“Sweet” Vegan Home Bakery.

Posted in Vegan stuff by Glô! on the January 29th, 2010

Sweet… Cupcakes

“Sweet” is a Vegan Home based made to order cupcake and cake bakery in Dublin, Ireland.

We have made a few changes to the interview we had with Glauce, who runs Sweet.

Their cupcakes are no longer available in Govindas.
From now on, if you want to taste these absolutely amazing cakes, any order can be made by contacting directly Sweet.

Sweet also bake big orders, for birthday parties, wedding parties, etc.

For more info on Sweet, read our interview with Glauce.

Contact Details:


Phones: 01 865 1951 | 087 930 3766
  • Share/Bookmark

Cork Shoes from Vegetarian Shoes

Posted in Vegan stuff by ALib on the November 17th, 2009

Shoes made from Cork

Vegetarian Shoes have launched a new line of shoes made from Cork; proving once again the variety of shoes out there that do not depend on animal products.

This must be the shoe for every Corkonian who has county pride. You can take the Shoe out of Cork but you can’t take the Cork out of the Shoe.

The shoe is described as “Innovative, finely sliced, real cork, backed onto a breathable fabric backer made into a unisex casual lace-up shoe. Made on a good fitting last, with padded insole, tongue, and collar for comfort. Lined throughout.Very grippy sole pattern with cork particles moulded into the ‘caramel’ rubber.”

Each pair has a slightly different design, due to the nature of Cork.

The innovative shoe comes from the highly respected shoe manufacturers Vegetarian Shoes. A company who was established in England in 1990 and has come a long way since. They are often credited as being “the original animal friendly footware”.

The factories where Vegetarian Shoes are manufactured all operate within EU employment laws. As Vegetarian Shoes say “It is our company practice that the shoes be as people-friendly, as well as [non human] animal-friendly as possible.”

If you’re not interested in wooden shoes, then don’t despair, check out their wide collection on the links below; from shoes, boots, jackets, hiking boots, belts and more for both men and women this company has something for all tastes.

More Info:

  • Ariel Shoe (Cork): Vegetarian Shoes.
  • Website: Vegetarian Shoes.
  • Info on leather: Nonhuman Skin.
    • Share/Bookmark

    The Vegan News No1, 1944

    Posted in Vegan stuff by ALib on the October 28th, 2009

    Being Vegan in 1944

    What would it be like to be a vegan in 1944?
    In 1944, the first edition of Vegan News was published by the then recently launched Vegan Society. Below is a link to this newsletter.

    The newsletter gives an indication of many things such as the thoughts for forming this new movement back then:

    “We can see quite plainly that our present civilisation is built on the exploitation of animals, just as past civilisations were built on the exploitation of slaves…”

    Of the expected criticism for what then was considered a radical way of thinking:

    “We may be sure that should anything so much as a pimple ever appear to marr the beauty of our physical form, it will be entirely due in the eyes of the world to our own silly fault for not eating ‘proper food’. Against such a pimple the great plagues of diseases now ravaging nearly all members of civilised society (who live on ‘proper food’) will pass unnoticed.”

    And a search for a new name for this movement is asked for, with

    emphasis on the practicalities of a short name:
    “The virtue of having a short title is best known to those of us who, as secretaries of vegetarian societies have to type or write the word vegetarian thousands of times a year!”

    Full Newsletter:

    Full Newsletter in Scanned PDF form:

    • Share/Bookmark

    AlmaWin Brand : Vegan Shopping

    Posted in Vegan stuff by Glô! on the May 8th, 2009

    New Cleaning Brand
    for Vegans!

    AlmaWin now joins the growing list of household cleaning products suitable for vegans.

    AlmaWin does not contain any optical brighteners, petrochemicals, phosphates, chlorine, bulking agents, colour-additives or genetically modified enzymes.

    They do operate on a Fixed Cut off Date (1998), so no animal testing is done on their products and ingredients.

    They can be found in all the FRESH stores around the country and also ECOSHOP, at

    Greystones, Co. Wicklow.

    List of Cleaning products suitable for Vegans!

    • Share/Bookmark

    Vegan Shoes

    Posted in Vegan stuff by ALib on the May 5th, 2009

    Nonhuman Skin

    “Leather” is nothing more than the skin of an exploited and murdered animal. If you are serious about Animal Rights, it also means not wearing animal skin.

    Long gone is the time when compassionate people had to wear uncomfortable plastic shoes in order to avoid wearing animal skin.

    Now there are revolutionary garments which are almost impossible to distinguish from the types made from animal parts. Although unfairly portrayed as plastic it is easy to find shoes that are made with environmentally friendly material.

    Often called faux leather, pleather, Vegetan, they have breathing properties, are water resistant, last a long time, and they look great.

    The use of nonhuman skin does not stop with shoes. Many animals are killed to make furniture, bags, car seats, etc.

    The use of nonhuman skin is

    often justified as being eco friendly.
    This is nothing but a myth as animal skin which would naturally decay is heavily processed with chemicals in order to stop it from decomposing.

    Know more about Leather and Vegan Shoes

    • Share/Bookmark

    Vegan Cleaning Products

    Posted in Vegan stuff by ALib on the May 5th, 2009

    Best Cleaning Brands

    Got a sink, carpet, window etc to clean but you’d rather an animal was not killed or used in its making?

    Check out the Home Cleaning list of ethical products and where to buy them in Ireland.

    Polish your toilet at the same time as your halo!
    • Share/Bookmark

    Vegan Shopping : Tom’s of Maine

    Posted in Vegan stuff by Glô! on the April 17th, 2009

    Tom’s of Maine,
    or Tom’s of Greed!?

    Tom’s of Maine is an American company founded in 1970 by Tom and Kate Chappell. The company manufactures personal care products, such as toothpaste, soap and deodorant.

    Tom of Maine has, up to 2006, been praised by ethical consumers, and was probably one of the most ethical companies around.
    In March 2006, the Ethical consumer * magazine gave Tom’s of Maine the highest rating for its environmental reporting and animal testing policy (16 out of 20)*. Tom of Maine’s products are vegetarian and most of their products do not contain any animal ingredients.

    In 2006, a controlling 84% stake in Tom’s of Maine was purchased by Colgate-Palmolive for $100M. The Chappells kept a 16% share in the company.
    In other words, a once-proud local company is now 84% swallowed up by one of the worse corporations which is heavily involved in animal testing and environmental destruction.

    To defend their action, Kate

    Chappel stated : ‘’We chose Colgate as our partner because they have the global expertise to help take Tom’s of Maine to the next level […] We see Colgate-Palmolive as an excellent fit with our cultural values. Those values include a policy of giving 10 percent of pretax profits to community groups that benefit the environment and other causes.”

    She also admitted that the couple would not be here forever and that they needed to find a “good home” for the company.


    • Share/Bookmark

    Vegan Shopping : Ecover

    Posted in Vegan stuff by ALib on the April 17th, 2009

    Is Ecover suitable
    for Vegans?

    Ecover is a manufacturer of eco-friendly household cleaning products. Some of their products contain no animal ingredients, and up to 2007, the company was registered by the Vegan Sociey.
    However, Ecover got the Vegan Society logo removed from its products for having an unsuitable animal testing policy.

    What makes Ecover’s policy on animal testing unsuitable for vegans?

    [1] Ecover operates a five year rolling rule.
    The 5 years rolling rule is a weak and misleading policy used by companies which pledge not to use ingredients that have been tested in the previous five years. It is largely worthless, mainly because many new ingredients take that long to gain approval for use. It is also misleading because the company can use animal tested ingredients while still not being in breach with their policy.

    Ecover claims that the only way they can manufacture new products is to introduce newly-developed ingredients, such as biosurfacants. Such ingredients have to be tested on animals by law, and this is why Ecover continues to operate a 5 year

    rolling rule as opposed to a fixed cut off date.

    [2] They also test their products on water fleas* -also called Daphnia- as a way to measure the environmental impact of their products on aquatic life. Daphnia are not fleas at all, but members of the crustacean family.

    About a hundred Daphnia Magna are used to test each Ecover product. This test is called EC50 Daphnia.


    • Share/Bookmark

    Vegan Shopping :The Body Shop

    Posted in Vegan stuff by ALib on the April 14th, 2009

    The Body Shop…
    Find the Loophole!

    The Body Shop was sold to L’Oreal/Nestle in March 2006 for £652m. According to Anita Roddick, who founded the firm 30 years ago, this deal was the best 30th anniversary gift the Body Shop could have received. Anita Roddick was expected to make £130 from the deal. Can The Body Shop be considered an ethical company?

    Before its acquisition by L’Oreal, The Body Shop was known for their strong stance against animal testing. Yet, their animal testing policy always was and still is everything but strong. Due to a subtle loophole in their policy, the Body Shop was able to use animal tested ingredients while still keeping their image intact.

    Up to 1997, the Body Shop had a 5 year rolling rule animal testing policy, which only applied to ingredients tested for the cosmetic industry.*

    Facing many critics which questioned the efficiency of this policy, they adopted a fixed cut off date rule, stating no ingredients tested on animals since the 21/12/1990 will be used.

    But the new policy still does not exclude ingredients tested on animals since 1990 which were tested for some purpose other than cosmetics.

    Since most chemicals are developed for medicinal use, this renders the company’s animal testing policy totally ineffective.

    For example, in 1991, for the use of its sun screens, the Body Shop purchased Vitamin E acetate from the pharmaceutical corporation Hoffman La Roche, also known as Roche. Roche performed animal tests on Vitamin E Acetate in 1989 and 1991 for pharmaceutical use. The BS continued to purchase from them, stating that the ingredient was not tested for cosmetic use, therefore they had not breached their animal testing policy.


    • Share/Bookmark

    Vegan Shopping: Original Source Brand

    Posted in Vegan stuff by Glô! on the April 10th, 2009

    Original Source,
    An Ethical Company?

    Original Source is an English company which makes personal care products. Their products carry the carry the logo from the Vegan Society and the company also states that they “never test their products on animals”.

    Although Original Source may sound like an ideal company to support and buy from, things are not always what they seem and a little research is needed to know who we are dealing with.

    Original Source brand started in 1997 (with an investment of £45,000) and was acquired by PZ Cussons Ltd in 2003 (for £11M).

    PZ Cussons Ltd is a corporation which manufactures products such as personal care (Carex and Imperial leather) industrial and household cleaning agents, pharmaceuticals (Drastin, Alagbin, Zubes, Maladrin).

    PZ Cussons state that they “do not test their products on


    This is a very vague and misleading statement, which only serves the purpose of reassuring consumers, while offering no guarantees whatsoever that no animal testing was carried out on their behalf and ingredient suppliers.


    • Share/Bookmark

    Waht is your favorite cup of tea made of?

    Posted in Vegan stuff by Glô! on the September 12th, 2006

    Bone China.

    Are cups and plates carrying the label Bone China really made of bones?

    Bone China is a product of a technique used in England which consists in adding bone ash of nonhuman animals to the clay.

    Sometimes, it does not carry the label “bone china” but it can be easily recognised as it has more translucence and whiteness than normal porcelain.

    How it’s made

    Calcined bone ash makes up about 50% by weight of the final body recipe. It is produced from the bones of nonhumans, which are first processed to remove any adhering flesh which is generally sold as pet food.

    The bone is then treated to remove any glue, which is processed and upgraded for use in normal applications where glue is used, and also for the sizing of expensive paper.

    The raw bone which is left after the flesh and glue have been extracted, is then heated to about 1000 C, at which temperature any residual organic material is burned off and the structure of the bone is changed for the manufacture of bone china.
    It is then finally ground with water before being added to clay.
    • Share/Bookmark

    Vegan Candles

    Posted in Vegan stuff by Glô! on the August 25th, 2006

    Are Candles Vegan?

    Nearly all candles are made from Paraffin wax and animal fats, except for a small number that are made from Beeswax.

    Very often, for a question of costs, beeswax is blended with paraffin to make candles.
    Paraffin candle wax is made from the residue collected from gasoline refining.
    When paraffin candles are burned, they release black petroleum carbon soot deposits. These are carcinogens known as petro-soot, and they are considered as harmful as secondhand tobacco smoke.

    Candles made from pure plant waxes are becoming more readily

    available, they can be found in Health food stores.
    Vegetable-based candles are biodegradable and water soluble, and will not damage carpets or furniture.
    They burn cooler, more uniformly, and last up to 50% longer than traditional candles.
    • Share/Bookmark

    l> >