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.
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!
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!
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!
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:
Thug Kitchen (This one is also hilarious, but definitly only for adults due to mature lanuage!)
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 isLUSH, 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!
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!
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
Street Market Rainbow Slaw
Painted Potato Salad
Packed Puff Pie
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!
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!