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Fashion, Life & Style, Special Occasions

AD | Ethical Gift Ideas for Men With Brothers We Stand

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I know I have already shared some ethical gift ideas on the blog this month, but what if you are still struggling for ideas for your significant other/dad/brother/best friend?  I know I certainly find men in particular difficult to shop for.

Thankfully ethical menswear retailer Brothers We Stand (who excitingly have just opened up their first physical store in Bristol’s Wapping Wharf after years of trading solely online) have handily put together an ethical gift guide for men.

If you have never heard of Brothers We Stand, they are a clothing retailer exclusively selling ethically produced menswear from a tightly curated collection of independent ethical brands and designers.

Every item they sell has undergone rigorous research by the Brothers We Stand team to ensure each product offered meets the highest design and ethical standards.  From what the clothes are made from; to how the clothes are made and by whom; and to how durable the clothes are, these are all key considerations made before any new product is stocked by Brothers We Stand.

All of this information is shared to shoppers through a unique tag telling the story of each item.  When you are browsing a particular item simply click on the ‘footprint’ section for a detailed rundown on what makes the item ethical and sustainable, and in some cases, where the item could be improved in the future.  Sometimes ethical shopping is all about compromise, and I really respect the fact that Brothers We Stand haven’t shied away from this fact.

Here are some of their top picks for ethical and sustainable gents this Christmas!

Recycled Card Holder

elvis kresse card holder

This beautiful double cardholder (£31) from Elvis & Kresse, is made from decommissioned British fire hoses and is lined with reclaimed parachute silk from the British military.  There’s a whole lot of recycling in there, and the finished piece is a thing of beauty.  And it’s even Oyster card friendly if your gent is London based.

Organic Jumper

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This GOTS certified organic cotton jumper (£87) is from Danish ethical brand DCA is ethical, sustainable and built to last.  It’s stylish and cosy and beats a novelty Christmas jumper hands down any day!

Organic Polo Shirt

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This 100% organic cotton polo-shirt (£50) is again from DCA, and is perfect for dapper gents interested in sustainable style.  Even the dye used is non-harmful, and they are dyed in modern dye houses focused on minimising water usage and responsible waste water treatment.  Two thumbs up!

Organic Socks

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If you are looking for something less spendy then you can rarely go wrong with socks.  Especially with these organic cotton Jollie Socks (£14), which are made in the UK, and for every pair sold a pair is donated to a local homeless centre.

Organic Cotton Hoodie

silverstick hoodie

Finally, this lovely GOTS certified organic cotton hoodie (£59) is a midweight hoodie ethically made in Portugal by ethical manufacturers Silverstick.  With  doubleweight hood and reinforced pockets this hoodie will be sure to be a favourite for many many years to come.

Be sure to catch the full gift guide over at Bothers We Stand!

Autumn, Food & Drink, Winter

AD | Organic Sweet Potato Chili and Coconut Soup Recipe

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Today I’m sharing my favourite sweet potato chili and coconut soup recipe.  Not only is it organic, but it’s vegan and vegetarian friendly too,

As a vegetarian, I always find Christmas a difficult time food-wise.  When I think of traditional Christmas foods I inevitably think of things like turkey, goose, pigs in blankets, potatoes roast in goose fat.  And if you’re vegan it’s not any easier as traditional festive treats include brandy butter, cheese boards and other such dairy treats.

When I try to think of traditional vegetarian and vegan Christmas foods my mind goes blank apart from Brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce and nut roast.

What I always say is that if you are having a vegetarian or vegan Christmas too, then the number one rule for happiness is to rip up the rule book!

You don’t have to have nut roast because someone in the seventies decided that’s what vegetarians and vegans should eat (I’ve never had a nice one).  Just because Brussels sprouts are the done thing at Christmas doesn’t mean your whole meal has to revolve around them.

Cook what makes you and your family happy.  It doesn’t matter if it’s particularly Christmassy because you can make it a family tradition that your family associate with Christmas year on year.

Which brings me to the question – what food makes my family happy?  And that, my friend, is a very good question.  My partner and I have been vegetarian for 11 years, and our Christmas main meal has mostly revolved around Quorn Roast, which we first started eating out of convenience and which then grew into tradition.  The trouble is it isn’t dairy free, which poses a problem as my youngest daughter was just this year diagnosed with a dairy intolerance so our beloved Quorn Roast is out this year.

sweet potato chili and coconut soup recipe

I’m still not 100% certain what we will cook for the main course, but I have at least settled on the starter.  As it’s our first Christmas going down a vegan route I am steering completely away from tradition and will be serving up this organic sweet potato, chili and coconut soup.  It’s tasty, comforting, vegetarian, vegan, slightly spicy (everyone in my family, especially my kids, loves spice), and is quick and easy to make.  Basically, it makes each and every one of us happy – and that’s what Christmas is all about!

Organic food makes us especially happy as the journey from field to fork is less damaging to the environment and to the growers and pickers.  It’s a healthier choice all round, and it’s why I’ve partnered with the Feed Your Happy campaign, a campaign ran by the Organic Trade Board, in order to raise awareness of the joy of organic food.

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Vegan Organic Sweet Potato, Chili & Coconut Soup Recipe

Make this delicious vegan and vegetarian friendly organic sweet potato, chili, and coconut soup with easy recipe.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 600 g organic sweet potatoes peeled & sliced into thin coins
  • 1/4 organic red chili de-seeded & finely diced
  • 1 finely chopped organic red onion
  • 1 3 cm x 3cm nub of organic ginger finely diced
  • 2 cloves organic garlic crushed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 400 ml can of organic coconut milk
  • 600 ml of organic vegetable stock
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to season

Instructions

  1. Add the oil to a medium sized soup pot and heat gently.
  2. Once heated add the onion, and cook over a medium heat until translucent.
  3. Once the onions are translucent, add the chili, ginger and garlic to the pot, and heat for two minutes.
  4. Then add the sweet potato, the vegetable stock and paprika.
  5. Bring to the boil and then let the soup gently simmer for 15 minutes or so until the sweet potato has completely softened.
  6. Now add the coconut milk.  Don't worry if some of it has solidified in the can - this will soon melt in the soup.
  7. Heat for a further 2 minutes, then remove from the pot from the heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  8. Using a hand blender, blitz the soup until smooth, and then season to your taste.
  9. For an added festive touch, toast some of your favourite organic bread and use a star cookie cutter to cut out some star shaped croutons!

Enjoy!

And if you are looking for one central place to find organic Christmas ingredients or gifts for the family, then why not pop over to the Soil Association’s Christmas Marketplace?

ps: I have more vegetarian and vegan Christmas dinner ideas right this way!

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