<![CDATA[soyoi.co.uk - Blogs]]>Thu, 21 Jan 2021 10:38:15 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Feature on Hope Radio....]]>Mon, 18 Jan 2021 11:04:28 GMThttp://soyoi.co.uk/blogs/feature-on-hope-radio
We were so thrilled when Ian Henery, star DJ for Hope Radio, asked us to appear on his show to talk about all things vegan! 
Hope radio is an emergency Covid-19 broadcaster that provides FM broadcasting for everyone within the Birmingham and West Midlands area. It has been and continues to be a great source of comfort for a community that may have found themselves isolated by the current pandemic. Featuring wonderful music and poetry, they frequently have special guests on to talk about their specialist fields, or upcoming community projects. So, we were over the moon when we were asked to be one of these guests! Then we had to wrack our brains and decide on songs and poems to feature during the show. We finally managed to settle on a decision and the rest it history! 
During the show we discuss veganism and what prompted the birth of Soy Oi, as well as our upcoming projects and events. You will be able to find out more information about our most recent collaboration with Red Bucket Projects, where we are asking people to become the voice of animals, through poetry. We also talk more about our vegan fayre due to take place in July 2021, so if you are interested in attending or trading, be sure to listen in. There is truly something for everyone not to mention some amazing tunes and beautfiful poetry! 
If you would like to listen in then you can do so at 8pm Tuesday and Friday on 87.9FM! Let us know what you think, and if you have any questions about anything featured in the show then please contact us at info@soyoi.co.uk 
<![CDATA[The wonderful amazing Sue of Little Green Pigeon]]>Wed, 06 Jan 2021 14:30:33 GMThttp://soyoi.co.uk/blogs/the-wonderful-amazing-sue-of-little-green-pigeon
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For our November newsletter feature we had the pleasure of interviewing our wonderful friend Sue, from The Little Green Pigeon. We first got to know Sue through a zoom business meeting that we were invited to by Birmingham Dogs Home. Straight away we knew that Sue was someone we would get on with and we were proved right. Thanks to Sue, our yoga animals have been brought to life on vegan PETA approved merchandise.  As she is such an inspirational person we asked her to provide us with an insight into her pigeon filled world. Kindly, Sue agreed and she even shared some pearls of wisdom too! 
From a very young age, Sue has always been conscience about the way animals are exploited and is passionate about preventing this, a passion she now shares with her daughter. We thoroughly enjoyed learning more about Sue as we chatted about toilet rolls and electric cars. We truly think you will love reading more about Sue's busy life and learning more about veganism and being eco-friendly from someone who is far more experienced in these matters than us. 
<![CDATA[Our chat with @hummus_whores]]>Mon, 14 Dec 2020 15:40:03 GMThttp://soyoi.co.uk/blogs/our-chat-with-hummus_whores
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Firstly we think you'll agree that these two ladies have picked an awesome Instagram name! The @hummus_whores aka Charlotte and Izzy are two friends from Nottingham who share the account as well as their love for vegan food and dislike for Piers Morgan! Their plant-based journey began in 2019 when the two vegetarians decided to give Veganuary a go. Since then they have become a plant-based powerhouse on social media. 
The girls kindly agreed to talk to us and we discussed all manner of things from their love of BBQ's to how they get their buttercream so luscious! They kindly shared their hints and tips with us as well as having some key advice for anyone considering a plant-based journey or just beginning. So if you would like to find out where Charlotte and Izzy get their food inspiration from then please read on :) 
Also, if like Charlotte and Izzy you are wanting to participate in Veganuary but don't know where to start find out how we can help by clicking here
<![CDATA[Speaking with Jordan from Vegan Campout]]>Tue, 17 Nov 2020 09:31:37 GMThttp://soyoi.co.uk/blogs/speaking-with-jordan-from-vegan-campout
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we We were so excited when Jordan from Vegan Campout agreed to answer some of our questions. As the world's largest vegan festival we were humbled that a member of their extremely busy team would take the time to speak with us. Campout was launched in 2016 and since then has gone from strength strength. People flock from all over the world to be a part of vegan campout!
Jordan founded the festival as he was feeling disheartened by the lack of options for vegans at festivals, and since the attendance of 412 people in 2016 the attendance grew to 7100 people in 2019. 
During the interview Jordan gave us further insight into what the festival entails. From talks, workshops, live music, yoga, family areas, there is something for everyone. 
As we always do in our features, we talk about how the UK is fairing in terms of veganism and how the festivals host town of Nottingham compares to other cities within the UK. For those of you who are interested we also touch on activism and Jordan shares some valuable advice for people wanting to actively be involved in promoting a vegan lifestyle.
Unfortunately after we spoke to Jordan Vegan campout had to be cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions. However, we do know that next years line-up is looking fiercer than ever, so get on over to www.vegancampout.co.uk to grab your tickets!
<![CDATA[Leamington Autumn market]]>Mon, 26 Oct 2020 13:01:14 GMThttp://soyoi.co.uk/blogs/leamington-autumn-market
So, Soy Oi had there first official outing on Sunday 25th October at Leamington Autumn market! What an amazing day we had! So many of you came to say hi and grab some grub and we received some wonderful feedback.
Not only on social media but you lovely lot came back to our van to tell us how much you enjoyed the food!!
We also had some beautiful family and friends come to support us for which we will be eternally grateful!

For this market we served up our famous cowboy stew, all day breakfast, soysage cob (roll), burgers and homemade cakes. Obviously the big seller was the cowboy stew which was received with rave reviews. 
You dirty lot went and ordered a lot of vegan breakfasts which we did not anticipate and consequently ran out of hash browns, which we discovered are extremely popular. Do not fear veggie friends we will be armed with tons of hash browns at the next market!

The biscoff cakes went down a treat too, they even got a few mentions on Facebook! 
The big thing we took from the day was realising just how much of a call there is for vegan food. Customers were extremely surprised to find out that every single last thing on our van (including the people) are vegan! Butter- vegan, bread- vegan, sauces- vegan, people- vegan. We would not expect anyone to have to question if there is animal by-products in food provided by a vegan van therefore all of our stock is scrutinised for any traces or 'may contain' labels before purchase and before it is put onto the van. Even our cleaning products are cruelty free and vegan, because it is a way of life, and one we are extremely proud of! 
As well as this we are as eco-friendly as is humanly possible. Our disposable gloves are compostable as are our food containers, so you can rest assure that we are making as minimal an impact on the environment as we can. Even the water we do not use or that is leftover, we take home and water our lovely garden/indoor plants with it. Everything gets disposed of with the welfare of the environment in mind or recycled/reused. 
Lastly, our beautiful auntie brought us a little gift while we were on the market, a little dinosaur magnet that we have called Dexter. Your challenge is to seek him out when you visit us, take his picture and tag us in the post, if you do you could be in with a chance of winning one of our wonderful yoga mugs!

We will be appearing at Leamington Christmas market on Sunday 13th December between 10am and 5:30pm.
<![CDATA[Interview with @plant_based_pleasures]]>Mon, 05 Oct 2020 16:34:52 GMThttp://soyoi.co.uk/blogs/interview-with-plant_based_pleasures
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August saw another newsletter and another feature! This time with London based Charlette Hinds from the Instagram account @plant_based_pleasures
Early on in her vegan journey, we were grateful when Charlette agreed to talk to us so we could get her perspective on the increasing demand for plant-based foods.
We talked about what prompted her lifestyle change, from her research about diseases and watching the Netflix documentary 'Game changers' 
We also discussed the sudden rise in veganism and the unexpected divide between vegans. As some people are offended by the 'fashion' vegans for using well known fast food chains. However, we agreed that surely any form of veganism is promoting positive change. 
As London is one of our favourite cities we were excited to know what it is like for someone following a plant-based diet living in this wonderful city. Charlette was a great advocate for London and shared some of her favourite spots with us.
Inside the feature we also delved into Charlette's life, from her busy work to how she unwinds on a Sunday. Boy are we glad we asked as she had some invaluable advice for us! 
It was an absolute pleasure speaking with Charlette as she was so open with her answers and extremely friendly. @Plant_based_pleasures is definitely an account you should be following!
<![CDATA[Interview with Viviane from @whatveganslike]]>Mon, 07 Sep 2020 08:44:12 GMThttp://soyoi.co.uk/blogs/interview-with-viviane-from-whatveganslike
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Back in July we had the pleasure of speaking to Viviane from the Instagram account @whatveganslike
Viviane lives in Munich, Germany and inspires her 1000+ followers with her wonderful food pics.
After being vegetarian for a long time she decided to opt for a Vegan lifestyle in 2015 after she moved to Spain.
Viviane thought she would be met with difficulties both in Spain and Germany where meat is a massive part of people's diets. However she informed us that Munich is a wonderful place for Vegans and that Bavarian restaurants are very accommodating.
 We discussed Viviane's love of fruit and her absolutely amazing nice cream recipes, if you haven't seen them check out her Instagram page for some food porn.
Viviane also had some invaluable advice for people who are looking to transition to a plant based diet as well as a key piece of advice for everyone, be kind to yourself!
To read Viviane's interview in full please open the attachment and take full advantage of her nice cream recipe :) 
<![CDATA[Feature: Lauren Esposito!]]>Sat, 01 Aug 2020 09:12:01 GMThttp://soyoi.co.uk/blogs/feature-lauren-esposito
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Back in June we had the pleasure of speaking to LA based Lauren Esposito. Lauren is a fitness instructor and actress who has been on her plant-based journey for almost four years!
We just love her inspirational Instagram posts, and so when we reached out to her we were thrilled when she agreed to be our June feature!
We released this newsletter at a time when the world was still (and still is) highly confused about the current pandemic, and we were grateful that we could share some of Lauren's great advice and tips with our subscribers. 
Lauren offers a four week workout plan online as well as personal training courses. This feature contains information about both of these as well as advice about how to maintain a fitness plan throughout lockdown or at a time when access to gyms is limited. 
It's not all fitness talk, we do also discuss what it's like being vegan and living in LA. We're sure by the end of the interview you'll be putting it at the top of your list of places to visit, we know we have!
What Lauren has built is truly inspirational and her Instagram posts are brilliant to follow for hints and tips about how to stay fit.
We would like to thank Lauren again for being kind enough to take the time to answer our questions and for being an amazing first feature for our newsletter! Follow Lauren on Instagram @Laurenesposito_fit
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<![CDATA[Exclusives!]]>Thu, 28 May 2020 09:08:51 GMThttp://soyoi.co.uk/blogs/exclusivesIt's been a busy month here at Soy Oi!
First we had the pleasure of interviewing Lauren Esposito. 
LA based Lauren is a fitness guru and vegan. After scrawling through her many inspirational Instagram posts we contacted her and asked, very cheekily, if she wouldn't mind being part of an exclusive interview for the eyes of our newsletter subscribers!
Lauren is a personal trainer and has online courses for any level of fitness. We are aware that at this uncertain and quite frankly crazy time in our worlds, people are looking for an outlet. A way to stay physically and mentally active and healthy. 
That's why it was so important for us to work with someone who could provide insight and advice into both of these areas. As well as following a plant based diet, obviously! 
Lauren fit the bill perfectly and her interview, full of wise words and advice really is something for all to read. Even if fitness is not something you are confident with, Lauren reminds us that it's a continuing journey, and a personal one at that. 

Thankfully, Lauren agreed and was a pleasure to work with! Through various emails we conducted the interview, and sent Lauren a sneak peek of our newsletter before anyone else. 
We had always intended to do an interview for the newsletter but never expected to bag someone as successful and wonderful as Lauren, for our first. The only thing now is we have very high expectations to live up to for any further newsletters! 
On that note, July will see another exciting feature so make sure you've signed up to get the lowdown on the next biggie!...

The next big news was the release of our cookbook! This was something that we decided on as we had already been collating a lot of recipes in our own personal cookbook! We thought it would be wonderful if people had access to a range of recipes with varying flavour influences, which they could have to hand all the time, on their phones or tablets! The book is available on Amazon and the links can be found on our homepage or recipe page!
With 26 recipes from meals, to sauces and accompanying dishes, our cookbook offers a sense of independent cooking. For example our falafel recipe is just that. It's not been jazzed up with an accompanying rice dish, (although there is one available in the book) it is falafel. Therefore, you have the guidance and recipe to cook the star ingredient but then your imagination comes into play. Serve with pitta breads or rice and salad, you get an element of experimentation. Or you could just eat the falafel as a lunchtime snack! 
We love to experiment with food and want to share that love with our followers as well as hopefully inspire people to try new things and ways of cooking. 
Being in the kitchen has always been theraputic to me and I find it focuses my mind, concentrating on the ingredients and flavour combinations as well as dicovering new aromas and tastes! 
So, if you're inquisitve about new foods and want somewhere to start our book is the ideal pocket food friend.
We are currently working to release a paperback version for those of you who prefer to have a physical book so keep your eyes peeled on our social media for news of this!
In the meantime if you have bought our book, thank you deeply and we would love to see pictures of the recipes you have tried! 

<![CDATA[Cruelty Free Cosmetics]]>Wed, 29 Apr 2020 10:57:15 GMThttp://soyoi.co.uk/blogs/cruelty-free-cosmetics
Naively, I used to think that all products I brought were cruelty free. In this day and age why would anyone still test on animals? Therefore, I mindlessly brought products without researching or really paying attention.
Gradually I started looking into animal testing and the companies that condone it. What I found was astonishing, I was bewildered as to why companies would allow this unnecessary act to continue happening.
Before we begin, I would like to make it clear that I have not been endorsed by any products mentioned and that the opinions are that of myself. This has not been written to insult or point fingers at certain people, companies or beliefs but to help people like you and me be better informed. All of the information we have provided is believed to be true at the time of writing, and we do continually keep abreast of news and regularly check with companies to make sure they are still cruelty free.
Cruelty Free or Not Cruelty Free?
In 1998 the UK banned the testing of cosmetic products and their ingredients on animals. The EU followed suit in 2013. Therefore, you would think that buying a product in the UK would make it completely cruelty free. This is where it becomes a little sticky.
In China the testing of cosmetic products/ingredients, on animals is compulsory for any product manufactured outside of China. Even products made in the country, can be subject to testing.
So, brands that want access to the Chinese market are fully aware that the fees they pay may well fund animal testing.
Now I was unaware of this and wish someone would have made it clearer to me, sooner. As soon as I had obtained this information, I began a mission to find cruelty free brands. This proved to be harder than it sounds. This is why I have written this post, to help inform people who are desperately trying to do their best and are against animal testing.
Multi brands
You may be disappointed to find out your favourite brand is not cruelty free and may opt for one of their new vegan, cruelty free, advertised products. However, again it can get quite sticky, but we are here to explain.
Certain companies own multiple brands and may advertise one of those products as cruelty free because it is not sold on the Chinese market. However, another brand they own may be sold there and is not cruelty free. At the end of the day the money is going towards that company as a whole and I feel uncomfortable about indirectly funding them. However, you may decide that the one brand being cruelty free is enough and that is definitely your choice. We are not here to tell you what you should and shouldn’t be doing, but to try and provide some clarity.
An example of what we have discussed above is as such; L’Oreal display a cruelty free logo on their brands, Urban Decay and Pureology. However, they also own Maybelline, Kerastase and Lancome which are all sold in China.
Unilever which owns cruelty free brands, also owns Dove and Vaseline which are sold in China.
Cruelty Free products
The good news is in recent times there has been a massive expansion in cruelty free brands that are easily accessible. Most of them are also vegan or offer vegan options, such as Dr Organic. All of their products are cruelty free, offering a wide range in face creams, hair care, deodorants, toothpaste. A small portion of their products contain honey so you may wish to avoid them if you are vegan.
This is the same for brands such as The Body Shop and Barry M. They are both cruelty free. The Body Shop is owned by Natura who are cruelty free and vegetarian, but with many vegan options available. Barry M states that 97% of their products are vegan with the other 3% containing small amounts of beeswax. They do advertise that all of their nail products are vegan.
Thankfully there are wonderful cruelty free items that can be found on the high street such as LUSH, B by Superdrug and the Beauty Kitchen. All offering wonderful cosmetic products. On my vegan journey I have tried all of the companies listed above and can recommend them all. For make up and nail polish I love B.Superdrug and Barry M. For pampering, potions and lotions the Body Shop and The Beauty Kitchen are my favourites and for a real treat I love LUSH, just the smell of that shop relaxes me.
Dr Organic I have used for more practical items such as toothpaste, soap, shampoo and I love all their products especially the ones containing coconut.
Another product which is readily available at Holland and Barrett along with Dr Organic and The Beauty Kitchen is, Only Good. I use their purifier water to remove make up using reusable bamboo pads. This product is wonderful and kind to skin. Another reason I love it is because it contains no palm oil and is made from 100% natural ingredients, and smells lovely!
If you’re more of a convenience buyer and prefer to get your stuff where you food shop then all of the Co operative food stores own brand toiletries and cleaning products are all cruelty free, displaying the PETA bunny.
Another product I use is Friendly. They make beautiful soaps and all of their packaging is recyclable. They also sell shampoo and conditioner bars so you don’t have to buy plastic packaging and they are ideal to take on holiday. I especially love their multi-purpose travel soap, ideal for holidays and back packing holidays as it can be used to wash clothes as well as your hair and body.
Male specific
Men, don’t worry there are plenty of products on the market specifically designed for you. As well as your everyday grooming products mentioned above there are also some brands that specifically target men, although in times of needs I have used my husbands and can confirm they are extremely good products. Such as Mancave texturising hair paste. He also uses mancave moisturiser and their eucalyptus roll on deodorant. Admittedly, to begin with he was sceptical about using a roll on as he had never liked them in the past. I can confirm he loves Mancave roll on and uses it all the time, as does my brother.
They both also use Bulldog skincare, especially their energising sheet face masks, which I’m sure they won’t thank me for sharing.
For the bearded man there are also companies such as Original Beard Co to care for your facial hair.
Now when you are researching you may find that Bulldog is sold in China. However, Bulldog has become the first international leaping bunny certified brand to go on sale in China, keeping its bunny! Good for you Bulldog!
This was always a hard one to get right for me. I didn’t know where to turn to try and tick all the increasing boxes. Such as, vegan, cruelty free, sustainable, kind to the planet. Then I came across FFS, Friction Free Shaving. Their razors have a metal reusable handle, saying goodbye to single use plastic. They are cruelty free and suitable for vegans. They also offer a blade recycling scheme. Your order is delivered to your door and you can order your replacement blades the same way. FFS will also provide you with a bag to return your used blades so they can be recycled. Better yet all of their packaging is recyclable and they offer additional products such as shave cream, deodorant and lip balms. I ordered my razor last year and absolutely love it.
Men, once again Bulldog are here to save the day! Their bamboo reusable razor means you no longer have to buy plastic disposables. The razor and packaging are made from fully recycled stock, with environmentally friendly inks and fully recyclable. They are also vegan, very reasonably priced and available at high street stores.
Another thing to be careful of is shaving brushes. A lot of companies still use badger hair, boar or horse hair for their brushes. I don’t know about you but I wouldn’t fancy rubbing an animal’s hair all over my face. Don’t worry there are synthetics out there which work exactly the same. You can simply find them by using a search engine. The one we are familiar with is Erasmic, this is made from purely synthetic hair and has lasted a long time, getting regular use.
I could ramble on forever about cruelty free, vegan brands and highlighting each companies’ positives, like, no palm oil, recyclable packaging but I think half the fun is experimenting with new products and making your own mind up. Trial and error and what works best for you.
I wish when I started this journey that I could have found more easily obtainable information.
I have created a list of companies that are cruelty free and sell vegan products. Some I have tried and tested, others I am excitedly watching on Instagram and waiting to try! The link to this will also be at the top of the news page.
I hope this has given you some clarity and helped you along your cruelty free beauty and cosmetic journey!
If you do have any brands you would like to recommend and think we should add to our list please contact us via info@soyoi.co.uk or use the contact us page on the website www.soyoi.co.uk

Research sites:
www.peta.org               www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk