Trish The Activist
Trishanka Thoolsi, more commonly known as Trish The Activist, is an animal rights activist and aspiring animal rights lawyer in South Africa. She fights for the ethical and humane treatment of not only our domestic and wild animals in South Africa, but all over the world. Trish has been vegan for many years and continuously lives her life with the view that the true testament of a person’s morals is the way in which they treat those who cannot repay them. The past year  has forced us to take a step back and realize the little things in life are the most important and within those little things falls Kindness and Compassion. Find her on Instagram.
Check out Trish's roasted chickpeas snack recipe
Life with Lorna
Lorna Eppel from Life with Lorna, is a young inspiring entrepreneur living in the city of Johannesburg trying to #LiveKinder in all facets of her life whether its creating healthy wholesome recipes, her photography or her magical tea blends. Lorna says: “This year for my birthday I decided to post a fund raiser online for donations instead of gifts because I wanted to do something special and meaningful! We can all live a little kinder just by the things we say as well as the way we treat those around us, by choosing to adopt not shop, cutting down on single use plastics and by following a more plant-based lifestyle. All of these things, big and small can make our beautiful planet a kinder place to be!” Find her on Instagram.
Take a look and make Lorna's delicious Nourish Bowl
Vernon & Simóne
Vegan couple Vernon & Simóne aka The Leaf Eaters, are passionate about vegan recipes and product reviews on their social media channel, and love showing others how easy it is to live kinder. Simóne says: “We live kinder by choosing not to consume any products derived from animals and instead opt to support vegan friendly products and businesses. In return we are healthier, happier and we fight climate change as a result of our vegan lifestyle. We do not purchase products that are tested on animals and live a cruelty-free lifestyle. One of our go-to vegan dishes is pumpkins fritters (aka pampoen koekies). It’s so delicious and tastes exactly like we remember from our childhood days.” Find them on Instagram.
Head to our recipes page and make their pumpkin fritters.
Anda Mtshemla is a food blogger and culinary creative from Joburg. She’s been vegan for nearly 5 years and while she was motivated to go vegan for environmental and health reasons, she's stayed vegan because of fundamental ethics behind this lifestyle, namely animal liberation. Anda lives kinder every day by sharing vegan recipes and food inspo on her blog 24Karrots and sharing vegan meals with friends and family. Follow her on Instagram.
Try out her sweet potato porridge recipe
Jane is a self-taught vegan chef and plant-based recipe developer who is passionate about helping families eat healthier meals. From here her business Tamu By Jane was born: she understands that moms and dads are just too busy looking after their kids to also make nutritious meals. Tamu by Jane provides easy-to-order Sunday lunch for families, helping busy families to #livekinder. Find her on Instagram.
Head to our recipes page for her chia seeds and mango pudding.
Abdourahamane Ly aka Fulani Vegan, is a Guinean vegan activist based in Rwanda. He lives kinder by eating a 100% plant based diet and reducing his harm to non-human animals as much as possible while advocating for their rights. Find him on Instagram.
Michaela (aka Health Alignment) is a plant-based chef, recipe developer, and food photography. She chooses to #livekinder every day by excluding animal products and ingredients from her life and diet. Her goal is to show others how easy it can be to eat more plant-based. Find her super easy Crunchy Choc Nut cookies recipe and visit her website.
Shaun & Cedric
Husbands Shaun and Cedric (aka Feelin' Vegan) started following a vegan diet purely out of love and respect for animals. However, as they started investigating factory farming they realised that their motivation was even larger than this. With livestock (meat and dairy) farming being one of the leading causes of rainforest deforestation, habitat loss and plant species extinction, they realised becoming vegan would not only help save animals, but it would be for the greater good of the planet. They live kinder not only with their food choices but also by only purchasing cruelty-free and vegan personal hygiene and cosmetic products – and strive, as far as possible, to eliminate the use of any product using animal derivatives. They use their Feelin’ Vegan to promote the vegan lifestyle, campaign for animal rights, share triumphs in legislature, sustainable methods and thinking, services and products that help the progress towards a kinder and more respectful world. Shaun loves to bake on weekends. Take a look at his recipe for Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins.
As a high school teacher, Laila, aka The Wandering Sibling & founder of kind & wild - THE LABEL, is constantly working on raising awareness amongst children about treating ourselves and our planet responsibly. To her this includes a sincere kindness and a conscious behaviour towards all living creatures and their needs. She feels education is the fundamental step for creating a better future for everyone and its potential is still highly underestimated. Her studies in the field of positive psychology have also cemented her life’s mission: Teach humans how to be kinder to themselves and they will spread kindness in this world. Laila echoes these through her world travels and her ecologically aware fashion label Kind & Wild that was born from the 2020 pandemic that changed the world.
Sharné - The Green Vegan Chick, is a blogger from Cape Town. 10 years ago she went vegan because she realised that switching to a vegan lifestyle was the most powerful way she could fight against global warming, green house gas emissions, deforestation, pollution, land degradation, species extinctions and animal cruelty! For the last 3 years she has been on a zero waste journey. By reducing her waste, especially plastic waste, she is doing what she can as a consumer to protect the environment and wildlife from plastic pollution. She is always looking for more ways to #livekinder and she shares all the aspects of her green vegan lifestyle on her blog and on Instagram & Facebook, with the hopes of inspiring others to #livekinder Find her delicious Sauteed Herb Mushrooms and Spinach with Red Pepper sauce over Wild Rice recipe here and visit her website for more.
Robyn Ruth Thomas
Robyn Ruth Thomas is a Copywriter and Vegan Beauty blogger based in Cape Town. Since going vegan in 2017, Robyn’s goal to live a more sustainable lifestyle that is kinder to animals and the environment, includes using only vegan beauty and lifestyle products, as well as shining a spotlight on ethical beauty brands. Follow Robyn’s journey on Instagram.
Xanelé is a Cape Town-based child-centred spatial designer and illustrator, currently working with the Otto Foundation (building libraries and taking a community approach towards fostering a reading culture in Zonnebloem, Woodstock and District Six). After adopting a plant-based lifestyle (and her first rescue animal) ten years ago, she realised (and internalised) that as an active citizen, there are quotidian opportunities to choose kindness. Ethics and purchasing power is interlinked. Each purchase is a vote that accredits the values embodied in the manufacturing process. In an interconnected world, choosing kindness is a way to show that we care about the environment and each other. Xanelé personifies "choosing kindness" through ethical consumerism, advocating for rescue animals, cooking plant-based meals for her friends and family with simple ingredients found in most fridges. Food is a loaded concept. Embodying far more than something consumable that provides nutrition and sustenance, food encapsulates culture, history and tradition. Our food habits are also often deeply engrained and what is known feels safe. If you want to start moving towards a plant-based lifestyle, be gentle with yourself. This shift does not have to be brash. You are the author of your own food story. If you do not know anyone else who is plant-based in your inner circle, there is a global online community out there that will support and welcome you with open arms. See some of her work on Instagram.
Tammy Fry is the eldest daughter of Wally and Debbie Fry, the founders of the Fry Family Food Co. (the 30-year old plant-based food brand). Tammy has been a non-meat eater her whole life and it was her passion for animals and determination not to use them as a source of food that was the original inspiration behind Fry’s. Wally Fry, motivated by his young daughter’s determination, decided to go vegetarian and started experimenting with plant-based sausages in their home kitchen over three decades ago. The rest, as they say, is history. In 2019 Tammy was named as one of the Top Eight women who are changing the world for animals through food by Female First UK. She is also the director of Meat Free Mondays Australia and South Africa. Tammy’s passion and determination continues today and she is driven to show others the endless possibilities for plant-based living, and how it can enable happier, kinder and more energetic lives. This year she released her first book, Made with Love & Plants, which is chock full of delicious recipes, tips and advice on how to navigate a plant-based journey. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook or on her blog, SEED.
Check out her recipe for ‘Vegan-ola’ – a yummy plant-based homemade granola that is packed with micronutrients and just the right amount of sweet crunch to kick off your day. This recipe is courtesy of Made with Love & Plants.