Last week activists put up a memorial against animal testing in Hamburg. It’s dedicated to all the mice, rats, rabbits and other animals, who fall victim to animal testing worldwide.
Click here to find out more about the fairy tale and reality behind the sculpture (article in German). You can find more information about animal testing in general and animal-free research on this website.
In autumn and winter many people can be seen wearing jackets and hats decorated with fur. Well, aesthetics is one topic you can have a row about. But fashion at the expense of others? Come on. If you too want to help ban fur from store windows and catwalks, you can find some how-to-details here. You’re not sure if the fur you’re looking at is real or fake? This short guide may answer some questions.
If you want to dress warm and comfy, you don’t need any other animals fur to do so! To back up that claim we’d like to draw your attention to our new knitted beanies and very suitable winter-leggins for example. Both are high-quality products, fair trade and made of organic cotton.
By the way! These fresh calendars are not edible indeed, but very useful and reliable companions throughout the year: the organizer and desk planner by the infamous Slingshot collective in different color-variations as well as the queerfeminist pocket calendar by Riot Skirts.
Next Monday is World Vegan Day! Not only will we provide some special offers on this unique occasion, but also several selected movie theaters in different german cities are inviting you to enjoy the beautiful documentary “Butenland”. The award-winning movie impressively shows how humans and other animals can live together in harmony. And above all: it’s completely free! In the Cinema in Münster, the director and roots of compassion co-founder Marc Pierschel will even be present.
Want to know more details about all dates and places? Follow this link. And if you prefer to watch “Butenland” in your home cinema – no problem. We have the DVD in our shelves 😉
Have a nice week! Bye for now, your roots of compassion collective ❤
1 part margarine (I use Vitalite)
2 parts flour (I use white flour, but half and half white and brown would work.
1.5 cups flour (approx 12 floz)
0.75 cups marg (approx 6 floz)
6 small-medium apples
Soft brown demerera sugar
Slice the apples as thinly (discarding cores) as you reasonably can with a knife (don’t bother peeling or showing off with a razor blade or owt) and place in a colander, layer by layer.
As you put each layer of apples in, sprinkle the sugar over until it coats the rings of apples evenly. Leave to sit while you make the pastry.
Rub the fat into the flour and a pinch of salt with your fingers until it resembles breadcrumbs. You’ll know you’re rubbing rightly if your palms remain clean (all those incidents with a plastic ruler on the back of my knees in Domestic Science lessons taught me summat).
Add cold water, little by little, to the mix and clump together with your hands or with a spoon until you have a ball o’dough. Don’t over-mix.
Either roll out or flatten with your palms onto a greased baking tray. Then arrange the apple slices on top about two layers thick. Press down against the dough firmly as you lay them.
Dredge the top with cinnamon, sprinkle with a little more sugar if you have a sweet tooth and then bake in a medium cool (gas mark 4-5 / 180C) oven for 30 mins.
Allow to cool before eating or it’ll take the roof of yer mouth off. Best served the following day.
We’re giving away one of our new hoodies, as always made of organic cotton, fair-trade and printed in our neighborhood by Onbones Collective. All you have to do to take part:
▶️ Comment this post until Sunday, 11th of November, 11.11 pm MEZ, describing which one you would like to win and why. We’ll draw a winner next week.
1. “Act before it’s too late” 🌳
In solidarity with the activists squatting Hambacher Forst. Part of the revenues go directly to the local climate movement.
2. “Whale” 🐋
The exploitation and killing of whales has a long tradition. But whales are fascinating creatures! On your page you’ll find some interesting facts.
3. “Cut Fruit Not Throats” 🍏🍒
Pretty self-explanatory, is it not? 😉
Good luck! 😘
(The giveaway also takes place on our Facebook and Instagram page. If you didn’t win this time, you can just get your hoodie in our store.)
We’re overwhelmed by all your lovely comments! ❤
Because we are poor we had to draw a winner. And the lucky winner is: @powerd.by.oatmeal (instagram)
But don’t give up hope, this won’t be the last giveaway, good luck next time 😘
And you can find all hoodies in our shop: https://www.rootsofcompassion.org/Home_1
2 small pumpkins
1 piece of ginger (10g)
½ red chili
2 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp water
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
250 g seitan
1 avocado, pulp
50 g cashews
½-1 lime, juice
1 tsp walnut oil
1 hand of fresh herbs (e.g. basil, oregano, parsley)
50 g lettuce
Preheat oven to 180° C
Cut off upper part of pumpkin below stalk, scrape out seeds, prick some holes into the pulp. Pour water into a baking tray so level is roughly 1 cm. Put pumpkin pieces onto the tray, pulp facing downwards. Bake for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, peel and pit mango and cut its pulp into pieces. Chop ginger, chili and garlic and roast it in a pot with some oil. Add mango, sugar, water and vinegar, let simmer with closed lit for 3 minutes, take off lid and cook for more 5 minutes.
Cut seitan into stripes and roast it in a pan with some oil. Add cooked mango-mixture.
Dice avocado, chop cashews. Mix both with lime juice, walnut oil and herbs, season with salt and pepper.
After 20 minutes of baking, turn around pumpkin, fill with seitan-mango-mixture and bake for 15-20 more minutes until cooked (depends on sort and size).
300 g flour (Wheat or Spelt)
150 g sugar
150 g soft vegan margarine
2 pinches of salt
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1 pck. of vanilla sugar or some vanilla extract
2 Tbsp. of soy milk
2-3 hands fresh berries
150 g flour
100 g sugar
120 g vegan margarine
1. Preheat oven to 180° C.
2. Knead together all ingredients for the base and press them into a greased and floured springform baking pan. Bake for 10 minutes.
3. Meanwhile warm berries with a bit of sugar over low heat. Take pre-baked base out of the oven and spread the berries (without the juice you got from warming them) on it.
4. Knead together all ingredients for the crumbles. Spread them on the berries.
5. Bake the cake for 30-35 more minutes until crumbles become lightly brown.
Bon appétit! 😉
Some days ago L‘Oréal announced the signing of an agreement to acquire Logocos Naturkosmetik AG, a German beauty company which pioneered natural cosmetics with brands such as Sante.
Due to this fact, we decided to sell off B12 toothpastes from Sante and drop them from our product range. Though L’Oréal claims that the company “no longer tests its ingredients on animals and no longer tolerates any exception to this rule“ (see here), they still sell their products in China and thus fund animal testing where the practice is required by law. It is obvious that L‘Oréal choose profits over morals.
This time we don‘t have that many new items to introduce. But those we have are really worth mentioning. For example new sneakers and waterproof boots, tea from Scop Ti and new patches. Continue reading and see for yourself!
Boots from Shoezuu and new sneakers from Ethletic
We‘ve discovered a new fantastic fabric for patches which is Organic Canvas. It‘s not only robust but also made of 100 % organic cotton from Kirgizia, woven in Czech Republic and refined in Germany. We‘ve already reprinted a couple of old designs and a new one. Give it a try!
Posters and post cards
If you thumbed through the new art book ANIMAL UTOPIA by Hartmut Kiewert you probably recognize the pictures from the new posters and post cards. If not it‘s high time! Look out for new images in our posters section and don‘t forget to look at the old ones, too. All of them are really something.
Tea from an occupied factory in France
Fralib, a Unilever daughter company in the South of France which used to produce Lipton-Tea, was supposed to be shut down in 2010. However, the workers didn‘t want to just give in and put up a fight instead. It lasted 1336 days, got abroad and succeeded in the end. In May 2014 the workers took over the production, started working as a cooperative and have made all the decisions on their own. Now they produce tea under fair conditions and meanwhile they also introduced an organic tea line. See? It‘s possible to resist and succeed! Let‘s drink (a cup of tea) to that.
Now that you’ve made yourself comfortable with a cup of tea you‘re kind of lacking something to read right? 😉 So how about Eating Animals by Lisa Kemmerer? We‘ve mentioned her other books earlier – this one explores the environmental effects of animal agriculture, fishing, and hunting. Another newbie in the reading section is the new issue of the biannual journal ALF Supporters Group Newsletter. It provides you with info about the last six months, articles about police spies, the animal rights conference in Luxembourg and much more!
Vegan laundry dreams come true. The new washing powder by SUMA is animal testing-free and made from plant extracts and biodegradable ingredients. And it gets the job done!
In case you also hate doing the dishes and own one of those convenient dishwashers we even have dishwater tablets for you. Also vegan and eco-friendly. Choose between a small and a bigger package with 25 or 70 tablets.