Guest Blogger: new vegan age – Support vegan businesses and organizations!

25 Jun

Always a pleasure to welcome back Tom, author of new vegan age, who has been very generous to provide many posts! Two posts were written by Tom and one by one of new age vegan’s contributing writers Kim Stahler. You can find all of this previous contributions here: Vegan CreedHarvey Diamond Interview and Vegans Are Good for your Restaurant’s Business. Hope everyone joins Tom and the other new vegan age writers on FacebookTwitter and of course the blog. Welcome back Tom!

My partner and I have been vegetarian or vegan for our entire adult lives—since we were old enough to stand up for who we are and what we know to be right—but we haven’t always been as mindful of where our hard-earned money is being spent.

Sure, when we could, we’ve always sent checks to and raised funds for organizations, supported plant-based restaurants, and purchased our animal-free stuff from natural food stores and retailers like MooShoes and sites like veganessentials.

But a few months ago, I became much less scattershot and much more organized and purposeful in my expenditures, and now budget as much as possible each month to support specifically vegetarian and vegan individuals, businesses, and organizations.
 
In March, we joined a local organic CSA. In April, I hired a vegan artist to design this blog’s new look. In May, I sent money to a local farm animal sanctuary and gave a subscription to Vegetarian Times as a gift. And this month, we bought soaps from an independent vegan retailer and renewed our lapsed NAVS membership. (Over the next few months, I’m planning to donate to support the work of animal attorney and will be contracting with vegan vendors for our small vegan wedding this fall.)

Putting your money where your heart is is a substantial (if too-often-overlooked) way to help make our world a little more vegan. If you can, start doing it today!
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