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Alternative Stores. About Us & Ethical Policy.
We are passionate about making it as easy as possible for customers to go and stay vegan.
To do this we offer you the customer, the best vegan, dairy free products at affordable prices along with the exceptional customer service.
Alternative Stores serves ethical, compassionate customers who are looking for an alternative to mainstream corporate, greedy business. We insist on ethical business practice and avoid firms and products that are harmful to animals, humans and the planet.
When you buy from us you are supporting a truly ethical, vegan business and your money helps to increase the ethical, vegan marketplace, making it easier for others to do the same.
Thank you for your support, Buying cruelty free really makes a big difference and reduces animal cruelty.
Every single product we stock is suitable for vegans and of course vegetarians.
We do not tolerate animal testing or animal ingredients or poor working conditions.
We offer you wide range of goods with a large choice of organic, fair trade, green, eco, recycled, environmentally friendly options. Please feel free to suggest any products we may be missing.
Vegan Vegetarian Shoes - Alternative Soles.
All of our footwear is made from non leather alternatives and contain no animal ingredients.
They are made from natural or synthetic materials as indicated in the product description.
Sizes - Our footwear is in UK sizes.
Shoes can be returned or exchanged if required. See terms & conditions for information.
Information from: www.babycakesdirect.co.uk
Welcome to babycakesdirect the totally vegan bakery where we produce 4” dairy free egg free vegan birthday cakes for celebrations and gifts for you to buy on line. Our range also includes gluten and wheat free vegan cakes and no added sugar cakes for diabetics. Our complete vegan range is registered with Viva! (www.viva.org.uk)and The Vegan Societywww.vegansociety.com .Our baby cakes are gift wrapped and include a hand made individual gift tag with your personal message for the recipient. We also offer larger vegan cakes and decorated cakes for birthdays or celebrations.
Our cakes are carefully baked in small batches and we use quality ingredients, many are organic, including, flour, sunflower oil, fruit and nuts, spices vegetables and icing sugar in our frosted cakes. We cater for many special diets and for people with food allergies
Julie Marsden, the owner has thirty years experience of vegetarian and vegan cookery. She owned a vegetarian restaurant and also vegetarian bakery Peak Feast, before establishing babycakesdirect a totally vegan cake business. Julie has developed many of the recipes herself. She has always created recipes for vegan food and tries out new recipes which are added to the range at various times in the year.
Our dairy free vegan birthday cakes are also used for Birthday Gifts and presents, Wedding favours, Anniversaries, Christmas presents, Valentines Day gifts, Mothers Day presents, hampers, graduation gifts, get well gifts and corporate gifts.
Information from: www.frysvegetarian.co.uk
From small innovative beginnings in the Fry Family’s kitchen, Fry’s has become an international success. In an effort to seek vegetarian varieties Wally and Debbie Fry, both committed vegetarians, began making protein alternatives or meat analogues for their own consumption.
Information from: http://hellosweetbird.com/products/syrups
Sweetbird syrups are a bit special as they’re the only ones to be approved by the Vegetarian Society and for vegan diets by Viva!
They also have no GMOs or artificial colourings. As the market in speciality drinks continues to grow, you’ll need a range of syrups at your fingertips so you’re able to whip up thrilling new flavour combinations for hot drinks and cold, as well as creating classics like vanilla latte or caramel cappuccino.
Let them inspire you to try something new!
Information from: www.bboheme.com
I love shoes but I found it incredibly difficult to find shoes that were fashionable, ethically made and also represented my own ethics and beliefs as a vegan. So in 2005 BoBo was born!
No animal products are used in our production and we use the finest quality Italian faux leathers and eco-friendly natural materials. BoBo’s footwear ranges are created in Portugal in handpicked factories that I have personally visited.
Our designs are inspired by people who lead busy lives just like me and need footwear that is comfortable and stylish. We have put together what we think are fabulous ranges of shoes and boots for men and women, based on classic styles with a contemporary twist.
At BoBo we have done all the fancy footwork and make it easy for those looking for a more ethical option. We are passionate and love what we do and it really is the most wonderful thing to run a business based on our ethics.
We aim to inspire people to live more ethically and share in our passion. We believe that our beautiful collections inspire people to do so and we hope you agree.
Information from: www.chocchick.com
Having rediscovered the chocolate of my childhood here in the UK, I resolved to set up CHOC Chick to promote the pure goodness of chocolate in its raw state and bring the delights and benefits of raw chocolate to everyone.
I must also confess to not being one who spent a lot of time in the kitchen. As a working mum, cooking was more of a chore and never a relaxing experience for me. What really amazed me was how simple and enjoyable making raw chocolate is and how much I enjoy experimenting and thinking of new ingredients to add to the chocolates.
The best part really was discovering how good for you raw chocolate is. The more I read about the benefits and properties of raw chocolate, the more amazed I was that raw chocolate ingredients aren't simply a household staple, easily found in any shop. Not only is raw chocolate considered a "super food" chock full of antioxidants containing over 300 nutritional compounds, but made with Sweet Freedom orAgave nectar the home made chocolates have a low glycemic index and are lactose and gluten free. Raw chocolate is also a recognised anti depressant, mood enhancer, appetite suppressant and my ultimate favourite...aphrodisiac!
I of course started making large quantities of chocolates for my family, friends, dinner parties, school fairs and any occasion I could find. Sunday mornings in our household have become infused with the smells of melting cocoa butter and chocolate powder and my children adore helping me and of course eating the chocolates!
This rediscovery was too good to keep to myself and circle of friends, so I resolved to spread the word and make easy-to-use raw chocolate kits available to others. And so the first CHOC Chick Kit was born.
My lovely company has grown fantastically (or should I say CHOCtastically) since the online shop went live in September 2008 and we are now stocked in wonderful retailers and stockists throughout the UK and Euope (John Lewis Food Halls, Harvey Nichols, Magasin du Nord Denmark, Whole Foods Market, Planet Organic, Infinity Foods, Triyoga, York Cocoa House, Stirling Health Food Store, The Larder Farm Shop and Westmorland Farm Shops to name a few!).
The provenance of our ingredients has always been incredibly important and sourcing ethically and responsibly is a fundamental value and very much a part of our Social and Environmental Policy. I feel very privileged to have had the chance to meet my cacao suppliers directly when I visited Ecuador in June 2011. I spent 3 days in the jungles and the stunning coastal towns of the Esmeraldas region and was able to meet many of the farmers we source our cacao ingredients from, visit their family farms and learn more about the bio-dynamic farming methods they use. This was a particularly special trip as I was able to share it with my father and please visit my CHOC Chat blog to read more about our adventures in Ecuador.
I hope you enjoy making and eating the chocolates as much as I do and please send any questions, suggestions or feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information from: http://lovefoodheaven.com/
Food Heaven desserts have been created from a desire to make delicious puddings accessible to people with special dietary requirements. Driven by a passion for good food and a heritage in vegetarian cookery, Jodi Anderson has developed these cheesecakes with you in mind… pure pleasure. Dairy free, gluten free and lactose free. Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans. Lifestyle choices should not be a compromise and Food Heaven offers you a premium non-dairy experience that is anything but compromise.
Information from: www.hempish.com
Hempish is a young and vibrant company formed as the culmination of a long-cherished dream to work with nature using Hemp rather than against her, yet provide a sustainable product that can hold its own in an ever competitive marketplace.
Welcome to our dream. We hope you will share the pride and pleasure we have in the Hemp products that we are offering. Enjoy!
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Information from: www.rawgoodies.co.uk
Raw Goodies is a small artisan chocolate making company, producing fine raw chocolate in Worthing, West Sussex. Our ingredients are ethically sourced from co-operatives in Peru and Ecuador. However, our aim for the future is to work directly with cacao farmers from around the world.
Chocolatiers or chefs working with chocolate tend to use couverture, ready made chocolate which is melted and re-moulded into a finished product. Very few chocolate companies in the UK make the chocolate from scratch using cacao beans, this process is known as bean to bar. It is a lengthy and labour intensive procedure, however, the end result is a chocolate with distinctive flavours and a remarkably unique taste.
Information from: www.vbitesfoods.com
VBites Foods (formerly known as The Redwood Wholefood Company) is the leading supplier of vegan foods to the health trade and is 100% British. Recently rated the UK’s most ethical vegetarian foods supplier for the fifth year running by The Ethical Company Organisation, the company produces more than 50 different foods under the Vegideli, Cheatin’ and Cheezly brand names at its animal-free factory in Corby, Northamptonshire. Everything in its range is made from 100% natural plant-based ingredients so free from animal ingredients and derivatives as well as cholesterol, artificial colours/preservatives, lactose, hydrogenated fats and GMOs, making them suitable for vegetarians and vegans as well as those looking for healthier and more ethical lifestyles. Widely recognised as one of the most innovative and inspirational vegetarian food companies in the UK, VBites Foods is renowned for being at the cutting edge of food manufacturing and exports to 18 countries worldwide.
What makes our foods special? The fact that they're just that little bit different. From fish-style fingers, smoked salmon pate and spicy falafel to meat-free ‘bacon', nuggets and Schnitzels, VBites Foods are inspirational, healthy and nutritious and a great source of protein. We've even picked up a few awards along the way and have been awarded ethical company status.
So whether you're vegetarian or vegan, have special dietary needs, don't eat meat for religious reasons or simply want to eat more healthily, take a look at what VBites Foods has in store. You'll find our Vegideli , Cheezly and Cheatin' ranges in good health food stores nationwide including Holland and Barrett, selected supermarkets or from our online shop.
Information from: http://veggievision.tv/
VeggieVision TV is packed with fun, interesting and hilarious clips from all over the world – addressing the fact that here in the UK there are no veggie TV programmes. Please check out VeggieVision TV for vegan and vegetarian cookery, our growing number of film clips show you tasty vegan & vegetarian and recipes step by step.
Fancy filming your own favourite vegan dish or sharing your vegetarian cooking tips – do drop us a line info @ VeggieVision.TV
And to give you more we have VeggieVision Cashback where can save and earn £’s – AND for those who want to meet likeminded people we have VeggieVisionDating too.
Please do check us out, sign up for our ezine and tell others too!
Well here at VeggieVision TV we bring you super short programmes including cookery, information, interesting interviews with celebrities and experts, travel reviews and more – all for vegan, vegetarian and likeminded viewers to enjoy and share.
Our passion is to entertain, educate – and help make you smile.
We now have several super presenters in America, people who film for us in Hawaii, Australia, France – and even Essex and Kent!
After spending time and money getting a veggie TV programme off the ground and being told that; ”It’s ahead of its time”
and too much of a “niche” market, Karin Ridgers realised that she needed to think…
“How can I get a positive, veggie friendly TV programme off of the ground”, rather than “It’s never going to work!” (With many thanks Tony Robbins, American Peak Performance Coach.)
And we thought of the internet. Well this was before You Tube and Facebook too!
We waited patiently (well not that patiently at times!) for technology to catch up with our idea and we are now so pleased to show you the exciting new and improved VeggieVision.TV - the internet TV station promoting everything fun and positive about veggie living and more.
Please click on any of the Channel icons below to watch the programmes – and do also check out what else we offer at VV TV.
Thank you for watching and for helping us spread the word.
Zuma sells some dairy-free (vegan) products which carry the Viva! Symbol.
Information from: www.zuma-beverages.com
We understand that taste is first and foremost when it comes to keeping your customers happy. Our frappes, hot chocolates and chais are supremely indulgent but free from unnecessary artificial ingredients. We believe in minimal processing for maximum flavour.
Our products are also brilliantly versatile - perfect for making distinctive signature drinks by combining with your house espresso, syrups or smoothies. You could even take advantage of the growing trend for ice-blended coffee cocktails using our fabulous frappes!
We're constantly tasting, developing and tasting some more to make sure we bring you the best in the business - so keep an eye out for exciting new stuff...