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

We are dehydrating everything @ Soapnuts HQ!

So if you follow us on Insta! you will know that we are going crazy for our new Excalibur Dehydrator! We have embarked on a grain free experiment and whilst doing this, you would not want to be without a dehydrator. We are complete newbies at all this, so apart from going fruit leather crazy, I was so happy to find this scrummy recipe for Vegan Coconut Biscotti.

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These are the instructions from Choosingraw.com

Raw, Vegan Coconut Biscotti

Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup raw almonds
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups coconut pulp (from making homemade coconut milk — your amount will vary based on how thoroughly you strained the milk, among other factors)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or the seeds from a fresh vanilla bean
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax meal
  • 4 tablespoons coconut nectar, agave, or maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut or almond milk

Instructions

  1. Place the almonds in a food processor fitted with the S blade and grind well (not so well that they start turning into nut butter, but you want them to resemble flour). Alternately, you can use 1/4 cup almond flour.
  2. Add the coconut pulp, vanilla, flax, sweetener, and coconut or almond milk. Process until the mixture is totally incorporated and resembles a thick dough. If it’s super sticky, add a little more coconut or almond milk.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a Teflex-lined dehydrator sheet and shape into a mini loaf. Dehydrate at 115 degrees for 3 hours.
  4. Cut the loaf into biscotti shaped cookies, and continue dehydrating till they are totally dry and crunchy (another 6-8 hours). Serve with tea or coffee :-)

The picture above is half way through number 4. It is so exciting being able to be in complete control of everything that goes into your food. They are so yummy and perfect for a quick snack, enjoy!

The Sony World Photography Awards 2014

The Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist has been announced, and some of these entries are so spectacular there are literally no words. The awards shortlist an be found at: http://worldphoto.org/about-the-sony-world-photography-awards/2014-shortlist/

The Official exhibition will be held at Somerset House in May, but until then here are our absolute favourites from all the categories … Check out all the entries at¬†http://worldphoto.org/news-and-events/wpo-news/2014-sony-world-photography-awards-shortlist-announced

Nature & Wildlife Shortlist

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The knight and his steed by Nicolas Reusens
This picture is taken in a natural but controlled environment. There are pictures that can not be done in nature or that would imply a very high cost of both time and money, thats why photography workshops are run conducted at strategic locations and bringing
EVERYONE who is interested the basic notions (lighting, camera handling, composition, etc…) or the specimens, and afford them the opportunity to take pictures like this.

It’s hard to believe the next one is actually a real photograph and not a beautiful painting from a museum …

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Jump of Life by Bonnie Cheung
In July each year, this heart-pounding scene of wildebeests migration repeats itself. It’s wildlife’s most dramatic moment!

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What are you staring at !? by Chin Boon Leng
A baby Orang Utan peeking out from his mother’s embrace.

Travel Shortlist

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The Mongol by BURNBLUE
Taken Altai region of Western Mongolia..a eagle hunter rests on the steppe with golden eagle.

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Going home by Neville Jones

Low Light Shortlist

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Summertriangle by lightpix
Hiker at the Mobius Arch (CA, USA) at night. The Arch had been slightly illuminated with a headlight. Milky way in the background.

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Be Cheerful Even in the Darkest of Times by LashelleValentine
In your youth, nothing can stop you from enjoying time with your friends, especially not a simple matter of rain during summer fun. You may grow up and forget the names, but you’ll always remember the moments, the time on the dock with your friends during a surprise shower.

Landscape

Aerial Series by Emmanuel C Aerial image of river delta in Iceland.

Aerial Series by Emmanuel C
Aerial image of river delta in Iceland.

Nature & Wildlife Professional

White Horse. by Palani Mohan The Kazakhs living in Mongolia have a long history of riding horses. The nomadic tribes living in pre-historic Kazakhstan were said to be the first to domesticate and ride horses. Today, the tradition is still very much alive deep in the remote region of the Altai Tayan Bogd national park, which borders Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and China.
White Horse. by Palani Mohan
The Kazakhs living in Mongolia have a long history of riding horses. The nomadic tribes living in pre-historic Kazakhstan were said to be the first to domesticate and ride horses. Today, the tradition is still very much alive deep in the remote region of the Altai Tayan Bogd national park, which borders Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and China

And the award for Best Eco Product goes to ….

ImageWe want to start this Year off by saying thank you to every one of you who voted for the Living Naturally Super Concentrated Soapnut Laundry Liquid in the Your Healthy Living Magazine Awards!! We were quite surprised as we knew there was lots of competition, but so chuffed with our award for Best Eco Product!

Here’s a comment from our Director, Socrates Ioannides:

” At Living Naturally we always make sure that the products we sell are products that we would use ourselves. Guilt-free, knowing that we are not damaging the environment, not polluting the water cycle, not polluting our homes or ourselves and which are also cruelty-free. We strongly believe in – People and the environment first, profits second! As the father of a child who suffers with Autism and whose body is unable to get rid of toxins from his body, clean toxin-free living is more than just a lifestyle choice. But we can see that it is a choice more people are making because they are becoming more aware of the ingredients in the products they use and consume and are demanding something better! And we say good for them! “

So huge thanks and look out this year for more amazing things to come!

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!