Being or becoming a vegan is only getting easier as the mass movement of ethically minded people gathers across the globe, connected by the internet.
This process of the idea expanding has brought both challenges and opportunities for us- from misinformation and pushback on health issues to new business opportunities.
One company that has made some serious headway in satisfying the market need for vegan products and advice is Vegan Cuts. Here’s the Vegan Motivation low down on these guys, what they do and what to expect for your money.
Vegan Cuts: The Mission
The team at Vegan Cuts have set about creating an ambitious model that provides both information and products to help more people along their vegan journey. What this entails is an extensive blog that covers everything from recipes and hauls from vegan conventions to great tips on beauty and lifestyle.
The focus is built around enhancing the knowledge base of their customers; this is to me a great thing. So many business models revolve around obfuscation and outright lies.
I would cite my broadband company as an example. Therefore, a website that takes you in detail through DIY vegan solutions is a real breath of fresh air. In short, the banner text on the Vegan Cuts website reads Tips for rocking the Vegan Lifestyle.
Think of it is a kind of a vegan Pinterest with quality control, and you won’t be too far from the mark.
Vegan Cuts primarily run a monthly delivery system of Snack Boxes and Beauty Boxes. How this works is the same model as many other subscription services; you pay a monthly fee; you get a box with 7-10 tasty goods in it.
Lemon ginger macaroons, oat drinks and tortatoes being just a few. The principal advantage of the Vegan Cuts model is two-fold.
Firstly, the goods supplied are often new releases before they are available in shops. This is obviously a massive boon to those of us who like new ideas and flavours. The second is the aforementioned monthly delivery- for $19.95 with free shipping in the domestic USA.
The downside for the rest of the world is $15 added on for delivery (US$8 for Canada), which does raise the cost. The thing is, I’m personally OK with paying £22 for a monthly box of treats that I can’t get anywhere else (or at least, not easily.)
This may not be the case for everyone, of course. For our American readers though, $2 an item directly to your door is clearly not an offer I could in good conscience advise you to miss.
The other main line is the Beauty Box, on the same price plan as the snack boxes. This for me is where Vegan Cuts come into their own. It is difficult for us vegans to acquire quality cosmetics that are cruelty-free, and the Beauty Box is surely a winner.
How many of us have suffered the indignity of purchasing skin care products only to discover subsequently that, alas, the producer was a subsidiary of a company that engages in animal testing?
How much better would it be then, to receive a gift box of cruelty-free treats each month, thus expanding our vegan awesomnitude.
That’s a real word, you know. Products come supplied by ethical brands such as GlamNatural, Pangea Organics and Pacifica, among many others. Highly recommended!
The Vegan Starter Kit
Now, onto my personal favourite. There are many individual products to browse through the Vegan Cuts online store, but I think this combo is probably my favourite thing; possibly of all time, and definitely of the last twenty minutes.
The Vegan Starter Kit contains not only a healthy selection of vegan snacks, but also educational materials and guides on how to be a vegan in the first place.
Remember the mild freak out we all had when deciding to go cruelty-free and it was like “Oh my god what if I die from getting no protein.” Heh. Good times, right? Maybe not.
How great it would have been to have had a vegan friend send me this starter kit to put me on the right path. There are a lot of websites doing great work in disseminating accurate advice to vegans.
Of course, the great thing about an inclusive movement is more information is never rejected. It is therefore with no consideration of competition or other base capitalist concerns for dominance that we at Vegan Motivation wholeheartedly recommend The Vegan Starter Kit.
Whether for the new vegan in your life or even for yourself if you want some great recipes and some tasty snacks, it’s a bargain. The kit is available for US$35 right now and is worth over US$80.
Looking after your money
When making any purchase online, it is always wise to do a little digging to ensure you are safely entering into a transaction. Even with ostensibly trustworthy companies, disappointment and even fraud can still take place.
The Vegan Cuts team have elegantly tackled this feeling of unease in a way that is pretty refreshing.
They are, as far as I can see, completely transparent about who they are. Every employee has their twitter address listed on the About Us page, which is nice to see. If I had a query that was unanswered via email, I could just DM the appropriate member of staff. How simple is that?
In addition to their overt friendliness, the company is backed by extensive press and vegan commentator support. There aren’t too many companies who run shady business models and simultaneously feature in Time Magazine, Reader’s Digest, HuffPost and VegNews.
In a round-about way, I’m saying that Vegan Cuts have been walking the walk for quite some time, and as yet have not been unmasked as a subsidiary of Halliburton. I think we’re safe to order.
What I will recommend on a personal note is to follow Vegan Cuts on Instagram. It’s not related to order security or anything; it’s just an excellent collection of pictures put up by Jill, the company co-founder.
The Vegan Motivation Conclusion
I think you’ve probably gathered from this review how much I dig this business model. From browsing this website, I’ve been impressed and inspired in equal measure by the vast array of fresh ideas and cool products.
When we’re trying to shop, ethically life can be tough in a marketplace that feels quite often like it is geared for a demographic we want no part in.
What Vegan Cuts do so well is collectivise their knowledge and passion for vegan things and compile this mass of information in a way that doesn’t feel like a webstore at all.
It’s more like, browsing a well-informed friend’s blog. It’s this brilliant format that is going to keep me coming back time and again, more than the products or advice alone. Quite brilliant!