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    • squirrelgirl
    • By squirrelgirl 9th Nov 16, 5:00 PM
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    Vegan Living & Ethical Buying
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    • 9th Nov 16, 5:00 PM
    Vegan Living & Ethical Buying 9th Nov 16 at 5:00 PM
    Hi,

    I'm not sure if there is a thread which covers this already but I am a vegan who tries to consume as ethically as possible and wondered if there is anyone else out there trying to do the same thing in as much of a money saving way as possible!??

    I have recently had an increase in income and have therefore decided that from this day forward I will no longer purchase anything from any organisation that doesn't produce their goods ethically. It means that I will no longer use supermarkets; will either buy fresh products from a local organic box scheme or local organic producers; toiletries, household products and dry/tinned goods will be from a wholesale cooperative or a local health food shop.

    Tomorrow I will look at a greener energy provider- I can't afford solar panels at the moment but I can look at renewable electricity suppliers. I already bank with an ethical bank and am basing all my choices on ratings via the ethical consumer website.

    I know that this isn't going to be easy, not using any mainstream shops is going to take a lot of planning but I think its worth doing and hope that I'm not alone!!
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    • savvy
    • By savvy 15th Sep 18, 9:05 AM
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    Awesome, thanks for that.....thinking that also might be a recipe for using up my blackberries too!

    Thinking back to the clothing discussion earlier, Iíve just read this article and had no idea about the impact of washing polyester
    • RebeccaAnn
    • By RebeccaAnn 21st Sep 18, 2:16 PM
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    Thank you for all your replies. I am checking out project 333 as we speak and I love the idea. I have also asked the husband to get me a razor for xmas from little shop of vegans in Norwich. Hope everyone is well and enjoying the change in weather.
    • Nonnadiluca
    • By Nonnadiluca 23rd Sep 18, 8:05 PM
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    Re underwear, have a look at M&S 'Plan A' : it is working towards using more Fair trade/organic cotton, so I feel more comfortable buying underwear from them than the really cheap stuff, as at least they're going in the right direction while still being affordable. 'The true cost of fashion' documentary is a real eye opener, though be warned, it's not an easy watch! It certainly made me rethink my attitude to what I buy.
    • squirrelgirl
    • By squirrelgirl 25th Sep 18, 12:34 PM
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    RebeccaAnn.....you must be in my neck of the woods!

    It's absolutely beautiful here today....I'm currently drinking a glass of wine in my garden and watching the pheasant munching seeds - the sun is making his colours iridescent and reminding me of how incredibly lucky I am to live where I live and grateful for the changing seasons

    I'm off to London next week and really hoping to get some large chickpeas - I've tried online but don't seem to be able to locate any that are organic, reasonably priced or don't an eye watering delivery charge! If anyone has any ideas....I'd be very grateful!!
    12 Month Challenge: Renovations - £1882/£21000; Mortgage - £300/£16000 ;
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    • RebeccaAnn
    • By RebeccaAnn 30th Sep 18, 11:37 AM
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    I watched the true cost of fashion last night. It was utterly heartbreaking. I just think that we have become so used to the cost of items on the high street that moving to fairtrade then seems extremely expensive but we never think about the history of products.

    Squirrelgirl, I truly love it here. We used to live further up north and I didn't actually want to move down here but Norwich (we live a distance away in the middle of nowhere) is an amazing city. So many small businesses and vegan restaurants. The weather is so much nicer than where we were too, we won't have to turn our heating on for another month but we have friends back home that are already complaining about the weather. Autumn is my fave time of year, I love the colors and getting to wear jumpers and other comfy clothes but I especially love the food.

    Hope the trip to London goes well, I have never seen large chickpeas and didn't actually realize that they came any bigger than the standard size!
    • squirrelgirl
    • By squirrelgirl 3rd Oct 18, 1:46 PM
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    RebeccaAnn it really is lovely - I'm originally from the north east and I do miss hills but other than that, I really can't fault the area at all!

    I didn't manage to get the giant chickpeas (they're known as Castillian chickpeas) as the only ones I could find were the ones in jars and so expensive it's scary!! Unfortunately, I think I will have to just bite the bullet and pay for the exorbitant delivery charge - I'll convince myself it's a belated birthday pressie and hopefully won't feel as resentful!!

    I was very good while I was in London and bought nothing at all other than a few beverages....I almost succumb to an absolutely beautiful white balsamic but I managed to resist the temptation as I still have several litres of plain balsamic and my flavoured ones....regardless of my obsession with it, there really is only so much I can use
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    • squirrelgirl
    • By squirrelgirl 10th Oct 18, 9:17 AM
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    I did it and bought the chickpeas online - not ideal but got quite a few packets so that the postage expense was minimised I cooked a batch and they really are lovely so worth the hassle - had them with a warm buckwheat and harissa salad...lush!! I'll use the rest of the batch by making a butternut squash and chickpea casserole and a chickpea curry....if any are left over, I'll make hommous or freeze them
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    • savvy
    • By savvy 10th Oct 18, 6:03 PM
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    I did it and bought the chickpeas online - not ideal but got quite a few packets so that the postage expense was minimised I cooked a batch and they really are lovely so worth the hassle - had them with a warm buckwheat and harissa salad...lush!! I'll use the rest of the batch by making a butternut squash and chickpea casserole and a chickpea curry....if any are left over, I'll make hommous or freeze them
    Originally posted by squirrelgirl
    Oooo where did you find them?
    • squirrelgirl
    • By squirrelgirl 12th Oct 18, 3:26 PM
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    Hi Savvy, tapas lunch company...not organic unfortunately but couldn't find any that were
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    • pile-o-stone
    • By pile-o-stone 22nd Oct 18, 5:29 PM
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    My post is not especially vegan related, but we vegans do love our natural habitat, so hopefully no one will mind me posting this. After seeing lots of news reports about the damage plastic is doing to our environment, I started to look at my own lifestyle to see if I could make some changes. I do a lot of travelling as part of my job and I am always dismayed with the small plastic shower gel, shampoo and conditioners provided by the hotels. They often provide a small soap as well, so I stick with that if possible, but just use the gel if not, trying to eek out the whole pot for my stay (often the hotel staff throw it away after one use, so I used to hide it). I decided that I'd just bring my own shower gel, then decided that they still come in plastic, so I found some soap bars wrapped in paper and I bought a soap case for my toiletry bag. This started me thinking and I went on to replace my disposable razor heads with a double edged safety razor and 100% recyclable razor blades, replaced shaving gel in a metal can with shaving soap in a paper wrapper, antiperspirant in a plaster roller with an alum crystal block (I'm amazed with how well this stuff works!), toopaste in a plastic tube with toothpowder in a glass bottle (with metal lid), mouth wash in a plastic bottle with mouthwash tablets in a glass bottle (metal lid) and hair gel in a plastic tube with hair putty in a metal case.

    My travel bag is now completely plastic free (& obv vegan) and I'm looking to see where else I can reduce/remove plastic from my life.

    I found loads of websites dedicated to a plastic free life, so I'm going to do research and see just how plastic free I can get
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    • squirrelgirl
    • By squirrelgirl 22nd Oct 18, 9:39 PM
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    I think thats great pile-o-stone!!

    Thankfully my plastic use is pretty limited but until I am totally plastic free, I'll keep looking at what I'm using I use pyrex dishes for freezing and storing food (the lids are plastic but I've had them for years and no deterioration), i buy all my toiletries and cleaning products in bulk and Suma take the containers back to refill, my binsacks are degradable and i try to buy drinks etc in glass bottles...in all honesty, thats the hardest thing to get away from - plastic drinks bottles..and when i buy pulses, grains etc in bulk they tend to come in plastic! On the plus side, Suma are doing what they can to minimise plastics (thats one of the multitude of good things about them! ) so a lot of the thinking is done for me!

    It'sgreat that things like this are becoming more mainstream now...however much I hate the media, the exposure of the damage from plastics and the resulting focus upon it from a wide range of people and companies can only be a good thing
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    • squirrelgirl
    • By squirrelgirl 3rd Nov 18, 11:14 AM
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    I have just ordered some vegan food wraps! .....I have looked into reusable food wraps previously but could never find anything other than beeswax wraps which obviously aren't okay for me. These are re-usable for around 12 months and once they have come to the end of their useful life, they are fully compostable!! Must admit, I'm pretty excited about them...yep, I'm that tragic!!

    Although I use glass dishes for most of my stuff, dil is cooking now for her and ds, so I know that we are going to need more of those too, but I just don't have the storage space currently - hopefully, these wraps will fill the void until ds gets my additional shelving done!

    Not much else to report - going to put together a suma order in the next couple of days as I am running out of some stuff - it will be a challenge to fit it all in as my house is currently a building site but I'm going to have to manage somehow!!
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    • savvy
    • By savvy 11th Nov 18, 1:58 PM
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    I have just ordered some vegan food wraps! .....I have looked into reusable food wraps previously but could never find anything other than beeswax wraps which obviously aren't okay for me. These are re-usable for around 12 months and once they have come to the end of their useful life, they are fully compostable!! Must admit, I'm pretty excited about them...yep, I'm that tragic!!
    Originally posted by squirrelgirl
    LOL! Not tragic, just happy Have you got a link to them, I'd only ever found beeswax or plastic
    • squirrelgirl
    • By squirrelgirl 13th Nov 18, 9:09 AM
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    I got them from here savvy:

    https://www.rowenstillwater.com/collections/all

    They arrived yesterday and I'm pretty impressed! Dh wasn't convinced until they turned up...now he thinks they're a grat plan!! I bought 3 pks of 3 which worked out at around £36 I think but definitely worth the cash if they last as long as is stated
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    • Ben84
    • By Ben84 30th Dec 18, 4:42 PM
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    My post is not especially vegan related, but we vegans do love our natural habitat, so hopefully no one will mind me posting this. After seeing lots of news reports about the damage plastic is doing to our environment, I started to look at my own lifestyle to see if I could make some changes. I do a lot of travelling as part of my job and I am always dismayed with the small plastic shower gel, shampoo and conditioners provided by the hotels. They often provide a small soap as well, so I stick with that if possible, but just use the gel if not, trying to eek out the whole pot for my stay (often the hotel staff throw it away after one use, so I used to hide it). I decided that I'd just bring my own shower gel, then decided that they still come in plastic, so I found some soap bars wrapped in paper and I bought a soap case for my toiletry bag. This started me thinking and I went on to replace my disposable razor heads with a double edged safety razor and 100% recyclable razor blades, replaced shaving gel in a metal can with shaving soap in a paper wrapper, antiperspirant in a plaster roller with an alum crystal block (I'm amazed with how well this stuff works!), toopaste in a plastic tube with toothpowder in a glass bottle (with metal lid), mouth wash in a plastic bottle with mouthwash tablets in a glass bottle (metal lid) and hair gel in a plastic tube with hair putty in a metal case.

    My travel bag is now completely plastic free (& obv vegan) and I'm looking to see where else I can reduce/remove plastic from my life.

    I found loads of websites dedicated to a plastic free life, so I'm going to do research and see just how plastic free I can get
    Originally posted by pile-o-stone

    Safety razors are great for cutting down rubbish - and money saving too. I replaced bottles of hand wash with solid soap a long time ago, but haven't found it suits me for use all over in the shower, or for my face, only for hand washing.


    For the shower gel and shampoo I'm buying the biggest bottles since they use the least packaging per unit of product. Bar soap would be better if I could use it.



    I'm not trying to avoid plastics as such, just going for the least waste possible. Sometimes this leads me to plastic packaging, other times away from it. Depends how much product to packaging there is and how many uses I'll get from something.
    • cod3
    • By cod3 31st Dec 18, 5:39 PM
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    [rant]I am always baffled by non-vegans who feign concern about plastic waste killing sealife, but they don't care enough to actually stop...er...killing sealife to eat it [/rant]

    Not you lovely folk obviously

    This year I started making my own soap. Not fancy soap, just plain and without added extras that aggravate my kids' skin. This reduces packaging and it costs coppers to make compared to buying other cruelty free soap. I put oats in my second batch and it is lovely.

    Have a lovely Hogmanay and a great 2019.

    I am going to park the word VEGANUARY here in case any new MSE vegans are searching for this keyword and need any help
    • savvy
    • By savvy 1st Jan 19, 5:27 PM
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    [rant]I am always baffled by non-vegans who feign concern about plastic waste killing sealife, but they don't care enough to actually stop...er...killing sealife to eat it [/rant]

    Not you lovely folk obviously

    This year I started making my own soap. Not fancy soap, just plain and without added extras that aggravate my kids' skin. This reduces packaging and it costs coppers to make compared to buying other cruelty free soap. I put oats in my second batch and it is lovely.

    Have a lovely Hogmanay and a great 2019.

    I am going to park the word VEGANUARY here in case any new MSE vegans are searching for this keyword and need any help
    Originally posted by cod3
    Sounds interesting, but how easy is it? I always need quick and easy remedies lol, so time poor!!
    • cod3
    • By cod3 1st Jan 19, 7:31 PM
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    Sounds interesting, but how easy is it? I always need quick and easy remedies lol, so time poor!!
    Originally posted by savvy
    Not sure if you are asking about soap making or Veganuary so I'll try to cover all bases. The good news is they are both easy

    This is the soap recipe I used. I used the 1lb test size first and it made 8 bars. For my second batch I used the same recipe and added some oats at the end (just plain oats whizzed a little in the food processor) The lye/caustic soda I got cheaply from the local hardware shop. I used tap water instead of distilled as we live in the west of Scotland where the water is lovely and soft (and free haha).

    https://vedgedout.com/2012/11/07/vegan-cold-process-soap/

    https://veganuary.com/
    • savvy
    • By savvy 7th Jan 19, 4:31 PM
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    Not sure if you are asking about soap making or Veganuary so I'll try to cover all bases. The good news is they are both easy

    This is the soap recipe I used. I used the 1lb test size first and it made 8 bars. For my second batch I used the same recipe and added some oats at the end (just plain oats whizzed a little in the food processor) The lye/caustic soda I got cheaply from the local hardware shop. I used tap water instead of distilled as we live in the west of Scotland where the water is lovely and soft (and free haha).

    https://vedgedout.com/2012/11/07/vegan-cold-process-soap/

    https://veganuary.com/
    Originally posted by cod3
    Aw thanks, yes the soap lol
    • silverwhistle
    • By silverwhistle 7th Jan 19, 8:52 PM
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    For those not quite as keen on making their own it's still good to see bar soap getting more mainstream attention:


    https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2019/jan/07/sales-soap-up-better-cleaning-shower-gel
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