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The ultimate veggie lasagne

The ultimate veggie lasagne

Veggie lasagne is one of those dishes I’ve struggled to get right. Which really bothered me, as it’s one of my favourite things to eat – the combination of tomatoey bolognese, white sauce, pasta and cheesy topping… I could eat it every day. My own […]

Vegetarian bacon: ranked from best to worst

Vegetarian bacon: ranked from best to worst

Back in the mists of time (4 years ago?) when I decided to become veggie, people couldn’t stop telling me that I was mad, because I wouldn’t be able to eat bacon any more. Oh but what about bacon, they’d wail, as if it was […]

Green alternatives for “that time of the month” (surprise, it’s not more Mooncups)

Green alternatives for “that time of the month” (surprise, it’s not more Mooncups)

Hello lovelies – it’s been a long old time since I last wrote on this little green blog. What with The Situation going on at the moment, I’m flip-flopping between being paralysed with fear about everything, and sitting in an idiotic state of Zen. Today, my zen state demanded I write something on here, so I wanted to tell everyone about the literal best thing I’ve discovered in my quest to be more environmentally-friendly: reusable period items.

“Oh no”, I hear you complain – “I tried that damn Mooncup, it didn’t work for me, I felt like I had an egg cup in my minge”. But AHA – SO DID I, friends, which is why I’m writing about the bestest ever alternative – washable sanitary pads.

When I first happened upon them, I was unsure. They looked bulky, I was worried they’d smell, and the thought of washing out blood from them was something I was not very keen on. However, after reading a few reviews, I settled on these Floating Lotus pads – they’re black, rather than the “children’s pyjama” colours a lot of reusable pads seem to come in, for starters. They’re made in the UK too, and the comments on Amazon (I know, I know) seemed really encouraging. They’re made in Warwickshire, came in brown card packaging (no plastic!), and are vegan too.

Black sanitary pads made by The Floating Lotus

The proof is in the using, of course, and I have to say that I’m a complete convert now. They don’t smell, at all, they hold a LOT of blood (they come in different sizes, so you don’t always have to wear a huge one), and while they are bulkier than normal disposable pads, they’re much comfier. They don’t chafe at the sides of your pants, or get sweaty, or feel wet, really, at all. Both me and my partner have used them for six months now, and I wouldn’t ever switch back, unless I was somewhere that made washing them difficult (after wearing, you rinse out in the bath or in a sink, then wash as normal in the machine). I was worried about using them while out and about, but as long as you’re in a toilet with a sink, and remember your wet bag (which they come with), it’s no hassle at all. Not that we can go anywhere at the moment, but still, it’s nice to dream!

This isn’t a sponsored post, I’ve just been so happy with these that I felt I needed to share – and maybe break a bit of the stigma around finding Mooncups uncomfortable to use. I felt like I was failing at my “green credentials” a bit by not being happy using a Mooncup or similar, but these washable pads are a brilliant alternative. So if you find yourself wanting to reduce the amount of waste you throw away during that special (awful) time of the month, give these a go!

Char x

Meat-free spaghetti carbonara

Meat-free spaghetti carbonara

Lardons. There, I said it. One of the most difficult-to-replicate meat products is bacon, specifically meat in a chunky, smoked format. Quorn does a mediocre job with their frozen bacon strips (they look like insoles and taste like them too), and most supermarket own-brand offerings […]

Bristol Veg Boxes – delicious food to your doorstep

Bristol Veg Boxes – delicious food to your doorstep

Reducing the amount of plastic we use in our everyday lives has become a bit of a crusade for me. I’ve reduced most of our cosmetics (shampoo, soap etc) to bar form, went to the zero-waste shop, and I try to take a re-useable coffee […]

BVBG: Buttermilk & Maple, Welsh Back

BVBG: Buttermilk & Maple, Welsh Back

Hello friends! Today’s veggie breakfast was an unexpected treat – having originally planned to eat at Ironworks around the corner, we were disappointed when, after waiting an hour, we were told the kitchen had lost our order! We weren’t happy, so left in search of a less busy place for brunch on a Saturday afternoon. A quick google produced Buttermilk & Maple, a restaurant attached to the Mercure hotel on Welsh Back, right next to the river.

I’ve eaten in restaurants attached to hotels before, and to be honest, they’ve all been mostly-ok, but nothing exciting or memorable. At this point however, we were starving, so after seeing a veggie breakfast option on the menu, we took a seat. We were immediately welcomed by a lovely host and had our orders taken, cups of tea brought out (all within 5 minutes of arriving).

A few minutes later we were presented with a fantastic-looking pile of roasted vegetables, whole meal toast, poached eggs and baked beans. Our earlier dismissiveness turned to joy – everything was delicious! Grilled aubergine, red onion, tomato, courgette and a massive flat mushroom – not your typical breakfast! Everything was tasty, well-seasoned, and the eggs were cooked perfectly.

They also seem to have a policy of only employing beautiful people as staff – well done 😘

It wasn’t the cheapest, at £8.90 each, plus drinks, but I’d definitely go back.

Buttermilk & Maple gets a hearty 4/5!

BVBG: Eat Your Greens, Totterdown

BVBG: Eat Your Greens, Totterdown

Things have been a bit quiet on the Bristol Veggie Breakfast Guide front recently (moving house again, illnesses and life getting in the way) but I’m happy to report we’re back on track! On a slightly hungover Saturday morning, we took a trip over to […]

No packaging, no problem

No packaging, no problem

I’ve been trying to reduce my use of plastic over the past few months, after reading all the news stories about plastic floating in the ocean. This summer, Zero Green opened in Bristol, a zero-waste shop where you can buy all kinds of everyday bits […]

Humanity’s devastating effect on wildlife, and what you can do

Humanity’s devastating effect on wildlife, and what you can do

This week we’ve seen figures suggesting that 60% of the Earth’s wildlife has been wiped out by humans since 1970. SIXTY PERCENT. If you originally had 10 tigers, you now only have four. If you originally had 100 birds, you now only have 40.

I avoided reading the article linked above for a couple of days, because, to be honest, the title itself was too painful. The WWF’s research found that it was not just large animals that had suffered – creatures across the board had disappeared – down to the crucial insects that keep our trees and plants alive, too.

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Just have a look at these god-awful graphs. The final one is the most telling, I think – South and Central America is the worst-affected, and also just happens to be one of the areas of the world where rainforest and natural land is cleared the heaviest, for farm animals and animal-feed crops, such as soy.

We’ve already heard that switching to a meat and dairy-free diet is the best way of reducing your impact on the Earth, and halting, or even reversing, this awful march towards species extinction, and climate change.

So what can we do?

Go veggie, or even better vegan (I’m still working on the second part myself, but getting closer every day). Invest in companies researching and developing food that doesn’t rely on animals or plants. Drastically reduce our general consumption levels, especially relating to single-use plastics, to avoid them ending up in the sea, or in landfills.

Finally, get angry. Make noise about the fact that we are killing off the resources we all need to survive – or more accurately, large corporations and governments are. No-one ever achieved anything by hoping it’d eventually improve, and we’re running out of time to actually make a difference.

 

 

 

Plastic not-so-fantastic

Plastic not-so-fantastic

Now then. Up until this point, LOTL has been a place for me to dump my veggie recipes and indulge my love of breakfast foods. This will not change, because goddammit, I love to eat, and talk about eating, and cook things that I will […]