Living in Montreal is not that much different than living in other large cities in the world. The quality of life is the same, so are career opportunities, recreation, entertainment, and, yes, shopping.
Indeed, there is little you will not find or be able to ship to Montreal. You can shop at a world-class furniture store in Montreal just as easily as you would in New York. If you are vegan, your choices are not limited either.
Here are four unsuspected brands you can purchase vegan items from.
Lush is a cosmetic company that believes in empowering people and protecting animals and the environment.
At a time when cosmetic products are increasingly using animal products and testing cosmetics on animals, Lush has bravely gone against the grain.
All soaps, shampoos, shower gels, scrubs, masks, and moisturizers you buy from this company are developed from vegan ingredients.
Elizabeth Olsen founded Olsenhaus after a successful career in the footwear industry. Olsen saw much of what goes on in the footwear manufacturing sector and how difficult it was to get vegan footwear.
First forward to today and Olsen has become a successful vegan footwear designer, with collaborations with top names in the shoe design industry. It’s not uncommon to spot her handiwork on the feet of celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Alice Silverstone, Anna Hathaway, and Cameron Diaz.
This is an English company dedicated to vegan fragrances and scents. If you love certain scents, you need not give them up when you go vegan. This company makes it possible for you to have an array of safe, glamorous, vegan scents to pick from.
As if that’s not enough, Dolma is anti-animal cruelty of any form, including product testing. The company is also big on sustainability. The products you buy from the company use as much recyclable material as possible.
4. Virtuous Pie
This is a must-visit restaurant for anyone who thinks vegan food is limiting or boring. This restaurant was founded by a father and his two sons with the aim of creating foods that are enjoyable and safe for people and the planet.
This restaurant has everything from vegan cheeses to ice creams. You can also get 100% gluten-free meals specially prepared here. The restaurant partners with local growers as much as possible, doing its bit for the community and sustainability.
While vegan options were once few and far between, we are seeing more companies stepping forward to satisfy this niche. With the health benefits to be realized from going vegan to preserving our animals and the environment, this should be a lifetime trend.