I’m Sandra and I’ve been working on Vegan Womble since 2009. It’s something I love doing and am addicted to! Initially I started Vegan Womble as a diary blog, but soon realised I could help others by putting together list articles to make it easier for both vegans and non-vegans to find products free from animal ingredients.
I have been vegan for over 23 years since I read a copy of Diet for a New America by John Robbins, which I picked up at a flea market in California. I am from Yorkshire, and currently live in The Highlands of Scotland with my lovely husband who has been vegan for over 30 years! Vegan Womble is named so because I am a Womble fan (my favourite Womble is Madame Cholet). Like The Wombles, I love to forage, cook, bake, and do lots of crafty things like upcycling furniture, making cards, papier machine art and other arty bits out of rescued items and a little bit of sewing too.
How does a community blog work?
I wanted to do more to help, so I set up a Facebook Group – Vegan Womble Community Chatroom, with a friend called Barbara. There is now a great community who love to share photos and info to help keep all the information and vegan product lists up to date. Without them, this simply could not work. I have a lovely group of helpers that oversee the Group with me and they do a fantastic job. We also have a Facebook Page which is mainly run by me and a lovely helper called Sarah. We all love taking photos and sharing them, as well as lots of interesting articles, info and vegan recipes.
We are always happy to hear from other vegans, transitional vegetarians and anyone interested in becoming vegan. There is always someone here to help. For a little extra support, or to help others, join our community…
While the Vegan Womble blog is UK based, there are many products listed here that are sold internationally. Packaging and ingredients can change over time, so please double check everything, and let us know if you spot any changes. We include products that state ‘may contain milk/egg’, i.e. they are at risk of cross-contamination during the manufacturing process. This is simply an allergy warning, but these products cannot be marked vegan by law. They are however, generally considered suitable for vegans.
If a product has no animal derived ingredients, we will list it. This does include products that some vegans might avoid, like palm oil, and brands that are owned by non-vegan or animal testing parent companies. The pros and cons of boycotting such products are debatable, so we believe it is up to the individual to do their own research and decide for themselves whether they feel it is appropriate to avoid a product – we don’t want to make that choice for you.
Spotted a product that’s not listed on Vegan Womble?
Product suggestions and photos are submitted by the Vegan Womble community – you are our eyes and ears. We will keep adding products as they come in, so please keep sending us your vegan discoveries, through our Facebook Group – Vegan Womble Community Chatroom, tag #veganwomble on Instagram, or send product photos via our Suggestions Box:
How else can you help?
Vegan Womble’s research and blogging takes time, care and dedication, and we want to continue to build and improve this resource for our community…
Vegan Womble Shop & Directory
I have recently teamed up with Penny to help keep the Vegan Womble site going. Penny, with the help of her husband Martin from Banjo Design (both vegan), has redesigned the website, making it easier for you to find your way around. Together, we are working on an Indie Vegan Business Directory, so we can share information on all the vegan friendly businesses within our community. We are also setting up a shop to help fund our site. Penny has spent many hours sourcing lovely vegan goodies like hampers, t-shirts and totes, all with great ethical credentials. The shop will be open any day now!