ECO BITES: GARAGE SALE TRAIL, GUCCI BANS FUR & MCDONALDS TRIALLING A VEGAN BURGER

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GARAGE SALE TRAIL

The Garage Sale Trail started out as small community initiative for the local Bondi Beach community back in 2010 and has morphed into a massive Australia-wide movement. It takes the simple and humble concept of a garage and ramps it right up across 150 locals councils to promote sustainable activities such as reusing and recycling. 

Garage Sale Trail aims to get people: 

  • motivated to declutter
  • enabled them to find a home for pre-loved stuff that may otherwise have ended up in landfill
  • to make money and fundraise for a local cause/charity
  • to met a bunch of local people and forge new friendships
  • to have fun expressing themselves and celebrating their local community 

It's on this weekend - 21st & 2nd October. The website is great; just pop your postcode in the search to find out what is happening in your local area and thank the garage sale gods if you have someone as stylish as Jason Grant selling in your area. 

Interior Stylist, Jason Grant, just being his stylish self. Source: Garage Sale Trail  

Interior Stylist, Jason Grant, just being his stylish self. Source: Garage Sale Trail

 

GUCCI GOES (REAL) FUR FREE 

The luxury Italian brand has signed up to the Fur Free Alliance (FFA), a coalition that aims to end the exploitation and killing of animals for fur. Gucci has pledged to go fur free from its Spring/Summer 2018 collection in an announcement at the 2017 Kering Talk at The London College of Fashion. This includes mink, coyote, raccoon dog, fox, rabbit, and karakul (otherwise known as Swakara, Persian lamb or astrakhan) and all others species specially bred or caught.

“Being socially responsible is one of Gucci’s core values, and we will continue to strive to do better for the environment and animals. With the help of HSUS and LAV, Gucci is excited to take this next step and hopes it will help inspire innovation and raise awareness, changing the luxury fashion industry for the better.” - Marco Bizzarri, Gucci's President & CEO

Gucci will be holding a charity auction to sell off remaining fur items with the proceeds going to LAV and The Humane Society. Any new collections will use faux fur. Gucci has a huge influence on trends globally (shout out to all the high street store copies of the Princetown Slipper!), so this is an important and crucial step from an industry leader. 

MCDONALDS INTRODUCES A VEGAN BURGER

The home of greasy burgers, chicken nuggets and soft serve is not known for being vegan friendly but it seems times are changing. The golden arches have been introducing more vegetarian options recently in different countries (sorry Australia, nothing for us just yet). The most recent incarnation is a vegan burger to be trialled in a Finland location. Aptly titled the 'McVegan'. The plant-based, McVegan, replaces it's meaty counterpart with a soy-based patty on a Quarter Pounder bun, along with the usual suspects: lettuce, tomato, onion, ketchup and mustard (sans cheese).

This release comes off the back of the Le Grand Veggie Burger in France and is a response to an increasing call for veggie and vegan options. Whatever you're opinion on the fast food behemoth that is Mac D's, it has to be a good sign when such a mainstream establishment is feeling the pressure to offer alternatives to meat based products.

Image Source: McDonalds 

Image Source: McDonalds