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Pizza: The Cruelty Free Way

Pizza is a prized meal for those nights you just want to relax and indulge. When transitioning to veganism, it can often be hard to let go of the cheesy utopia that is the glorified Italian classic.

Ever since the veganism movement took off and made its way to Western Australia, it is astounding how easily accessible plant-based pizzas have now become.

 

Here are our top Perth pizza picks (PPP!):

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Peace’za East Vic Park

The original pizza place for plant-based people has always been Peace’za located in East Victoria Park. The menu items are authentic and are incredibly delicious. Be prepared for a flavour extravangza when you next visit Peace’za.

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Tavolo in Belmont

For those nights you feel like eating out, Tavolo based in Belmont is the perfect pizza option! Enjoy a relaxing ambience along with an entire vegan menu. With numerous options that cover a broad spectrum of Italian cuisine, there is something here for the whole crew.

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Dominos – New vegan range

That’s right, we said it – Dominos! This local favourite, that is affordable and delicious, has recently introduced a VEGAN range. Through the app, website or even UberEats, you can now easily order an array of vegan pizzas and garlic bread too. Their margherita pizza is so identical to non-vegan pizza, you won’t look back.

https://vegan.dominos.com.au/

 

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Via Pizza in Riverton

If it’s hidden gems that you are after, then Via Pizza has to be added to the top of the list. As of early July, a tiny Italian restaurant based in Riverton, introduced a mouth-watering vegan range.  South of the River locals can now rejoice at authentic Italian cuisine that is made with love. Not many people know about this treasure yet so be sure to try their new range as soon as possible.

Vegans and those who are transitioning into the compassionate way of life, can be put to ease as living life without our classic favourites is a thing of the past!

 

Written by Krithika Ramnarayan

Header image: Uno Momento 

Australia: Third Fastest Growing Vegan Market In The World

No, we will not ‘put another shrimp on the barbie’. Haven’t you heard? Australia’s been listed as the third fastest growing vegan market in the world; a major step forward for us as a country, and us as a planet. The word is getting out that going vegan, cruelty-free, green and sustainable is good and cool. This trend is one that will continue to grow and stay for a while so you’re better to get amongst it, or be left out when it truly takes off. What exactly does this mean for Australia, though? And better yet, who has the best vegan market in the world? I have put my detective skills to the test on this one, but either way, we should be proud of us Aussies for taking a crack at saving the world one country at a time.

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If you’ve been living off the grid for the past few years, veganism is a diet that excludes the use of animal products, including animal meat and products in which animals produce. Us female millennials have taken on this diet with a purpose, which is just now starting to influence the older generation. Veganism underlies concerns about animal welfare, especially because of the recent poultry standards debate in Australia and plays a part for people’s mission to manage their weight.

Social media (of course) has been the main influencer for veganism and so far, has done a brilliant job of it. The rise of beautifully presented vegan meals bursting with colours flaunted over Instagram and blog sites has become a trend in itself. From these showcases, various restaurants have taken advantage and embraced the trend, now offering vegan-friendly options. This helps promote the vegan diet, and the restaurants’ brand. Competing with the restaurants, vegan fast food is on the rise. Big chains in Australia are starting to look in the meat-free isle, with companies such as Subway, Nando’s and Hungry Jack’s offering vegetarian and vegan menu options.

 

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Over the last year, Google searches containing the word ‘vegan’ have spiked dramatically with more searches made in Australia then any other country. However, with the perks, like anything, there is always a downside.  There are warnings that cutting meat out of anyone’s diet completely shouldn’t be done without planning and medical advice. The warning doesn’t only include the boycotting of animal products, but the trap of eating processed vegan-friendly foods like vegan packaged sausages, which are obviously not sourced naturally and are generally high in sodium and salts. Between the years of 2014 to 2016, the amount of food products launched in Australia introducing a vegan representation rose by 92%. By far the most popular product that non-vegans or part-time vegans lap up is alternative milk. Our nations soy and almond milk production has grown significantly too. These milks have improved coffee by so much, but the problem with almond and even rice milk is that the production process requires hundreds of litres of water to make just one litre of the alternative milk. The popular environmental group WWF (World Wide Fund), the rapid growth of soy crops around the world over the past decade, mostly for animal feed, is causing concern with mass deforestation.  It truly does sound like we can’t win either way.

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Wishing you could un-read the last paragraph of sad-but-true facts, you’re probably thinking what can we do/eat/drink without harming animals and environments all over the world? One way to do this is to support and shop locally. You’ve probably heard that term before, right? It might mean buying from independent food boutiques, local farms/ orchards or even growing your own bunch of fruit and vegetables in your backyard. You should also try to stay away from soy. Soy is the common factor when it comes to deforestation. In countries without strict laws (like Australia have), there’s nothing stopping farmers from going into a forest, cutting down trees and causing havoc in order to start a crop. Soy is mainly grown for the animals, and the animals need land to live on, so when the land is taken away from them and the soy is no longer accessible where do they have to go? Either the animals are moved from land to land to enable the rehabilitation of past crop sites or they are to fend for themselves in unnatural habitats.

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It is estimated that by 2020, the vegan market will cost more than $215 million and with the way everyone is catching on somehow, that is due to increase in the near future. Australia is the third fastest growing vegan market with the top spots going to United Arab Emirates and China. Let’s hope that altogether we can see right from wrong and choose all products with caution for our precious land and animals, weather it means spending a few extra dollars for the freshest fruit or going a few days a week meat-free. A minor change can implement and influence.

 

Written by Darcey Weaven

Header image: Sydney Community College

Good On You: Fashion Assistant

It’s time to make feeling guilty about your fashion choices a thing of the past. Discover brands that do good by the planet and its inhabitants with Good On You.

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Good On You is a free app that rates fashion brands on how ethically they make their clothes. With a 4.8 out of 5 rating on the Apple App Store, being ethically conscious in your fashion decisions has never been easier. Over 1,000 brands have been rated since its launch in 2015, including household names like Nike and Zara.

The app began with the realisation that consumers wanted to make better choices when purchasing but didn’t have the information on hand to make those better choices. It was established by non-profit organisation Ethical Consumers Australia and rates companies on a scale of one to five, with five being the most ethically conscious.

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Good On You generates its ratings by analysing all public information from over 50 certification schemes in order to bring transparency from brands to their consumers. Users of the app can browse by names of brands, product categories, even by ethical issue (e.g. vegan, fair trade, country made, etc). When a brand is searched, Good On You will recommend alternative brands that are similar in style and price but carry a higher ethical rating.

Information doesn’t just flow from app to user either; suggestions and questions are encouraged to be sent in so that improvements can be made to make ethical shopping an easier experience. Users can recommend brands for Good On You to rate, too.

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Good On You empowers brands that are committed to creating a sustainable fashion industry. If you want to start buying smarter and greener, look no further. Download the app now, available on iOS and Android.

 

Written by: Celina Foong

Find Good On You here.

 

Perth is a Plant-Based Donut Heaven

Who doesn’t love donuts? The iconic treat has been a household favourite for generations and now it has never been easier for a vegan to get a hold of them.

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Veganism in Perth is an ever-growing movement and as a result, there are a plethora of options available for the consciously inclined.

We did some underground investigative work and found two boutique donut makers in Perth’s North and South regions, who are slowly developing their identity within the plant-based community.

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Yo Donuts Perth

A delicious donut maker situated South of the River, Yo Donuts offers high-end donuts and cupcakes that look and taste like a work of art. Yo Donuts produces fresh goodies by order during the week, and orders can be made for a box of 12 or more. From Oreo and chocolate sauce filled delights to strawberry pistachio ring donuts, Yo Donuts Perth provides a mouth-watering alternative for people who are after an amazing experience, minus the cruelty.

Instagram: @yodonutsperth

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yodonutsperth/

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2 Fat Frenchies

As the name suggests, this adorable North of the River business is a donut maker that produces aesthetically pleasing treats and not to mention has two French Bulldog mascots! The two fury friends belong to the owners of 2 Fat Frenchies, and photos of them are just part of the parcel. Enjoy the quirkiness of this unique brand along with some of the most stunning donuts you will ever see, not to mention a flavour extravaganza in your mouth!

Instagram: @2fat_frenchies

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/2FatFrenchies/

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Both Yo Donuts Perth and 2 Fat Frenchies are still hidden treasures amongst the vegan community and the donuts produced by both donut connoisseurs are made with an incredible personal touch.

Be sure to make your next donut orders with one of these two Perth gems.

 

Written by: Krithika Ramnarayan

ASOS X Puma X Crayola: All In The Name Of The Environment

As if ASOS isn’t already the best online store already, they’ve gone ahead and outdone themselves with their latest collaborations with big time labels, being the already popular Puma and the unexpected pairing we didn’t know we needed: Crayola — our favourite childhood crayons creating the brightest nostalgia yet. These brands are all stepping up the fashion and beauty game in the name of the environment and it couldn’t be a better time. Cruelty free and sustainable items are more in demand than ever.

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Now that the threat of global warming and humans’ effect on the environment is becoming a more spoken about conversation of all ages, it was only a matter of time before more mainstream, accessible brands would act on these issues regarding the fashion industry and its carbon footprint. While there are still brands that still decide to turn blind eyes on the subject, ASOS and Puma joined forces in order to create an affordable, sustainable street style collection to start introducing the word to the younger generations. The collaboration is producing economically friendly menswear and womenswear for us to all shop with a guilt-free conscious. The ‘Sustainability Pack’ debuted a range of t-shirts, hoodies, track pants and more, with the entire collection being created with environmental impact in mind and a promise that each piece possesses a zero-carbon footprint.

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The ASOS X Puma collection is of course made with 100% organic cotton and is crafted in regions that are more local to countries that they’re available in, ensuring that the working conditions are considerably better, having social and environmentally-certified health and safety systems in place. This effectively works to reduce the levels of carbon being discharged in transportation.

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This alliance consists with sustainable designs including bold colours to natural tones. From seafoam green hoodies, cream and rainbow crewnecks and old school style printed tees they create smart-casual everyday wear. Those bright colours still don’t cost the environment because all the colours and prints selected to show their fun designs for the collection are free from harmful chemicals, so you can look fab (clearly) and flaunt your support for sustainable practices. There are 40 items in total for you to shop until your debit card drops and I couldn’t be prouder of the way the industry is moving. I can definitely feel a new trend coming out of this.

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With so much happening at ASOS there’s still no stopping there. Soon after the Puma range dropped, announced was another collaboration with the stationery brand Crayola. This is by far one of the most bazaar alliances in beauty history, but it totally works. The British online retailer and Crayola announced the range was to be stocked on the ASOS Face + Body sector with it all being purely vegan and cruelty free. Crayola made news years ago with their goal to decrease its carbon footprint by using renewable solar and wind energy as its factories go vegan. The new beauty collection offers 58 cosmetic products, including a total of 95 shades, targeting us millennials and generation Z, encouraging buyers to ‘colour outside the lines’. Crayola’s company slogan is, if you remember, ‘Go play’, inspires shoppers to entertain their inner child’s desire to draw, smudge and paint with the products that will be familiar to many of our childhoods. The beauty partnership claims to have the only face crayon product of its kind in the beauty market that can be used to highlight lips, cheeks and eyes, making for a convenient all-in-one product. They also offer 24 shades of stick foundations, mascaras, highlighters and palettes. This is one of the most dynamic and up-to-date ranges to be accessible, supporting all the issues around the world regarding animal rights, global warming and even gender diversity for the range is also gender fluid. All rejoice ASOS and their creative work.

 

Written by: Darcey Weaven

References:
https://www.finder.com.au/puma-asos-collaboration
https://www.livekindly.co/crayola-beauty-launches-95-vegan-and-cruelty-free-shades-in-asos/

The Vegan Community’s Best Kept Secret: Sylvia’s Vegan Cuisine

The options for the plant-based community seems to be rapidly increasing. Veganism is easily the fastest growing movement and choices are becoming more mainstream, accessible and affordable.

Through our thorough investigation, we were able to unravel a compassionate gem amongst our niche! Introducing, Sylvia’s Vegan Cuisine, a boutique vegan catering and meal preparation business based in Perth Western Australia.

We had the pleasure of interviewing the woman behind this cruelty free business:

Why did you start Sylvia’s Vegan Cuisine?
I have been a massive animal lover all my life! I started my own vegan catering company to promote veganism and encourage others to make the change to a plant-based diet or at least eat less dairy, eggs and meat. The most effective way for me to promote change in people’s diet is through delicious food. It’s certainly what gave me the final push into veganism. To eat something delicious, fresh and cruelty free means that as a vegan, you don’t have to miss out on amazing, tasty food. I especially love it when Omni’s eat my food and can’t believe its vegan!

I became a Vegan almost three years ago now and before that, I was a vegetarian for most of my life. It wasn’t until I became vegan that I developed a real passion for food. I became really interested in modifying and altering non-vegan recipes to suit the vegan diet. It’s amazing how you can recreate flavours and textures without using meat, dairy and eggs. Cooking really excites me now and I want to show others how vegan cooking can ignite a passion for food and cooking in them too.

Can you tell us about some of the things Sylvia’s Vegan Cuisine does?
We cater for events and functions, either finger/party food or hot and cold dishes. We also provide individual weekly meals most weekends so people can order lunches and dinners for their week ahead. There are usually two options to choose from. We also provide a volunteer service for events such as the Greener Pastures Animal Sanctuary, who do fundraisers on a regular basis, like Yoga in the Pasture. You get to do morning yoga with the goats and the pigs then we provide a lunch afterwards. GPA are an amazing non-profit organisation run by Rachael Parker who cares for over 150 rescued farm animals. They are always in need to donations and support.

How do you source your amazing recipes?
The internet is a vegan’s best friend! Any recipe, food question, health query or general inquiry associated with veganism is fully covered online…. Just Google! Vegans are very well connected locally, nationally and internationally. I’ve been amazed by this. Bosh has great online recipes and so does Vegan Richa. I scope the odd magazine here and there for recipes and ideas. If I eat something delicious, I’ll ask the cook to share their recipe!

Why is spreading the message of veganism so important?
So many reasons. For me, first and foremost is to stop the suffering, torture, exploitation and death of animals. Animals are someones not somethings. We have a deep connection to all other sentient beings so to do what we are doing to them goes against our true nature as human beings. Also, animal agriculture is literally killing the planet. Health-wise, I think it’s pretty common knowledge now that it’s really not good for us to eat any animal products. We can certainly live wonderful, healthy lives without them.

Who are some of your vegan inspirations?
Every Australian vegan know James Aspey! He is a legend. James has dedicated his whole life to veganism and I really admire and appreciate the work he does. One of my cooking inspirations is Veet from Veet’s Cuisine in Byron Bay. I get to see her when I go on yoga retreat every year or so. She provides the delicious food for us yogis and its always organic, healthy, fresh and delicious. Veets always willing to share recipes and offers me advice and handy tips. There are vegans in my life who are the unsung heroes and inspire me on a daily basis. Rachael Parker who looks after the 150+ animals at Greener Pasturers with a small group of volunteers. One of my best friends, Caitlin Donaldson constantly inspires me. She’s studying law so that one day she can help make positive changes in legislation pertaining to animals. Caitlin also does a lot of volunteer work for places like GPS in her spare time. And then there’s young Alyssa Jade who also does a lot of volunteer work at GPS and helps run Perth Pig Save. Alyssa bravely approaches the pig trucks on their way in to Linley Valley abattoir in protest and to offer solace to the poor pigs.

How can we book you for an event or order one of your weekly lunch orders?
Easy! You can go to our Facebook page and leave a message or email us at info@sylviasvegancuisine.com. Give us a call on 0401 906 869 or visit the website sylviasvegancuisine.com

 

Written by: Krithika Ramnarayan
Images: Krithika Ramnarayan