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8 Local Vegan Products You Might Not Know Existed
November 04, 2017
We were happy to celebrate World Vegan Day on November 1, which kicked off World Vegan Month, a month that “recognise[s] how far the vegan movement has come, to highlight how accessible and beneficial a vegan lifestyle can be and to encourage the vegan-curious to adopt veganism by sharing advice, recipes and ideas” (The Vegan Society).
According to The Vegan Society, World Vegan Day began in 1994 and has been a widely celebrated phenomenon since.
An article on the Brief History of Veganism shines light on the establishment of veganism and its up and coming prominence within society. What began in 1944 as a term to highlight one’s dietary preferences has since evolved into a rapidly growing community made up of liked minded individuals bound by similar belief systems and lifestyles.
Since 1944 however, the market for vegan substitutes and alternatives has erupted, with more options available than ever before.
What better time than World Vegan Month to highlight not only a selection of vegan products but vegan products that are local. Below are just eight of the incredible local, vegan products that exist:
1. Goat-Style Firm VegNature Vromages
This vegan styled goat cheese, which tastes incredibly similar to actual goat cheese, is made entirely from cashews, and comes from VegNature, a Quebec based company, founded in 2014.
2. rND Bakery
rND Bakery, located in Smiths Falls Ontario, uses four simplistic ingredients to create a mouth watering gluten free, vegan sour dough bread and yeast free bagels.
3. Simply Fruit Rice Pudding
Simply Fruit Rice Pudding, an Ottawa based company, puts a vegan, gluten free spin on the classic and beloved rice pudding. Made without “artificial flavours, colours, additives, preservatives or artificial sweeteners”, Simply Fruit offers so many unique flavours, a few which include: Madagascar Vanilla; Lemon, Vanilla & Cardamom; Mango & Ginger; Coconut Cream; Pineapple Key Lime; and Strawberry Rhubarb (Simply Fruit).
4. Les Fermes Marcello Vegan Pesto
Established in 1987, Les Fermes Marcello, a family owned company based out of Quebec, brings to market five ecologically cultivated varieties of pesto, one of which is vegan and absolutely so wonderfully delicious.
5. Oat & Mill Frozen Desert
This frozen desert, sold in pints in four different flavours – Banana, Walnuts & Spice; Chocolate Mint; Chocolate Peanut Butter; and Coffee Biscotti – is a gluten free, vegan product made from “100% whole grain, Canadian and certified gluten-free oats” (Oat & Mill). Oat & Mill, founded in 2015 and located in Ottawa, is committed to creating quality and innovative products.
6. Hummingbird Chocolate
Hummingbird Chocolate, a company based in Almonte, creates vegan, gluten free, soy free, ethical trade chocolate crafted with care, passion and precision. Hummingbird adheres strictly to their four rule guideline to ensure their cacao is sourced fairly, ethically and sustainably.
And let’s not forget about face and body care:
7. The Green Beaver Company
Located in Hawkesbury Ontario, Green Beaver offers a wide spectrum of vegan body, hair and face care products including a selection of deodorants, sunscreens and toothpastes. As a certified organic, family-founded company, Green Beaver is deeply rooted in sustainability and using natural, pure ingredients.
8. Saboon Soaps
From Ottawa Ontario, Saboon creates all-natural, vegan soaps free from “synthetic chemicals or foaming agents, artificial fragrance oils, artificial colourings, or any preservatives” (Saboon). 100% against animal testing, these handmade soaps are made in small batches to ensure the absolute best quality.
These are just a few of the incredible local vegan products that exist! What’s your favourite local, vegan product?