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Grow Your Own DIY Leather Jacket In A Petri Dish

Modern Meadow’s Suzanne Lee molds entire garments out of household items, and now you can too.

Vegans looking for a cruelty-free leather jacket, you are in luck: you can now grow one at home. A few years back BioCouture’s Suzanne Lee developed a method, combining fermented bacteria, yeast, and sweetened green tea, to create whole outfits from biodegradable matter. Now Lee has taken a role as Creative Director for Modern Meadow, a Brooklyn startup that’s pioneering new, bovine-friendly forms of leather by “coaxing” animal tissue cells into tough, cowskin-like material. The end products are of varying durability, texture, and weigh, much like real leather—only more inventive. “Imagine leather that’s as lightweight and transparent as a butterfly wing or has the natural stretch of rubber,” Lee explains in Popular Science’s March 2015 issue. “Or imagine a material with the dynamic responsiveness of the skin of a chameleon.”

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Vegan Turducken and the Quest for the Perfect Meatless Thanksgiving

Who says a vegan Thanksgiving can't be delicious?

Thanksgiving is sort of like Hanukkah for vegans. Sometimes they just feel a little left out. Which probably goes a long way toward explaining the weird number of vegan turducken recipes out there on the interwebs. To help vegans plan a terrific T-day meal without feeling like they're just putting lipstick on a field roast, we tapped a network of vegan chefs for their favorite recipes, from the perfect vegan turducken to delicious dessert options.

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Who Can Change the World? Is it You, Sweet Potato Fries?

Something I think about a lot is the incredible act of changing consumer behavior through outstanding innovation or salesmanship.

This week, I've seen a few notes on the failure (and on the perhaps-too-early reportage of the failure) of mobile wallet apps. Why are they "failing?" A pretty reasonable guess is that they're not solving a problem that consumers have.

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The Lone Vegan State: On Going Meatless in Texas

Everything's bigger in the Lone Star State, including our taste for meat. Here's how I've managed to survive as a vegan.

Things are easier said than done, or so the old adage goes, and we couldn't agree more. That's why we do The GOOD 30-Day Challenge (#30DaysofGOOD), a monthly attempt to live better. Our challenge for June? Go vegetarian. Or better yet, as James McWilliams, the author of Just Food, argues, go vegan:

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The Meatless Bone: How Vegans Get It On Vegan Sex: How the Meat-Free Get It On

Inside the world of cruelty-free lube, condoms made without animal products, and pornographic herbivores.

Things are easier said than done, or so the old adage goes, and we couldn't agree more. That's why we do The GOOD 30-Day Challenge (#30DaysofGOOD), a monthly attempt to live better. Our challenge for June? Go vegetarian.

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Nine Los Angeles Restaurants Where It's Easy to Go Meatless

We partnered with our friends at Yelp.com to find 10 L.A. restaurants with vegetarian options so exciting you won't ask, "Where's the beef?"



Remember last month's challenge to drive less? This month's 30 Days of GOOD Challenge is to eat less meat. It's no secret that curbing our meat consumption makes for a healthier body, a healthier society, and a healthier planet. Just yesterday, Mark Bittman described our unsustainable carnivorous appetites: "We’re crack addicts with a steady supply." Ouch. While we're not all promising to banish (responsibly raised and slaughtered) steak from our dinner plates forever, we do want to see how tweaking the amount of meat in our diets might help us feel better, save money, and do good.

The issue for busy people like us, of course, is finding affordable meals that make it easy to go meatless. Here in Los Angeles, we're lucky to have plenty of restaurants where eating an all-veggie meal doesn't mean sacrificing taste. We partnered with our friends at Yelp.com to find nine local restaurants with vegetarian options so exciting you won't ask, "Where's the beef?"

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