re you thinking of going vegan? Perhaps you took the Veganuary pledge in January and have decided to carry on for longer. Perhaps you made the change long ago. You may be doing it for the planet, your health or the animals. For us , it's always been about the animals.
Our journey to veganism
I met a vegetarian for the very first time in 1988 and that year I tried giving up meat instead of the usual chocolate! That was it! I was a veggie, albeit one with a craving for bacon. Becoming a vegan never even occurred to me at that point. When I moved to Turkey in the early 90s it was quite hard as a vegetarian. I remember being offered tripe soup with the pieces of tripe carefully taken out so that I could eat it, or being brought a plate of fried chicken because I had said I didn't eat meat. Even the potentially veggie dishes, like bean and chickpea stews and rice were often not an option because they were made with meat stock. I usually ended up with omelettes and chips when I was out! The day we moved back to the UK in 1999, Haluk stopped eating meat and so we became a vegetarian family and brought up our children as vegetarians too. When I was a veggie I thought that I was doing the right thing - until I became vegan - and then I asked myself why it had taken me so long. But now looking back I realise that I had already begun the journey to veganism long before but I just hadn't recognised it as that. I had been taking more and more steps along the road. I'd stopped using cow's milk long ago, only bought leather shoes if they were second hand, didn't buy cosmetics if they contained ingredients from animals, only bought cruelty free skincare, went around the neighbourhood in Izmir at night taking lids of dustbins so the street cats could find food, helped ants across the road - promise I'll tell you about it one day!! 5 years ago on New Year's Day Haluk announced that he had become a vegan. I was surprised as he hadn't mentioned it beforehand. When he stopped eating meat people said it was because of me. Perhaps that's true. I was the first vegetarian that he had met. When he became vegan the tables were turned and he motivated me to do the same. By Easter I was also vegan! We both believe it is one of the best decisions we have ever made.
Wherever you are on your journey and whether you're doing it for the animals, the planet or your health .... or for all 3 .... we know that it can be tricky sometimes to find vegan alternatives for the things you love. And that includes the products you put on your body as well as the ones you put in it.
There are lots of big brands out there which are now offering vegan alternatives and while it's great that there is more and more choice for us all, it also means that some of the money we pay for purchasing vegan products ends up supporting the very same companies that use animal ingredients or carry out animal testing of some of their other products.
As a vegan business and vegan ourselves, you can rest assured that the money you pay won't end up supporting a company that exploits animals. And as it is widely recognised that global meat production is a major contributor to environmental degradation, your money won't be funding unsustainable, ecologically destructive processes.
We know very well that going vegan is a journey. We've been there. Done it! In fact we're still on it!
To help you on your journey we're offering 10% off all our vegan products - and that means everything!* Just use the code GOVEGAN at checkout
*Valid for one shop per customer Sorry - not valid for gift cards
We are proud supporters of Veganuary. We also believe that it is never too late to go vegan. The biggest regret we have is that we didn't do it sooner. Veganuary isn't just for January. You can sign up with them here at any time for support, recipes and motivation.