One Green Bottle

I don’t usually carry water around with me but since the heatwave and a recent cold I knew I needed a reusable water bottle. My Husband always carries water on him so I knew it would benefit both of us as well as improve our footprint and help the planet.

I did a bit of research and wanted to buy direct from an ethical company rather than a website that sells everything and is named after a South American river (you know the one!)

I decided to go with One Green Bottle. On their website they explain with the following –

“Onegreenbottle was started by a parent looking for a drinks bottle for her son to take to school each day. With a background as a research chemist and knowledge of the chemical composition of plastics, she identified 304 grade stainless steel as the most inert, safe and toxin free material around.

Huge amounts of plastic single use bottles are thrown into landfill or our oceans each year. Plastic takes 500yrs to decompose but does break down into plastic ‘nurdles’ which get into our food chain. We can all make a big difference by not buying single use plastic bottles. Each plastic bottle of water takes around 2 cups of oil to manufacture, it can leach harmful, toxic chemicals into your drink, it could have been in that bottle for up to 5 years and it could have travelled thousands of miles to get to your supermarket. We only recycle a fraction of disposed plastics. Stainless steel bottles are proven to be the healthiest choice of beverage container.

GOOD FOR LIFE

Good for all life. Better for our planet, best for your life and if you look after your bottle it will have a long life”

I decided to go with a 750ml bottle so I would be refilling it less frequently in this gorgeous gold colour.

I bought this 500ml green apple one for my Husband. I also love the tubes they are sent in and I will definitely be finding another use for them!

Photo taken from website

I would also recommend downloading the Refill App which will show places that you can refill your water bottle. Since I downloaded the app about a year ago the number of places that have offered free refilling has gone up loads! Pret, Costa and Starbucks will all refill your bottle for free. You can also collect points every time you refill to earn rewards that help with your plastic free journey.

Do you have any plastic free tips? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

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One Green Bottle

A Week of Food August 2018

I’ve done lots of cooking this week so I thought I would share with you the meals I made.

On Monday I picked up a couple of pizza bases from Sainsbury’s so I made this one with olives, mushrooms, spinach, capers and Tofurkey hickory slices. I served it with some garlic bread and salad.

I had some tofu that needed using up so on Tuesday I decided to make this tofish recipe from the vegan recipe club. I picked up the wine and beer required in the Co-op as I know they label their alcohol and I wasn’t let down.

I really enjoyed this recipe and I think it’s the best tofish I’ve had, my Husband really enjoyed it too and as he’s not a great lover of tofu so that’s a big win!

A new grocery store has opened up near me which is great because it’s all plastic free! I picked up a few bits and used a tin of chickpeas to make houmous to add to this Buddha bowl.

On Thursday I had some leftovers from earlier in the week so I made this flat bread thing with the other pizza base, the houmous and I roasted some yellow tomatoes.

On Friday I ate out for lunch with my friend Jo at All Bar One, they have quite a few vegan options and I went with this vegetable medley in a miso sauce and added some fries on the side. I had a Seedlip Garden 108 to drink. Seedlip are distilled non-alcoholic spirits and my go-to if I see them on the menu.

On Saturday I took part in Viva’s nationwide day of action (which I wrote about here) so I was very tired when I got home.

Mum with the table ready to go!

Luckily for me my Husband agreed to cook dinner. Unfortunately Sainsbury’s vegan options seem to keep selling out so we were unable to get the Vivera kebab or the Naturli burgers. We settled for the Naturli mince to make into burgers.


Today I made seedy bread rolls and a mini loaf from a marked down mix from Tesco for 42p! I had a couple of rolls with avocado and grapes and crisps for lunch.

What vegan meals have you been making this week? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

A Week of Food August 2018

Tell Tesco To Dump Hogwood

Last year vegan charity and campaign group Viva! undertook an undercover investigation into Hogwood pig farm in Warwickshire who supply pork to Tesco.

What they found was truly horrific. When Viva! approached Tesco about their findings Viva! (which were featured in the Sunday Mirror), Tesco refused to drop it as a supplier – reassuring customers that it takes animal welfare ‘extremely seriously’ and that it expects producers to meet ‘stringent, industry-leading requirements’.

Viva! returned this year to find little had changed and in fact had become worse.

“Once again, heart-breaking footage unveils abhorrent conditions that cannot be ignored – overcrowding, pigs covered in excreta, barren, filthy conditions, animals abandoned to die, and cannibalism. In difficult-to-watch scenes, one piglet who had been dumped in a gangway with other sick pigs, was being eaten alive by others. The same callous abandoning of animals in need was filmed during Viva! Campaigns first investigation inside Hogwood.

You can watch the footage at viva.org.uk/hogwood

So Viva! is calling for people to take a stand against this Red Tractor approved farm and tell Tesco to drop Hogwood as a supplier.

You can do this by

1. Signing the petition

2. Writing to Tesco directly. You can use the following template from Viva!

Dear Dave Lewis, Tesco Plc Group Chief Executive

In view of Viva! Campaigns shocking new undercover investigation at Hogwood Farm in Warwickshire, I urge you to immediately drop the farm as a supplier. Last year Viva! Campaigns exposed abhorrent conditions on Hogwood. In response to this to this Tesco refused to drop the farm as a supplier assuring customers that it takes animal welfare ‘extremely seriously’ and that it expects producers to meet ‘stringent industry-leading requirements’.

It is a shock, therefore, that a second investigation inside Hogwood, carried out only weeks ago (July 2018), reveals overcrowding, pigs covered in excreta, barren and filthy conditions, animals abandoned to die, continued use of farrowing crates and… cannibalism. In difficult-to-watch scenes, a piglet who has been dumped in a gangway with other sick pigs, was literally being eaten alive by others. This is not the first time that the dumping of sick pigs has been filmed here. The same callous abandoning of animals in need was filmed during the first investigation inside Hogwood.

The problems at Hogwood have not gone. In fact in some cases they have got worse. It is clear that Tesco does NOT take animal welfare seriously nor the concerns of customers. Your company’s failure to keep pigs from pain and suffering at Hogwood shows that your assurances are meaningless.

Tesco must act now and hold Hogwood accountable. I urge you to immediately drop the farm as a supplier.

Yours Sincerely

Name and Address

Please send to –

Dave Lewis, Group Chief Executive, Tesco PLC Head Office, Tesco House, Shire Park, Kestrel Way, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 1GA

3. Contact Tesco on social media

Facebook:

Help Hogwood Pigs! One year on, what has changed? Viva!’s second investigation of Hogwood Horror Farm has exposed shocking abuse and undeniable welfare breaches. Help #HogwoodPigs. Sign the petition—every little helps. www.viva.org.uk/hogwood/

Twitter:

I’ve pledged to help #HogwoodPigs. Join me in urging @Tesco to dump Hogwood Horror Farm. Sign the petition now—every little helps www.viva.org.uk/hogwood/ @vivacampaigns

Instagram:

Help Hogwood Pigs! I’ve signed the petition urging @tescofood to dump Hogwood Farm! Will you help close Hogwood Farm once and for all? See the videos and follow the link on @vivacharity #HogwoodPigs

4. Take part in a demonstration at a Tesco store on Viva’s nationwide day of action, this Saturday 11th August. Find your local event here.

Customers can have an impact and enact change. Please don’t be a bystander.

Plumes x

Tell Tesco To Dump Hogwood

Cube and Squash

Yesterday was a very busy day for me. I took part in a Cube of Truth. This is a type of vegan outreach where volunteers stand in a cube formation, wearing masks and showing footage of common slaughterhouse and farming methods from the UK. There are also outreachers surrounding the cube who speak to the public who have been watching the footage about what they have seen and what they can do to stop it.

We had a really successful day with 46 people going away taking veganism seriously and likely to look into it further and make changes in their diets.

I spoke to 3 children and they were very receptive to what I was saying and seemed interested in the documentaries I had recommended for them.

Photo credit – John Kelly

We also had the most volunteers we had ever had at this event and hopefully the success of the event will encourage more local vegans to join us in the future.

Photo credit – Dave Murphy

If you are interested in taking part in an event look at the Anonymous for the Voiceless website to find your local chapter. AV operate on every continent so there should be a chapter in your country. If not you could look into setting up your own!

When I came home I had a rest and then made dinner. My Mum and her Husband have been growing spaghetti squash in their garden and gave me one from their first harvest. I’ve never had spaghetti squash so I looked online for recipes on how to cook it.

I decided to go with this lentil Bolognese from Yummy Mummy Kitchen. It was full of vegetables with carrots, celery, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes along with the lentils. I served the Bolognese in the roasted squash and topped with vegan cheese. These were quite large portions so I had plenty left over to have for lunch today.

So that was my Sunday! I hope you had fun whatever you got up to.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

Plumes x

Cube and Squash

Love Shack August 2018

I’ve been suffering from a cold all week and was really craving the comfort of cheese toastie but had been unable to get to a larger supermarket to buy some vegan cheese so on Friday when I had an hour or so to kill before taking part in the Earthlings Experience in Romford I hatched a plan.

I was thinking of places that weren’t too far out of my way home and I thought of Love Shack in Cambridge Heath, I had only walked past it previously but I had had one of their smoothies the previous evening at Vegan Nights (which I wrote about here).

The space is really cool with a large outside area with beanbags, deck chairs and hammocks, great to chill out with a book or a group of friends.

Taken from Love Shack website

I ordered my cheese toastie along with a juice of pineapple, pear, kiwi and ginger. The ginger helped my throat and the metal straw kept it extra cold.

The toastie was on a wholemeal bread and came with a lentil, tomato chutney as well as a side salad. The cheese was oozy and delicious and definitely what I needed!

I’ll definitely be heading back and bringing a few chums along with me next time!

Have you spent some time at Love Shack? What did you think let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Love Shack August 2018

Vegan Nights Carnival August 2018

Vegan Nights takes part in the first Thursday of the month at 93 Feet East on Brick Lane and August’s theme was carnival.

As Brick Lane is a short walk from work I always get there early and this time I met up with my friend Maxine and her friend Antonia who was attending her first vegan event!

I was a bit miffed when I arrived as I was made to empty my water bottle. In these high heats when we are encouraged to carry water to keep hydrated especially while travelling it is a shame Vegan Nights has this policy. It is especially mad when the first thing we did once entering was go to the bar and get a large glass of free tap water!

As always we did a tour of the stalls before deciding what to eat. There are always new stalls that I haven’t seen before and new foods to try!

For my main I decided to go for wings n tings from Italfresh a Caribbean stall. It consisted of cauliflower “wings” in a ginger beer batter with slaw and sweet potato fries. The thick batter was really tasty and feels a little virtuous by also have a good portion of cauliflower!

Antonia also went for Caribbean from another stall, she had jerk chickn bites with plantain, salsa and slaw. This was Antonia’s first time trying plantain and she was completely sold!

Maxine went for a peanut butter BBQ burger from Vegan Vice (I couldn’t find any links online)

This burger looked immense and Maxine got quite messy trying to eat it!

We wanted something refreshing and cool and the temperature was still hot hot hot as we went into the evening. I chose a smoothie from Love Shack which had coconut milk, pineapple and ginger.

Maxine and Antonia were tempted by the coconut ice-cream served by Elly Joy and it was easy to see why!

I couldn’t go out and not pick up something for my Husband. I got him a peanut butter and jelly brownie from Vida Bakery.

As the evening goes on it gets busier and busier and the queue when I left was getting quite long. I usually make a speedy exit as by Thursday I’m tired from the week at work and this week I’m also suffering from a sore throat coldy thing.

Have you been to Vegan Nights? What did you think? What did you eat? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Vegan Nights Carnival August 2018

Zero Waste Club

Zero Waste Club is an online plastic free grocery shop. It started off as a university project between two friends. I originally met the founders at Hackney Downs Vegan Market last year and have been a customer ever since.

In every order I always buy organic oats. I eat overnight oats almost everyday so need a steady supply.

I had also run out of onion powder and as I’m making quite a bit of baked tofu recently so stocked up. The spices come in 100g bags so should last a while.

The last items I ordered and the ones I was most excited about were the bamboo toothbrushes. I have been using bamboo toothbrushes for a while but have had to tie a hairband around mine so I could tell it apart from my Husband’s. These toothbrushes are colour coded and also you only need to replace the heads rather than the whole toothbrush which is even less wasteful than a biodegradable toothbrush. Also for every toothbrush you buy and post on instagram, Zero Waste Club will plant a tree. What’s not to like?

I will be buying pulses and more spices as and when I need them.

How are you doing with you plastic free journeys? What are your top tips? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Zero Waste Club