It is sweltering and it's not even July yet! This calls for some tank tops and light-weight shoes. Visit your local thrift store or get some organic cotton/ recycled poly tanks from Element, and slip-on red canvas boat shoes from Sanuk. Element Intrans Mens Tank Top in BlackA picture of the ELEMENT Cambridge Men's Tank Top in BlueA picture of the ELEMENT Cambridge Men's Tank Top in BlackSanuk Scurvy Mens Sidewalk Surfers in Red Now that summer is here, it's time to make some plans. Check out my VegNews column, Super Eco Summer for everything from vacation ideas to NYC best ice cream shoppes - from sustainable surfing tips, to backyard gardening. Yes, that's a magical, surfing ice cream cone.

• Check out VegNews' July Fourth survival guide for some awesome tips on food that will make any backyard barbecue sizzle.

• Stars and stripes and spangled banners and weapons exploding in mid air! It's almost July 4th, and you know what that mean... war and meat! Well, that or a vegan hot dog-eating contest in Texas hosted by some bad-ass firefighters. If you're in Texas and think you're man enough to take on some serious eating competitors hwo can handle the heat, git on down to where the stars at night are big and bright. See their Facebook page.

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