Vegan Card

vegancard

Price: $49.95AUD

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.

Chelsey

18 comments on “Vegan Card

  1. Kristin on said:

    What a fantastic concept! I can’t wait to see this grow even bigger 🙂
    My favourite vegan business is Constant Craving Chocolates. They hail from my mother-land (Tasmania) and they make the MOST DELICIOUS chocolate truffles in amazing flavours! My favourite is the Apricot Dream and the Coffee comes a very close second! And don’t even get me started on their Easter eggs… *drooling*

  2. Joanne Campbell on said:

    Pana Chocolate is my absolute favourite Vegan cafe! It’s amazing how they create mouth-wateringly sweet delicacies that are all vegan friendly, raw, organic, and gluten free (A+ for all the Coeliac sufferers), and are packed with nutrient-dense superfoods that even having one of their chocolate bars is good for your health, who’da thunk!

  3. Sarah-Louise on said:

    Bodhi! Love it! My non-Vegan friends love it… Everyone loves it!!! 😀

    Ps Happy 4th Birthday!!

  4. Sianon on said:

    I get cravings for Blossoming Lotus in Newtown and it’s hard to beat Lord of the Fries at the end of a big night!

  5. Sarah Russell on said:

    I just adore Garden of Vegan in Launceston. It’s a real diamond in the rough and their massaman curry is life changingly delicious!

  6. Louise Rhodes on said:

    My favourite is the home-based Studio Voodoo at Port Willunga, every Friday they serve amazing pizzas (last week’s was garlic ‘prawn’ with caramelised fennel!)and meals. Love them
    PS Happy birthday!

  7. Nathalie on said:

    Oh gosh, I would absolutely LOVE to win a 14/15 Vegan Card!!
    My absolute favourite vegan business is ‘Everything Vegan’. It’s Adelaide’s very first, and only one-stop-shop for all things vegan!! Very exciting stuff. They also have an online store called ‘Online Vegan’ (http://www.veganonline.com.au/). They offer everything from delicious food, to cosmetics to vegan dog and cat food, something I’ve been after for AGES. It’s now finally easy and convenient to turn the entire household into compassionate, healthy vegans, even our four-legged furry friend. ‘Everything Vegan’ is so good they won ‘Outstanding Vegan Business’ in the 2013 ‘Vegan Of the Year Awards’. Check them out!

  8. Sadhana in Newtown. Beautiful food especially the smoothies & desserts. I never have patience to make the desserts so a cafe close by that does is super!

  9. Amanda Springer on said:

    Pana Chocolate is amazing! I take all my visitors there and always have a secret stash hidden in my work desk to tempt colleagues.

  10. Amanda Springer on said:

    Pana Chocolate is amazing! I take all my guests there and always have a secret stash in my work desk to temp colleagues..

  11. Caeli @ Little Vegan Bear on said:

    I’m going to say Yong Green Food – because I just ate there and it was delicious.

  12. What a great idea!

    My favourite vegan food place is Lord of the Fries, but since they’re on the other side of the country from me I can’t eat there as much as I would like.

    Locally, probably Veggie Mamas, though Solomon’s does (did) mighty fine vegan crepes.

  13. Smith & Daughters, without a doubt. Although we’re truly spoilt for choice in Melbourne; it’s so difficult to decide. Thank you !!

  14. Jessica on said:

    The Cruelty Free Shop in Glebe. To be able to go somewhere and know that you can buy anything in the shop is very exciting and sometimes overwhelming (in a good way)!

  15. Kathy Burgstahler on said:

    My favourite vegan business is Vege 2 Go. Best vegan gluten free Parma ever!!!!!

  16. My favourite vegan shop is Ethikool. Its not only vegan but its chemical and palm oil free. They have great poducts and their cust service is amazing.

  17. I might be too late to try for a win! I’m a new baby vegan & I absolutely love Sahdana! 😉

  18. Leonie Dwyer on said:

    Im going to say Smith and Daughters even though i’ve only been once last week end, the omlette was to die for!!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

HTML tags are not allowed.