Our Vegan Week Roundup

Lloyd's Caponata and home made bread

Lloyd’s Caponata and home made bread

As our week long vegan pledge draws to a close, we reflect on our experiences of going from meat eaters to vegans…..

On the whole, we all feel better for the experience and concluded that we will all include more vegetarian meals in our cooking repertoire going forward.

Our favourite meals

Lloyd – Caponata (aubergine stew) with capers, olives, tomatoes, onion, garlic, oregano and parsley, cooked in herbed white wine vinegar and topped with toasted almonds and served with bread made with flour and cold pressed rapeseed oil from Yorkshire (by my own fair hand!)

Sara – Vegetable stir fry hotted up with some of my own home grown red chillies!!

Tracey – Thai vegetable curry

Highlights of the week

Lloyd – The  Booja Booja chocolates that were very kindly sent to us by Ben Williamson of PETA with the following note;

We were delighted to read that you and your team have adopted a compassionate vegan diet this week.  I hope everyone is enjoying the health benefits and energy boost.

Here is a little token of our appreciation and to help with the office snacking problem.

Sara – I was delighted to be served a wonderful three course meal comprising melons and fruit to start, vegetable wellington and strawberries and kiwi fruit for pudding when I attended a function at Beverley Racecourse!

Tracey – I rediscovered my love of homemade soup, especially tomato, chickpea and cumin.  I also slept better than I have in months!

The hard bits 

Lloyd – I felt very tired and really missed a white coffee!

Sara – I felt quite hungry and cooking different things for weekend visitors was challenging

Tracey – I felt very tired, had bad headaches (caffeine detox I suspect, so I have pledged to reduce my caffeine intake) and craved cheese!

Overall, it was a very interesting experience and we all enjoyed eating much more healthily, having less processed food and even losing a few pounds!

Thanks to everybody who supported us throughout our ‘vegan week’ and thanks to The Hull Daily Mail for this article that they featured.

Lloyd, Sara and Tracey


Sara and Lloyd are in the news for World Vegan Month pledge

As you may be aware from our recent newsletter, Lloyd, Tracey (our PR consultant) and me have taken a pledge to eat a vegan diet this week.  As meat eaters, we have found the straight swap to veganism has presented a few challenges, but on the whole, we’re enjoying healthy, wholesome meals and are all feeling better for it.

Yesterday, the Hull Daily Mail (you’ll be hearing much more about Hull in the future since it was awarded City of Culture 2017 today) published a great article about what we’re doing. Click on the image below to read the story and please keep us posted with your favourite vegan recipes – at the moment Tracey’s favourite is tomato, cumin and chickpea soup, Lloyd’s is mushroom and chickpea curry from the Vegan Society website and mine is stir fried vegetables in olive oil, with cashew nuts and a vegan cheese.


Lloyd Atkin and Sara Holtby Hull Mail 191113

Help us to raise money for Allergy UK Nurses Appeal this Indoor Allergy Week

Allergy-Nurses-Appeal-logoIt’s Indoor Allergy Week and we’re helping the Allergy UK Nurses Appeal to raise £1m to fund specialist allergy nurses.  You can help simply by liking our facebook page – we will donate £1 for every new person who likes our page between now and 30th November and we will enter all new likers into a prize draw to win £50 worth of Bio-D products.  Please encourage your friends and family to like us too and help the Allergy UK Nurses Appeal.

Many thanks

Sara and Lloyd

Proud to be from Hull

We’re very proud to be from Hull…this is where we make all of our ethically responsible and environmentally friendly cleaning and household products.

Hull is bidding to be UK City of Culture 2017 and students from Hull Trinity House Academy bade bon voyage to members of Hull’s UK City of Culture 2017 team as they headed to Derry-Londonderry this morning ahead of their final presentation to an independent panel of judges.

Ahead of the final presentation, a short film that captures the hopes, aspirations and passion of the people of Hull was launched. The film will be played to the UK City of Culture 2017 judges as part of the city’s final presentation;

Narrated in part by Sir Tom Courtenay and featuring Larkin poetry, the film depicts what is at the heart of Hull – its diverse range of people – and highlights the city’s individuality.

The film belongs to everyone in the city - it is being played for pupils at city schools and a further 20,000 people who gather for the annual Christmas Lights Switch-on in Queen Victoria Square will also see the film projected onto a large screen on Thursday 14 November.

A team of ambassadors from the arts, community and the council will make Hull’s final presentation in the City of Culture bidding process on 14 November. The other Candidate Cities also present their final pitch in Derry ahead of the announcement on who will be the UK’s City of Culture 2017 by the Department of Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) on November 20.

Back the bid… say #HullYes!

For Hull to win, we have to show that the whole city is behind the bid.

Already, over 11,000 people have backed the bid on social media, many people and organisations have written letters or sent messages of support and over 2,000 people had their pictures taken in our 2017 Hull picture frame! Twenty business from across Hull and the surrounding areas have signed up to the Hull 2017 Angels initiative helping to make history for Hull’s UK City of Culture 2017 bid which has now achieved its initial private-sector sponsorship target.

This enormous support helps to clearly demonstrate how much Hull wants to win the bid and there is still time to show your support.  You can get behind the bid by:

  • following the bid on Twitter @2017Hull, using #Hull2017 and #HullYes hashtags
  • liking and sharing content via Hull City of Culture on Facebook
  • uploading photographs onto Instagram – tagging them using #Hull2017
  • watching and commenting on cultural videos on Youtube
  • tagging photographs on Flickr using #Hull2017

Letters can also be written and sent to – UK City of Culture Bid Team, Guildhall, Alfred Gelder Street, Hull, HU1 2AA

Plus if you are a creative organisation who has some videos or some original Hull music, film, plays, dance, poetry readings, events etcetera, you can send them, or a link a link to a large file sending service (eg. Dropbox or YouSendIt), to 2017Hull@hullcc.gov.uk and we will upload it to our 2017Hull YouTube Channel.

Please help us to help our fabulous city become City of Culture 2017

Thank you

Sara and Lloyd


Bio-D supports World Vegan Month with a staff pledge

Lloyd Atkin, Sara Holtby and Tracey Baty prepare to make their Vegan pledge rDirectors at Hull based ethical products manufacturer are showing their allegiance to the Vegan Society by pledging to follow a vegan diet for a week during World Vegan Month.

Between 18th and 24th November, Bio-D’s Chairman Sara Holtby, Managing Director Lloyd Atkin and PR consultant Tracey Baty will forgo meat, fish, eggs and dairy products in support of their vegan friends and customers.

Sara Holtby explained the background to the project; “Bio D is the UK’s foremost manufacturer of Vegan Society registered, environmentally responsible and ethically sound cleaning products and we like to support charities with similar values to ours.

“None of our products contain animal by-products or have ever been tested on animals and we’re proud to have been registered by the Vegan Society for over 15 years. The Vegan Society Trademark reinforces our high welfare and ethical standards and reassures our customers that, not only do our products not cost the earth, but they don’t endanger any of the animals that we share it with.”

Samantha Calvert from the Vegan Society said; “We’re very grateful that Sara, Lloyd and Tracey are helping us to raise awareness of the benefits of veganism by trying some delicious and nutritious vegan food.”

You can follow the team’s progress on the Bio-D blog, on twitter @thebiodcompany and on facebook www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bio-D-Company-Ltd.

World Vegan Month starts with World Vegan Day on 1 November to celebrate the founding of the world’s first Vegan Society on that day in November 1944. The word ‘vegan’ was chosen by founder Donald Watson and his ‘non-dairy vegetarians’ to describe their diet.  Watson took the first and last two letters of ‘vegetarian’ to create this new word. World Vegan Month is organised by the Vegan Society and its aim is to reach out to as many people as possible and encourage them to try some delicious and nutritious vegan food.

In celebration of World Vegan Month, Bio-D is offering 20% off any online order* over £20.  Simply visit www.biodegradable.biz and enter code VEG10PC at the checkout. *Offer available in UK, including Northern Ireland, only.