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Vegan activism – using your money and choices to make a difference

I am so happy that there are more and more vegan foods appearing on the market. Different cheeses, spreads, ice cream, chocolate, candy, fake meat and the list goes on. Of course i don’t know how the sortiment is in other countries, all i know is what is available in Sweden, but even then i don’t know how it is out in the small towns and cities as i have only lived in the biggest cities which have a high damnd for vegan products.

I like that there is more vegan food for many reasons, because even if more vegan food doesn’t suddenly stop animal suffering it gives people more of a choice and can open eyes that there is delicious vegan food to buy, and that in turn can stop more animal suffering. For example if 1 in 5 people begin buying vegan ice cream or vegan products instead of dairy then that is less suffering and over time it might be 3 out of 5 people who buy the vegan version! I believe that activism in all different ways works but also activism through your choices and through your money. You make a choice where you spend your money and that has it’s consequences. 

The market relies on supply and demand so if there is more demand for vegan products the more will be made and hopefully less non vegan products will be made and sold, so even if it is a slow process it does have its affect!

Of course on a side note regarding making a choice with your money, there have been times i have bought non vegan food for friends when i am at the store and asked if they wanted something and then they have paid me back, so it hasn’t been *me/my money* that has bought the product, but i still have mixed feelings about it because i am still promoting the sale of that item, if that makes sense. But then i try to think realistically, just like when i am at the cashier, just because i scan and take the money(put it into the cashier) for the animal products doesn’t mean i am enabling or helping the purchase of those items…. i can’t exactly sit there and say no ,hahahah. It’s all about being realistic as well hahaha.

Making changes with your money or signing petitions for things such as child slavoury and not buying clothes from places which relies on child labour to produce the clothes, or factories where women spend 12 hours or more working. But also not spending money on products where there is animal testing done…. because there can be products which are vegan i.e include no animal products but they might still test on animals, so then if you buy the product you are still paying a company that tests on animals.

Money is very powerful and you have your choices with how you spend your money. And being vegan doesn’t have to be expensive, as many use the argument that veganism is expensive but it really doesn’t have to be unless you make it expensive. Of course a diet which consists of just vegetables, lentils, beans and potatoes might get tiring or boring compared to a vegan diet which has alot of substitues and fake meats and vegan diary products etc but with the right spices and different cooking methods you can make lentils, beans and potatoes work for a very long time!! 🙂

Activism and change can be done in many ways, and one way doesn’t have to be better or more effective than the other. I do want to be part of demonstrations some time in the future, but for now i am using my social media to inspire and have already influenced and inspired my friends and family to eat more vegan and hopefully they will inspire others (apparently i have even been the inspiration for my sisters friends to eat more plant based!), but also using my money to donate to charities and buying vegan food and vegan and cruelty free products, it all makes a difference!! 🙂

I also believe that social media is incredibly powerful, so many vegan youtubers and instagrammers who have made a huge difference and influenced so many people to go vegan!! Some of my favourites are James Aspey, Naturally Stefanie, Bonny Rebecca, Supreme Banana, Hot for Food, Lauren Toyota, Livs healthy Life….. and then there are people like Ida Warg, Kalel, Jenna Marbles who are vegan but don’t really talk so much about veganism i.e their channel isn’t a solely vegan chanel 🙂 And then on Instagram there are far too many amazing accounts i follow so it’s best to just look at my “following” tab, or if you want me to make a post with like my top 25 instagram accounts i follow hahah!

You can only do the best you can and veganism isn’t about being perfect, i.e you can’t living a life completely free from animal suffering but you can atleast do your best and i believe that each choice makes a difference either in a positive or negative way!

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3 thoughts on “Vegan activism – using your money and choices to make a difference”

  1. Great post Izzy! Here in the UK there has been a definite progress where availability of vegan products is concerned. Slowly the shops are including more vegan choices/alternatives to their range of goods and this has got to be a good thing! Not just for those who are already vegan, but it means it gives the consumer more of a choice, and hopefully if they make a choice to buy a vegan product instead of their usual one they will prefer it and it will open their eyes that there is an alternative to animal based foods. Also it creates a heightened awareness of veganism and that it is possible to eat plant based foods quite easily.
    Foods that I have noticed that are new are different vegan cheeses, the “Oatly” range of foods – custard, crème fraiche, oat milk, vegan crisps and cereal bars, crispbread, canned ready meals such as chilli and curry, burgers and sausages. I have also noticed that some already stocked products are now labelling their packaging that it is vegan/vegetarian. Ofcourse we have a long way to go before it is anything like how it is for you in Sweden – for example there are no cafes/restaurants designated to vegan food that I know of and still none or very little on the menus of existing cafes and restaurants. But there has been progress and that’s a positive sign!
    You are so right in saying thatour spending choices are powerful – after all that really does determine what our shops stock. I am hoping this trend will continue and grow as it is so nice to see the vegan foods in the shops.
    Loved your post and look forward to seeing more like it!

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