What’s BOL all about?
We’re on a mission to make it easy for you to eat more plants, especially when you don’t have the time to cook from scratch. Whether you’re an omnivore or a vegan, we hope you like what we’ve created for you. We want to lead the plant-based movement, inspiring the world to eat more plants.
Where did the name ‘BOL’ come from?
Most of our recipes have been made or served up in bowls for years. BOL is our take on the world in a bowl.
Why is BOL a plant-based brand?
Over the past few years, we have become increasingly aware of the responsibility we have to change the way we eat, both for our health and for the planet. The more we understood the negative impacts of animal agriculture, the more we came to believe we could play a pivotal role in helping the UK eat more plants. We’ve replaced meat-based proteins with plant-based alternatives such as chickpeas, edamame beans and squash, whilst still creating incredibly tasty, nutritious and vibrant meals that contain natural and fresh ingredients. We’ve also removed all dairy from our recipes, making the full BOL range 100% plant-powered.
Our mission is to make it easy for you busy people to eat more plants, especially when you don’t have time to cook from scratch. Moving to a plant-based diet is good for you and kinder to the planet.
Why have you removed cheese and dairy?
When we learned of the environmental impact of the meat and dairy industries we could not stand by. Put simply, we have a responsibility to change the way we eat. By removing all dairy from our range we will save 7 million litres of water, 194 tonnes of C02 emissions, and 91 thousand square meters of farmland. This was the strongest motivating factor. Health benefits are also important: we can get all the nutrition we need from plants, while doing good to the planet.
Our range offers 100% plant-based recipes that are appealing to both meat-eaters and vegans alike. If you'd like to learn more about why we have made this decision, take a look at this blog post by our founder, Paul.
How can I stay up-to-date with what BOL are up to?
You can find us on facebook, twitter and instagram. You can also email us at email@example.com or subscribe to our newsletter and keep up-to-date with our #plantlife news.
Can I suggest a new recipe for BOL to make?
Yes, please! If you’ve spotted a dish on your travels or have a favourite dish you’d like us to recreate, we’d love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where can I buy a BOL?
Check out our store finder here.
Are you stocked in countries outside the UK?
For the time being, we’re only available in the UK. Expansion is definitely on the agenda, so make sure to stay connected!
Is BOL packaging recyclable?
Yes. All BOL pots are recyclable, although we encourage you to upcycle empty packaging and give it new life. If you’re feeling proud of your up-cycling effort don’t forget to post a photo with the #DontWasteCreate hashtag and tag @BOLfoods. With our new Dinner Box range we've pushed ourselves even further to reduce the amount of plastic we're using. Our Dinner Boxes are therefore made almost entirely from Bagasse, so they're 95% plastic free and can be recycled with paper or industrially composted. Our Veg Pots can be put in the dishwasher, but Salad Jars can’t (so give them a good wash the old school way). Additionally, all of our products and packaging are 100% vegan.
What is Bagasse?
Our Dinner Box range is made almost entirely from Bagasse, which is the offcuts of the sugarcane plant that would otherwise go to waste. The sugarcane plant is grown to produce sugar and is found in the tropical regions of Southeast Asia, Polynesia and Melanesia. Unlike plastic, Bagasse comes from a renewable resource, which can be recycled with paper or industrially composted. We are all about driving change, and believe this packaging is the next step towards fully compostable packaging. The mounded base has a 40% lower carbon footprint than oil-based plastic, meaning that from creation we are already cutting down the CO2 impact.
Why are your Dinner Boxes only 95% plastic free?
We're proud that our Dinner Boxes are 95% plastic free. We're looking to reduce the final 5% which is made up of a plastic liner and film seal, which are currently required to ensure food safety, quality and to reduce food wastage. Fortunately, technology is being developed to create these in a non-plastic format, but we believe this is the best solution while this development is in progress.
Is the Dinner Box oven and microwaveable?
Yes, our Dinner Boxes are fully microwave proof and oven proof up to 200 degrees Celsius.
Where do I find more information about the individual recipes?
Each recipe has its own product page where you can see ingredients, allergens, spice rating, nutritional information and more. Head to our product page to find out more.
Is BOL suitable for Vegans?
Yes. All our recipes are suitable for vegans. All our recipes are Vegan Certified by the Vegetarian Society and have the vegan logo clearly marked on pack.
Do you have any allergen-free products?
We avoid using allergen ingredients where possible. We always ensure that the latest information is on our recipe pages and on the product labels, so please check these out for more info.
Do you use additives, preservatives or flavourings?
We will always avoid artificial additives, preservatives, flavourings or anything nasty in our recipes. We only use what Mother Nature has created, so you’ll be able to identify everything on the ingredients list.
Are BOL products healthy?
We develop all BOL recipes in collaboration with acclaimed nutritionist Ian Marber (The Food Doctor) to make sure they are packed full of healthy goodness. Check out individual recipes for a full nutritional overview.
Do BOL have any job vacancies?
We are always on the lookout for passionate foodies who are great at what they do. If you are interested in working with us, please send your CV to email@example.com with a brief note saying why you’d be a fine addition to the team.