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Frugality/Simple Living/Low-Impact Blogs From A Vegan Perspective? September 13, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — johanna @ 1:08 pm

Lately I’ve been going back to reading a lot of blogs devoted to various aspects of frugality/simple living/voluntary simplicity, etc. There’s some overlap there sometimes with decluttering-type blogs too. Anyway, one thing that has always frustrated me is that a lot of these blogs are coming from a right-wing perspective (I stopped reading one well-known frugality blog after the blogger made some comments that were both anti-immigrant & bought into the “welfare frauds” myth).

Another thing that frustrates me is that many of the ones that don’t do this still are focused on, say, raising chickens both as a frugality measure & as a way to cope with Peak Oil.

Does anyone have any blogs to recommend that talk about reducing consumption from a perspective that doesn’t simply suggest we should kill animals ourselves instead of letting corporations do it for us? And additionally that isn’t saturated in racism, sexism (a lot of these blogs seem to glorify women staying at home — many of these bloggers are women — in a way that isn’t just “women should be able to stay home if they want & should be able to work outside the home if they want”), etc. as well?

One could argue that, given that it is often possible to eat more cheaply on a vegan diet (& do so more sustainably) that many vegan blogs would fit into this category, yes — but I’m interested in not so much vegan blogs that occasionally talk about other frugality/consumption issues, but frugality blogs that start from a perspective that doesn’t see killing animals as the obvious answer.

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12 Responses to “Frugality/Simple Living/Low-Impact Blogs From A Vegan Perspective?”

  1. Deb Says:

    http://shirari.com/blog/

    It is Shira Golding and Ari Moore, and they blog about sustainable living, among other things. Sustainability from a non-hierarchical environmental and social standpoint. Frugality is part of it, but sustainability and environmentalism is more what you’ll hear from them. They’re vegans, activists, and one of the projects that they’ve been working on (which I think is on hold right now) that I thought was really cool is the Ahimsa Project. http://shirari.com/ahimsa/

    We are people committed to intentional community, sustainability, animal rights, and social justice, who use a discussion list to set up projects together and to share information, ideas, and resources. Many of us collaborate on community organizing and creative projects together. Some are living in intentional community, some are homesteading, some are looking for land, some are renting and researching, some are just into talking about this stuff.

    Not sure if that’s the kind of blog you’re looking for (and you might already be reading it anyway!) but it’s one of my favorites.

  2. Stephanie Says:

    If you find one, I’d love to read it too. Keep us posted, please!

  3. Leo of Zen Habits announced recently that he had gone vegan. He also just started a new minimalist blog at, I think, mnmlst.com. I haven’t checked it out yet, but it seems like it would be along the lines of what you’re looking for. Good luck!

  4. noemi Says:

    sounds like a blog I’d like to read. I agree many of the frugality/living poor/making it blogs aren’t for the veg*ns.

  5. Livin Veg Says:

    How about this one: http://www.storyofstuff.com/blog/

    I love the video they did and the blog seems to have some good info.

  6. kelly g. Says:

    Bonobobabe has been blogging about her path towards frugality as of late, and goes well beyond diet: http://veganprimate.wordpress.com/

  7. emfole Says:

    What about dedicating yourself to service? Preferably overseas- what would be a good way to go about this? I’d love some advice/answers from ya’ll. thx

  8. Shiva Says:

    Here’s one!

    Thrifty Living ( http://thriftyliving.net/ )
    “musings on sustainable living and self-sufficiency, including natural health, organic gardening, vegan recipes and much more. “

  9. johanna Says:

    Oooh, thank for the links, folks. Sorry I’ve been so horrible in keeping up w/comments on this one. :/

  10. johanna Says:

    Recently discovered: The Vegan Good Life.

  11. Zarah Says:

    Happy Herbivore does a minimalist Monday blog post. I can’t vouch for quality/intersectionality because I’ve only read a few posts. :)


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