The Discerning Brute
The Discerning Brute is definitely on the leading edge of ethical fashion for men. Here you will find the latest information on ecological and cruelty-free designers, trends, fashion shows and clothing stores. You’ll also find articles on current events and philosophy, and vegan recipes. It’s a must-visit for the ethical men.
ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect the climate through superior energy efficiency. The label makes it easy for consumers to identify and purchase energy-efficient products that offer savings on energy bills without sacrificing performance, features, and comfort.
To maintain consumer trust and improve the oversight of ENERGY STAR certified products, homes, and commercial facilities, EPA has implemented third–party certification requirements and testing.
- For Products: In order to earn the ENERGY STAR label, products must be third-party certified based on testing in EPA-recognized laboratories. In addition to up-front testing, a percentage of all ENERGY STAR products are subject to “off–the–shelf” verification testing each year. The goal of this testing is to ensure that changes or variations in the manufacturing process do not undermine a product’s ENERGY STAR qualifications.
For example, a door with a window must have multi glass panes, a tight fit to the frame, improved weather stripping and improved core material like fibreglass, wood cladding, or steel with polyurethane foam.
Visit the website for more examples and a list of Energy Star products: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=find_a_product.&s=m
- For New Homes: Verification of a home’s energy efficiency by a third–party organization is mandatory for earning the ENERGY STAR label. There are two paths to verifying that a home meets the ENERGY STAR guidelines1: The National Performance Path uses software to model the home’s energy use and verify that it meets a target score. The National Prescriptive Path involves building the home to a prescribed set of construction specifications.
A sampling protocol is available for production builders who have demonstrated their ability to consistently meet the ENERGY STAR guidelines. It is intended to minimize production interruptions and verification costs for builders, while ensuring that homes meet or exceed the ENERGY STAR qualifications for homes.
You can use the ENERGY STAR website to find building partners in your area: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=new_homes.hm_index&s=m
- For Commercial Buildings: Buildings achieving a score of 75 or higher using Portfolio Manager must be verified by a Licensed Professional Engineer or Registered Architect in order to be eligible to apply for the ENERGY STAR label. The Licensed Professional must verify that all energy use is accounted for accurately, that the building characteristics, such as square footage, have been properly reported, that the building is fully functional in accordance with industry standards, and that each of the indoor environment criteria has been met.
Click here to view the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=evaluate_performance.bus_portfoliomanager
- For Industrial Plants: A Professional Engineer must certify that accurate information has been used to calculate and energy performance score of over 75 for the plant. In addition, the plant must satisfy EPA environmental compliance criteria screen.
For more information about ENERY STAR for Industry: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=industry.bus_industry&s=m
Products bearing the Leaping Bunny mark are certified ‘cruelty free’ under the internationally-recognised Humane Cosmetics or Humane Household Products Standards.
To figure out which products have the Leaping Bunny mark, visit the easy to use, consumer-friendly Go Cruelty Free website at www.gocrueltyfree.org .
For a better understanding of the company, visit Cruelty-Free-International at www.crueltyfreeinternational.org.
Cruelty Free International is a global campaign to end the testing of cosmetics and their ingredients on animals. They are calling on governments and regulators around the world to introduce a ban on all such animal-testing practices. They also provide companies with information about quicker, cheaper and more reliable non-animal methods of testing products.
The Leaping Bunny logo is a good thing to have on any cosmetic or household products. But please remember that the fact that a product has not been tested on animals does not necessarily mean that the company responsible for it uses only non-animal, vegan ingredients or that animals have not been harmed or tortured during the production process.
So look for the Leaping Bunny logo, but also go farther and look for the vegan logo in order to be sure that no animals were harmed in the marking of a product.
Greenpeace is an independent global campaign to change attitudes and behaviour in ways that help conserve and restore the environment and promote the cause of peace. Its missions include catalysing an energy revolution, defending the oceans, protecting the world’s ancient forests, working for disarmament, creating a toxin-free future, and campaigning for sustainable agriculture. Greenpeace exist to expose environmental criminals, and to challenge governments and corporations when they fail to live up to their mandate to safeguard our environment and our future.
The Humane Society works to create meaningful social change and reduce suffering for animals by advocating for sensible public policies, investigating cruelty and working to enforce existing laws, educating the public about animal welfare issues, joining with corporations on behalf of animal-friendly policies, and conducting hands-on programs that make the world more humane. They are a leading disaster relief agency for animals, and they provide direct care for thousands of creatures at their sanctuaries, rescue facilities, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and mobile veterinary clinics.
Mercy For Animals
MFA works to create a society where all animals are treated with the compassion and respect they so rightfully deserve.
The organisation serves as a voice for animals through proactive consumer education initiatives, cruelty investigations, corporate outreach, and legal advocacy.
The site offers valuable information about campaign possibilities, a guide to vegetarianism, vegan dining, and local exhibits.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 3 million members and supporters.
PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the entertainment industry. They also work on a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of beavers, birds, and other “pests” as well as cruelty to domesticated animals.
PETA works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns.
PETA2 is an extension of the PETA family that specifically focuses on youth involvement. The organization confronts anyone who abuses animals, from schools that force students to perform dissections, to fashion designers who won’t drop fur from their collections, to fast-food giants that refuse to treat their animals humanely.
PETA2 has local-area street teams which anyone can join. The website provides campaign tips for those who wish to get involved and become a better animal rights activists. You can also request free stickers and leaflets, and get free stuff for keeping PETA2 updated on all that you’re doing for animals!
World Wildlife Foundation
WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by close to 5 million people worldwide.
It is an organisation whose vision is to build a future where people live in harmony with nature. The primary goals of WWF are to help protect and restore species and their habitats, to strengthen local communities’ abilities to conserve the natural resources they depend upon, to transform markets and policies to reduce the impact of the production and consumption of commodities, to ensure that the value of nature is reflected in decisions made by individuals, communities, governments and businesses, and to mobilize hundreds of millions of people to support conservation.
This website offers crucial information for anyone who wants to become a great vegan athlete. It offers training advice and recipes that allow one to bulk up and define muscles. Site founder Robert Cheeke, who is also a long-time vegan, animal rights activist and professional bodybuilder, wrote a helpful book titled Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness, which is available to purchase from his site. Visitors may join the site in order to give one another tips and support, and post pictures of their progress.
Created by Ironman triathlete Brendon Brazier, the Vega brand is a line of consumable plant-based products designed for athletes. These Products include full-spectrum protein shakes, nut bars and supplements. The company is deeply involved in health awareness, vegetarian and vegan societies, athlete sponsorship and the support of activism groups. They are also constantly engaged in sustainability research.
Did I also mention that their shakes are extremely tasty?