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THE CREATURE BLOG

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.
Emma Hakansson has been a friend of Sans Beast, as well as an occasional face of the brand, since 'the beginning'.  She is a woman who wears many hats, and applies her talents + time, to making a difference in this life.  A passionate advocate for animals, a soon to be published author, a model + a content creator, Emma is someone who walks her talk.  We hope you'll enjoy reading about this inspiring creative creature.
Joanne Lee is an animal advocate who operates a vegan micro sanctuary in The Dandenong Ranges, around an hour outside of Melbourne. Her most notable residents are The Weetbix Gang - a flock of rescued sheep who have found sanctuary, fun + friendship together.
A few weeks ago, we threw a notion out into the universe that perhaps all this talk about leather being the 'natural' option when it comes to fashion, was not entirely true.  We said we'd discuss the manufacturing, the environmental impact, the biodegradability, and yes, even the ethics around the industrial level raising of animals on the planet.  We asked our community if they wanted to know more.  The answer was a resounding YES.  Co-authored by Cathryn Wills + Emma Hakansson, with as much research as they could gather to illustrate the point that 'faux' may be a dirty word to many, but modern leather has its own grubby secrets.
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