Well, we survived the snow in Boston last weekend and had a fantastic time exhibiting at the two-day Boston Vegetarian Food Festival.
Just like at DC Vegfest, my wife and I met a ton of readers of the site. And as tends to happen after these things, I came back with a big jolt of inspiration. That’s probably the a result of hanging out with so many readers, as well as people like Robert Cheeke and new friends from Vegan Proteins our neighbors on the show floor.
Or maybe I just ate too much sugar, which also tends to happen at these things. Again, I proved myself too weak to turn down the rare chance to eat sticky buns, whoopie pies, and lots of other vegan versions of food I can’t get anywhere else, from places like Vegan Treats and Cosmo’s Vegan Shoppe.
As I was walking by Cosmo’s on Saturday, I heard a guy working there say, “Hey, I have a tattoo of that shirt!” Turns out it was Skott, who had sent me a photo of his NMA-carrot tattoo a few months back, but neither of us knew the other would be at the festival.
Skott was nice enough to let me take a picture with him and his carrot tattoo, so that even if I achieve nothing else in my life, at least I can show my grandkids that someone got a tattoo of a brand I came up with. Seriously, it was really cool, and Skott was awesome, like so many other people I met this weekend.
New sustainable t-shirts!
We debuted some brand new No Meat Athlete shirts at the show, namely our new Anvil Sustainable t-shirts. They were hugely popular, outselling all our other products combined! Here’s why:
1. They’re made with 50% recycled polyester from plastic bottles, 50% transitional organic cotton (“transitional” means it’s from smaller farms that are going organic but are not yet certified). We like to think of them as our version of the Green Silence. Except they’re not shoes.
2. They’re softer than any other NMA shirt, and have a very retro, “heathered” look and feel to them.
3. They come in fun colors. For men: light green, grey, and natural. For women: light green, natural and — by far our most popular at the show — purple!
We’re also testing out hoodies for the winter. We didn’t have them in time for Boston, but that means more for the internet crowd!
We’ve got a small number of men’s (blue) and women’s (celery) available. They’re made by econscious, which means 80% certified organic cotton, 20% recycled polyester. (See what they did there? eco + conscious = econscious. The cleverness never ends.)
And yeah, we’re pretty pumped about them. In fact I’m wearing mine right this minute. With no plans to remove it.
You can see more info about the hoodies and sustainable tees in the No Meat Athlete store.
Huge, used-car dealership style blowout sale!
It’s crazy, crazy, crazy! While Matt was in Boston, Crazy Susan took control of the site, and now she’s marked things down waaay below what we can afford to sell them for! Our accounting department thinks she’s gone totally nuts and they’re freaking out, but until someone gets control of Crazy Susan, you get a super-duper deal on No Meat Athlete stuff!
(That didn’t really happen. It’s not crazy, crazy, crazy at all, and Susan only has author access, not admin, so she doesn’t have control of the site. But I’ve wanted to play used car dealer for about as long as we’ve been selling shirts, and it sure was worth it.)
Here’s the real story: To make room for all the new shirts, we’ve got to clear out our inventory of several other styles. No joke; we still run this operation out of our house, so when I say “make room,” I mean exactly that. We had no idea when we finished our basement that what we were really finishing was a shirt warehouse.
So a couple shirts are cheap right now, until they’re gone:
Cotton shirts for $10: Instead of the usual $17, our white and yellow cotton shirts are now available for just $10, with free shipping anywhere in the U.S.
Women’s singlets for $10: We’ve been trying for the longest time to find women’s tanktops that we’re happy with, and we’re still searching. So the women’s singlets that we have in stock are also available for $10, while they last. They’re made by A4, like the men’s, but they’re a looser fit than what we’re looking for, more like a singlet than a form-fitting tanktop.
So while we didn’t spring for a huge inflatable gorilla, these are some pretty good deals and if you’d like to sport some NMA stuff for cheap, now’s the time.
P.S. Last night Ben and I recorded our second-ever episode of No Meat Athlete Radio. We’re on iTunes now, so you can check us out there and subscribe that way. We had a special guest for this one, and we should have it available for download before the weekend so you can take it along on your long run, ride, or workout. Or Zumba class, if you really wanted to ruin it with our podcast.