Monkeys & Nuts what better partners!

For a long time now, whilst we’ve been on the Vegan Festival circuit we have known about the Vervet Monkey Foundation and the great work they do rehabilitating orphan baby monkeys.

Josie, Rudi & Jo have been regular faces at Vegfest to share the plight of these orphan monkeys and to get people interested in helping in any way they can. Their work has successfully rehabilitated hundreds of orphan baby monkeys, but it is not over.

This is the story of The Vervet Monkey Foundation …

In 1989 the plight of the vervet monkey species in South Africa first came to light when an orphaned baby vervet monkey, only hours old was discovered. Enquiries to recognised authorities concerning the fate of such primates revealed that there were no facilities to provide for its care and welfare, instead they were told to kill the monkey because, such animals were regarded as vermin. 

As environmentalists and humanitarians, they saw that the solution to this problem did not lie in euthanasing these orphaned primates but rather, the need for an organisation to provide a sanctuary for them and to holistically investigate what was in fact happening to this indigenous primate of South Africa. 

220px-HellenIt soon became apparent that very little was in fact known about this
species. Most of the data available at that time was negative, contradictory, incomplete and inaccurate. This void was due to its classification as vermin, and this lack of knowledge had portrayed this indigenous primate in a very poor and negative light. At that time there was also very little information pertaining to the rehabilitation of this primate species. As conservationists they could see that the solution to this problem was not the senseless killing of these primates but the need for a programme incorporating: 

  • A facility to research the life style and environment of this species.
  • A program to rehabilitate orphaned and injured primates.
  • A program to research the claims of damage and problems caused by vervet monkeys and offer possible solutions for co-existence.
  • An education program to inform the public of the role that the vervet monkey plays in the eco system.
  • A sanctuary for primates unfortunate enough to be unreleasable but, manageable enough to be used for educational purposes.


As a high priority they began to research the possibility of rehabilitating
these orphans and to develop a much needed rehabilitation programme and sanctuary where injured and miss-placed vervet monkeys would be humanely treated.

During the past decade the Foundation has developed a unique rehabilitation programme that has helped revolutionise the way in which primates are rehabilitated. Our enclosure designs are now utilised in similar primate projects. Fundamentally, the Foundation has saved and improved the lives of more than six hundred vervet monkeys. The foundation has also achieved many firsts in the rehabilitation of this primate species with the aid of volunteers, gap year students and primate carers.

How we are helping …

downloadWe are showing our support by not only offering a 10% discount code in support of friends of Vervet Monkey Foundation, but we will also match that and give another 10% to support the charity. This code will not expire and you can use it every time you shop on our website http://www.soapnuts.co.uk

If you would like to show your support simply use the code: VMF0614

To find out more about other ways you can help and how you can volunteer please visit: http://www.vervet.za.org/how_help/help_home.asp

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Vegan Fest FOMO

We love taking part in Vegan Festivals & Events cos it’s a great time for us to catch up with our #Festies and hang out with our customers and also a great time for everyone to pick up a bargain! If you missed Brighton VegFest, here’s what you missed …

It is always fun, even when it’s not 😉 … We shall see you at the next one

Did you guys get down to London VegFest this weekend?

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It has been a busy few months at HQ. We have been busy formulating, packing, updating, expanding … basically gearing up to world domination 🙂 There is so much news to tell you, which we will be sharing with you in the next few weeks, but first …

This weekend the #OrangeFrog held a stand at London Veg Fest, and it was awesome! For those of you who don’t know VegFest, it is basically a festival that celebrates all things vegan and vegetarian. There are loads of talks about vegetarian and vegan lifestyle, vegan food, vegan clothing, vegan chocolate, vegan bodybuilders, vegan cupcakes, vegan sword-swallowers and did we mention loads of yummy vegan food!

The great thing about VegFest is you get to meet loads of new people, especially the charities that hold stalls at the event. One of the great charities we met are called Save The Harlan Beagles . They are campaigning against Harlan UK which breeds beagles for animal testing ONLY. Saying it is horrific is not even touching it! In 2011 The Sunday Times ran an expose with a former Harlan employee, where he exposed what life is like for these poor animals. To read more visit their website and please support their work!

Our other neighbours were the Wild Futures charity. They campaign to help end the suffering of thousands of primates in the UK by working towards ensuring that the UK primate pet trade is made illegal. Check out their campaign and sign their petition.

We met Metala at Vegan Faces UK, who had some lovely vegan hypoallergenic face paints for kids as well as loads of lovely make-up. Alan Sugar loves her stuff and we can see why! Other great stand holders were Buddha Beauty , Animal Aid , Teen VGN , Razzle Dazzle Ice Cream , Mimi’s Miracles , Nakd , Trina’s Delicacies , too many to mention!

It was an awesome day and we met some of our lovely regular customers, catch up with mates, and bought loads of food, which are all featured on our facebook album. If you didn’t get to visit us this time round, come and see us at our next event on the 19th October 2013 at the LABL Fair in Liverpool.

Till next time!

Where will the ORANGE FROG pop up next?

20130608_125500Hi All, just wanted to give everyone a quick events update ….

We had a blast at the London Allergy Show 2013, 7-9th June 2013, and we met loads of great people who were taking advantage of the massive show discounts and stocking up on all the goodies we had at the show. We made some fab connections and in case you missed it, have a look at our FB album to see some of what you missed … https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.531075350285082.1073741829.110942912298330&type=1&l=83e258912c

 

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If anyone is in London this weekend feel free to check out the Transitions Belsize Event.

Event Details:

Sat 22 Jun 11:00am -4:00pm
Budgens, 200 Haverstock Hill,
London, NW3 4RS

Transition Belsize will be at the Budgens London fair on Saturday June 22nd from 11am-4pm.  We will be giving away free vegetable seedlings with every copy of the Transition Free Press newspaper.  The London Fair will include a range of local suppliers, live music, hot food including hand made butchers sausages and burgers, freshly squeezed orange juice and virgin cocktails, local organisations and communities, a book giveaway and Henna and face painting for the little ones.  The theme is London, continuing the celebration of our cosmopolitan city from last year’s Jubilee and Olympics, hope to see you there!

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We will be saying hi and introducing everyone to our soapnuts on stand 157 at the BabyExpo Brighton ~ June 30, Brighton Racecourse & Conference Centre, Sussex. 

There will be over 150 exhibitors, fabulous marquee (hosting the stage area and exhibits), the Grandstand & Premier Halls, outside areas, displays & stalls, family-friendly catering + a very special Humphrey’s Corner event!

To get a free ticket (hurry limited supply) please use this link or click on the big pink invite over there > http://www.babyexpobabyshow.co.uk/visiting/visitingviptickets/

And there will be loads more coming up throughout July & August cos that’s HOW WE ROLL! So stay tuned to see where the ORANGE FROG will pop up next!

 

 

Soapnut Laundry With Soda Crystals … when you know better, do better

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” Maya Angelou. And who am I to argue with this great woman?

For many years now Living Naturally have been selling bicarbonate of soda as a very effective laundry boost to remove stains. Bicarbonate of soda is natural, doesn’t pollute and cleans extremely well, not to mention all of its other uses. But now we’ve found something better: Soda Crystals!

sodacrystalsThe old fashioned way to get your clothes clean and sparkling.

Soda Crystals have been around for generations, and before the invention of modern washing powder, were one of the most popular laundry products around, renowned for their ability to cut through tough stains and dirt on grubby clothes. They can be used to:

  • Shift organic stains from clothes by using as an in-wash additive. Simply add a tablespoon of Soda Crystals to the normal detergent.
  • Remove tough stains from clothes by using as a pre-soak. Make a strong solution of Soda Crystals and warm water and soak garment for 1 hour before washing normally.
  • Save money! Soda Crystals soften water in the washing machine meaning less detergent is needed.
  • Prolong the life of your washing machine by preventing limescale build up.

Soda crystals are not only a great laundry boost, but they can be used for a lot more …

cleaningjewellerySilverware and Jewellery: To put the shine back into silverware with ease, make a solution of 1 cup of Soda Crystals to a pint of very hot water and soak for 5-15 minutes in a bowl lined with aluminium foil. The tarnish will simply melt away. Rinse off and buff. Soak delicate jewellery in a regular solution. Soft stones such as Opals should not be cleaned using Soda Crystals.

Kitchen and wheelie bins: Clean out waste bins with a regular solution to keep them clean and odourless.

cleaningcarpetsCarpets: Soda Crystals are ideal for removing red wine, grass, ink and other stains. First sprinkle some dry crystals onto the stain. Then dab (rather than rub) upholstery with a mild solution to get rid of stains. Finally dab with a warm moist cloth. Over-wetting may leave a water mark. Test for colour fastness on an inconspicuous area first.

Drains: Because Soda Crystals dissolve grease, they’re great for unblocking sinks, drains, wastepipes and waste disposal units. Use a strong solution to flush drains regularly to keep them grease-free.

Living Naturally Starter Packs and Soapnut Sample Packs will now contain soda crystals. To find out more on how to use with soapnut laundry and to buy visit: http://www.soapnuts.co.uk

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How to use those ickle bits of soap and other helpful tips

Spending too much time on pinterest has really got me into looking at how I can reuse so much of what I would normally consider rubbish. If you follow me on Twitter you would have seen the t-shirt bracelet fiasco (I had so much fun!)

So in very much the same vain as those super crazy-organised eco peeps on Pinterest here are some great ways to make sure you are getting everything you can out of the stuff you buy from us:

soapnut soap from living naturallyUsing up all those little soap bits:

After using our gorgeous soapnut soaps and shampoos and you have a nice little collection of soapy bits, put them all into a small muslin bag. When you take your next shower or bath you will have a ready-made exfoliating mit complete with soap.

Another great use for those muslin bags for soap with bits:

living naturally coconutty shampoo barMe personally I love my luxurious soapnut soap with bits and my OJ without. But if you prefer it to be smooth the whole way, then here’s another little tip. With our Coconutty Shampoo Bar, put it into a muslin bag before you start soaping up that wonderful lather. Just put the bar in the bag, pull the drawstrings so it doesn’t slip out, and wet bag thoroughly and rub. Once it is all lathered up rub on hair, wash, rinse, condition and go!

What about my left over soapnut shells?

If you are like me and constantly wondering if you can get anymore soap out of the soapnut shells once you have used them then wonder no more. Simply put them in a blender with some water and you will see that even when they are exhausted from laundry they still have quite a bit of soap left in them. Then use this soapy mixture to either top up your foaming handwash pump bottles (thoroughly strain this liquid so no bits clog up your pump) or pour over your veg in your garden to keep them pest free!

And finally … A really great tip on another way to use our biodegradable stain remover!

How about your own home-made stain removal spray? Simply grate some of our biodegradable stain remover stick and put it into a spray bottle with hot water (hot enough to melt the stick). The quantities are one tablespoon of grated stain remover stick to one cup (250ml) of boiling water. When you want to use it, simply shake and spray. Full recipe details here.

Have fun with all my tips .. now back to pinterest!

Soap and water and common sense are all you need!

Natural handmade soap from Living Naturally

“Soap and water and common sense are the best disinfectants.” William Osler, Physician

You all have the water and the common sense, now let me tell you why you need our 100% natural handmade soapnut  soaps in your life!

Over here at Soapnuts HQ I have been extremely busy creating a whole new range of lush soapnut soaps that are 100% natural & handmade and are compeltely free of SLSs, parabens and other horrible toxins that you might find in commercially produced bars.

Next time you swing by Sainsburys or Asda check out the soap aisle … if it doesn’t say ‘soap’ then think twice about picking it up. Usually those bars are syndet bars – that’s synthetic detergent bars to you and me. They contain ingredients that can cause irritation to your skin but also pollutes our water systems. Now some manufacturers have got wise to the tide turning on these artifically created bars, so they have now created combo bars that include a very small amount of natural ingredients. Just enough so theycan talk about it in the advertising 🙂

At Soapnuts HQ our soaps are:

  • Made with Love 🙂
  • Made with 100% natural vegetable oils
  • Made with organic ingredients
  • Most of our soaps are Vegan (some contain milk or honey)
  • Most of our soaps are palm oil free (or they use certified sustainable plam oil)
  • None of our soaps contain any SLSs, parabens, petrochemicals, artificial colours, fragrances or preservatives.

Still need convincing? Give them a go! The results are in and they are good! Here are some customer reviews:

“I started using the chamomile & olive soap and found that my dermatitis on my hands was disappearing! I have changed nothing else, so thank you v. much!” Halla

“I bought it as a present for my uncle who has ezcema over his body, he loves it so much and won’t use anything else now!” Nicki

All of our soaps are gentle enough for even the most sensitive skins, and if you don’t know which one to try, we have coveniently put together a sample pack of 10 ofour best selling soaps for you to try. So now there is no excuse 🙂

Try our soaps for yourself