Where to Buy: www.myvegancard.com.au
If you’ve not heard of Vegan Card then you’re in for a real treat. What if I told you that a single card could score you discounts in store and online from 130 vegan-friendly businesses around Australia and overseas? Yep, that’s Vegan Card and I was stoked to get my hands on one recently.
You buy the card once a year (the 14/15 card was released in July) and throughout that year you can use the card at your favourite stores to receive a discount. Some of my favourite stores are on there and I’m sure yours are too; Vegan Perfection, The Vegan Box (check out my review here), Cruelty Free Shop and Lord of The Fries are just some of the awesome businesses who accept Vegan Card, a total of 120 businesses worldwide!
I managed to get one of the founders of Vegan Card, David Rafter, to answer a couple of questions about how this awesome vegan business came to be.
How long have you been vegan and what lead you to the vegan lifestyle?
Mandy (Amanda Rootesy, co-founder) and I have been vegan for 8 years now I think. Time has flown by, we can’t actually remember how long it has been. It is funny, because once we transitioned we have never looked back. It has been like we have been vegan our whole lives.
For me, I went vegan for compassionate reasons I guess you would say. I had always been conscious about my health. When growing up I would always delve in vegetarian, but never really made the connection with animals. It wasn’t until one of my brothers sent me a YouTube link about spirituality and lifestyle did I make the connection.
I still remember to this day the overwhelming feeling I had when I watched it. I think I cried for hours on end. It was sort of like a transformation. From that moment on I went vegetarian.
I guess what made me vegan was when my father sent me out to work on his dairy farm. It was probably a month or two after going vegetarian. I took one step out there and couldn’t believe the pain and suffering that went on. I literally lasted a couple of minutes, came home and have been vegan ever since.
Mandy’s story is a little different. In 2008 Mandy was diagnosed with cancer. Mandy had just transitioned to a vegetarian diet, but hadn’t stopped eating dairy. After hearing the news we did a lot of research into health and discovered how damaging a meat and in particular dairy is on our bodies.
From that moment on, Mandy switched to a vegan diet and we both never looked back!
I remember we went out to dinner one time, and I ordered a vegan meal. She looked at me and said “are you vegetarian?” I said, “yeah…” that was probably 6 months into me being vegan…ha ha. I never like imposing my views or opinions on to others. It was a journey for me, and I feel that for people to awaken to the pain and suffering in eating meat they need to see it for themselves. Mandy and I just like to provide the information for them. If they make the change straight away that is great, but sometimes people take a little longer and that is cool too.
What inspired you to start Vegan Card?
Vegan Card came about with Mandy and I enjoying a nice little cup of tea out in the garden. We had been promoting the vegan lifestyle through our seminars around Australia for over 2 years. During that time we discovered that there was a real gap between people making the switch and where they could eat.
Mandy just sort of said what about a vegan card where people can find out where all the vegan businesses are around Australia, and get a little discount at them….and that was that – Vegan Card was born.
What are some of your favourite places to use your Vegan Card?
I have to say Vegan Perfection, Lord of The Fries (when we are in Melbourne and Sydney) and Loving Hut in Brisbane. Mandy loves going crazy with Vegan Style shoes and James & Co. Hand bags.
What’s your favourite thing about owning a vegan business?
I would say helping to promote other vegan businesses. The whole concept of Vegan Card is to help businesses grow. We have been in businesses (not just Vegan Card) for a long time, and we know exactly how hard it can be out there. If we are able to help a small vegan business grow, then we are are so happy!
If you find yourself shopping at vegan businesses on a regular basis, Vegan Card will very quickly pay for itself and for fifty bucks a year, you’re helping support vegan business while also getting a little something in return.
Want to win a 2014/2015 Vegan Card? As part of Like a Vegan’s 4th Birthday ExtraVeganza, you have a chance to score a pack with over $200 worth of vegan products, including a Vegan Card. All you have to do is comment below with your favourite vegan business or restaurant (even if they’re not currently accepting Vegan Card).
Winners will be drawn on September 5th, 2014. Australian residents only.