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#worldcarfreeday

What ever you’re doing today (22nd September) try to do it without the help of your car.

World Car Free Day is celebrated to encourage motorists to give up their cars for the day and join public transport, dig out the bike or, of course, put those feet to good use.

From what I have read observing World Car Free Day can mean different things to different people but, 2 main reasons stand out:

  1. Give the planet a rest; CO2 is estimated to account for approximately two thirds of man-made global warming, of which travel by private car as opposed to public transport emits the greatest level*, and we all know what CO2 emissions contribute towards, GLOBAL WARMING.
  2.  Take time to observe the environment around you; by getting out of your car you’re able to observe and be a part of what actually goes on during the day.

There are now over 1.2bn cars on the road and by 2035 this is predicted to reach 2bn**.

I worked out, on average, each car produces around 12kg of CO2 per day, so just imagine if for 1 day as many people as possible left those cars at home how much CO2 emission would be saved from going into our earth’s atmosphere…

So on World Car Free Day, why not join others and take public transport to work or reach your day’s destination by foot or bike instead?

If you really can’t leave your car at home today try it another day and remember, together we can SOW the seeds for change.

Love Charlotte x

How can you help SOW the seeds for change?

  1. Leave the car at home for a day
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  4. Share with us what you’ve done on either Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or all 3 🙂

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* http://futuretravel.org.uk/statistics/

** http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1093560_1-2-billion-vehicles-on-worlds-roads-now-2-billion-by-2035-report

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The Udder Truth – Tasting sessions verdicts

On Thursday 7 September, those eager to discover the truth about the dairy industry joined us for an evening of useful bite-sized information alongside taking part in three tasting sessions.

Having spoken to people about ditching dairy we heard repeated concerns around three particular areas:

  1. Only dairy milk could make a decent cup of tea/coffee
  2. There’s no way I could give up cheese
  3. My favourite naughty treats all contain milk

So, we shared a range of dairy alternatives which we believe are worth the switch therefore making the transition into a dairy-free life easier.

The results are below:

Milk

Cashew milk came out top on the night, with most agreeing this dairy milk alternative tastes the most like cow’s milk when used in tea.

Cashew_Milk
Type: Cashew
Brand: Rude Health
Verdict: Not as nutty as you would expect when tried alone and tastes very good in a cup of tea!
Where to buy: All major supermarkets plus independent health stores

Coconut_Milk
Type: Coconut (semi skimmed)
Brand: Rebel Kitchen
Verdict: Better than most coconut milks anyone had tried before
Where to buy: Waitrose mainly

 

Soya_Milk
Type: Soya
Brand: BonSoy
Verdict: Creamy and great in a coffee
Where to buy: Ocado and independant health stores

 

Oat_Milk
Type: Oat
Brand: Rude Health
Verdict: Easily mistaken for almond milk
Where to buy: All major supermarkets plus independent health stores
NB: Another great Oat Milk to try is Oatly

Cheese

The Scheese Wensleydale came out on top, potentially because of the addition of cranberries.

300px_Wensleydale-with-Cranberries
Type: Wensleydale
Brand: Scheese
Verdict: Delicious!
Where to buy: Some Tescos, Holland & Barrett and independent health stores

Strong-Cheddar_Sheese-Blocks
Type: Strong cheddar
Brand: Scheese
Verdict: Tasted smoked
Where to buy: Some Tescos, Holland & Barrett and independent health stores

smoked_gauda
Type: Smoked Gouda
Brand: Follow your heart
Verdict: Not keen on consistency but was tasty
Where to buy: Independent health stores

Red-Cheddar_Sheese-Blocks
Type: Red Cheddar
Brand: Scheese
Verdict: Not keen on consistency or taste
Where to buy: Some Tescos, Holland & Barrett and independent health stores

Smoked-Cheddar_Sheese-Blocks
Type: Smoked Cheddar
Brand: Scheese
Verdict: Not keen on consistency or taste
Where to buy: Some Tescos, Holland & Barrett and independent health stores

Halloumi
Type: Halloumi
Brand: Vegusto
Verdict: Most thought it would taste better cooked, but was still tasty
Where to buy: Independent health stores
NB: Violife halloumi was reported to be a good alternative

Ice cream

There wasn’t a clear winner when it came to the ice cream, but all 4 were loved and therefore no individual verdicts. However I (Charlotte) can safely say that Booja Booja Hunky Punky Chocolate is the best ice cream I have had in my life (dairy free or not!).

hunky_punky
Type: Hunky Punky Chocolate
Brand: Booja Booja
Where to by: Waitrose and independent health stores

almond_dream
Type: Mint chocolate chip
Brand: Almond dream
Where to by: Most major supermarkets

sweedish_glace
Type: Vanilla Sweedish Glace
Brand: Walls
Where to by: Most major supermarkets

caramel_pecan
Type: Caramel Pecan Praline
Brand: Booja Booja
Where to by: Waitrose and independent health stores

Of course we only picked a few of the many available diary alternatives out there! If you have tried something different which you think we should try, please tell us! Either comment on this blog post or email us at hiyasow@gmail.com.

Other relevant blog posts you may find interesting:

What’s your dairy alternative?
Review: Rebel Kitchen Mylk
Mini Tasters’ Taste Test: Episode 2
Mini Tasters’ Thursday Taste Test: Episode 3
Mini Tasters’ Thursday Taste Test: Episode 4