Make a difference: support Jo-Anne McArthur’s fundrasing for the coming book ”HIDDEN: Animals in the Anthropocene”, by We Animals Media. Contributions by McArthur as well as thirty acclaimed photojournalists, directing their cameralenses on the use and abuse of animals. WAM is based in Toronto, Canada.
Is Covid-19 the wake-up call we need go cruelty free? We know that killing and eating animals, especially in unsanitary ways, exacerbate the spread of disease. Factory farms and slaughterhouses, live markets and wet markets, livestock transport…These spaces help epidemics thrive. We also do know that lots of ”natural material” used for design objects origin from factory farming and practises harming not only animals but people and nature as well.
End the wild animal trade. End factory farming. Go CFD– Cruelty Free Design. Everywhere. In all countries. Now.
Pics by Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals Media.
Duck in a Hanoi food market.
Egg factory farming, Spain. A dead bird lies on the egg conveyor belt.
Hens in battery cages on a factory farm, Sweden.
A hen trapped in the bars of a battery cage in an industrial egg-laying barn, Sweden.
Egg-laying hens confined in battery cages on a factory farm, Spain.
A destressed pig gnaws on a metal bar inside a factory farm, Finland.
A sow and her litter, nursing inside a gestation crate in an Italian factory farm.
Line of pigs, confined and isolated by metal bars, Italy.
Young pigs stand on body of dead piglet, Sweden.
Last week a live export trade ship carrying 14 600 sheep destined for Saudi Arabia, capsized in Romania. Left to sink with the ship, these gentle animals didn’t stand a chance from the moment they were sold into the live export trade. A few hours after the accident Animals Australia, a non-profit organization working to stop live export, set up a protest online. Add your signature here, and ask the government of Romania and the European Union to end this trade of suffering.
Now you may wonder how this trade is connected to climate change? The answer is very simple: Many countries around the globe is suffering from water shortage which has affected the local raising of cattle, sheep and other animals (breeding cattle is one very water demanding ”business”). Since some years now the demand for meat in (mainly) the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey has made export of live animals into a big business. Huge leather and wool industries are putting profit before an ethical treatment of animals, workers and nature. The result is a suffering almost impossible to comprehend. You can read facts about the trade of live stock in numerous reports. An estimated two million sheep and one million cattle are transported each year from European Union member states to the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey. And every year app. 3 million sheep cast off from the wool industry are exported from Australia to the Middle East and North Africa where they’re slaughtered for meat.
By not avoiding the cruel facts of how animals, people and nature are used and abused in the face of climate change you can make a difference. Act on what you learn about the where, how, by whom and of what your design item, clothes and food is ”produced”.
The city of Paris say’s no to wild animals on circus from 2022. Thus following 18 EU countries and lots of cities world wide. The use and abuse of wildlife in captivity is highly questioned today as we’ve learned about the dark side of trading animals for entertainment, labour, experiments and ”production” of ”natural materials” like leather and feather. Part from being an ethical question, the use and abuse of animals for the benefit of humans is connected to sustainability issues. Food production is one huge provider to climate change. The leather trade another. Always ask ”from where, by whom and of what” the design item is made. If a producer/shop cannot give this information to you, you should think twice before buying that handsome chair, blanket, cushion or rug…
Say no to the abuse of wild animals in entertainment! Photo copyright DR/Shutterstock.
Wool is the loveliest of materials but often comes with a dark back-ground of abuse. Hidden away abuse…of animals, humans and nature. Therefore, make sure to ask for traceability before purchasing a wool product: Where is it made, by whom and from what? Ask for certifications that guarantee that animals, workers and nature have been treated well. And take a minute to consider the concept of quality and how it is implemented in the development, manufacturing and distribution of the product. The Scandi brands have a long history of working with traceability, as it is part of the traditional focus on transparency not only for the final product but also in production itself. Today traceability is a world wide movement.
Criss-Cross blankets by Faye Toogood for Teixidors. This amazing Spanish brand is located in Barcelona. Since their founding in 1983 they’ve worked to achieve social integration, and economic independence of people with learning difficulties. This is carried out through extraordinarily creative work on manual looms. Teixidors collaborate with small, eco-farms for the production of their wool. Photo copyright Teixidors.
”Tracing 200 kg of Merino Wool”, copyright Teixidors at Vimeo.
A wool blanket of high quality, made in organic wool by skilled craftsmen for a transparent brand is something to cherish during many years. From the Criss-Cross collection by Faye Toogood for Teixidors. Photo copyright Teixidors.
Transfer or transition?
Your choice makes the difference.
Eames Elephant by Charles and Ray Eames (1945) for Vitra. Photo copyright Vitra.
BLES – Boon Lott’s Elephant Sancturary creates a safe and natural home for rescued Thai elephants. Photo copyright BLES.
Wildlife SOS India saves captured and abused elephants in India. Photo copyright SOS India.
PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals works to end the use and abuse of elephants for entertainment, like in circuses (picture shows ”training” of a young calf). Photo copyright PETA.
Yes thank you, the holiday was fine. We stayed at home, unplugged the internet, read lots of books and used up the stock of candles, wine, green tea and chocolate biscuits. To slow down is to find joyful moments in the everyday, in the ordinary. When you’re free to linger in life, a walk in the neighbourhood becomes as exciting as any visit to a foreign destiny. After the 2019 Sportlov – this fab annual holiday in Sweden when children and adults are supposed to go skiing, skate and spend time together, we’re ready for the next climate challenge: ”H and W” as in Home Weekend! Stay tuned!
NB ”Sportlov” was introduced in Sweden in 1940 as a means to reduce the amount of coal used to heating up the school buildings. All children got a week off school and the government arranged ”activites to improve the health of young adults”. Among the promoted activites was skiing in the mountains. With climate change the Sportlov is as important as ever.
If your’re lucky to visit the Swedish mountains during wintertime you might spot the small Arctic Fox. The project Felles Fjellrev is a collaboration between Sweden, Norway and Finland with the goal to save the Arctic Fox. Photo copyright Thomas Meijer.
Chanel has declared they’re going 100% fur-free as well as stop using exotic skins for their products. The iconic fashion house hereby join other famous brands, like Burberry, Gucci, Versace, Armani, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, DKNY and Donna Karan. Let’s urge design brands to follow suit pronto and say no to animal fur and skins in design items.
How nice Chanel! Now I can use my favourite perfume again, without getting bad vibes by a brand associated with abuse of animals, wildlife and nature. Photo copyright Djurens Rätt.
Some small party of individuals, actually the cute Blue Tits of Old Town, are regular visitors to the feeding table outside our studio window. They’re especially active when a change of weather is under way. In the Nordic countries we’re now approaching winter and it is time to put up some new birdhouses!
Swedish farm Bankeberg make very functional and nice birdhouses. Order one! If not for your own garden it’ll make a perfect gift. Place the birdhouse on a secure spot during late Fall, and the wood will have enough time to get perfectly…dirty! That’s what the birds prefer when they nest in early spring. Put some straw or dry grass in the house and it’ll double as a shelter during cold winter nights.
The Bankeberg birdhouses comes for tits, starlings, fly catchers, owls, tree-creepers and bats.
Talking to me? Blue Tit, photo copyright Damian Waters.
Standard is a bird house for tits and flycatchers. It is easy to clean due to a front which can be opened. Photo copyright Bankebergs.
In a stand against the leather industry’s cruelty to animals and the huge environmental devastation, leather will be prohibited on Helsinki Fashion Week catwalks from July 2019. The event – held annually in Finland’s capital – is world leading in promoting sustainable fashion. There’s nothing sustainable about the leather trade. In fact, the leather industry is one of the world’s biggest polluters, kills over a billion animals each year and also harm and kill people.
On a couch near you? Every day hundred thousands of animals are abused in the leather trade.
Perhaps your next designer chair? The ”life” of animals in the leather trade is nothing but misery.
Which Furniture Fair and Design Week will be first to follow Helsinki’s example and ditch leather? Photo copyright Anna Kern.
Innovative, high-tech options made from sustainable, plant-derived materials is on the rise. Alongside fab looking natural materials from a sustainable production. Let’s go Cruelty Free and never buy design products of animal origin. Leather, feather, fur and skin? No thank you!
Longtime readers of Scandimood might remember my series ”No plastic”, ”No food waste” and ”No textile shopping”. And how I made an effort to reduce my private and professional consumtion of plastic, never throw away food and develop a strategy on how to buy less clothes and textile for the household. Some of you’ve now asked me for un update. You can read more under ”No Plastic” to the right of this page.
In Stockholm it is possible to recycle almost all kind of plastic. Unfortunately this make no incentive for people to consume less. On the contrary! Plastic is everywhere, it is difficult to avoid, and the main part of used plastic products end up as waste in the nature. A lot end up in the sea: it is app. that in 2050 there’ll be more plastic than fish in the seas.
An urgent problem with plastic is abandoned, lost and discarded fishing nets, lines and traps that threats sea life. A staggering 640,000 tonnes of (plastic) gear is left in our oceans each year. This gear traps, injures, mutilates and kills hundreds of thousands of whales, seals, turtles and birds annually. In July World Animal Protection called on all FN countries to investigate the possibility of using RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) and other ways to ID all commercial fishing gear. Follow their campagin Sea Change for more info.
Turtle in the Saragasso Sea trapped in plastic waste.
Kaskelot wale (aka Sperm whale) trapped in a ghost net. This giant have lived on earth for more than 25 million years! Photo copyright Alberto Romeo/Marine Photobank.
Seal trapped in a ghost net in the waters of UK (2018). Photo copyright World Animal Protection.
Elephants do not belong in the entertainment business. Wildlife SOS in India, is an organization saving and taking care of elephants. Giving them a chance to experience some freedom, after many many years of abuse.
For the benefit of all animals still captured in the entertainment business: say no to the abuse and exploit of animals for entertainment, in factory farming and production of food, clothes, design items and meds…
”The many sounds of elephants”, video copyright Wildlife SOS – saving India’s elephants (2018).