Pinatex, Ananas Anam, KaoriAnne, Pineapple, vegan leather, vegan fashion

Yes, that’s right, a vegan friendly textile that is made from pineapples! Whether you are a new vegan or not, or just plain curious, here is everything you need to know about pineapple leather.

Piñatex™ was discovered by Dr. Carmen Hijosa and the textile has been seven years in the making. The project originated in the Philippines, but now majority of research and development is carried out in the UK (Royal College of Art) and in Spain. The fibres that make up the textile are extracted in a process called decortication on the plantation itself by the farming community, which means that this provides an additional channel of income for farmers as well as creating a whole new sector for pineapple growing countries.

Following the extraction, the fibres are then treated in an industrial process resulting in the base of the Piñatex material. The material is then taken to a textile finishing company in Spain before it is shipped off around the world.

 

Sustainability

  • Piñatex™ fibres are the by-product of the pineapple harvest. No extra land, water, fertilizers or pesticides are required to produce them.
  • The by-product of the fibre extraction is bio-mass, which can be further converted into organic fertilizer or bio-gas.

 

While the textile is quite new to the market, there are already a few brands and designers using Piñatex™ such as Rombaut (a Parisian footwear label), NAE – vegan shoesMayya Saliba at NotJustALabel and even Puma samples, but it will surely grow throughout the fashion industry and beyond thanks to its versatility. The textile is flexible and easily dyed as well as stitched; it is also available in varying thickness.

I have a great feeling about this one and I absolutely cannot wait to see it spread even more throughout the world. Hooray for eco-friendly alternatives!

(Images: Photo via Ananas Anam; wallpaper via Think.Make.Share.)

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coppafeel fundraising marathon kaorianne
You can’t prevent cancer, but you can prevent late diagnosis. This is one of the key missions of CoppaFeel!. Their team aims to educate people on getting to know their boobs and this is why I have decided to run my first half marathon and raise 500 euros for CoppaFeel!. Kris Halenga, the founder, was diagnosed at the age of 23, which hit me very personally. She was the same age as I am now. It can happen to anyone of us.

 

“Too many women, and men, die of breast cancer due to late detection. 
Currently over 2000 cases are diagnosed at stage 4 each year – there is no stage 5.
This is unnecessary.”

 

I first heard about CoppaFeel! through my university’s Uni Boob Team when I was an undergraduate at the University of Surrey. The UBTs are a vital part of CoppaFeel!’s work in sharing the message about boob awareness to young people at an earlier stage.

While my ultimate dream is to see CoppaFeel! and the Uni Boob Teams grow internationally, especially in Belgium, I hope that my fundraising will support them in their current efforts in the UK as well as spread the Boob message through our online world.

If you’d like to find out more about CoppaFeel! follow this link here: What we do

 

How can your donations help?

Every donation, big or small, can help in different ways:

  • £2/€2.7 enables Coppafeel! to send SMS reminders to 40 people every month.
  • £50/€68 can help them send one of their Boobettes to raise awareness in a school or work place.
  • £1000/€1372 can help cover the costs of being at a music festival to target around 50,000 people.

 

Fundraising on JustGiving
I have decided to fundraise through JustGiving as it is an incredibly secure and fast way to donate. The money goes directly to the charity which essentially cuts costs so that donations can have the most effect.

I would greatly appreciate it if you could support CoppFeel!, no matter how big or small a donation, through my fundraising page here:

>>> ING half marathon JustGiving page <<<

If you are unable to donate, sharing the JustGiving fundraising page will not only take just a second, but it can also help spread the CoppaFeel! message and remind young people to get to know their boobs!

CoppaFeel on social media
Instagram: @coppafeelpeople
Facebook: fb.com/coppafeel.org
Twitter: @CoppaFeelPeople

THANK YOU

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KaoriAnne blue png snapcode
One of the features I decided to add to my new blog design is my Snapchat snapcode. That’s the thing you scan to add a fellow snapchatter within a matter of seconds as well as that thing that usually has an awkwardly moving GIF of people pulling faces. As much as I like the colour yellow, Snapchat’s garish hue doesn’t go with my blog design and I can imagine it may not go well with yours either. Here are a few slightly lengthy but simple steps that you can follow to download, edit and customize your snapcode:

 

STEP ONE
Using your desktop, go to Snapchat (here) and log into your account

STEP TWO
Once you are logged in, you will see a screen like the one below. Clicking on “Download my snapcode” will take you to a page where you can download a ZIP file containing the PNG and SVG formats of your snapcode.
How to download your snapchat snapcode

STEP THREE
Once you have downloaded your snapcode, expand the file as you would to with any ZIP file. Before I did this, though, I moved it to the folder where I keep the site’s admin and social media documents.

STEP FOUR
In the snapcode folder, you will also find the Snapcode Guidelines that contain the do’s and dont’s of customizing your snapcode.Snapchat snapcode guideline

STEP FIVE
Using Pixlr Editor (available here), open the snapcode PNG file from your computer and select the wand tool from the toolbar.

STEP 6 – Changing the colour of your snapcode
Use the wand tool and select the yellow. You will see a dashed lines that identify the selected area. Then select your colour at the bottom of the toolbar on the left. If you know the colour code (#) of the shade that you would like, you can input using this colour toolbar window. Finally, select the paint pot and fill in over the coloured area (you can view these three steps in the gallery below).

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STEP SEVEN – Inserting your own image
If you like the look of the white ghost in your snapcode, go on and save your image as a PNG file and upload it your blog. If you want to add text to your white ghost make sure that it stays within its black outline.

  1. Using the wand tool, select the white part of the ghost.
  2. Hover over the ghost and you should see a pair of scissors.
  3. Using the delete or backspace button, cut the white part away. You should be left with a checkered white and grey background.
  4. Select the image you wish to have in the ghost: Layer > Open image as layer
  5. Move the image behind the snapcode: Layer > Move layer down.
  6. Adjust the framing of the image if necessary. Here, I framed it so that it would fit the curve of my eyebrow.
  7. Use the lasso tool, under move tool, and draw around the corners where the image is poking out (NB: lasso-ing over the snapcode will not effect it at all as you are working on a different layer). Cut away where it is needed.

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STEP EIGHT – Adding text
You can always add your Snapchat username inside the ghost outline for good measure, if for some reason the code isn’t working. Once you are finished customizing your snapcode, don’t forget to save it as a PNG file.

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I’d really appreciate any feedback with regard to the content and layout of this post as this is the first time I’m covering anything tech related. If you have anymore questions or comments about Snapchat and other social media platforms, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact me directly!

 

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Preparation + cooking time
45 mins

Serves
3-4 people
1 very hungry significant other

Ingredients
KaoriAnne vegan mapo tofu recipe - ingredients

  • Coconut oil (2 tbspn)
  • Soy sauce (5 tbspn)
  • Veggie soup stock (500ml)
  • Tomato passata (100ml)
  • Miso paste (1 tspn – optional)
  • Spring onion (5 stalks)
  • Fresh ginger
  • Garlic (3-5 cloves)
  • Ground pepper (1/2 tbspn – optional*)
  • Cayenne chilli pepper (1/8 tpsn – optional*)
  • Tofu – silken or cotton (1 block / approx. 300g)
  • Mushrooms (medium-sized x7)
  • Corn or potato starch

Steps

  1. Dice the mushrooms, chop up the spring onion and finely dice both the garlic cloves and ginger. Cut your block of tofu into approximately 1cm cubes and leave out on a plate. This allows for enough time to let water to seep out.
  2. Set a wok on high-heat and melt the coconut oil. Check whether it is ready to get sizzling by throwing in a tiny piece of your garlic.
  3. Throw in the garlic, ginger and spring onion and stir-fry for 3-4 mins or until the ginger and garlic has had time to brown. Throw in your mushrooms (*optional: add grounder pepper+ cayenne chilli pepper) and cook for a further 5 mins on a medium heat.
  4. Add your cubed tofu into your wok and be careful to not stir it, but to scoop from underneath and toss it as you mix it up. This way your tofu will not break too much! Silken tofu is a lot softer as it is drained through silk, whereas cotton tofu is a lot harder and is more commonly used in stir fries. Keep on a medium/low heat
  5. I like to prepare the sauce in a separate pot as it’s a lot easy to taste test and adjust, before it gets mixed in with the ingredients in the wok. Heat the soup stock, add the soy sauce and tomato passata. Now is an excellent time to dilute the sauce if it is too salty.
  6. Add the sauce to the wok and stir in gently as to not break the tofu cubes. Before it comes to a boil, add the corn or potato starch gradually – depending on you preferences you may like to have a thicker or more watery sauce.
  7. Serve with a rice of your choice!

 

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vegan restaurant burger leuven belgium
One of my favourite restaurants in Leuven is the Loving Hut Veganerie on Rector De Somerplein, just behind the bus stop. With it being just a 2 min walk from Grote Markt where the town hall is, it is such a perfect spot to grab lunch or sit down for a snack of baked goods.

If I’m craving a burger, then this is hands down my go-to place as it has 10 to choose from, which I’ve put in a table below. I usually go for the Cheezy and a side of crispy nuggets. Now let me tell you, if you were a huge nugget fan before deciding to switch to a plant based diet well then look no further – these crispy nuggets are THE BEST. If you are not too keen on having a burger when you pop in for a meal there are plenty of other options such as salads (6.5 – 15 euros), soups (3.5 euros) and snacks (3.5 – 7.9 euros).

The food aside, Loving Hut Veganerie also sells different foodstuffs from vegan cheese to Sunwarrior protein powder to Pukka organic tea, as well as their homemade veganaise (5 euros/half-litre tub).

Loving Hut Veganerie burgers (6 – 7.5 euros)
loving hut vegan burgers leuven belgium

Practical info

  • 25 mins from Brussels to Leuven (+10 mins walking from Leuven station to Loving Hut Veganerie)
  • Open from 12h00 to 20h00.
  • Pricing: €€
  • Takeaway also possible
  • Contact them online through their Facebook page here: Loving Hut Veganerie.
  • Follow them on Instagram here: @lovinghutbelgium.

Extra
There is another smaller and cosier Loving Hut restaurant at Tiensestraat 65 which I will be reviewing soon!

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