<![CDATA[SOYOI.CO.UK - Blogs]]>Tue, 18 May 2021 08:45:05 +0000Weebly<![CDATA[Visiting Hong Kong]]>Mon, 01 Mar 2021 13:56:30 GMThttp://soyoi.co.uk/blogs/visiting-hong-kong
GnL Accessories
Ok so we didn't actually visit Hong Kong, but virtually we did! After our wonderful Facebook live chatting to Vinita Turakhia we managed to grab a quick chat with her to delve further into her plant-based business. GnL accessories is a plant-based handbag company producing beautiful sustainable accessories. Their products are made from cork fabric and teak leaf fabric, alternatives to leather but with a carbon footprint of nearly a third. Vinita's vision, being vegan herself, was to create a company that was completely eco-friendly without harming animals, and with her focused business mind she has achieved this.  As well as discussing her business venture and veganism, Vinita took us on a journey around Hong Kong and kindly shared with us some of her favourite recipes. To read our discussion with Vinita and try her amazing Dan Dan Noodle recipe then click the link above. 
<![CDATA[Viva! la vegan]]>Tue, 02 Feb 2021 11:35:05 GMThttp://soyoi.co.uk/blogs/viva-la-vegan
Viva feature
December was an extremely busy month for small businesses as we prepared to try and showcase our products, meet customer enquiries and contend with postage delays. However, despite all of this and with the shadow of social distancing looming under the Christmas tree, we bagged an unexpected chat with a member of the Viva! team. Hoorah! The wonderful Will who is a campaigner for Viva! met with my on zoom to answer a few of our burning questions. 
For those of you who don't know, Viva! is the UK's leading vegan campaigning charity specialising in undercover investigations and high profile campaigns. Founded in 1997 by Juliet Gellatley the charity has gone from strength to strength, with a lot of their undercover documentaries prompting lifestyle changes for people all over the country. 
During our chat with Will, we asked how he copes with the devastating images that are revealed during undercover operations and also asked him about his own personal plant-based journey. To read more about Viva! and Will click the link above.
<![CDATA[Homemade coconut body cream]]>Thu, 28 Jan 2021 09:50:56 GMThttp://soyoi.co.uk/blogs/homemade-coconut-body-creamPicture
A cream that has anti-ageing properties, soothes redness, promotes relaxation, hydrates, nourishes, smooths, protects and promotes healing as well as being eco-friendly and vegan isn't it what we've all been looking for? Well, we have devised a recipe from easily sourced ingredients that you at home, can make for yourself. 
For a while now we have been looking for a wonder foot cream. After trawling the internet and checking out different companies we decided to have a go ourselves. We have made face oils in the past and they have been brilliant, so much so that we're still using them twelve months on. The recipe for this can be found in one of our earlier blogs. So, this coconut cream is so easy to make and all you need are a few simple ingredients. This recipe makes a small amount of cream so you can trial it first. Then if you love it which we're sure you will, then you can make a bigger batch. I initially began using the cream on my feet as I am ashamed to say I had terribly cracked heels. Within three days I noticed a difference, the cracks were disappearing and my whole feet feel a lot smoother. I now use the cream on my hands and face because it's so wonderful. Why not share it with family and friends, make some and send little samples in the post to let them know you're thinking of them or missing them :) Read on for the recipe...

For this recipe blend all the ingredients with a hand blender (make sure to clean it thoroughly after use) or simply use a spoon to mix all of the ingredients together. 
  • 50g coconut oil
  • 10g aloe vera (we used it fresh from our plant but you can purchase fresh aloe)
  • 8 drops of vitamin E essential oil
  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops of benzoin essential oil
  • 5g vegetable oil
  • pinch of sea salt
We added the sea salt as an exfoliant but if you prefer you can leave it out. If you are wondering what benefits the ingredients have on your skin we have detailed this below;
  • Vitamin E essential oil; reduced itching, moisturises skin, heals wounds, prevents or minimises the appearance of scars, prevent or treats fine lines and wrinkles
  • Benzoin essential oil; soothes cracked and dry skin, muscle ease providing a feeling of relaxation, helps inflamed skin, acts as a deodrant and disinfectant
  • Lavendar essential oil; promotes relaxation and can be used to help ease anxiety, treats fungal infections, great for treating eczema, insomnia, nausea and menstrual cramps
  • Vegetable oil; hydrating, nourishing, rich in antioxidants, anti bacterial qualities
  • Coconut oil; absorbs easily, hydrates, smooths skin, protects, calms temporary redness, minimises fine lines and wrinkles
  • Aloe vera; sooths sunburn, moisturise, fights anti-aging, reduces acne, lighten blemishes, boost healing of wounds

*Usually essential oils are vegan and cruelty free as they are derived from plants but make sure you check out the brand you're buying beforehand just in case. 
**This cream has been tried and tested on us and our family members, however if you begin to notice a reaction to the cream then we recommend to stop using it immediately. People's bodies are different therefore what works for one may not work for another. 
***Always seek guidance before using essential oils if you are pregnant. 
<![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 :)