A couple or three years ago, my husband started mentioning how ratty his belt was starting to look. He’d had it for enough years that he could say he got his money’s worth. Naturally I noticed and after hearing it a couple times I was starting to feel good because somebody’s birthday was coming up you know! And the answer to that age old question, “what can I get him?” had just presented itself! It was time for the old to go and a new vegan belt take to it’s place!
One more reason it’s tough to give gifts….
In another post, I talked a little bit about some of the reasons that we give gifts to others and why we might dislike doing it. The one thing I forgot to mention is the problem of ‘what’ to get them. But once in a while, serendipity steps in and inspiration comes at just the right moment! Have you ever had that happen? Isn’t it wonderful when it does? The relief is amazing and simplifies life so wonderfully doesn’t it?
Now the idea of a new vegan belt was a no-brainer for me. Obviously there are the ethical considerations, but as we’re all about health and living better here, the effects on the health of the environment are also something that we’ve gotta think about. So your health, my health and the health of our planet are all equally an issue.
THREE SERIOUS PROBLEMS WITH ANIMAL AGRICULTURE!
- 18% of GHG emissions – In 2006, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN released the results of an exhaustive study that showed that livestock is the #1 threat to the environment. Their findings showed that the meat industry is responsible for 18% of all GHG emissions, plus massive quantities of methane which is likewise dangerous to the world environment.
- #1 Cause of Loss of Species – On top of the above, another paper released in the online publication of Science, has asserted that meat consumption is the ‘single biggest threat to much of the world’s flora and fauna’. Millions of hectares of forests around the planet have already been sacrificed to the meat production industry. With another 2 billion+ people expected by 2050, the continued deforestation will only speed up the loss of hundreds more species.
- Waster and Polluter of the worlds fresh water supplies. A third deciding factor in my opinion, should be the disappearance of fresh water supplies as a result of the meat industry. For example, researcher Malik Falkenmark and others at the Stockholm International Water Institute have said “…we need to switch to at least a vegetarian diet over the next 40 years, if there is any hope of avoiding a catastrophe of water shortages around the globe”. The comparison between a beef burger and a soy burger is a great example. The one made from beef uses about 2400 litres of water. Compared to 160 litres of water to grow and make the soy burger. That difference is startling and significant.
Knowing all of the above already, and having written elsewhere about the effects of meat on our health, the decision to start searching for a vegan belt to give my darling man for his upcoming birthday was super easy. But it had to meet a few criteria at the same time right?
IT HAD TO BE:
- Environmentally friendly material
So I started searching online for a vegan belt and came up with some really solid possibilities. Because I was going to give it to him for a birthday present, I couldn’t very well ask him to let me measure his waistline could I? After all, as someone who moved and forgot her almost new sewing machine, he’s unlikely to think I’ve suddenly taken up making mine or his clothes. What I did discover is that the places that sell vegan belts, will also give you direction on how to measure accurately so that you get the right size.
A Genuine Non-Leather vegan belt….
So the first vegan belt that I bought was from a Toronto company called Truth. While they also sell a bunch of other things like suspenders, bags and wallets for both men and women, the belt that I decided on was strangely enough, called The Slug. I say strangely because one of my husbands ‘handles’ when he plays his online games is ‘CoolSlug’. Isn’t that a hoot! Again, serendipity? Who knows but it just seemed right to give my slug, his own Slug. Don’t you agree?
You can take a look at The Slug here. Brown with a silver finished Italian buckle, this vegan belt is made of a combination of nylon and vinyl that’s been fused together. The result is a material that’s strong enough to use to make harness and reins for horses so you know it’s going to hold your pants up with no trouble. And if you check out the reviews on that page, you’ll see that it’s gotten 4.85 stars out of a possible 5, so that’s a pretty positive bunch of reviews.
And best of all, because who wants to give an ugly gift, it looks wonderful on him! Somewhere on here, there’s a picture of it on him just so you get an idea of what kind of a fashion statement you can make wearing a Slug!
This Vancouver store has Nice Shoes and a line of vegan belts….
My belt was from a different company that my husband found as he was searching for my Christmas present. It came from a Vancouver company called Nice Shoes.
Nice Shoes doesn’t boast about being able to hold back livestock. But the vegan belt that I got from them is also, still beautiful after two years. Made of Italian micro-fibre that’s strong but not bulky and stitched around the edges, it’s graced with a silver colour brushed nickel buckle. This company also has directions for measuring.
Nothing in life is free and you get what you pay for!
While these belts might seem a little pricier than some, you won’t be replacing either of them for a very long time. The Slug, which is advertised as ‘virtually indestructible’, costs $72.00 through Amazon, Cd. That price might be a little off-putting but they also have a number of other, equally gorgeous men’s belts that are less expensive. The difference is that they would be made from a material that might not last ‘all the way to forever’. My Town Belt on the other hand, from Nice Shoes, cost $35.00 Cd.
New technologies and fake leather, a match made in the future (which is now!)….
There are some wonderful new technologies developing to produce the look of leather. The beauty is that they are using an amazing assortment of other materials. Innovators have come up with a mushroom-leather that is quite beautiful and has a natural, sort of mottled colouring and that is as strong as regular leather. There’s also a leather-look material made of waste pineapple leaves as well as a product that’s made of sustainable cork! Not your ‘pleather’ of the old days. But even there, did you know that a new upscale ‘pleather’ is now being used by all kinds of famous designers. From the sounds of it, the only thing that’s the same as the old version is the name. Just like everything else these days, this is a new and improved version. Stella McCartney uses pleather quite a bit apparently, in her collections.
Are you ready to make a forward looking fashion statement with real ‘faux-leather?
Between a vegan belt like The Slug and then the Nice Shoes faux leather belt and all the other faux leather fashion goodies, there’s no need for a leather belt. One could almost say they’re a little ‘old school’ if you know what I mean. Anyway, there you have it, my review of two faux leather belts that are better than the real thing. Better for the environment, look fabulous and really durable.
If you decide to check out either of these belts or something similar, I’d love to hear what you’ve got to say about them! So share your thoughts and let me know what you think. In the meantime, be safe, be kind and enjoy your day wherever you are!
My goal is to motivate and help you find your best way to live a healthier and more peaceful life. Part of that philosophy includes loving our earth home. Products like these belts and any other of the offerings from the two companies mentioned, are one of the ways that we can do that. As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, I will never endorse anything that I don’t love. And I love these belts!
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