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7 black-owned vegan UK businesses and why you should support them

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As part of our commitment to the Black Lives Matter campaign, we’re highlighting some Black-owned vegan businesses based in the UK that we think you should be supporting.

Our selection includes a variety of companies to demonstrate the scope of Black-owned vegan businesses in the UK. These include brands that sell vegan food, skincare, fashion, gifts, and haircare products.

The brands we have listed are just a few great examples of black entrepreneurship and we urge you to actively look for more whenever you consider making a purchase.

6 reasons to support Black-owned UK vegan businesses

  1. Promotes black culture and celebrates the richness of vegan products and services on offer.
  2. Supports local communities, as Black-owned businesses are often created to assist minorities.
  3. Hold big corporates accountable by voting with your money. Demonstrate that you will not stand for their injustice and discrimination and would rather spend your money at companies that foster inclusion and equality.
  4. Help to close the ethnicity wealth gap. Data reveals that “people of colour are worse off than white counterparts and black households face the biggest deficit”.
  5. Promotes job creation — small Black-owned businesses are more likely to employ people from their communities, helping to boost employment rates and ultimately, the local economy.
  6. Need I mention why supporting vegan businesses is a good idea? Not least because many of them are supporting their own communities during COVID-19!

Where can I find Black-owned businesses in the UK?

We recommend visiting the following websites and Instagram accounts for Black-owned vegan businesses in the UK, as these will be kept up-to-date and they send regular updates to subscribers.

UK Vegans of Colour

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ukvegansofcolour/

Black Pound Day

Website: https://blackpoundday.uk/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpdofficial/

Black Directory UK

Website: https://www.blackdirectoryuk.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blackdirectoryuk/

1. Dee’s Table

Founder: Denai Moore
Based: London
Industry: Food (supper clubs and recipes)
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dees_table
Website: https://www.deestable.com

If you’ve ever had the fortune to dine in at one of Denai’s supper clubs, then you will have experienced the sheer delight that is her food! Denai recreates the Jamaican flavours of her youth in her dishes using plant-based ingredients but with modern twists and fusions. Thanks to the pandemic, there are currently no pop-ups or supper clubs on the horizon but you can still support her by following her Instagram or visiting her recipe blog.

2. Marli’s Kitchen

 

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This!! Reposted from @thelittlelondonvegan Food so good you’ll be double “chicken” it’s vegan 🐔🌱⁣⁣⁣ {ad – press sample} @marliskitchen is a one woman team on a mission to bring vegan chicken to London, and she’s doing an egg-cellent job of it too 👏🏼🐓⁣⁣⁣ Normally you can grab this food at street food markets, supper clubs and for catering but during this pandemic, owner Belinda has created frozen DIY kits which are delivered straight to your door 🏡⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Here‘s what we had:⁣⁣⁣ 🍔 Original VFC burger meal kit for two with:⁣⁣⁣ 🌱 Vegan brioche buns, crispy fried seitan fillets, @violife_foods cheese, beef tomato, dill pickles, lettuce, skin on fries, homemade spicy chip seasoning, burger sauce or homemade mango hot pepper sauce⁣⁣⁣ 💰 £16⁣⁣⁣ 💭 Finally, seitan which isn’t dry! Hoorah. The flavours in the coating are beaut. I did suggest that the patty could be a bit thinner and the bun less thick but overall, a great seitan burger and a really reasonable price. I also added oyster mushrooms because I was feeling wild. Loved the burger sauce too!⁣⁣⁣ 🤷🏼‍♀️ Order again? Yes but I think I’d try the oyster mushroom burger next 🤤 ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 🍔 Crispy fried oyster mushroom chick’un bites in signature batter⁣⁣⁣ 💰 £10⁣⁣⁣ 💭 Love, love, love. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – oyster shrooms make the best chicken sub and these are easily some of the best I’ve had. The coating is flavoursome and the meaty bite is so realistic 👏🏼 ⁣⁣⁣ 🤷🏼‍♀️ Order again? Yes⁣⁣⁣ 🏆 Fave dish⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 🍔 Other options: You can also order an oyster mushroom & plantain burger kit for £18 or seitan chicken burgers for £20⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 📍Location: Walthamstow⁣⁣⁣ 🚚 Delivery: ⁣⁣Across london, within M25⁣⁣⁣ 👩🏼‍💻 Order: Through a goodeats link in their bio, website coming soon ⁣⁣⁣ 🍽 Cuisine: Burgers & fried “chicken”⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ 🖤Black-owned business⁣⁣⁣⁣ 🌾GF Options: No⁣⁣⁣ 🌱100% Vegan Vendor: Yes⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ 📦Leftovers: Yes, we saved mushrooms to eat this week⁣⁣⁣ 🌍Sustainability: ⁣⁣Belinda knows they’re using too much plastic but has made the plastic reusable where possible and is currently researching biodegradable plastics⁣⁣⁣ ♥️Charity: For this campaign, I donated to @sicklecelluk – the charity

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Founder: Belinda Manfo
Based: London
Industry: Food (frozen food delivery and meal kits)
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marliskitchen
Website: https://goodeats.io/marliskitchen

Stop here if you’re looking for the best delicious fried ‘chicken’! Nobody does it better than Belinda, who started her vegan food business in the streets of London about 2 years ago. She’s a one-woman show who attended pop-up events until the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following the outbreak, Belinda adapted her business to become a frozen fried chick’un fillets and fried chick’un burger meal kit delivery service. What’s more, she’s currently revamping her menu to give us even more delicious options!

Oh, and she now delivers nationwide if you DM her.

3. The Wild Curl

 

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♥️ To share some curly girl love during these difficult times we are in, we created a DIY hair-mask recipe for extra nourishment, repair and moisture. In the spirit of #stayhomestaysafe this avocado-mayonnaise hair mask can be done with a mix of our products and every household ingredients 👩‍🍳🥚🥑🍵 Intensive treatments can be very time consuming. However, if you are working from home now, why not to do it with a hair mask on 👌🧖🏾‍♀️ Check our blog to find more about the recipe. Link in the bio 🔝#stayhome #staysafe #thewildcurl #thecurlierthebetter #naturalhairproducts #hairmask #diyhairmask #curlyhair #curly #conditioner #avocadohairmask #mayonnaisehairmask

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Founder: Vanessa Lopes
Based: Northampton
Industry: Haircare
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thewildcurl
Website: https://www.thewildcurl.com

Vanessa started her company after she realised there was still a shortage of products, tips, and advice for those with curly hair. Instead of creating a single generic formula, she has worked with dedicated experts to design products to suit a variety of curly hair types. Even better, all of The Wild Curl products are natural, vegan, and cruelty-free.

4. Cookie & Biscuit

Founder: Danae Dade
Based: London
Industry: Food (cookies, baking, and bespoke catering)
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cookieandbiscuituk
Website: https://www.cookieandbiscuit.com

Founded in 2013 as a small batch Black-owned vegan bakery, Cookie & Biscuit now offers a bespoke vegan catering service and creates the most amazing vegan cakes! The founder, Danae, has tried her hand at various events, including yoga brunches, supper clubs, and private occasions, and even sells boxes of delicious brownies and cookies on her website.

5. LoveRems

 

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Hey people 💛 Hope you are doing well and keeping safe during this time! 🤗 Great news! We have now restocked our Gift Box for Someone Special on the website. This Gift Box is for anyone in need of pampering and R&R 💕 This box includes – x1 Body Butter (200ml) x2 Body Scrub or Bath Salts x2 Body Creams (100ml) x1 African Black Soap x1 Natural Unbleached Loofah Our skincare products are handmade in the UK and we use chemical and cruelty free ingredients only. All our products are formulated for those with sensitive and delicate skin in mind 💕 #loverems #natural #handmade #products #skincare #wellbeing #wellness #yoga #health #healing #mentalhealthrecovery #newmama #wellnesslifestyle #restoreyourcore #holisticskincare #selfcare #plantbased #bodybutters #bodyscrubhomemade #ecofriendly #chemicalfreeliving #crueltyfreecosmetics #eczema #market #african #blacksoaps #shoplocaluk #etsystoreowner #love #madewithlove

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Founder: Remi Smith
Based: London
Industry: Skincare
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/loverems
Website: https://www.loverems.com

Remi started experimenting with popular African ingredients, including African Black Soap and Shea Butter, after experiencing a long-term battle with eczema and sensitive skin. Now, she creates amazing natural and cruelty-free skincare products, so others can benefit from her effective formulas. All LoveRems products are vegan, free from chemicals, and mostly come in eco-friendly packaging, such as glass jars with tin lids.

6. Earth to Earth Organics

Founders: Danny and Tenesia Pascal
Based: London
Industry: Skincare
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/earthtoearthorganics
Website: https://www.earthtoearthorganics.com

“Because we’ve all got skin.” Husband and wife duo Danny and Tenesia founded Earth to Earth Organics in 2016 and have since gone on to win the Harrow Business Den Award in 2018. Thet produce a range of body washes, oils, and butters that are cruelty-free, vegan, and environmentally-friendly. Their values extend further than their Black-owned vegan business, as they both lead plant-based lifestyles and have a passion for growing their own food.

Did I mention they ship globally?

7. Kemi Telford

Founder: Yvonne Telford
Based: London
Industry: Clothing
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kemitelford
Website: https://kemitelford.com

Whilst not technically vegan (the owner does not follow a plant-based lifestyle), Kemi Telford is a female Black-owned vegan business that sells a fantastic range of inspiring clothes to encourage women to “stop shrinking themselves” and “take up their rightful place”. After studying Law, working as a Credit Risk Analyst, and living as a stay-at-home mum for 7 years, Yvonne finally realised her dream to own a clothing business and founded this stylish and bold clothing brand.

Kemi Telford endeavours to take a sustainable approach to fashion and, as such, make their clothes to last, do not create seasonal lines, reduce waste by selling samples and seconds, often use remnant cloth pouches instead of plastic bags, and make an effort to use biodegradable, reusable, and recyclable packaging, including eco-friendly packaging tape.

Want to know more black-owned vegan businesses?

Check out Harleigh Reid’s video for more black-owned businesses in the UK:

 

Did you catch the Vegan Women Summit on the Intersection of Race and Veganism? If not, a replay is available!

Alice
Alice Johnson 
Alice Johnson is a freelance writer, keen musician, and co-founder of Vegan Sisters’ Online Community, which offers training courses for content writers. She is passionate about public health, animal rights, sustainable living, plant-based food, travelling, conservation, and rescuing stray animals on her way around the world. Alice has made appearances on BBC News and her work has been published in national scientific journals, print magazines, and on web-based news channels. When she’s not in the kitchen experimenting with cashew cheese, homemade body moisturisers, and vegan kimchi, you probably won’t be able to find her as she will be off gallivanting around the world.