I checked out The Change Initiative on Sheikh Zayed Road. Al Barsha for the first time recently and was pleasantly surprised.
According the their website; “(The Change Initiative) is making an effort to equip people to make responsible lifestyle choices. It is an exciting new one stop destination, providing sustainable solutions for the community, business and government”.
“These include a carefully selected range of household products, appliances and building solutions that combine technology and good design. From ideas to improve insulation and lessen energy use, to eco-friendly furniture, paints and fashion accessories, The Change Initiative delivers products that are stylish and ecologically sound”.
There are quite a few vegan items on their shelves in the food sections.
However, whilst the cleaning products may be plant-based in the house-hold section, they do still seem to be tested on animals. So that is extremely unfortunate.
Another thing I noticed was that there doesn’t seem to be any change initiative for the palm oil in a lot of the products on offer. So this too was disappointing as was the chickens in heir freezers…’Organic’??.
Especially as within their intro paragraph on their website they speak of sustainability.
There are hundreds of very graphic pictures of the internet concerning Orangutans due to palm oil. A few seconds can show you the true horror. I won’t post them here.
You can learn all about palm oil and the horrors of it here; especially for the lives and indeed existence of Orangutans, of whos numbers are plummeting at a dangerously swift rate; for the ridiculous ‘reason’ of sugary foods, prepackaged snacks, shampoos and the like.
Check for Palm Oil before you buy!
(Palm Oil can be also known in many guises;…
30 NAMES PALM OIL CAN BE LABELLED UNDER
Foods, Body Products, Cosmetics & Cleaning Agents:
# These ingredients are definitely palm oil or derived from palm oil.
* These ingredients are often derived from palm oil, but could be derived from other vegetable oils.
^ These ingredients are either derived from palm oil or coconut oil).
I spent around ten minutes looking in the crisps/chips section to try and find some that were 1) vegan – that contained no casein, and 2) that contained no palm oil, or derivative of it.
I was quite unlucky in the latter.
But after some searching, I did find a few variations of chips; such as Corn salsa chips that are gluten-free, vegan and contain no apparently palm oil. So that was a win-win.
They would taste great with some hummus too!
I picked up some really nice cereal there – it too is gluten-free, vegan and are very similar to corn flakes.
I was very impressed by the selection of plant-Based milk on offer, all of which I could see that no dairy by-product in.
I also picked up some soya-based dairy-free yogurts, vegan chocolate-chip cookies and gluten-free bread buns.
All in all, success!
They also have some super cute teacups and kitchenware on offer, an upstairs homeware department, and a cafe! (although it doesn’t feature any vegan items; beyond a salad). However they have a lot of teas on offer.