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Eco-Vegan Gal - Whitney Lauritsen - Q&A Part 1
What inspired you to start Eco-Vegan Gal?
For the past 10 years I’ve loved talking about veganism and sustainability. In October 2008 I was inspired by some successful blogger friends to start my own blog. Within a few months I noticed people were actually reading it, so I began to take it more seriously. Once I started making videos my audience expanded substantially and I became even more passionate about Eco-Vegan Gal. So, I quit working full-time and switched to freelance work so I could make more time for the website and YouTube channel, which quickly became my full-time focus.
Why did you decide to focus on both veganism and eco-friendly products?
I feel that it’s rare that both topics are covered simultaneously, which is odd to me because they are so connected. Being vegan benefits our personal health, animals and the planet. Likewise, being eco-friendly makes an impact on our health and that of animals. I aim to show how easy it is to live compassionately, healthy and sustainably all at the same time, without spending a lot of time or money on the lifestyle. New companies are popping up all the time offering eco-vegan products and services, and I love introducing them to my community. Ultimately my goal is to inspire people to live in harmony with the planet and feel their best on all levels.
What’s the most rewarding part of being Eco-Vegan Gal?
Receiving messages from people who have felt inspired by my videos, articles, social media posts and talks. When someone says “I went vegan because of you” or “I was having a bad day and you cheered me up”, I feel like everything I’m doing is worth while.
You were recently chosen by Ford to be a part of the Fiesta movement which allowed you to travel around the US and document for your blog, how was that experience? (and why didn’t you come visit us in Toronto?)
The Fiesta Movement took place between June-December and it was a phenomenal experience. I drove across the country twice – once to Tennessee for the Bonnaroo music festival and the 2nd time to the East Coast to visit family, friends, Ford headquarters and attend events. I absolutely loved seeing the country and witnessing the changes in terrain, climate, people and food. I was only allowed to drive the Fiesta within the US, which is a bummer because I would have loved to return to Canada – there’s so much going on in Vancouver and Montreal it seems. In 2014 I have business trips to the Caribbean and Costa Rica planned – it will be fun to explore off the continent!