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    Veganuary is here to stay!

    Veganuary is here to stay!

    ‘Im doing Veganuary’ she says to me as whilst indulging in all things cheesy at a Christmas party. The V world is notoriously racketed around like a tennis ball during December as those guilty of over doing it, look at detoxing their way into the new year.

    Although it is described as a ‘fad’ by the urban dictionary, it is actually far from it. Supermarkets across the county have taken to Veganuary seriously, prompting Tesco and Sainsbury’s to launch new vegan ranges this month to cater for the increasingly popular trend.

    Big name stars including Lewis Hamilton, and pop sensation Ariana Grande are also both vegan, fueling the growing admiration of the lifestyle choice.

    Veganuary initially started as campaign to raise awareness about animal cruelty, health concerns and the environmental impact of animal farming. More than 115,000 people across the world have already registered on Veganuary.com and the figure is rising rapidly says the charity. The website has a dedicated recipe page listing hundreds of vegan alternatives for popular dishes including burgers and pizzas, in addition to Japanese, Turkish and French cuisines. Information readily available such as this make the transition a whole lot easier and tastier.

    Winter Vegetable Coulibiac with Porcini Mushroom Sauce [recipe here]

    If you are interested in pledging to Veganuary, head on over to www.Veganuary.com for more information.

    HETTY+SAM at Stylist Live 2017

    HETTY+SAM at Stylist Live 2017

    The annual STYLIST LIVE fashion, beauty and shopping exhibition opened its doors to all on Friday 11th November 2017 at London Olympia. This 3 day extravaganza was the perfect opportunity to showcase our new name, new look and new products to you all. With two bright mustard yellow walls, it was literally almost impossible to not find us!

    HETTY + SAM Stylist Live

    We were so pleased with the positive responses about our new name and the branding so thank you all for the lovely comments. We met a lot of people who had never heard of us or seen our products but were so drawn to the artwork and colours of our products (so a big thank you to our wonderful team of artists as well). We hope we’ve turned you all into long term fans!

    HETTY+SAM Backpack

    Many of you either knew a Sam or Hetty but one lady absolutely made our day when she said her grandparents were both called Hetty and Sam!

    We also met the lovely Sascha Camilli, founder of vegan style magazine VILDA - an online platform that focuses on cruelty free fashion, beauty, food, travel and more!

     Sascha Camilli & Hetty

    With the days long and tiring, we were lucky to be alongside some wonderful brands which kept us going throughout the day. When doing exhibitions, having great neighbours is so important….especially during those quiet times!

    So a big shout out to Present In The LaineKasun London, Iris Sandals and Desperate Jewelery. Not to forget the fab team at Pulsin (where we sampled super tasty protein bars) and Hippeas, whose large proportion of taster packs were consumed by us (so good!).

    Hippeas

    We're looking forward to next year already. Thanks for having us Stylist Live! 

    The truth behind the brutal leather industry

    The truth behind the brutal leather industry

    Leather or also commonly known as ‘genuine leather’ is derived from cattle hide in which the ‘material’ obtained is often used in upholstery and by the clothing and fashion industry to create footwear, garments and various bags and accessories. The leather undergoes various stages of curing, washing and tanning which often includes dangerous chemicals and agents before it becomes suitable to manufacture with.  

    Isn’t Leather a by-product?

    People who use leather are often well aware that it is the skin of an animal. However, as it is so readily available on the marketplace, we often become blinded on how it became the final product in question. Was the animal slaughtered? Perhaps it died of natural causes or one that is commonly said, isn’t all leather a by-product of the meat industry anyway?

    Unfortunately leather is not simply a ‘leftover’ from the meat industry that if not used will go to waste. This is a common misconception, and the truth is that much of the leather sold comes from animals killed primarily for their skins. In fact projections tell us that in order to keep our wallets, handbags and shoes, the industry needs to slaughter 430m cows annually by 2025[1].

    What about Cows?

    There has been much success on limiting the wide use of fur and many counties consider it illegal to import any animal fur. However, over 40 million animals are still killed each year for fur worldwide[2]

    Wearing fur still remains a mainstream taboo due to the image of fluffy animals being trapped in cages is immoral, but when it comes to leather and cows, why isn’t the protest just as strong? Perhaps it would be too difficult a task, as cows are slaughtered for beef and banning leather but continuing to eat beef just seems obscure.

    Brutal Transportation

    An eye opening revelation about the leather industry is that India is the 5th biggest manufacturer of leather in the world. A country which considers cows to be sacred and many Hindus go above and beyond to protect cows. In fact, killing a cow in  many parts of India is banned and crimes can face heafty fines or even jail time. Many cows are smuggled into neighboring countries such as Bangladesh which was captured in this shocking video by PETA. View the video here.

    When travelling by train, anywhere up to 900 cows are crammed into a wagon that is supposed to hold a maximum of 80 to 100, and upon arrival 400 to 500 come out dead.[3] 

    If you don’t want to contribute to the shameful leather industry, you don’t have to. There are so many cruelty-free alternatives available, both natural and synthetic which look and feel like ‘genuine’ leather but are not. Always check the labels and support companies that are aiming to make a difference to animal welfare and the environment.  

    References 
    [1] https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2016/mar/13/is-it-time-to-give-up-leather-animal-welfare-ethical-lucy-siegle
    [2] https://www.thoughtco.com/how-many-animals-are-killed-each-year-127631
    [3] http://www.care2.com/causes/the-shocking-truth-about-leather-no-its-not-a-meat-byproduct.html

    Misconceptions about a vegan diet

    Misconceptions about a vegan diet

    Some of us not familiar with a vegan diet are often left feeling unaware about what exactly a vegan diet entails. In part one, we try and answer some common questions that will hopefully shed some light on the fascinating world of being a vegan.  

    What is a Vegan and what do Vegans eat?

    A vegan is someone who does not eat anything that is derived from an animal such as meat, poultry, and seafood (obviously) but also dairy products including cheese, milk and eggs are off the table. People adopt a vegan lifestyle for many different reasons to do with health and general wellbeing, moral reasons, the treatment of animals or simply because they just do not like the taste.

    Whaaaaat, no meat, eggs or milk? Where do you get your protein from?

    An absolute classic from the chamber of questions that vegans are most likely to be asked - at least once in their lifetime. It is true, eating meat can increase your protein intake, but there are hundreds of other foods vegans can eat that are often overlooked but also pack a protein punch. For example, eating half-cup of seitan (a plant-based protein derived from wheat gluten) contains 31.5 grams of protein which is far more than a chicken breast! There is an abundance of food items

    For more protein packed vegan foods, check the list here.

    Sounds boring, do you eat rice and lentils all day, everyday?

    Quite the opposite. The growing popularity of a vegan diet and lifestyle has increased phenomenally over the past few years. Meat and dairy substitutes are commonly available and aim to mimic the taste, flavour and look of the animal based counterparts. For those wanting to become vegan but find it too difficult to look beyond meat and dairy, the following list could help bridge the gap one day:

    Jackfruit – Often known as the vegan ‘pulled pork’ due to its fibre like texture. Jackfruit is not a sweet fruit so lends itself well to marinades and sauces.

    Soy Milk – A plant based alternative to cows milk which has an almost identical amount of protein

    Mycoprotein – Brands such as Quorn have created various meat free products, but not all suitable for vegans. Nevertheless, they still have a great range which is suitable for vegans and according to the website, will continue to grow.

    Tofu – A versatile plant based substitute that is wonderful to use in curries and stir-fry’s for meats including pork, chicken and beef.

    Tempeh – Excellent to use for seafood based dishes such as crab cakes or battered fish. Made from fermented soybeans, it is firmer than tofu and has a more grainy texture.

    How long are you going to be vegan for?

    *hurls a beetroot at the person asking the question*