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  1. Iceland 2018 Christmas Advert 'BANNED' For Being Too Political

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    Iceland Shop Front

    Banned Iceland Christmas Advert

    Supermarket giant Iceland have had their christmas advert banned from being aired on TV for being 'too political' by the advertising body Clearcast. 

    The kids cartoon-style advert begins with a little girl finding an orangutan in her room. The advert narrated by Emma Thompson quickly takes a darker turn when the child asks why the orangutan is in her room in the first place, which is when he reveals the impact humans are having on his rainforest for the uses of palm oil in food and other products.

    Distressing scenes include cartoons of machines tearing down trees, harvesting the forest and at one point it appears that the oangutans mother will be killed.

    Was it staged?

    While the advert is banned from airing on TV, there are no regulations for social media. Iceland have decided to continue to share their not-so-festive £500,000 commercial on all their social media platforms instead. It's unlikely that such a substantiual company would be unaware of the restrictions of advertising, so some are questioning whether the rejection from TV itself is a part of the marketing campaign.

    While many may argue that the advert has no link to christmas whatsoever, the importance behind the story cannot be ignored. Palm oil is the number one risk to the survivial of the organutan, and at the end of the advert, it is dedicated to the 25 oranguatans that we lose every day. They have also vouched to remove palm oil from all of their own brand products, despite palm oil being a cheap ingredient in everything from chocolate to soap. It is estimated to be in around 50% of all supermarket products.

    What do you think about the advert? Please, share your thoughts in the comments below.


    If you are looking for more ways to reduce your impact on the environment this Christmas, why not check out our 5 tips for a green Christmas post.

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    Written by Amy Northwood
    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. 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.


    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
    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. Tesco's Doubles Vegan Wicked Food Range

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    Wicked Range

    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
    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

  4. 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


    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!

    Change the World


    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!

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    Written by Jack Ricketts
    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

  5. 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