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Becoming vegan was one of the best decisions I ever made for myself and I wrote about my journey and thought process for Muni. Muni is a community of Cultural Creatives passionate about mindful living, a life wherein people are more critical about how they shop, eat, travel, work, and play each and every day.
It started three weeks ago when I contacted Jen Horn, the founder of Muni who also runs Tala Luna, a company specializing in lifestyle products that incorporate Philippine handwoven textiles and craftsmanship. I commended her for choosing vegan leather over animal leather for Tala Luna’s products. We had a good discussion about the sustainability and ethics behind animal leather on Facebook and she ended up writing about it here. We met up for coffee so I can buy a pair of Tala Luna boots and talked more about the philosophy behind veganism. I must’ve been quite eloquent because she asked me to share my thoughts on Muni!
Do take the time to read this article and let me know what you think.
BEING THE VEGAN ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM
(originally posted on Muni here)
There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. – Elie Weisel, Nobel laureate
As with majority of humans on this planet, I was born and raised a meat-eater. With my mother’s side being Ilocano, living in a meat-obsessed country (The Philippines), and my penchant for eating and cooking, I enjoyed my fair share of longganisa, lechon, and lamb.
In 2007, I was experimenting with different diets and exercise in the hopes of becoming healthier. I was curious about food’s journey from farm to plate and wanted to be a more conscientious consumer. Reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Diet for a New America, listening to the Food for Thought podcast, and watching videos such as Meet your Meat and From Farm to Fridge nagged my conscience. I discovered that eating meat, seafood, dairy, and eggs was ecologically wasteful,nutritionally unnecessary, and appallingly cruel (watch the linked videos above). I was paying someone to waste water and abuse animals, and I damn well enjoyed it.