Ethics vs Price

18 January, 2012 § Leave a comment

Once again I am struck by the eternal problem of price vs ethics. Only those who are very affluent can afford to make only ethical decisions. My partner and I are not particularly well off, one student and one casually employed technician, both working for a charity. We are both passionately driven conservationists. We can’t afford to only buy ethical things.

Wherever possible we buy local, ethical and particularly environmentally sound. This can add as much as a third onto our weekly shop. So what do you do?

Can you cut out things that are fairtrade and focus on organic? Should you focus on buying local food from Farmer’s markets or organic from a consumer giant like Tesco? Is it better to focus on ethical food and forget toiletries and clothing? Should you go and get things from the green grocer, butcher, baker etc separately or only drive to one place and get everything there?

Each person has to pick which things are truly important to them and allow themselves to have a treat from time to time. None of us can survive without filling the tank of happiness!

So the moral is, make ethical choices where you feel you can and let yourself off where you can’t

Monkey hugs

New Covent Garden Soup Company

14 November, 2011 § 1 Comment

Hello monkey-lovers,

Sorry for the little break in blogging. We have been recovering from the last lot of shows and getting lots of admin bits out of the way.

I don’t know if the reader is aware that the New Covent Garden Soup Company is doing a competition to win a farm! I decided that we really wanted it and I have started consuming soup like Augustus Gloop in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

I realised that although I had already assessed that most if not all (at least of their veggie) soups were palm oil free I had not as I should have, blogged about them long time ago.

So eat your fill of seasonal soups and if you want to win the farm then that would be amazing too!

Monkey hugs

Nestle vs palm oil-free? Ethical choices

8 October, 2011 § Leave a comment

In the recent spell of hot weather I found that Rowntrees Fruit Pastilles lollys are palm oil-free. Having previously been limited to Calippos, which I really love but feeling like a change I was left with a moral dilemma.

Should I buy a Nestle product (which I have been avoiding since I was a child) that is palm oil-free? Is it going to encourage a company with questionable ethical history to make me palm oil-free products or am I using it to salve my conscience? Or should I allow myself to have a treat that adheres to the largest of my ethical concerns understanding that you cannot, in this place and time, live a completely ethical life and that by making myself guilty about every purchase I am not helping anyone?

So in the end I bought it (and one for Aoife) and I enjoyed it in the sun and allowed myself to relax for an hour before getting stuck into some new exciting monkey projects!

Guilt-free monkey hugs

Happy Birthday Aoife! Palm oil-free baking

25 August, 2011 § Leave a comment

First and foremost I want to say a big ‘Happy Birthday’ to Aoife. She has been so much help keeping us going through it all and she will be coming to Beale Park later today to see a show for the first time with a real audience.

I got up early this morning to make her a palm oil-free birthday treat. I have made a banana bread and a tray of brownies from our recipes on our website. I added Choco Snaps (Tescos answer to Coco Pops), raisens and pineapple to the brownies. Then I made a cream-cheese icing and made half banana-half chocolate sandwich cake bites.

We are hoping that they will be tasty… Fingers crossed

Monkey hugs

Palm oil free yummyness

9 August, 2011 § Leave a comment

Over the weekend Aoife and I were in Ireland for her sister’s wedding and while there we found that Tesco dry roasted nuts are palm oil-free.

A much more exciting discovery is that Ritter bars (though maybe only the cornflake ones) are palm oil-free.

So more munching for rainforest-lovers

Have a great day all you monkey people

Which of Britain’s top brands contain palm oil?

22 July, 2011 § Leave a comment

Have a read of this very interesting and informative article published by The Independent. The article Palm oil in Britain’s top brands lists Britain’s top 100 brands and tells us the product’s rank, the manufacturer, sales and whether or not each product contains palm oil.

There are some interesting finds. We feed our cats Whiskas and Felix and I was delighted to know both are palm oil free!

Palm oil project threatens both people and rainforest in Cameroon

11 July, 2011 § Leave a comment

There is a plan to develop a 72,000 hectare palm oil plantation in the rainforest of Cameroon. The destruction this deforestation would cause is devastating.

Have a look at this petition siteĀ http://www.rainforest-rescue.org/ and if you have the time or the inclination, add your signature to do your bit in the attempt to prevent this loss.

Monkey hugs!

Aoife

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