Popcorn Lemon Cheesecake

Here’s one way to fizz up a classic pudding! Anna from scrumptiousandnutritious created this beautiful cheesecake using our Lemon Sherbet popcorn and we think its perfect, especially when topped off with some pretty summer flowers! Check out her Instagram for more fruity food inspiration!

 

Popcorn Lemon Cheesecake 

Ingredients 

250g Digestive Biscuits

2 Bags Portlebay Lemon Sherbert Popcorn

100g Butter

500g Mascarpone

2 Lemons

300g Lemon and Lime Marmalade

3 tbs chocolate curls

 Method 

  1. Mix all the digestives and 2/3 of a bag of Portlebay popcorn in a food processor. Crush the remaining 1/3 bag with your hands and mix into the crumbs.
  2. Melt the butter and mix into the biscuit and popcorn mixture.
  3. Pour the mixture into a greased tin and press the mixture down until it’s all flat.
  4. Combine the mascarpone with the juice and rinds from the lemons and chocolate swirls, then stir well.
  5. Melt 200g marmalade with a couple of tablespoons of water, keep stirring until it becomes smooth. Then mix in with the mascarpone.
  6. Pour the mixture on top of the biscuit and popcorn base and spread it out to the edges.
  7. Melt 100g of marmalade with 1 tablespoon of water until smooth, then pour on top of the cheesecake
  8. Put the cheesecake in the fridge and leave to set for 24 hours.
  9. Once set, decorate the cheesecake with the rest of the chocolate swirls and a bag of Portlebay Lemon Sherbert Popcorn!

No Bake Lemon Drizzle Cheese Cake!

There’s no baking, it’s easy peasy and it’s delicious…how could you not make this marvellous cake from dessert heaven?!

Before we dive into the cake making action, we must first introduce you to Jessie, the mastermind behind this lemon-y delight. Jessie is all about blogging, baking & picture taking! Her main mission is to make delicious bites but also keep them as healthy as possible (she’s a hero in our eyes!) To find some more of her bakes and recipes head over to her Instagram page here!

Ingredients

  • 200g Biscuits (of your choice!)
  • 100g Butter
  • 500g Mascarpone
  • 75g Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 25g Portlebay Popcorn Lemon Sherbet

Making The Cake!

  1. Crush the biscuits & melt the butter: mix & combine well, then press into a 6” loose bottomed cake tin
  2. Top layer: Whip the Mascarpone & sugar and add 3 tbsp lemon juice to the mixture
  3. Layer the Mascarpone mixture on top of the biscuit base
  4.  Refrigerate until set.
  5. Once set, top with a bag of Lemon Sherbet popcorn and

 

If you enjoyed this rather yummy recipe, you may also enjoy Debbie’s Salted Caramel Popcorn Cake too!

 

Very Vegan- What’s It All About?

 

Here at Portlebay we are particularly proud of our vegan products, and understand the importance of these in a world where veganism is a increasingly popular lifestyle choice.  Currently three out of our six flavours are vegan friendly, these being the delicious Chilli & Lime,  Sweet & Salty and Lightly Sea Salted. Unfortunately some of our wonderful popcorn relies on ingredients such as milk (our seasonal flavours; Cinnamon swirl 1st October- 31st March and Lemon Sherbet 1st April-30th September) and bacon (in  our Crispy Bacon and Maple Syrup), however even these flavours are carefully hand-popped using completely natural ingredients and as always no palm oil!

For those of you who are completely new to the vegan world, veganism can be defined as the decision to abstain from the use of animal products and the belief in excluding all forms of exploitation or harm to animals for the use of food, clothing or any other purpose.

People choose to become vegan for many different reasons including dieting, compassion, health and environmental reasons. We decided to interview some young and vibrant vegans who go by the names of Elena, Imogen, Emmy and Naomi, to learn a bit more about the world of veganism and how it affects them on a day-to-day basis.

Each of these four lovely ladies are at a different stage of their vegan journey and are happy to give us a little insight into their vegan lives:

Emmy– A year and a half into the journey!

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Elena– One month into the journey!

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Imogen- 6 months into the journey!

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Naomi- 10 months into the journey!

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1. What Are The Main Struggles You Face With Being Vegan? 

Naomi: Definitely the lack of choices when going out to eat!

Elena: I’d say sometimes helping people understand why I’ve made this choice is difficult, particularly with older generations.

Imogen: Alcohol is a huge struggle. A lot are filtered through fish bladders, so finding vegan ones at the bar is difficult unless your vegan alcohol knowledge is faultless. Also, I hate how products can be marketed as vegan just as an excuse for it to be priced ridiculously.

Emmy: The main struggles I face being vegan is to know what’s vegan when you travel, especially abroad. Many places don’t cater for vegans, or don’t make it easy to identify which products are vegan or not. But I think many places in the UK are becoming increasingly better at this, and you can find some vegan options both from the shop ‘on the go’, or in restaurants. Also, I find it really annoying how almost all product have some sort of milk-powder or dried egg, even though there shouldn’t be a reason for it.

2. What Do You Tend To Look For With Vegan Friendly Products? 

Imogen: I look for fresh ingredients that are written in plain English (not chemistry compounds), no preservatives or artificial additives, it being organic is a bonus, it has to be dairy-free of course, and depending on the product I might see if it’s recyclable and what the brand’s ethics are, oh and the protein content.

Elena: Ingredients that I recognise and aren’t just full of loads of long weird chemical compound sounding names are a must. Otherwise I feel I’m back to square one. And yeah, it has to be macro-nutrient. The fact that Portlebay use natural ingredients as well as being vegan is a great bonus to me!

Emmy:  I look for ingredients and nutritional value in vegan products, and try to avoid stuff which has palm oil, high levels of saturated fats and sugar. I also try to find food with high protein levels, and fewer ingredients.

3. What Made You Decide to Become Vegan?  

Elena: I disagree with the meat and dairy industries ethically, the meat industry is one of the biggest contributors to the planet’s pollution problem, I don’t believe humans need animal-based products and in fact believe they are detrimental to our health. I just want to eat food that I know is good for me and leaves me feeling guilt free. This is a recent decision for me so I’m still learning and am transitioning my products and clothes slowly.

Imogen: environmental reasons, ethical reasons of course, so many of our British farm animals and homeless cats and dogs are put down it makes me so angry! Also, weight management and religious reasons too (the Hindu holy book, The Bhagavad Gita, states to not harm any living things which is interpreted by some Hindus as going vegan whilst others opt for vegetarianism). I also feel so much more energised on a vegan diet. I just like making sure what I put in my body is healthy and wholesome it makes all the difference mentally too.

Naomi: You guys put that perfectly, I’m literally exactly the same!

Emmy: I became vegetarian first for environmental reasons, but then got more engaged with ethical and animal welfare arguments, as well as the health benefits of a vegan diet.

4.What Do You Wish People That Aren’t Vegan Knew About The Vegan Lifestyle? 

Naomi:  People always assume it’s really expensive and you don’t get your ‘protein’ when actually there is so much more protein in beans, nuts and vegetables than there is in meat. A lot of people don’t realise the cruelty that happens behind closed doors especially in the dairy industry, I had no idea until I actually properly researched it! I feel like if everyone knew what meat and dairy products were actually made from and the process in which they are made a lot more people would become vegan, also people just don’t hear about the possible side effects of eating meat such as cancers, bowel problems and weight gain.

Elena: It doesn’t have to be some massive deal when you decide to be vegan and with a bit of research it’s not too difficult!

Imogen:  I wish people knew that it’s not hard to transition when you realise what you were taking wasn’t yours to begin with! So many places are now expanding their vegan range so it’s not as hard to find alternatives. It took me five attempts to become vegan but you get there in the end! Also, nutrients are easy to find in non-meat sources. Omega 3, commonly known for residing in cod liver, is actually in a whole range of things like Chia Seeds for example.

Emmy:  I wish people knew that it is not hard to get enough protein, and it doesn’t need to be more expensive to eat a vegan diet. Also, I wish people understood that when you truly believe in the reasons why one has chosen to become vegan, it’s not hard to avoid animal products.

5. How Has Being Vegan Affected Your Overall Lifestyle? 

Imogen: I’ve been looking after myself better as a result, going to the gym more because I feel great and energised and I am always coming up with new meals in the kitchen now. When I go out for food I am always discovering new flavours and I love that. I’m a little greener now too! Recycling more, growing fruits and veggies, being wary of our declining bee population and that sort of thing.

Naomi: I was vegetarian for four years and then became vegan in September 2018 and have lost over a stone! I also have less spots, my hair is way less greasy, I feel more energised and mentally I’m so much happier as well- so there are just loads of health benefits!

Elena:  I feel more lean already, I feel excited to carry on discovering new foods and am more mindful about what I put into my body and the way my actions affect the environment.

Emmy:  I’ve become more interested in nutrition, changed my cooking habits and experiment more with different ingredients. I probably have become much more aware of environmental sustainability, and may end up preaching ethical consumerism unintentionally at times. Other than that I wouldn’t say it has changed my lifestyle.

6. What Advice Would You Offer To Anyone Wanting To Convert To Vegan? 

Imogen: Listen to your body – you don’t need to go cold turkey vegan right away! Start by reducing meat and dairy and then eliminate over time, I found my body was initially not coping with the sudden change too well so that’s why it took five attempts for me! You shouldn’t do it just because its deemed an Instagram trend, do it for you and never stop educating yourself, get in the kitchen more and browse the web! There are so many vegan recipes out there to begin transitioning!

Elena:  Just don’t be too harsh on yourself, if you slip up just learn from it and don’t quit. Also don’t do it for anyone but yourself, consider it a self investment.

Emmy:  My best advice would probably be to educate oneself about the impacts of animal products on your health and the environment. Watch a few documentaries, read some articles and get familiar with your own reasons for changing your eating habits. Also, I’ve got lots of inspiration from vegan Instagram accounts as well. And lastly, not to be to hard on oneself. As I don’t think everyone has to be vegan for the world to become a better place, as long as everyone raises their awareness of issues related to animal products, and cut down their consumption of these.

Naomi:  My advice would be that any change is going to help, especially for the environment, even cutting down slowly, for instance, having one less meal with meat in a week and slowly making it less and less. Or have a list of companies that test on animals so you know that what you’re buying is cruelty free! Also just experiment with different food especially alternatives like milk, I had to try loads until I found one that I actually like!

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So, we hope this discussion of the vegan world has answered a few questions and maybe even made you consider your life-style choices. We, for one, can’t wait to tuck into one of our delicious vegan friendly flavours!
For more information about veganism visit: https://www.vegansociety.com/

How To Plan A Trip with €1000

The wonderful blog Call Me Boujee, belongs to the very, very charming Kel. Kel created the blog as a place to detail her ‘travels, struggles and mumbles’. Here is a typical post that can be found on ‘Call Me Boujee’ written by Kel- How to plan a trip with €1000.

Hello, friends!

Since I started my blog a few months ago, I have been pleasantly surprised to receive a few questions from some of my lovely readers.

One of these questions was how to plan a budget trip to the destination of choice. First of all, I am humbled that you read my blog and grateful that you take the time to ask me questions. I shall try not to let this get to my head. **too late**

When most people think of traveling, they are panicked by the humongous price tags that may come along with the decision to travel. Most people actually end up never traveling or not traveling enough because of these price tags. Maybe it’s African in me, but I do not think it’s fair to pay out of your nose to travel and experience nature and culture.

I  going to give you a few tips and tricks that will reduce your travel costs immensely, while still allowing you to have fun on your trip. I have personally traveled with a less than €750 budget twice, so I think I might be of particular help. It is risky, but sure, but what’s the fun in safe?

The most important thing you have to do when planning a trip for less than €1000 is chosen a country whose local currency is inferior to the currency you earn in. Life tends to be much cheaper in countries with inferior currencies so you will almost definitely enjoy a lot more luxury at a far cheaper cost.

Another thing you want to get out of the way is flights. I personally use jetcost.co.uk which I have found gives the cheapest prices on the world wide web so far.

 Accommodation

There are a number of options for accommodation when on a budget. My personal favorite is Airbnb which is abundant in choice and reasonably good self-catering Airbnb accommodations for €50 or less a night. A tiny tip for you here is to book much earlier than your intended trip, especially if you are traveling during peak times. Airbnb hosts tend to get a little pricey during peak seasons.

You can also look into backpackers, hostels, and camping depending on your personal style and preference.

Food

If you rent a self-catering accommodation, you will probably have a kitchen available to you. Cooking your own meals will cut the cost of your trip by at least 50% as restaurants in most holiday destinations are unjustifiably expensive. Again, if you go to a country with an inferior currency, meals will almost definitely be affordable even on a budget. If you travel to a considerably expensive country like Seychelles, you can pick up luxury food choice from the supermarkets and cook for yourself.

Transport

Hiring a car in anywhere in the world will set you back €30-50 per day so depending on how tight your budget is. You may choose to stick to the public bus system or even just hire a car for a few days where you need to travel far and use public transport for the nearby areas. Good itinerary planning skills are needed here.

Excursions

If on a budget, there is a good number of free and/or cheap things to see and enjoy in every country in the world. That is the best thing about keeping an open mind when budget traveling. You will see wonder where a normal person wouldn’t even take a second glance. Therefore, you do not have to pay out of your nose to experience and enjoy the world.

Things like hiking, ocean swimming, swimming pools, DIY snorkeling, museums and farmers markets are free or really cheap.

Ideas:

  • DIY snorkeling-Love snorkeling or just simply want to try it out, why not try a DIY snorkeling adventure. Tour guides would charge an arm and a leg to take you snorkeling when in actual truth you on your own near the shores. Bring your own snorkeling equipment in your suitcase and you will avoid the exorbitant prices of hiring on the Island.

Safety Tip: keep close to the shores and don’t venture out too far into the ocean.

  • Visit a museum- museums tend to be free or very cheap to get into. They are a brilliant way to learn more about the history and culture of the land without paying out of your nose.
  • Swimming pools- If you fancy a day at the pool, most hotels will charge a small fee for swimming in their pools. Why not grab your beach bag and head over to a hotel pool for some relaxation time?
  • Museums-Most museums around the world are free or extremely cheap to access. Museums are a great place to learn about the culture and history of the local area. They are informative, interactive and fun

Don’t forget to take out travel insurance before you travel. If you are traveling to a country with an inferior currency, chances are that health and medical services there are rather inferior too. It might be wise to take out travel insurance to cover you in case of any unforeseen circumstances.

Let’s sum this all up, shall we?

Accommodation (7 days).

Double room €35 – 50 = €245 – 350

Restaurant

Luxury Supermarket groceries €180

Transport

Car hire €50 × 7 days €350

Miscellaneous insert your own figure.

In my opinion, €1000 is more than enough spending money for two as long as you budget and plan your trip well. So why not plan an adventure there for your next holiday? I promise you will not regret it.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to slide into my DMs. If you like this post and would like to see more, do follow me on my Instagram page (@thatboujeebabe) and on my blog (http:/callmeboujee.com)

We loved this piece by Kel and most certainly feel the need to jet away now! Also, here’s a cute snap of Kel and our popcorn!

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Ideas For National Picnic Week!

This week is the perfect excuse to pack all your favourite snacks and treats, and head to the perfect picturesque location! Gather the girls, the fam, your very best-est friends-it’s National Picnic Week!

Have a read below for all your National Picnic Week needs and inspiration!

Where to go?

Find a pretty spot that you can spend the day…

  • The beach
  • A park
  • By a river or lake
  • A national park venue
  • Under a beautiful tree
  • A spectacular garden- even if it’s your own!
  • Take a slightly different spin on National Picnic Week and host an evening dinner picnic party!

What To Pack? (That you may forget!)

  • A good blanket! – If you only have a normal blanket, line it with a simple shower curtain to make it waterproof!
  • Cushions- keep comfortable!
  • A  portable speaker
  • Napkins and hand wipes
  • Suncream
  • Re-use a jar for salad dressings
  • A bag to collect any rubbish
  • A bottle opener
  • A cutting knife

Picnic Activities

  • A ball- tennis ball, beach ball, any kind of ball! You could even pack some rackets or bats too
  • Playing cards
  • Swimming costume and towel- in case you pitch up next to some enticing water
  • A good book
  • A frisbee
  • If you can, bring a bike along and explore the area!
  • A map of your chosen picnic destination, to help guide a new adventure!

We hope you have the most amazing picnic, with the most scrumptious treats and wonderful company! Happy national Picnic Week!

Almond Butter & Dark Chocolate Popcorn Bars

Like the sound of these Almond Butter & Dark Chocolate Popcorn Bars? Give a big thanks to Emma! Emma is the creator of the nutrition and recipe blog Essentially Emma. Currently studying a Master’s in Human Nutrition, Emma has become very interested in food and how our bodies work and so decided to create her own blog, as a place to record her tasty recipes and all that she learns about nutrition and health. We have to admit it makes for a great read and we certainly have learnt some new things!

Want to make these delicious Almond Butter & Dark Chocolate Popcorn Bars? Keep reading…

Ingredients:

3 bags of Portlebay Popcorn (I used the Sweet & Salty flavour)

2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup raisins or other dried fruit

1/2 cup almonds, roasted and roughly chopped

1/3 cup mixed seeds

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup almond butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp coconut oil

25g dark chocolate

Method:

  1. If you need to toast your almonds, preheat the oven to 180c/350f. Arrange the almonds on a baking tray and roast for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and roughly chop.
  2. Grease (I use coconut oil) and line a 20cm square baking tin with greaseproof paper.
  3. Add the popcorn, oats, chopped almonds, raisins and seeds to a large mixing bowl, mix lightly to combine.
  4. In a small saucepan, heat the coconut oil, almond butter, vanilla extract and honey over low heat until the coconut oil is melted and the ingredients are well mixed.
  5. Pour the honey mixture over the popcorn mixture and stir gently until the popcorn mixture is evenly coated in the honey mixture and the nuts, seeds and raisins are evenly interspersed.
  6. Add the mixture in to the tin and using the back of a spatula (or your hand!) press it down gently so that it fills the tin and is fairly compressed – otherwise the bars will fall apart and we don’t want that!

7. Place the tin in a fridge and refrigerate for an hour.

8. If you would like to add a chocolate drizzle, I mean who wouldn’t, melt the dark chocolate. Microwave in a microwave-safe bowl for 30 second intervals, stirring and checking in-between until the chocolate is melted and smooth (usually 2-3min). To melt on the hob, heat a pan of water to a strong simmer and float a bowl containing the chocolate on top of the water until melted (the official pan for this is called a bain marie).

9. Using a fork, drizzle the melted chocolate over the mixture in the tin. Once you have drizzled to your heart’s desire, return the pan to the fridge for another 30 minutes.

10. Remove the tin from the fridge and using the edges of the paper, pull the bar mixture out of the tin. It should be nice and chilled and a solid block, if not, let it cool in the fridge for a bit longer.

11. With a large, sharp knife, cut the block in to 12 bars and enjoy!

Note: These bars keep best in a tupperware in the fridge for up to 5 days.

 

Emma also has a fabulous Instagram page full of very yummy meals and recipes, go have a look here!

If you liked this recipe, also have a peak at our Banana Oat Pancakes recipe!

Row For The Ocean Q&A!

Ros, Kirsty, Laura and Kate, are the founders of Row For The Ocean, a 3000 mile row of the Atlantic; to raise awareness of the ocean plastic crisis. The girls are working with the charity Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) to establish a Plastic Free Exeter by 2020. Working with SAS and also the charity’s Ocean Schools Programme, the girls want to also inspire and educate the younger community about the future and the environment. 

We were lucky enough to speak with these four very amazing ladies, who told us a little more about their mission! Keep reading to find out more about Row For The Ocean…

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Some of the girls with our popcorn!

Q&A with Row For The Ocean!

Why did the four of you amazing ladies decide to take on this challenge?

I think we see it as the ultimate challenge, once we have stepped on to the boat there is no escaping until we reach the other side. Since starting the campaign, we have also been driven to succeed by the amazing support we have received and the want to create real change in Exeter by reducing single-use plastics.

What was the planning process behind the idea of the row and when was the idea first thought up?

Ros had the idea, she sent us through the link in January 2017 and it took us 6 months to decide to sign up after realising we couldn’t think of a reason not to (apparently the fear of dying at sea isn’t enough to put us off!).  For the past 9 months we’ve spoken to as many people that have gone before us as possible to make sure we’re ready for the race start, it’s a big learning curve, but absolutely worth it! 

What do you hope to achieve through your 3,000-mile row?

 Our aim is simple, we see Exeter as a Plastic Free Coastline Community by 2020; and us winning the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, to ensure we get the most coverage possible for Surfers Against Sewage and the fight against single-use plastics.  We want to raise £60,000 for SAS to go towards their Ocean Schools programme.

 Where will you be launching and finishing the row?

 The row starts in La Gomera in the Canaries and finishes in the lovely English Harbour in Antigua.

 Prior to this challenge how long had you each been rowing?

Kirsty, Ros and Kate had all rowed for 5-7 years before takin on the challenge.  Laura , whilst not rowing in fine boats (think Olympics), has rowed around GB in 2016!

How long do you think it will take to complete the row?

We’re aiming for under 40 days however we’ll be taking food for up to 60! It really depends on the weather we get so we’re hoping for winds – in the right direction of course!

What does your weekly training schedule look like?

3 sessions on the rowing machine and 2 weights sessions is our base training schedule, however some weeks we’ll also add other cardio workouts in to up the workload and mix it up a bit.  Training for 12 months can become monotonous so it’s good to make sure you’re enjoying it!

Have you had to train in a specific way for this challenge?

 We’ve recently been lucky enough to get Silver Olympic rower Guin Batten on board who rowed across the North Atlantic a few years ago.  She’s currently helping us to build up our endurance on the rowing machine so that we’re ready for the 2 hour on 2 hour off shift patterns.  James Parkes from Exeter Chiefs Strength and Conditioning team has also put together our weights programme – it’ll be important to have core strength when getting bashed from all angles by the Atlantic.

Can you tell us a little about the boat that will be taking you across the Atlantic?

We’ll be taking an R45 Ocean Rowing boat built by Rannoch Adventure in Essex.  She’s already crossed the Atlantic twice and weathered a Force 10 storm so we know she’s up to the task! She’s 8.5 x 2m in size and has two cabins at either end that can sleep two people; she also self rights after capsizing (great!).

 How much ‘stuff’ can you take with you on this adventure? What will your packing lists look like?

As we’re aiming to be the fastest women in the race we’re going to be very careful with how much we take.  The race specifies the essential items and equipment we’ll need – Watermaker for fresh water, first aid kit, lots of food, jetboil, suncream, wet weather clothing and about a hundred other items including an anchor (not that useful for the Atlantic which is 5000m deep in places but the risk of hitting the reefs in Antigua makes it a necessity).

What are the biggest dangers/ scariest situations that could occur?

Capsize is always a danger, whilst we’ll be tied to the boat at all times the moments we enter and leave the cabins with the doors open are the riskiest.  If we capsize with a door open the boat won’t self right which has caused crews to need rescuing in the past! Help can also be quite far away so we’ve had to train ourselves to know what to do in an emergency – including getting the liferaft out as a last resort.

 What are you most looking forward to during your adventure?

The simplicity of life will be fantastic – no distractions, no mobile phones, just you and the boat.  There will also be amazing sunsets, wildlife, and views hardly anyone else have ever seen!

What will you miss the most?

 We like to answer this one with family and friends excluded – of course we will miss them!  A good shower will be missed,  a coffee in bed,  and also just some alone time – whilst we’re all good friends a 8.5x2m boat doesn’t allow more much personal space!

 Will supporters be able to track your movements somehow?

The race is tracked by Yellow Brick – they have an app that updates every 4hours so you can see how we’re getting on.  I always say it’s good to leave it a day so it looks like we’re moving faster!

 What are the different ways supporters can get involved?

We will be launching a Crowdfunder campaign for some of the final items of equipment on the 19th May 2018 so we want as many people as possible to support and spread the word! We’ve also got the opportunity for businesses to become a Row for the Ocean partner, here they’re able to get their logo on the boat and receive coverage through our social media, the press and the race media! You can visit www.rowfortheocean.co.uk for more details or send us an email at rowfortheocean@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Roxy Hempel: 5 Ways to be More Eco Conscious…

5 ways to be more eco conscious…

The very inspiring Roxy Hempel from the Eco Edit tells us 5 ways to be more eco conscious. The Eco Edit is a lifestyle platform for the eco conscious, exploring brands that have a positive impact. This includes eco and socially conscious fashion brands, green beauty products and philanthropic lifestyle brands.

 

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Roxy Hempel

 

1. Give up or cut down on animal products

Cutting down or avoiding meat altogether is the most effective way you can be more eco conscious, and the great news is, it has an immediate impact!
Following a plant based diet is healthy, budget friendly, and limitless – all of your favourite meals can be veganised, its easy once you know how!

If you are giving it a go there are lots of resources available online, try the #veganuary hashtag on Instagram, of search for your local vegan group on Facebook for support and tips on eating near you.

Still not sure sure of the reasons why? The movie, Cowspiracy is a good place to start, or Earthlings and Forks over knives.

 

2. Plant trees for free everytime you use the internet.

Ecosia is a free browser and app you can download for your computer and devices, that plants trees on your behalf every time you use it. So far this initiative has planted over 18 million trees in developing and rural communities! It is completely free for you and works just the same as your current browser (Google, safari, etc). You can find out more and get the links to download the browser for your computer and the app by visiting the website.

 

3. Choose sustainable fashion brands

Fashion is a hugely polluting industry. From the textile production to the dyeing process, to the overwhelming amount of wastage, there are huge enviromental issues which we don’t even know the full extent of yet. The good news is there are tons of great sustainable fashion brand out there that do things differently. Brands that use eco friendly fibers and dyes, recycled textiles and support fair trade principles. Follow me over on Instagram, and sign up to the newsletter of my lifestyle platform Eco Edit, and receive weekly edits of the best sustainable fashion brands.

 

4. Say not to plastic

There is no doubt about it, our plastic consumption is out of a control and is having a devastating effect on the enviroment. There is more than 8 BILLION tons of plastic on this planet, and the majority of that is waste that will take around 450 years to decompose. If laid out flat, 10 inches deep, it would be enough to cover the whole of Argentina, the 8th largest country in the world. Join our Facebook group ‘Less plastic is fantastic’ which we update with tips and ideas for reducing single use plastic consumption.

An easy one you can utilise right away – when choosing drinks, if you’re not using your own reusable cup, opt for aluminium or glass – either of these can be recycled an infinite number of times without losing their quality, unlike plastic which can only be recycled once.

 

5. Go green on your energy source

Check out Bulb – they offer 100% renewable energy, they pay your exit fees from your current energy supplier AND they save you on average 20% on your energy bills a year, they will also switch everything over for you, making it completely hassle free!
Saving the planet and saving money – what’s not to like?!

For more ideas on how to be more eco conscious, see a blog post 10 practical and positive things you can do, here http://www.theecoedit.co.uk/10-practical-positive-things-can-make-world-better-place/

You can find me either at Eco Edit http://www.theecoedit.co.uk or over on instagram here https://www.instagram.com/_theecoedit/

ONA by Agne: Luxury Knitwear and Homeware Designer

Agne Nazebetauskaite is a luxury knitwear and homeware designer. We totally loveeee her gorgeous  knitting and handmade garments, which is mostly created with very cool chunky merino wool and makes for the perfect, snuggly, human cocoon!

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 Agne very kindly took the time to write us a piece about her fabulous knitting, keep reading, you’ll be ready to pick up those knitting needles in no time (we’ve got ours at the ready!)

ONA by Agne

I am a textiles and fashion designer and maker, currently residing in Northern Ireland.

I have been passionate about textiles all my life and specialise in knitting. I create knitwear and homeware collections, as well as teaching others to knit. My latest work involves arm knitting with various chunky fibres, merino and man made       synthetics.

I am a big believer in slow fashion- shopping less, but buying high quality items. My work celebrates quality garments and home-ware accessories that will last you a long time, can be passed on or up-cycled into something new. I source only natural and sustainable materials, while incorporating better practices throughout the supply chain. My aim is to reduce the environmental impact of fast fashion.

About Me

  • I  am originally from Lithunia, but have been living in UK for almost 13 years
  • I graduated from The University of Ulster in 2012 with a Degree in Business
  • I have been knitting since I was 6 years old. My grandmother taught me a lot of the techniques and styles that I often use – knitting, crochet, sewing.
  • Passionate about textiles,  I love creating my own patters and designs, mixing techniques and teaching others.
  • Knitting is a great form of relaxation for me. Knitting is my happy place.

My Brand – ONA by Agne

Ona is my grandmother’s name. I thought it would be a nice way to honour her memory, as she was the one who inspired me the most, from her I truly learned to create. She introduced me to knitting, she used to let me wreck her sewing machine, I would sit for hours and sew, asking her over and over to thread the needles, and it felt like magic.

I discovered chunky merino wool over 2 years ago and fell in love with it. I have been specialising in chunky knits ever since. I love to use traditional techniques and crafts to create modern designs and the chunky merino wool is perfect for this! 

In 2016, my first autumn/winter collection “Kilpos and poms” was showed in Belfast Fashion week (Oct 2016).

WEBSITE: www.onabyagne.com

INSTAGRAM: @ona.by.agne

FACEBOOK: ONA by Agne