Going Vegan | Becoming Vegan – TheVeganKind
Meet the TVK Team
— Co-Founder and Managing Director
Karris is a lifelong animal lover and passionate vegan, who co-founded TheVeganKind in 2013.
The idea was born after one too many hours spent in the supermarket, trawling the aisles and reading the ingredients on every label to try to find exciting products that were suitable for vegans. Frustration at the lack of easily available vegan options prompted the idea to create a box of vegan goodies, not just food and drink, but everything you could need for a vegan lifestyle, that could be shipped straight to your door each month. Just four short months and a lot of hard work later, the very first ever TVK box was shipped, and her dream to launch her own vegan business became a reality.
Karris was a long term vegetarian who became vegan after coming across a very graphic video on YouTube that showed male baby chicks being ground alive, simply as a by product of the egg industry. All of her pre conceived notions that being vegetarian didn't contribute to animal suffering came crashing down around her, and she started eliminating animal products from her diet before starting to consider the wider reaching aspects of veganism, such as the boycotting of marine parks and zoos. Karris says 'Once you 'make the connection' everything starts to fall into place and it's like a veil has been lifted! I only wish I had made the connection sooner.' As the mother of two vegan children (a 4 year old and a new baby), wife to a long suffering husband, and managing director of a thriving business, she doesn't get much spare time, but if she does, you can normally find Karris with her nose in a good book, or catching up on her favourite vegan blogs and youtubers.
— Co-Founder, Sales and Marketing Director
Scott says "I used to be blind to what I consumed. I never gave it a second thought, and just thought that some animals were here because they were a food source. I didn't really consider what was actually happening as a back end process; the cruelty, death, destruction. I was an 'animal lover' who loved the gym, ate meat and consumed copious amounts of dairy. As Karris transitioned from vegetarian to vegan, I started realising that I could still drink milks, eat cheeses, spaghetti bolognese, mince, sausages, cheeseburgers, ice cream, fajitas, different cuisines etc - but was just eating products where there was no background of harm and cruelty, under a vegan diet. Faced with the reality that you can spend a little extra time choosing what you eat, and avoid an entire global industry of torture, harm and ecological destruction, I knew that I could never justify eating food which came from an animal again. I realised that we can live our lives completely in tandem with animals, and that all animals live here with us, not for us. I went vegetarian for about 48 hours, and then vegan since then. I have never looked back, and know I never will.
There is simply no need for any animal products as a food source, nor are they a material of any sort. They aren't food, and they certainly aren't a belt or a wallet. The way animals are thought of is shocking and hopefully going to end one day soon. People will look back on their treatment with regret. I just live my life, but double check what I eat and buy. It is not anywhere near 'hard' and rewards you tenfold with how you feel health-wise (assuming you have a healthy and nutritious diet, of course). I am full of energy and now LOVE food, where I just used to see food as something that satisfied hunger. I was never a 'foodie', whereas I now dine out all the time"
Scott has a background in Business Banking, Sales and also Ecommerce & Marketing, and was excited to hear the concept, of what ultimately was to become TheVeganKind.
As Sales and Marketing Director, his days are long and full, but he does still love to spend his occasional down-time in the gym — although his protein shake will be one of the many vegan blends on the market.
— Social Media and Brand Development Manager
Jenna and her family started on their vegetarian journey 20 years ago, after watching the film Babe, The Pig. Fast forward to recent years, finding out that her beloved cheese was in fact the product of mass slaughter, enslavement and abuse shocked Jenna into becoming a passionate vegan. Her family soon followed suit after discovering the wonders of Vego chocolate - who needs Cadbury's?! After interning for one of the world's largest animal rights organisations, Jenna joined the team here at TheVeganKind as their social media and brand development manager.
Working for TheVeganKind has been a dream job for Jenna, as she loves spending her days reading emails, comments and blogs from lovely people who care about animals just as much as she does, and enjoys the opportunity to spread the vegan message. A keen foodie, Jenna loves trying new vegan meals and treats and along with Karris is chief sample taster for the TVK products - such a hard job! She also enjoys driving around the beautiful hills and countryside of Scotland and tending to her mad cat Harvey's every need.
— TVKHQ Office Staff Member
Mizla turned vegetarian seven years ago after reading '50 awesome ways kids can help animals'. She recalls how upsetting it was to realise that she had been contributing to her furry friends' suffering. As she started reading more about the animal-testing, meat and dairy industry, she knew she couldn't be a part of it. Now, a vegan for 4 years, Mizla is loving her cruelty-free lifestyle and enjoys food much more than she used to. She still can't get over how versatile tofu is!
Mizla has recently finished her masters in Clinical Psychology and is excited about having more free time. She plans to read lots of books and try new recipes! In her spare time, you can also find her volunteering in animal sanctuaries or in animal rights rallies/protests. Working for TheVeganKind means Mizla gets to discover new vegan goodies from all over the world and spend the day with passionate vegans like herself- what's not to love!
— TVKHQ Office Staff Member
Karla is a huge animal lover and has been vegan since February 2014. She first went vegetarian at 15 after seeing a character in the cartoon Braceface get a job in a meat factory, and had the shock realisation of where her food was coming from. She then made the switch to going vegan after doing more research into the practices of the egg and dairy industries. After she learned about the positive impact it has on people, animals and the planet, her only regret is not doing it sooner!
Karla enjoys weightlifting and is saving for a campervan road trip. After working in video game development for four years, she made the life-changing decision to follow a more purposeful path, and joined the team at TheVeganKind. Spending time with amazing like-minded people and helping send vegan goodies to customers all over the world, every day working at TVK makes the world
a better place!
— Chief Executive Helper
In between Swimming, Gymnastics and Jiu Jitsu commitments, Casey spends her time colouring in, jumping on her trampoline and helping make key strategic decisions at TVK HQ.
— Head of Future Development
A massive fan of human's milk, Tyler spends most of his days thinking about what TVK will look like in 2017 and beyond! With his big sis Casey in charge of 'Helping', Tyler can't wait until he is up on his feet and able to implement all his ideas.