Vegan and sustainable winter coat

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Last year I watched “The true cost”, a documentary about the true impact of todays fashion industry and it has changed my way of looking at my own shopping behavior not just when it comes to fashion but when it comes to buying and owning things altogether. But I’m not going to dig into this too much now, maybe this’ll be a topic for another blog post.

What I want to talk about today is one purchases I made last year.

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I have barely been buying any clothing during the second half of 2016 but by October I was in desperate need of a new winter coat because my old one that I had been wearing for the past 5 winters was about to fall apart and winter was approaching fast.

If you’ve ever looked into buying a vegan winter coat that is warm, possibly even fair produced and sustainable and affordable at the same time, you know what I’m talking about when I say I got frustrated really quickly.

I am not much of an online shopper, especially not when it comes to clothing. I want to see, touch and try on things I buy but since I wasn’t able to find anything that suited my requirements even slightly in my city I ended up looking for coats online after all.

And that’s when I stumbled across HoodLamb a company from the Netherlands that is producing outerwear made out of hemp.

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Hemp is the strongest natural fiber on earth and it is also way more sustainable than for example cotton. (source: http://blog.hanfinstitut.at/vorteile-von-hanf/ as of Feb 10th, 2017)

Here is what HoodLamb is writing about their production values on their website:

“HoodLamb garments are sewn in a few factories handpicked by us for their quality standards, excellent working conditions, and outstanding production and research facilities. Most of these facilities are family owned and HoodLamb is proud to use their centuries old wisdom, expertise, and craftsmanship to create our collection.

To ensure the consistent quality of HoodLamb garments and working conditions, our team makes annual visits to the hemp fields, mills and factories where HoodLamb’s raw materials and garments are grown, harvested, and sewn.”

(source: http://www.hoodlamb.com/pages/our-production-1 as of Feb 10th, 2017)

When I was looking at their coats I instantly fell in love with the design and how cozy they looked but looking at the prizes I was put off again. Spending over 300 € on a coat just wasn’t what I considered appropriate at that moment. Especially not since I have never actually seen and tried it on in real life.

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When I was in Munich at the beginning of November I was strolling through town and ended up at DearGoods, my favorite store with all vegan, fair and sustainable clothing. And there it was the HoodLamb Parka I’ve been looking at online a couple of times already. I looked at it closely, touched it (the faux fur that’s all over the inner layer of the jacket is soooo soft and it is made from recycled plastic bottles, isn’t that crazy?) and tried it on and it was 100% exactly what I was looking for. So I made the investment and got it.

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You can feel that the quality is extremely good, the coat is super heavy, super cozy and very warm. I’ve been wearing it practically every day since I got it and have not once regretted making the splurge.

If you are still looking for a vegan coat I can highly recommend checking out HoodLamb. Coming from fast fashion the prizes may seem high at the beginning but I can tell you it’s worth spending the extra money. You will get a high quality product that you will probably be able to wear for many, many years. You don’t have to feel bad about it because no animals or people were harmed in the process of making it and you are also making an environmentally friendly choice.

Never forget you are always voting with your dollar!

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Please note that this post has not been sponsored in any way. In fact HoodLamb doesn’t even know anything about me owning, loving or writing about this coat.

Chocolate pancakes

I love Sundays, I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before.
To me Sundays are all about sleeping in, spending hours in bed even after waking up and having a decadent breakfast once I actually manage to get out of bed.
Most Sundays, my treat of choice are pancakes they are so easy to make and are super versatile. I love experimenting with different flavor combinations in my pancakes and this time I wanted something super chocolaty.

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Ingredients:

For the pancakes:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 – 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 1/4 cups almond milk
  • pinch of baking soda

For the chocolate sauce:

  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar
  • almond milk

 

Instructions:

  1. Put the oats into a blender and grind them until you have oat flour. For these I blended it quite long to get a rather fine flour.
  2. Add in the banana, the cacao powder (if you don’t like your pancakes to have a tart chocolate flavor I’d recommend you using only 1 – 1.5 tbsp but I like them quite tart so I used 2 tbsp), almond milk and a pinch of baking soda.
  3. Blend everything nicely and let it sit for about 10 minutes to thicken up a little.
  4. Meanwhile heat up your non.stick pan to low heat.
  5. Once it’s hot spoon in your batter, I used 2 tbs per pancake and wait for bubbles to appear. When the surface of your pancakes has some bubbles and the edges got darker it’s time to flip them and let them bake for a few more minutes.
  6. If you are able to multi task you can now start making your chocolate sauce by simply adding the cacao and the agave in a small bowl and slowly adding sips of almond milk. Whisk it and add more almond milk until you achieved your desired consistency.
  7. Once all the pancakes are done top them with your chocolate sauce and any other toppings you’d like and enjoy!