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are the stuff that summer's made of—pick-up soccer matches, baseball games at
dusk, and beach volleyball are perfect ways to celebrate the season of sunshine.
But there's no reason why sports fun needs to be at the expense of animals.
like to run, roll, and play just as we do. Make sure they can get their summer
playtime, too, by opting for sports equipment that doesn't use sheep intestines,
pig skins, cow hides, or other animal materials.
are a few great animal-friendly options:
Carpenter Trade Baseball Gloves
"The time for synthetics in
professional baseball gloves has come," says Scott Carpenter, founder of
Carpenter Trade baseball gloves. Scott produces the only all-synthetic gloves
ever to be used in professional baseball, but he's confident that trends are
pointing toward non-animal leather. "Completely synthetic gloves will
eventually be an industry standard," he says. Carpenter does use wool for the
padding in his gloves, but customers can request all-synthetic padding as well.
Vegan Essentials Soccer Ball
Many soccer balls nowadays are made with
synthetic leather, primarily because the material doesn't absorb water like
animal skin does. But depending on where in the world you purchase your ball,
your soccer ball might still contain animal parts. To ensure that your fútbol
is animal-friendly, check out Vegan Essentials' vegan soccer ball. These fair-trade,
eco-certified balls are a sure-fire option for consumers looking for humane,
responsibly sourced soccer balls.
Vegan Essentials Football
When the phrase "toss around the
old pigskin" hit mainstream speak, we should have learned to evolve the
barbaric construction of footballs. Until football fans come to their senses,
though, there are vegan options. Try Vegan Essentials' football, which is made
of all-synthetic materials and in line with industry standards.
Tachikara Zebra Volleyball
synthetic materials make this a ball that you can bump, set, and spike with a
clear conscience. The zebra stripes on its surface are a fun reminder of the
animal lives you're sparing when you purchase vegan sports gear.
Cynthia King Vegan Ballet Slippers
Skip the silk and leather as you're
honing your pirouettes. Cynthia King offers vegan ballet slippers to help you
make the graceful leap to animal-friendly feet. "Using cruelty-free ballet
slippers directly conserves natural resources and saves lives," King says.
We'll dance to that.
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