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    Blog — vegan

    'Plant based' can be just as unhealthy

    'Plant based' can be just as unhealthy

    Five-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has become the latest celebrity to inject cash into plant based start-up 'Neat Burger'. The interest in meat alternatives has been growing rapidly over the past few years, particularly among millennials, and is set to soar by 2022. According to the Economist, a quarter of 25- to 34-year-old Americans say they are vegans or vegetarians. Businesses are frightfully keen to cash in on the boom with huge multinationals rushing to add a vegan alternative to their existing line up. Those that do can reap huge rewards. When Greggs introduced the vegan sausage roll, it became their fastest selling item for 6 years and boosted top line profits by over 10%. Even more surprising is after 65 years, KFC, a powerhouse in serving fried chicken recently disclosed it will soon be trailing a vegan burger, known as ‘The Imposter’ in some selected UK outlets.

    It is important to note that while plant based foods do benefit the environment, the recipes are intended to mimic classic ‘junk’ food. The burger patties used in Neat Burgers for example are still fried in oil, topped with fried onions, a vegan cheese and mayonnaise alternative and served with a side of fried chips. Plant based foods are better for the environment but are still considerably unhealthy as the fat and salt content can be similar or higher than meat option. Greggs vegan sausage roll is slightly healthier then its pork counterpart but not enough to be considered a healthier alternative. They contain fewer calories (311 versus 327), less fat (19g compared to 22g) and more protein (12g versus 9.4g).

    It is easy to be swept away by all the hype into thinking 'plant based' means a healthy alternative but don't be fooled. Yes, they are vegan and cruelty free and do help sustain the environment, but just like any other junk food, they should be consumed in moderation. 

    Spirit Of Christmas Fair 2018: Conscious & Natural Brands

    Spirit Of Christmas Fair 2018: Conscious & Natural Brands

    What a fun-filled, festive time we had at the Spirit Of Christmas Fair 2018 last week (29th October – 4th November). The event, at London Olympia, was home to over 700 independent brands showcasing unique Christmas gifts not found on the high street.

    Thank you to everyone who stopped by, chatted to us and bought from us!

    HETTY + SAM (At Spirit Of Christmas 2018)

    As well as increasing our own brand awareness, we’re constantly on the lookout for other like-minded, cruelty-free, ethical and natural brands. Here are some lovely companies that we came across and wanted to share with you!

    BALI BALM – A luxurious range of sleek and stylish lip balm for him & her. With four unique flavours, this cruelty-free balm is made using vegan and 100% natural, plant-based ingredients.

     Bali Balm

    DESAVERY –  An organic skincare range created by the lovely Andrea Dinnick, who I had the pleasure of meeting and discussing the benefits of her fabulous products.  Made with the purest ingredients sourced sustainably, like prickly pear seed oil, her products aims to nourish the skin, as well as impact the mood and mind. 5% of profits from the STELLAR Daily Serum is donated to literacy and medical programmes provided for women working where the prickly pear seed oil is sourced.


    NORSE – Founded by Ian, NORSE creates a 100% natural range of grooming products for the bearded, smooth-faced and moustached men. All products are handmade in the UK – and smell great!

    Norse Beard Oil

    SPAZA Simple eco-friendly household products handmade by women working in home industries in South Africa.  We fell in love with these beautiful plastic-free, long lasting & machine washable dish covers, available as a set of 4 in various sizes.

    SPAZA Dish Covers

    It was so inspiring meeting lots of wonderful brands. All in all, a great show for discovering other small, independent retailers.

    Remember, 'When you buy from a small business, an actual person does a little happy dance!'

    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*


    Celebrating Veganuary at Create&Case!

    Celebrating Veganuary at Create&Case!

    The team behind Vegan Life – the UK’s premier vegan magazine – invited us to embrace this amazing lifestyle choice with ‘Vegan Life Live’ earlier this January!

    The start of a new year is the perfect time to make changes, and going vegan is a choice that more and more people are making.

    Vegan Life Live showcased the very best of all things vegan, to include clothing, cosmetics, fashion accessories and of course the most delicious food (that we just could not wait to tuck into…) for both newbie vegans and veterans alike.

    Happy Maki

    Amongst filling our stomachs at every opportunity, we had the pleasure of exhibiting and showcasing our colourful range of vegan fashion and tech accessories and meet some wonderful like-minded people!

    Vegan Life Live Create&Case

     Vegan Life Live Create&Case

    This event was the perfect introduction to the exciting world of veganism for the cruelty-conscious consumer…and yes, we’re already counting down the days to Vegan Life Live January 2018!

    Vegan Life Live

     Shop online at www.createandcase.com to find an exciting collection of cruelty free vegan leather purses, wallets, clutch bags and phone cases!

    Create&Case are now approved by PETA!

    Create&Case are now approved by PETA!

    As a company who are proud to encourage cruelty free clothing and accessories, we were extremely proud to have been certified by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). This charity run organisation is world's largest animal rights organization with more than 5 million members and supporters who promote the rights of animals.

    PETA focuses its attention on the four main areas, of which one includes the clothing trade. No animals should harmed, endangered or compromised in any way to manufacture clothing, shoes or accessories. Period.

    Charities such as PETA have helped to promote animal rights which has greatly improved the lives and treatment of animals. Companies and brands alike have been keen to offer the growing number of ethically minded shoppers, alternatives to leather and fur. Celebrities including Stella McCartney and Natalie Portman have now introduced cruelty free collections within their fashion line up.  

    Create&Case are proud advocators of cruelty free, vegan leather fashion accessories. We constantly push the boundaries of design to creative fashionable, yet 100% animal friendly clutch bags, phone cases, cushions and wallets. Absolutely no animal lives are compromised in the manufacturing, designing and overall creation of our products, and we remain dedicated to continue this. But we are not stopping there! We are still researching and finding alternatives to improve our products and raising the boundaries to make them more eco-friendly. So keep an eye on us.

    Find out more about what PETA do here: http://www.peta.org/features/what-peta-really-stands-for/