Vegan Card is an Australia-wide discount card that is owned and run by one of our own, Tracey Lofthouse. It started in 2012 with the aim of helping vegans find small vegan-friendly businesses and get access to products more easily, and help vegan and ethical businesses grow and survive against the ‘big guys’. It wrapped up in 2015, and Tracey started it up again in 2016 with the same objectives. Vegan Card has close to 45 businesses all over Australia offering discounts from 5-25% on thousands of goods and services (you can find almost anything you need), and is adding to them all the time. There are plans afoot to expand overseas.
You may remember seeing the official re-launch at the Living Green Festival in 2016. Well, the Vegan Card has been back for almost a year already and the new financial year’s Card will be available for purchase very soon! Or you can buy one now for the remainder of 16/17 at a greatly-reduced price. The Card is available all-year around, so you can buy one anytime. The price decreases every month.
In Canberra you can use your Card at The Cruelty Free Shop, As Nature Intended and Dickson Health Foods, but Tracey is in discussions with several more businesses. There are currently 25 online businesses that can deliver to pretty much anyone in Australia, and local businesses in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and various other towns and cities so you can use your Card when you travel. Like the Facebook page and keep your eye out for announcements as new businesses are added.
If you like supporting small and vegan businesses with the added bonus of getting discounts, check out the Facebook page and Website to see where you can use the Card, and how to obtain one.
If you are a vegan running your own business or know of a vegan business-owner who might be interested, please drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org, or message Tracey via the Facebook page.
I’m Lauren, a Canberra based, healthy Vegan baker whose aim is to create great food, which you can replicate and serve to your friends and family! There is the unfounded assumption that Vegan meals are bland, unappetising or just tired old salads but I want to change that idea with my recipes. I bake using whole foods because I believe it’s important to look after your self and to eat food that responds well on your insides. I have loved baking ever since I was little and I see it like art. I have the ability to create something amazing out of the most basic ingredients. Baking and desserts are something that I’ve always been drawn towards and I continue to aspire to create extravagant food. If you want to check out my recipes, then head to www.healthynhappy.org. Happy baking!
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Trish operates out of Bodalla NSW and occasionally ventures to Canberra to sell her wares.
Pies are a large single serve made with commercial shortcrust pastry and freeze very well. Flavours available are: Coconut curry chickpeas, veg and brown rice; Chilli beans and veg; Red lentil dahl and pumpkin (garlic free); Satay veg with cashews; and Borlotti beans ‘n greens. Check out Trish’s Vegan Pies on facebook for more details or contact Trish on (02) 44735866 or email@example.com to get more information.
Trish’s Vegan Pies will give 10% off on pies to Vegan ACT members when she brings her amazing pies to town, or even if you travel to the coast to sample them!
Let’s Be Natural: I just want to let you all know about our new store in Southlands Mawson. We have heaps of great vegan foods and vegan skincare and makeup. We try to focus on things that are healthy, sustainable, fair trade and as local as possible. We also have a great bulk foods section where you can bring your own container and cut out the packaging, with 10% off the second Saturday of each month if you do.
Sonja Barfoed: The giantest health-food shop! Their display of bring-your-own-container goods is overwhelming. Lovely vibe and they have the easiest discount club, it’s an automatic percentage off every visit, you don’t have to remember anything. I think there have been yoga classes in the past as it’s such a big space, and beauty treatments are also available. Parking: Free (specific time limits), very close. Closest gallery: Mawson Gallery
Our website is www.letsbenatural.com.au
Update: Vegan ACT members!
We are delighted to announce that Naked Foods Braddon will be trialling a 10% discount to card-carrying members of Vegan ACT, to be reviewed in July.
It’s a beautiful store and the low packaging ethos is fantastic, go check ’em out!
Written by Sonja Barfoed
Naked foods, Braddon: I must admit, I was surprised when this opened, given the long-standing ANU Food Coop isn’t too far away. This is on my “to visit” list, as I never seem to get there during opening hours – “The store is set out in the style of a lolly shop – but the wares for sale are anything but.” – …and I’m like a little kid leaning my head on the glass trying to open sesame the doors. Parking: Paid, nearby or up the road. Closest gallery: KIN Gallery (check out the Hamlet in general)
You can also read a Canberra Times article here.
Just wanted to share some exciting news! 🙂 Michael and I have launched our beautiful online store Fairlings this morning. We’re on a mission to help compassionate individuals who are mindful about the social impact of their personal purchases by providing a curation of high quality ethical products, original and informative content, and daily inspiration for how to lead life as close to nature as possible. Have a look and let us know what you think!
Fairlings connects essential day-to-day products that are fair trade, vegan, eco friendly and organic with conscientious & compassionate people. We would love your support over on our Facebook, Instagram and sign up to our newsletter (http://fairlings.com.au/).
Launch of compassionate online Australian store Fairlings
Compiled by Rowena
Although I’ve not yet been, there seems to be quite a bit of buzz about Coffee Lab on the Vegan ACT facebook group so I decided to compile the comments. See end for menu :).
Maddie Haslam: Went to coffee lab in the city today and was really impressed with all the vegan options! I had the oats something that has the strawberry purée and oh my gosh, it was soooo yummy!!! 😍😍 I highly recommend their food and coffee! The staff were super lovely aswell!! No photo because I gobbled it up too fast!!
Halcyon Window: Hey guys. If you haven’t already then go check out Coffee Lab in the city. Great coffee, they use Bonsoy, I didn’t ask about other Mylks but they used almond milk in my oats (freaking amazing btw) so possibly have it for coffee too [Confirmed]. They have 5 vegan options in the menu. I’m having the oats now and its delicious!! End rant<3
Gabb Carr: Julian and I went to Coffee Lab for a late breakfast this morning. Super delicious! It’s near the Tax Office on Narellan St in Civic. I can’t remember the names of the dishes, but the mushroom one [The First Frost] was my fave (definitely use the lemon with it, that acidity helps cut through mushrooms a little and make it 100X better). And we had a sesame seed crusted avocado one (that was replacing the ‘Healthy something something’ dish) was awesome with a kick of chilli and splash of lime. Fantastic coffee plus super friendly and helpful staff. They make you feel like a regular even if you’ve never been before! Highly recommended!
Amy Victoria: Hi all. Thanks to whoever posted with the coffee lab’s menu. I had lunch there and it was fantastic! So many vegan options, great coffee, good service and no issues with breastfeeding. Oh and very comfy lounge seating which was great for the latter (I love you sweet bones but those chairs are ouchy). Anyway highly recommend if you’re in civic and don’t have time to get to sweet bones 😊’
If you are on a computer, click here to see the latest goss about Coffee Lab on the Vegan ACT Group.
Menu (from photo taken by Steph Gorman)
They have some always vegan and some ‘vegan options’. I suggest you ask for avocado or mushrooms instead of the animal products rather than leaving them off as you are paying for a missing ingredient and if enough people ask for it, they may decide to make that menu item always Vegan.
All Day Breakfast:
- Toast served with jam, vegemite or peanut butter
- Oats Overboard (always Vegan): Chia, oats & sultanas soaked in almond milk & blueberry juice served with strawberries, stone fruit salsa, flaked almonds and passion fruit
- Heaps Healthy (ask for Vegan): Hummus stuffed piquilos peppers, house pickles, alfalfa, spices, lemon and EVO
- The First Frost (ask for Vegan): Roast field mushroom topped with sauteed wild mushrooms, rosemary, thyme & garlic on multigrain toast with zucchini ribbons, alfalfa & lemon
- Lil Italy (ask for Vegan): Confit garilc smashed into multigrain toast with lightly pickled hairloom cherry tomatoes, torn basil and garlic chips
- Stoners Delight (always Vegan): Caramelised stone fruit, heirloom tomatoes, collard greens, spanish onion, fresh corn, charred bread, cervil & cashew cream
- Rainbow Salad (ask for Vegan): Cherry tomatoes, red grapes, quinoa, corn, pepitas, basil, onion, spinach and pink goddess dressing
By Emma Wannell
Where: Walter G’s Pizza Obsession, Chalis Street, Dickson
Vegan pizza party at Walter G’s!! So awesome to have vegan pizza options on menu. They’re so accommodating and welcoming 😄 amazing turn out with over 40 people! We started off with cheezy garlic bread, followed by supreme, ham and pineapple, and veggie patch pizzas, finally, finishing off with nutella dessert pizza 😍🍕 The Earthly Vegan’s original post.
If you are on a computer, go here to get all the latest Vegan ACT group goss about Walter G’s.