Established in 1993
Peta Approved Vegan
As we get closer and closer to Christmas, ‘present panic’ becomes an all too common feature in our lives. Not only from lack of gift ideas for your work colleague, your dad, or even your other half, but also from the difficulty of trying to shop in the most ethical way possible.
During the pressure of Christmas shopping, the ideals that we uphold throughout the year can occasionally be thrown aside for convenience when choosing gifts.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. We’ve created a list of ways in which you can shop ethically for Christmas gifts!
While it is possible to shop ethically at Christmas time, many people get caught up in the rush to buy for everyone – after all, who doesn’t like a present? In response to this, the highstreet becomes flooded with cheap imported products.
There are many issues with this. One issue is that in order to keep costs down, a lot of cheap plastic is used, which is dangerous for the environment. Another is that we really don’t know where our products are coming from.
Consider the disaster that happened in Rana Plaza in 2013, when 1,134 people died after a factory in Bangladesh collapsed. Just consider the working conditions that these people would have had even before this catastrophe. Is this the type of place you want your Christmas gifts made in?
Here at EthicalWARES we are very careful to source our products and, whenever possible, we use UK suppliers.
One of the best ways to ensure that your gifts are produced in an ethical way, and that the workers are getting fair wages, is by looking for items that are advertised as Fairtrade.
Giving a Fairtrade gift means that you are not only making your loved one feel special, you are also helping others to make a living.
Fairtrade jewellery is always a popular item, as it’s both unique and handmade.
If you are looking to buy ethically, and you know that you have a work colleague who’s vegan, then why not buy them some vegan food gifts?
Even for those people in your life who aren’t vegan, gifting them a taste of some luxury vegan gifts can show them that buying ethically doesn’t mean compromising on taste.
Christmas seems to revolve around food, but it’s easy to still be a part of this while not eating animal products. Everyone around you is sure to be amazed at just how good a vegan Christmas dinner can be.
Everyone likes receiving clothes as a Christmas gift. Yet with so much ‘fast fashion’ out there, it’s all too easy to buy something that has been made in a sweatshop, contains animal products, or simply won’t last that long.
Whether you are looking to gift your loved one a pair of 100% vegan boots, or are just trying to find some great value ethical gifts under £10 for a colleague, EthicalWARES have you covered.
And just coming into stock for Christmas are some amazing slippers made from a mix of recycled plastic bottles, organic cotton and recycled rubber soles! Very ho, ho, ho!
Choosing a gift for the man in your life can often be particularly tricky but we try and take the pain out of finding a suitable present for them. From gardening pouches to vegan leather tool holders, you can always find a great vegan gift for men here at EthicalWARES.
If you have a lot of people to buy stocking filler gifts for this year, or you need to find a low cost Secret Santa present for work, it is absolutely possible to even find some great vegan gifts under £5. Being ethical doesn’t meant breaking the bank!
One of the main environmental impacts of Christmas is the sheer waste that comes from all of the packaging that gifts arrive in, much of which isn’t even recyclable.
Before you go to the shops to buy wrapping paper, consider if it’s really needed. Could you put your gift in a re-usable bag? If you do want to wrap things, why not go retro with brown paper and string? This is all recyclable and so much better for the environment!
When buying gifts online, check to see what packaging it comes in, as many ethical companies are already trying to reduce the amount that they use. Here at EthicalWARES we try to reuse as much packaging as possible, in an effort to get ever closer to zero waste.
From Fairtrade gifts to vegan chocolates, it’s easier than you might first think to shop ethically at Christmas. Staying true to your values means that you are giving people a gift that shows you really care – instead of just picking up the first thing that you see, with no thought about the consequences that buying it has.
Goodwill to all people means exactly that, which is why shopping ethically shows the true spirit of Christmas.
We wish all EthicalWARES customers a very happy Christmas!
We set up ethical WARES as a way to bring cruelty free footwear to those who wanted them.
While we started off small, we now have over 500 vegan products for sale. Our goal right from the start was to provide people with the items they needed without causing harm to animals, and our customers agree.
When we started in 1993 it was really difficult to get a pair of 100% ethical vegan shoes, and we believed that needed to change.
For years we’ve been advocating for vegan shoes and accessories through our website, and our reasons for this only make us more and more determined to keep going and provide you with the shoes that we believe everyone should be wearing!
Here are a few of the reasons why we’re so passionate about selling vegan footwear.
Every year, animals are killed for their skin to be used for fashion. We believe that this is wrong, and that alternative ways are out there to clothe ourselves.
No animal needs to die in the name of fashion. Unfortunately, finding vegan shoes is difficult unless they are certified. This is because some glue found in shoes can be made using animal products, so even if your think it’s safe to buy a pair of canvas shoes, they might not be vegan.
All of our shoes are guaranteed 100% cruelty free and we have even been approved by PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals).
If we use more natural products, then it takes less of a toll on the environment. It means looking at natural alternatives to some of the plastics we use, but also turning away from animal leather.
Leather production uses up a huge amount of energy and water, not to mention nasty chemicals, in the curing stage.
If we can use organic cotton, cork, and recycled rubber in our shoes, we are doing our bit to tackle environmental destruction and climate change.
It’s not just animals that we care about. We’re determined that all of our manufacturers provide their employees with a living wage and good working conditions. We support our local UK economy as much as possible and many of our accessories proudly display the Fair Trade logo.
We hope that by doing this we are encouraging positive change for both humans and animals.
Many people ask what material shoes are made of to qualify them as vegan, and the answer is that there’s a whole range of both synthetic and natural materials out there that are animal and cruelty free.
We try and stick to the products whose manufacture causes the least harm to the environment, and every year there are new ways to make synthetic material that perform as well as, if not better than, materials made from animal products. They provide all of the ‘benefits’ and none of the cruelty, allowing the creation of a huge range of footwear, from the most comfortable vegan suede shoes to the toughest non leather safety boots.
In the coming months we'll also be stocking some very funky vegan slippers made from recycled plastic, as well as sneakers made from a variety of recycled materials.
For cruelty free work shoes, there are a wide variety of materials available. Cotton is always a popular choice, particularly in the summer months, as it allows your feet to breathe in the heat.
When cotton is sourced organically, it is very environmentally friendly as well as vegan, so it ticks all of the right boxes. One of our favourite cotton shoes are these vegan sneakers by Ethletic.
Gone are the days when you could only buy one type of certified vegan shoe. Now you can purchase shoes for any occasion, from vegan smart shoes to practical work safety boots.
Here at ethical WARES we are proud of our products and pleased to be doing all that we can to bring you cruelty free, vegan, high quality footwear. We’re confident that you’ll like them and that they’ll give you years of service!
Our Lizzy’s Leek and Tofu Flan
• Short crust pastry from 250g flour
• 1 block of firm tofu/1 pack long life tofu
• 1 large leek finely sliced
• 4 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
• ¼ tsp bouillon powder
• pinch of turmeric
• salt and pepper to taste
• 2 tbsp rapeseed oil
Heat oven to Gas Mark 6/200°C. Roll out the pastry; put it in an average size flan tin. Prick with a fork. Place greaseproof paper in the flan case and cover with baking beans.
Bake in a warm oven for 10 minutes. Remove baking beans and cook for a further 5 minutes. Allow to cool slightly.
Place the sliced leeks in a pan with a small amount of water. Cook until soft, and then add a small amount of oil. Continue cooking until golden. Leave to cool.
Mash the tofu in a bowl, and then add the cooled leek mixture along with the nutritional yeast, turmeric and bouillon powder. Season well.
Spread out on the flan case, bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
To find out about Our Lizzy's fine Vegan cookery courses follow the link here
Another busy and international day here today! A pair of our Ladies Practice Dance shoes went off to a customer in Germany, a pair of our Weald 2 walking boots were sent out to Australia and a pair of our lovely Ladies Jazz shoes went out to the USA.
We always enjoy reaching out to compassionate consumers across the world.
Veganism is on the rise in the UK, but have your heard of vegan gardening? Nicky Roeber, Online Horticultural Expert at, is here to explain more.
The vegan lifestyle is a growing movement, and it shows no signs of slowing down. But it's not just about avoiding the consumption of animal products, it's also about keeping animal wellbeing in mind in everything you do. An example of this is vegan gardening, which avoids not only the use of toxic sprays and chemicals, but also manures and animal remains.
Instead of some of the typical products you might use in gardening, vegan gardening involves growing plants using plant-based compost, green manures, crop rotation, mulching, and sustainable pest control through the use of companion planting. This article offers a brief introduction to vegan gardening, so you can start incorporating some of these ideas into the way you operate.
Composting is a practice that is often championed by avid gardeners, and it's a great way to condition your soil without using products that harm animals. If you want good growth, you want good soil, and using organic compost is a great way to add nutrients back into the soil between growing seasons. Composting is essentially a form of recycling: taking organic waste and allowing it to decompose to help feed other plants.
Compost can come from a range of sources, including lawnmower waste, plant scraps, leaves, leftover food, as well as cardboard and paper. You'll typically want a 50/50 mix between greens and browns. For more information on composting, read our guide to composting. You can pick up a compost bin fairly cheaply and begin the process right now. You can generally leave the bin alone, but it's wise to turn it at least every month or so as air helps the composting process.
You can also increase the nutrients in your soil by making green manure. To do this, you need a plant that grows quickly and is nitrogen-fixing, meaning it takes nitrogen out of the air and turns it into ammonia. Examples of this are clover, sweet peas and lupins. Nitrogen is important for quick growth and also increases seed and fruit production. If you plant these crops between seasons, you will bring nitrogen back into the soil ready for the next set of crops.
If you don’t have time for this, you can simply buy vegan fertiliser. There are many on the market that are used for different purposes, but you'll want to look out for the N-P-K symbols, which tell you how much nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium is in the fertiliser. These nutrients are macro-nutrients, which are required for plant growth. Nitrogen is important for leaf development, phosphorous is important for bulb and flower development, and potassium is necessary for overall plant health and disease resistance.
Ensuring that pests don't destroy your plants without harming them is a key part of vegan gardening. As you can't use pesticides, you'll need to get a little more creative. Crop rotation — planting different crops in different seasons — can help to control pests, as a change of crop makes it harder for them to propagate. Keeping your vegetable patch nice and tidy will make it harder for animals like slugs to hide, and they'll be easier to keep on top of. You might also consider using copper tape, bran, and sharp stones to deter them.
You can plant a few trap crops that are used specifically to attract pests away from your main crops. What you choose will depend on which pests you are trying to trap, and this largely comes down to a lot of trial and error. What quantity you need will also depend on the specific pest you're trying to control. Most gardeners using this technique tend to make sure about that trap crops make up around 20% of their overall crop. For a list of which plants can help each other, find out more on Wikipedia.
Get rid of the animal
products, scrap the pesticides, and incorporate some of these vegan gardening
tips into your repertoire. Follow this guide and you'll be able to grow
everything in a cruelty-free way.
See our range of Vegan, UK made Gardening Pouches here
And food wall charts here
How about this delish vegan delight for someone special this Valentine’s Day from the famous Our Lizzy Cookery School here
Our Lizzy’s Chocolate Brownies
• 150g plain flour
• 50g cocoa powder
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 150g soft brown sugar
• ¾ cup soya milk
• ¼ cup sunflower oil
• ½ cup of water or cold strong black coffee
• 50g chopped walnuts/sultanas
• 100g chocolate chips
1 - Preheat oven to 180°C/Gas mark 4. Grease and line a brownie tin (20cm/8 inch square).
2 - Sift and mix the flour, cocoa, baking powder and sugar in a large bowl.
3 - Combine the liquid ingredients in another bowl or jug. Add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
4 - Add some the walnuts or sultanas if using along with the chocolate chunks. Pour into the prepared cake tin.
5 - Bake for about 25 minutes. Take care not to over cook them, so, unlike cakes; you don’t want a skewer to come out clean. The brownies should be springy on top, but slightly gooey in the middle.
6 - Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes. Cut into quarters, then cut each quarter into four squares. Dust with cocoa powder or icing sugar and serve.
I expect many people reading this post will have been following Chris Packham and his vlog posts on Veganuary
While we all of course love Chris, we must say we were slightly disappointed that, when talking about changing his leather creepers to non leather when the leather ones wear out, he recommended a company (whose name will remain unsaid here) he was going to purchase a new Vegan pair from.
All well and good Chris, but the said (or rather unsaid here) company makes mainly leather footwear, and has been doing so for years. So their more limited non leather range is there rather for them to cash in on compassionate consumers rather than for any ethical motive.
At ethical WARES all our footwear is, of course, Vegan and always will be and we’ve been offering our range of (UK made) Vegan creepers for years now.
Perhaps some credit where it’s due Chris?