Friday 8 February 2019

5 Ethical Influencers Pt. 1

In my opinion, the increased spread of veganism can largely be due to the Internet. I’ve learned so much from so many amazing people online, discusses topics and providing nuggets of information where I can go off and do a little bit more digging. As there are lots of creators who talk about ethical consumerism and sustainability, I’ve decided to make this a little mini-series, made up of three parts, so keep an eye out for the posts to follow.

1.  Sustainably Vegan

I’ve been watching Immy for a while. One thing I love about her is that while she is the queen of sustainability, she isn’t afraid of admitting her flaws the limitations of both veganism and the zero waste movement. This led to her founding the Low Impact Movement, which focusses more on having a low impact on the environment, but a high impact on improving social justice. I love how this acknowledges how being ‘zero waste’ is a impossible target. She talks about everything from books, plastic reduction, mental health, productivity, fashion, food and travel, all from the perspective of veganism. 

2. Rachel Ama

In all honesty, Rachel is probably my favourite food vlogger. Her videos always lift my mood and are sometimes just good to put on to give me a bit of a pick me up. She posts vegan recipes, often inspired by Caribbean classics or other well-loved staples, and we often see her dancing and singing while she cooks, which is very relatable to me at least. I also love the videos where she introduces her non-vegan friends to vegan food either than she has made or got from places in her local area (such as Temple of Seitan) and shown their reactions. Last week, Rachel announced the release of her first recipe book, and I for one certainly cannot wait to get my hands on a copy!

3. Venetia Falconer 

Venetia, in my opinion, is the ethical influencer who is closest to the mainstream media, and is consequently incredibly important. She worked in TV before she became vegan and through that has lots of contacts within the media. Her videos for one thing, are always well put together and really help me when I’m feeling a little bit shit about my overall sustainability. She talks a lot about fast fashion and taking a different approach towards clothing as well as to food, which is seriously needed in a culture where fast-fashion dominates the fashion blogging world. I would also highly recommend her podcast, Talking Tastebuds, where she talks to a huge range of people, who are not necessarily all vegan, about their love of food.

4. Madeleine Olivia

Maddie is another food vlogger. Her recipes always look lush, and she often puts the prices next to them, which is something I find incredibly useful. She has a wide range of recipes, and writes up all the recipes on her blog so they are easier to follow. As well as recipes, she also discusses minimalism, productivity and provides several videos with tips for new vegans, and was very helpful to me when I was starting out. 

5. Lex Croucher 

Lex’s videos tend to be light-hearted and satirical, although the subject matter is usually quite serious. She talks about all sorts of thing, from Lush’s police display, her favourite vegan junk food, books, periods, mental health and, of course, her cat. We stan her cat. Or just any cat really. 

Have you got any ethical influencers to recommend? I’m always on the lookout for more people to follow. The next instalment of this series should be up within the next few weeks, so keep your eyes peeled folks!

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