new product every year. In April, the vegan brand announced a partnership with meat distributor PHW Group which will help get the Beyond Burger to retailers in Germany. (vegnews.com)
05/11/2018 SMITHFIELD FINED $50 MILLION FOR TOXIC WASTE
Pork-producing giant Smithfield Foods was recently fined $50 million for waste mismanagement. A lawsuit initiated by 10 plaintiffs stated that the waste from Murphy Brown LLC—a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods—created a public nuisance where residents in North Carolina could not enjoy the outdoors due to toxic fumes produced by manure from factory farms. The jury trial in the case ruled that each plaintiff should receive $75,000 in damages. "I believe that this case, this judgment in North Carolina, is really going to send a strong message to communities across the country that are threatened by industrial farms that they don't have to take it," Kendra Kimbirauskas, CEO of the Socially Responsible Agricultural Project, told media outlet New Food Economy. Smithfield has not released plans to change their waste management systems, nor was one mandated by the lawsuit. Instead, Smithfield has publicly announced their plans to appeal the decision. (vegnews.com)
05/09/2018 VEGAN SURF CAMP HITS THE WAVES IN JUNE
Vegan Surf Camp opens its 2018 season on June 2nd in the Southwest of France on Moliets Beach. Surfers will stay at a campsite where plant-based meals such as Japanese miso soup for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, and a buffet-style dinner will be served. Guests will have the opportunity for hands-on involvement with activities such as cooking workshops from graduates of the Macrobiotic Institute of Boston and talks by activists and educators in the fields of ecological, biological, social, and environmental issues. "Our aim is to gather people from all over the world and create [an] exchange about veganism, the environment, animal rights, sustainability, and ethical correctness in order to build a fun global vegan network," President Inje Stopschinski told VegNews. Reservations can be made weekly until September 8 and include all meals, tent accommodations, and a cooking workshop. Yoga sessions and surf packages can be purchased separately. (vegnews.com)
05/07/2018 H&M GROUP TO BAN MOHAIR BY 2020
A large group of fashion retailers pledged last week to no longer use mohair in their clothing collections. Retail companies Arcadia Group (which consists of eight brands including Topshop), Gap Inc. (which includes Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, and Athleta), Inditex (which consists of six brands including Zara), and all eights brands within the H&M Group will be mohair-free by 2020. The decision comes after an expose conducted earlier this year by animal-rights group PETA at 12 mohair farms in South Africa—which supplies 50-percent of the world's supply of the animal-based material—revealed egregious cruelty to angora goats and their young. Workers were shown dragging goats by their tails and throwing them across the sheering floor, while neglecting younger animals. "Baby goats were left screaming in pain and fear on the shearing floor, all for mohair sweaters and scarves," PETA Director of Corporate Affairs Anne Brainard said. "PETA is urging shoppers to check clothing labels carefully and, if it says 'mohair,' leave it on the rack." (vegnews.com)
California Senator Nancy Skinner introduced last week Senate Bill 1138 that, if passed, would require state prisons, hospitals, and nursing homes to offer at least one vegan meal option. "We recognize human rights are for everyone whether they are incarcerated or not," Skinner told media outlet CBS SF Bay Area. "Offering plant-based meal options is a great way to give people healthy choices and reduce food-related greenhouse gas emissions. But most importantly, I want to make sure we're being fair and giving those in institutional settings food options that meet their individual needs." According to Skinner, the initiative has received positive response, and legislators unanimously voted in favor of the bill during its first committee meeting. In 2016, the Federal Bureau of Prisons introduced vegan options to all 102 federal prisons in the United States after reassessing prisoners' nutritional needs. (vegnews.com)
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