How To Make Creamy Oat Milk In Under 30 Minutes

zero waste Aug 30, 2018

Ready to say goodbye to those milk cartons?




Optional extras:





1) Cover the oats in a bowl with tap water and let them soak for 15 minutes.

2) Sieve the oats, discarding the water, and rinse the oats thoroughly under the tap.

3) Add the oats, the optional ingredients, and 3 cups of filtered water to a high speed blender. Blend for 1-2 minutes.

4) Add up to a cup more water depending on your desired consistency.

5) Sieve the mixture through two sieves, TWICE, in order to remove any remaining solids. You should have a creamy liquid.

6) Transfer and store in a glass airtight container.

Store in the fridge for up to 6 days. But do not heat the mixture as it will turn gelatinous.

Enjoy on your cereal or in a mega milkshake!

The impact of switching milk

Conventional dairy milk is extremely wasteful, harmful to the environment, and to...

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Is Honey Vegan? Why Do Vegans Not Eat Honey?

vegan questions Aug 23, 2018

As vegans, we're asked these questions all the time. Do vegans eat honey? The answer is no. Why not? Because vegans do not eat animals or exploit other creatures, and that includes honey bees.  

Why don't vegans eat honey?

Bees do not make honey for us, they make it for their hive. To take it from them when they have no possible way to consent to producing honey for us is morally and ethically wrong, and does not align itself with the veganlifestyle.

Commercial beehives built to allow humans to take honey from bees are not natural; they are engineered. The queen bee is manipulated to remain in the hive, and her worker bees will not desert her. When humans want to steal their honey, honey bees are forcibly subdued and intentionally made confused, before the honey they made for themselves is taken from them and sold for profit.

Why else do vegans not eat honey?

There are a number of other reasons vegans can't eat honey.

  • Bees do not make honey for humans, they...
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Essay Series: Further Reading

Overview Books

The most reliable and comprehensive books for learning about privilege and oppression are classified as textbooks, meaning that they are marketed primarily to educators and they are more pricey than other books. I have listed the most reader-friendly and comprehensive ones that I know of here. If you want to choose only one book to read, I recommend either the first or second ones, which provide the most comprehensive and reader-friendly overview of the subject.

  1. The Psychology of Oppression covers pretty much all the basic, necessary-to-know information about privilege and oppression and is comprehensive yet not terribly long.
  2. Readings for Diversity and Social Justice provides a comprehensive yet easy-to-read overview of privilege and oppression and includes essays on specific forms of oppression. You can find the newest and most up-to-date version here or get the earlier yet more affordable edition here.
  3. Unraveling the Gender Knot gives...
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17 Ways Our Privilege Causes Us To Act Against Our Own Interests And The Interests Of Others

This is the second installment in a series of essays designed to raise awareness of unexamined privilege in the vegan movement and to encourage productive dialogue so that the movement becomes more unified and empowered. This essay builds on the previous one, so if you haven't yet read that one, please do so here.

In this essay, I describe some of the ways our unexamined privilege affects our perceptions and drives our behaviors, as well as how it can affect those around us. When we become aware of our privilege and its impacts, we're less influenced by it and are better able to make choices that reflect what we authentically think and feel, rather than what our privilege has caused us to think and feel.  

Many of the issues listed here are well-documented phenomena in the social sciences. Others are based on my own conclusions drawn from my own research, my analyses of other research, and my experience doing social justice work over the past 20 years, including my...

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Why Being Inclusive Helps Advance The Vegan Movement

Many vegans believe that outreach that's inclusive, meaning that it reflects privilege-literacy and sensitivity to forms of oppression other than animal oppression, is unstrategic because it would cause them to sell the animals short. Most, if not all, vegans who feel this way are those whose privilege-literacy is limited. The assumption that we must be strategic or inclusive – that we can't be strategic and inclusive – is a false dichotomy. In fact, the very opposite is true: our unexamined privilege prevents us from recognizing the strategic importance of inclusiveness, causing us to act unstrategically as well as unethically, so that we end up with a lose-lose model.

#ARmetoo: An Example of How Being Non-Inclusive Damages the Vegan Movement

#ARmetoo is a good example of the damage a lack of inclusiveness can do to the vegan movement. Unexamined male privilege, and the insensitivity to the oppression of women it causes, has created a climate where...

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