I write most my reviews based around fashion and food that are aimed to make everyones lives more sustainable however one of my favourite discoveries are when I find an app that supports the same cause. Apps dont support production whilst creating jobs and are easily obtainable as long as you have a smart phone.
This app is called findtap, is free and has a very simple cause. It lets you know the nearest tap water source through an interactive map. Its very easy and user friendly, simply turn on your location within the app and it detects and shows you the nearest tap available. This is perfect for anyone that carries a reusable water bottler or if you did purchase a bottle of water (lets put this down as an emergency) and want to fill it with water throughout the day without having to purchase another plastic bottle. Bonus tip, if youre like me and dislike the taste of tapwater there are plenty of bottles you can get that has a built in filter system that works wonders. I use a bottle from a brand called bobble but there are many alternatives.
I was also pleasantly surprised to see how many sources the app recorded as its still fairly new. I recommend this this highly and I also recommend everyone to do the 30 day challenge to only drink tap water.
There’s all aspects of sustainability and when it comes to changing everyday products for environmental friendly why not consider something we all use which is tissues and toilet paper. I recently got my hands on the bamboo made products by cheeky panda. The range offers everything from toilet paper to boxed tissues to travel sized tissues and they’re all made from bamboo fibres. Every year around 27,000 trees are used for toilet paper alone. Bamboo is not categorised as a tree and regrows to its optimal size after it’s been chopped down in four months. Bamboo also uses less water whilst producing more oxygen making it the most sustainable plant based resource on earth.
Whilst bamboo is proven to be a sustainable alternative as a resource, I wanted to try cheeky panda as a brand to see if the products kept standards high.
The packaging is like any common toilet paper brand and comes in either tissue cardboard boxing or plastic depending on the type of product. Its clear on the packaging that this is a sustainable option and that its made of bamboo. The tissues themselves are surprisingly soft, softer than the well known brands which is a surprise considering the price is competitive. These products actually feel luxurious and premium so the fact that the price is affordable is fantastic. Whats great about this brand is that they also do office installations via their website. Really pleased to have discovered Cheeky Panda and will continue recommend both the brand and bamboo in general for paper use.
Tis the season to be jolly, and the season to figure out what gifts to buy for your loved ones. By now, as its 2018 you're well aware that consumerism is bad but you still want to give someone that special feeling of seeing a perfectly (or in my case horribly) wrapped box under the tree. So here is the list of 10 items to keep your christmas sustainable this year. Click on images to be linked to pages to purchase
Finding vegan comfort food has always been a struggle for me, especially when it comes to ordering junk food on a sunday night.
There are some popular pizza chains that recently started offering one or two vegan options but realistically its a limited choice and sometimes they are closed (1 am pizza anyone?)
So when I found out about the new gluten free frozen pizzas I was keen to try their two vegan options - Viva la vegan and Smokin vegan.
They come packaged as any regular frozen pizza, with a plastic wrapping and instructions on the heating time. Pop in the oven for 30 min and voila you have a vegan gluten free pizza. Taste wise they are the same as most frozen pizza dishes, the vegetables dont feel as fresh as a take out pizza but it still hits the spot and satisfies cravings. Out of the two choices smokin vegan was my favourite. The more exciting product they offer is their gluten free pizza base. This is brilliant not just for gluten free diets but also for vegans to put fresh vegetables and be creative. All in all a very good range and I cant wait to see future products by this brand.
As the most requested (and searched for by myself) type of reviews are often food related, I have another exciting one for you. This one is by Vivera Foods and they mimic and replace all the meat cravings I have been missing. Here are the three variation of products that I tried and the outcome. I would make a recipe and show you pictures of my own creations however I think there are wonderful vegan bloggers out there already so this is just to cover how well I think the replacements worked and how I used them.
The Shawarma Kebab
This is my favourite out of all the produces that I have tried. Perhaps its because I havent had the real deal wrap in years, but with some lettuce and garlic sauce I swear this stuff tastes exactly the same! I even like it so much I use this in hearty stews and salads. Definite winner for a meat replacement!
The Fish fingers
Tastes of fish fingers but the texture is slightly different. However do fish fingers even taste of real fish? Works well as a replacement but as someone past the age of 14, I'm personally no longer into fish fingers. I can imagine this going down well with kids.
Steak is always the trickiest when it comes to replacement. The texture, the taste and the way you can have a variation of how raw it tastes is near impossible to nail. The closest I have tried have been the B12 burger by Moving Mountains, everything else tastes of vegetables. The Vivera burger didnt taste of vegetables, in fact it resembled very much the B12 burger with a meaty taste thats a mix of lamb and beef. I wouldn't serve this as a steak replacement but use it as a patty for burgers.
All in all, Vivera is serving some great options, every time I find them in a grocery shop I make sure to stock up on the kebab and try new dishes. Highly recommend this brand for not just vegans but those who are looking to eat less meat on a regular basis.
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