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  1. The BEST Christmas Gifts For Vegans (As Voted By Vegans)

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    Vegan Christmas Gift Ideas

    Christmas is a great time of year for bringing people together, and while we try and keep the focus around spending time together, everyone loves presents.

    Some people love giving them, some love receiving them, and some love both! Regardless of which category you fit into, there is sure to be times when you find yourself wondering what to get someone. If you’re an omnivore wanting to buy something nice and thoughtful for a vegan this Christmas, I have put together this list with the help of over 100 fellow vegans to work out just what it is we really want!

    I’ve included specific examples where I can, as these are all brands I know and trust, so you can be sure you’re getting something 100% vegan that they are sure to love.

    Chocolate

    This may seem like an obvious one, who doesn’t love chocolate? Many of the supermarket options around Christmas time aren’t vegan, but if you’re pushed for time, many of the dark chocolates in shops are vegan (just make sure you check the back, and don’t worry if you see cocoa butter as an ingredient, it is both dairy-free and vegan!). If you’ve got a bit more time to order online, here are some of the tastiest dairy-free chocolate options this year:

    • Cocoalibre  – They make delicious rice milk alternatives to milk chocolate, and have great options for kids in the form of shaped festive chocolates and adults as specialty flavoured milk and dark chocolates. These are sure to go down well!

    • Alternatively, if you’re looking for the gift that keeps on giving, The Chocolate Shop offer a subscription service where they deliver a variety of vegan chocolates directly to the recipients door every month!

    Vegan Makeup

    This can be a little bit more of a difficult one, and is only a good idea for someone you know really well. While you’ll need to do some detective work to establish their favourite colours and shades, treating a makeup lover to some high-end vegan products could make their Christmas! I’ve only included FULLY vegan brands in my list, and they are all voted ‘most loved’ by my vegan audience so you can rest assured you’ll be choosing cruelty free great quality products.

    • Kat Von D is one of the most popular vegan makeup brands, and for good reason! I’m yet to hear of anyone who doesn’t love her products.

    • Milk is another great vegan brand, who pride themselves on being paraben-free, cruelty-free and only using the best ingredients!

    Eco-Friendly Gifts

    This one may seem a bit vague, but that’s because there is no real wrong answer. Anything from notebooks made from 100% recycled materials to bamboo kitchen cooking utensils. Make sure you always read the small print though and be sure that the products are actually eco-friendly! There are a lot of companies out there who will package their goods up in lovely natural looking packaging to make you think you’re doing good, but are actually lying to you. There are some great products over at Protect The Planet but double check the product is vegan before you buy!

    Vegan Cookbooks

    Possibly one of the easier ideas on the list, but nearly half of all the vegans we asked said they would love to receive a cookbook for Christmas. Not all cookbooks are created equal, but lucky for you I’ve read my fair share. The best include:

     

    Vegan Toiletries

    I know I speak for a vast number of women when I say we LOVE our Christmas smellies! It can be easy to assume that all bath bombs and shower gels are vegan, but the truth is that most are not. Many do contain animal products or are tested on animals. One great brand to trust is LUSH, and while some of their products do contain honey, they clearly mark which products are vegan. If you have a LUSH store near you, I reccomend popping in, the staff are always happy to help and the smells are amazing!

    For the men in your life, Bulldog skincare products are all suitable for vegans!

    Charitable Donation In Their Name

    This option was popular with about 10% of our vegans, but I can’t imagine many people would be upset at the idea. Choosing a charity they’re passionate about will show that you’ve put some real thought into the gift, as well as all the good you’ll be doing by supporting the charity. You could even set up a monthly donation in their name and get all the info sent to them.

    Acceptance Of Veganism

    This was one of the most popular options this year, with a staggering 50% of people saying they would like to see their friends and family be more accepting of veganism over the Christmas period.

    For many, Christmas is a time where food is at the centre of attention, so it’s no wonder that conversation often sways towards veganism. Don’t get me wrong, many vegans are happy to (and will encourage) the discussion of veganism this festive period but avoiding being ganged up on or mocked would be top of anyone’s Wishlist. Spare us a thought, pass us the sprouts and let's have a good one!

    What are you wrapping your presents in?

    As a side note, every year we use 50,000 trees worth of wrapping paper at christmas time, to learn more about how you can make your christmas as eco friendly as possily, check out this post from House Beautiful!

    Do you have any additional ideas to these that you think people might love? Let us know in the comments below!

    Written by Amy Northwood
    Her-Bivore
    My passion for food and conservation has led me to where I am now! My aim is to show people that veganism can be diverse, tasty and adapted to fit every lifestyle and budget! 
    You can find me on Instagram

    Amy Northwood

  2. Tesco's Doubles Vegan Wicked Food Range

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    The Wicked Food Range

    After all the excitment earlier in the year when Tescos launched their own vegan food brand Wicked, vegan options have been constantly on the rise. It's no wonder that the superstore has increased the range, as they say that the demand for plant-based foods is the biggest food trend of 2018.

    The new range consists of 26 products, including 'sausage' rolls, pies, sourdough pizzas, chilled desserts, deli foods and more! The new range goes on sale from 15th October, so make sure you check your local tescos store! 

    The complete new Wicked Kitchen range consists of the following :

    • Charred Pineapple Dream Cake
    • Red Velvet Brownie
    • Smoked Carrot Celebration Sandwich
    • Bubble and Squeak Sandwich
    • Cali Roll Cold Cuts Sub
    • Mac Attack Salad Bowl
    • Citrus Noodle Salad Bowl
    • Tex-Mex Salad Bowl
    • Turmeric Cauliflower and Coconut Bites
    • Curried Protein Pot
    • Toasted Three Onion Dip
    • Hella’ Cold Cracked Corn Dip
    • Hipster Salad
    • Street Market Rainbow Slaw
    • Almighty Green
    • Painted Potato Salad
    • Packed Puff Pie
    • Pesto Lasagne
    • Big Bros Enchilada
    • Fiery Filthy Fries
    • Stir Fried Black Pepper Tofu
    • Chinese BBQ Shreds and Greens
    • Margarita Sourdough Pizza
    • Spicy Mushroom and Veg Sourdough Pizza
    • All The Rage Rolls
    • Curried Cauli Pasty

    Have you tried Wicked?

    Chef Derek Sarno who partnered with Tescos to create the range has said:  “This is a dream come true for us. When we launched Wicked Kitchen back in January, the response was just phenomenal. We’re excited to be able to announce the expansion of the range today."

    Have you tried any of the new range? What did you think? Let us know your favourites in the comments!

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    Written by Amy Northwood
    Her-Bivore
    My passion for food and conservation has led me to where I am now! My aim is to show people that veganism can be diverse, tasty and adapted to fit every lifestyle and budget! 
    You can find me on Instagram

    Amy Northwood

  3. Challenge 22 - How You Can Do More As A Vegan

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    How to make a difference

    Quite often I find myself wondering if I’m doing all I can to promote veganism.

    I feel like, I know that I’m making a difference by choosing to live a plant-based lifestyle, but it’s not enough.

    There’s a part of me that wants to advocate and communicate the benefits of the lifestyle.

    I know it’s certainly not everyone’s cup of tea and some people may be picturing me waving a placard and storming the streets right now.

    No, I’m talking about “advocating and communicating the benefits of the lifestyle”. Because there are other ways to convey your point than through a megaphone.

    Challenge 22

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    Challenge 22 is one of the ways that we can start to help people see the benefits of a Cruelty-Free Lifestyle.

    The premise of this scheme is to invite omnivores to try a plant-based diet for 22 days.

    Each new subscriber to the challenge gets access to their own mentor as well as a variety of resources such as recipes and tips to help guide them through this trial period.

    The reason for 22 days is because according to Marco Borges (the creator of the challenge), this is the amount of time it takes to form habits around a plant-based diet.

    You can find out more about this in his book: The 22-Day Revolution.

    Hopefully, within these 22 days, they should be able to see some of the health benefits as well.

    So what can we do?

    Ultimately, I believe schemes such as Challenge 22 will be one of the most effective means of challenging people’s perspectives over time.

    It gives people the chance to ask the questions and learn about the benefits. Helping to put veganism in a positive light, as opposed to people thinking we’re mad.

    As we are already vegan, here is my challenge to you:

    Find one person, who has indicated that they are open to the idea of veganism (for example, they’ve said something along the lines of “I would... but…..) and tell them about the challenge.

    It’s only 22 days, they have nothing to lose by it! Just promise them that they won’t starve!

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    Change will happen when we open a person’s mind to new ideas. Not when we try to crack it open!

    We can only steer them in the right direction but by offering them the chance to trial the lifestyle, they will have taken the first positive step to a Cruelty-Free Lifestyle.

    This is why Challenge 22 is so great. It’s our responsibility to put the word out there and get people to try it.

    To find out more about the challenge, visit their website or check out their PDF on the challenge itself.

    Amy and I are also very happy to support new and existing members of the community. If you would like to speak to us for any advice or tips, you can get in touch with us through our contact page  or social pages.

    What have you taken part in recently? Have you helped anyone on their journey to becoming vegan? What’s your opinion on the best way to advocate veganism? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

    <<Vegan Lifestyle News & Posts

    Written by Jack Ricketts
    -Him-Bivore
    Marketing has always been my career focus. I am striving to promote a plant-based lifestyle to the masses through positive campaigns and sharing the benefits of veganism. The animals, and the planet, need us more than ever to make a change. 
    You can find me on Instagram

  4. List of Dominos Outlets doing the New Vegan Supreme

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    Here is the List of the Dominos Stores offering the new vegan supreme

    • Aldershot

    • Ayr (Scotland)

    • Basingstoke Brighton Hill

    • Bishop Auckland

    • Bordon

    • Bradford - Buttershaw

    • Bradford - Eccleshill

    • Bradford - Lidget Green

    • Bristol Filfon

    • Burnham

    • Cheshunt

    • Chester-Le-Street

    • Consett (Northern Ireland)

    • Downpatrick

    • Droitwich

    • Evesham

    • Farnborough - Central

    • Farnborough - Fernhill

    • Fleet

    • Formby

    • Frimley

    • Hartlepool

    • Haslemere

    • Hindhead

    • Houghton-le-Spring

    • Leeds - Crossgates

    • Liverpool - Aintree

    • London - North Acton

    • Market Weighton

    • Middlesbrough

    • Nelson (Wales)

    • Redcar

    • Scarborough

    • South Shields

    • Stockton-on-Tees

    • Stourport-on-Severn

    • Sunderland - North

    • Sunderland - South

    • Wakefield

    • Waltham Abbey

    • Washington

    Find out more about the Dominos Vegan Pizza Scandal

  5. Domino's Vegan Pizza is Set to Fail

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    Have you tried the New Domino's Vegan Pizza?

    No? There’s a reason for that… Dominos have set the campaign up to fail.

    Here is the list of places you can get Domino's New Vegan Supreme Pizza in the UK

    It's quite a big list right? But does anything strike you as odd? Here are these locations plotted on a map:

     Dominos Vegan Supreme Across the UK

    If you’ve got your specs on, you’ll notice that we are missing some pretty key locations and whilst it may look like London is covered, at least, here is a zoom on that area for you:

    Dominos Vegan Supreme Across London

    Only one Dominos in the centre of London has been chosen to trial the New Vegan Supreme.

    Here are some more fun facts - according to femalefirst.co.uk: 

    • 42% of streets offering a restaurant with vegan options in Brighton

    • 28% of streets in Glasgow

    • 19% of streets in Birmingham

    These are the three, most vegan locales, in the UK and guess what. If you live there, you’re all gonna have to travel out of town to get your pizza. Especially in Brighton, the number one vegan location in the UK, where you will have to travel over 40 miles (1hr 9 minutes drive) to get to the closest Dominos that does the new pizza.

    Dominos and Vegans in the past

    There is a fellow is called Tim McIntyre. If you have googled “Dominos” and “vegans” in the same search, the chances are you may have already been introduced.

    He’s the chief spokesman for the chain and to clarify what relevance he has to this article; he doesn’t have a lot of time for Vegans.

    In one interview when asked if Dominos would consider doing vegan food in the past, this was his response:

    “We will never tell a farmer how to farm. We will never tell a rancher how to raise his or her animals. What we believe is they’re the experts. They have the most vested interest in raising their livestock. It’s not just a job, we recognize that. It’s a life and we appreciate that—and we’re not afraid to stand up and say it.”

    “Over the years, because we have taken the tact of what I’ll call ‘leaning into the punch’—and we’ve taken the punch and sometimes we punch back—we’ve been lucky enough to see that the extremists will go away when they realize that we are not going to cave,”

    “The best answer is to be deaf. To not hear them, to not respond, to not give them a platform. The biggest mistake we make is believing that they are reasonable people.  We’ve learned they’re not. That’s why they’re called extremists.”

    So what’s really going on?

    Those are some pretty damning words Mr McIntyre. The unfortunate truth for him is that 2018 has been the start of the Vegan Revolution and big companies do actually have to start listening.

    Don’t get excited thinking Dominos have turned over a new leaf. Views like that, they don’t just change. The New Vegan Supreme wasn’t ever intended to make Vegans happy, it was intended to make shareholders happy.

    When the time comes, Dominos can go back to their old ways and say “It wasn’t working out”. They can show the data to shareholders of how the vegan pizza flopped across the UK and talk them out of supporting a new vegan range.

    It’s all about money to shareholders… but it’s not to Dominos. There are some hugely backward views in the organisation. They are compelled to stand up for the factory farming industry. To support inhumane methods of slaughter and to ultimately stand up for everything vegans oppose.

    All they need to do, is to stock vegan cheese and a base… Vegans don’t need a Deluxe Vegan Supreme brand new pizza. Just these two options… But they won’t do it.
     

    The Solution

    It’s all very well and good to hold onto hope. But as Vegans, we all know that the switch to a compassionate lifestyle comes with sacrifices. Sacrifices that don’t hold any weight when you consider what we fight for.

    Don’t wait for Dominos to change their mind. Boycott the organisation. They’ve made their standpoint on compassionate living very clear. All that is left to do is to let them fall behind with the times as the Vegan Revolution gains more traction year-on-year.

    Never forget the past.

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    But...

    If you are craving pizza, we do have a simple vegan pizza recipe for you to try out! This recipe is great because it's so easily adjusted for everyone's individual taste. You can use whatever toppings you want and easily experiment with even those less-traditional pizza topping ideas you have.

    The next time someone suggests Dominos, now you have a recipe and the facts. Do with them what you will!

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    Written by Jack Ricketts
    -Him-Bivore
    Marketing has always been my career focus. I am striving to promote a plant-based lifestyle to the masses through positive campaigns and sharing the benefits of veganism. The animals, and the planet, need us more than ever to make a change. 
    You can find me on Instagram