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THE CREATURE BLOG

Sourcing materials is a major part of creating our vegan handbag collections at Sans Beast.  With our core mission to use no animal products, we take a look at the range of biobased + manmade materials currently available for non leather handbags, and talk you through some of the issues in selecting the right materials.  Cost, minimums, freight + commercial availability are all factors that come into play when we're compiling our wishlist for new collections.  
We've all been there with the bottomless pit of a tote.  Throwing all of our daily needs into it when we've been rushing around being important + busy (note: slow down...but that's another blog post) .  When we create each vegan bag - be it big or small - we focus on how our community will wear them + what they'll use them for.  Read on to learn about each of our tote bags - their form, functionality + versatility - and fall in love with the notion of bringing some organisation into your life.
We recently chatted to Sian Murray, co-founder of Pleasant State - the Sunshine Coast based startup, focused on revolutionising the cleaning products space, with earth friendly solutions.   They're cruelty free, locally made + incredibly committed to their vision.  Read on to learn about this dynamic duo + what they've got planned for getting your home clean, sans toxic chemicals.

Easter 2021 is nearly upon us, and the Sans Beast team are looking forward to enjoying a short break.  Perhaps even a Long Lunch with family (see what we did there..) that includes some dairy free sweet treats. 

Vegan chocolate is becoming far more readily available in Australia.  For some, the opposition to dairy consumption may be about an intolerance to lactose - for us (and an increasing number of people), it's about saying no to animal exploitation. 

Here are some fabulous dairy free options to keep your sweet tooth happy this Easter.

Series 7, Lost + Found, has landed. We created this concept mid 2020. Dreams of travel served as inspiration for the campaign story, a road trip to cactus fields + a nostalgic 1970's motel.
As we get ready to launch our Series 7 collection, Cathryn reflects on her visit to Mexico in early 2020, just prior to the COVID-19 crisis escalating in Europe / US / Australia + across the globe.  One of the highlights of the trip was time spent with the founders of Desserto Pelle, the innovative business behind the cactus derived faux 'leather'.  

In our educational blog post from October 2020, 'Should Tanned Leather Be Called ‘Natural’'? we promised a part two to this topic, exploring the  impact of intensive animal agriculture on the environment - and how this has a direct link to the profitable co-products that are outputs of slaughter when it comes to measuring impact on the earth.  We asked Emma Hakansson, founder of Collective Fashion Justice + Willow Creative Co, to pen the article, given her extensive research + work in this space.  Emma dives into the environmental impacts of industrial animal farming + the requisite co-product of leather. 

An overview of 2020 + the lessons learnt for Sans Beast, from the perspective of our founder Cathryn.  It's been one hell of a ride + we feel we've come out the other side wiser, braver + more resilient - ready for all 2021 has to throw at us.  One key lesson out of all of this has been to reaffirm our mission + recommit to the business of Sans Beast.  We can't wait to show you what we have in store for the year ahead + hope you'll continue on this journey with us.
We've put together a vegan gift guide of some Sans Beast bag suggestions, along with a list of favourite vegan + ethical small businesses in Australia, that would no doubt love your support in these (still) challenging post pandemic times.  Happy festivus from us to you.
Starting in our home town of Melbourne we’ve compiled our list of our favourite vegan eats all around the country. Whether you’re in the mood for brunch, a sweet treat or even sushi (yes you heard us, vegan sushi) we have options sure to impress even your most carnivorous of friends.  Most we've tried ourselves, others we just know by reputation - we'd love to keep building this list (and satisfy our own hunger) so let us know who we're missing.
What a year it's been + now we're on the fast train to Festivus, with many of us looking forward to overdue celebrations with loved ones.  While it's tempting to feel 'we deserve' decadence - it's a good time to remember how much waste can come out of this time of the year, with packaging + decorating.  We share our top tips, for enjoying a more eco conscious 2020 Xmas.  Whether it's getting your craft on through embracing upcycling, foraging for sticks to repurpose into a Xmas tree or wrapping your presents with old fabric - we've pulled some ideas together to offer up a DIY-fabulous experience this festive season.

Reptilian.  The word evokes prehistoric mystery, an otherworldliness, a cold blooded family of creatures + ultimately, fear.  We've been raised to see these slithery, silent + stealthy beings, as the enemy.  But despite seeing mystery + beauty in these creatures, we don't believe they should be exploited for their body parts - simply to cater to our vanities.  We're a fan of faux + we'd love to show you some options for how to wear + style it.  Read on.

THE CREATURE BLOG - Sans Beast Blog