Cowhugger and Compassionate Consumerism

By Kristen Johnson

If you are looking for environmentally friendly products for yourself and your family, and you should be, then look no further. My new favorite company, Cowhugger, provides products that are compassion-friendly (no dead animals!), as well as fairly and ethically made with human capital.

Cowhugger is located in Southern California and was started by two animal-loving hippies, just like me. They have 6 dogs and a turtle and they practice what they preach. Best of all, their online store features amazing items and I was ready to spend my whole paycheck there. For now, I’ll stick to the wallet I ordered and go from there. 🙂

This nifty company offers a few t-shirts to spread the message of veganism, along with keychains and cookbooks, which are always fun. But, more importantly, they offer functional products for every day life:

Accessories: I just love their watches – always a difficult thing to purchase without a leather strap! Along with watches, they have super cute necklaces, belts, and cuff bracelets.

Bags: I am definitely a bag-lover, so I was about ready to spend my life savings on this page when I had to cut myself off. They have handbags, travel bags, yoga bags, and everything in between. I am completely in love with their handbag collection and I’m planning to ask for one for Christmas! In the meantime, I ordered a new wallet and I’m hopeful that it is as awesome as the picture and description make it out to be.

Shoes: This is another category that is incredibly difficult to purchase when considering animal and human capital. The industry is filled with dead animals and slave laborers so it is a relief to find a company that considers both in its manufacturing and sales. Cowhugger carries boots, pumps, tennis shoes and more. My only complaint, as always, is that it’s near impossible to find a responsibly-made athletic shoe. They carry “tennis shoes” but as an athlete I need specialized athletic shoes for running/waking, dancing, etc. The search continues, but in the meantime I always, always, always check my labels!

Lip Balm: I can’t wait to add this to my wallet order! Ordering cosmetics in an environmentally friendly, non-chemical way is incredibly difficult. This company manages to do both and they look awesome!

To take a look at the wonderful products that Cowhugger has to offer, see here:

Thank you to the owners of Cowhugger for all you do on behalf of animals, the environment, and human workers. Your efforts are so important and so appreciated. You inspire me to continue the good fight towards compassionate living!

Colossians 1:16 (NRSV): for in[a] him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him.

Serve all with love.

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