7 Sep 2014

How to make vegan friends


I'm a member of several vegan-related Facebook groups, and the general consensus among members implies that it's very difficult to make friends as a vegan. It's a shame, but in many cases, it's entirely true. It's important to have vegan friends - it's likely that they're as passionate about animal rights as you are, and they'll understand the joys, struggles and concerns you experience living a vegan lifestyle.

So, the question arises - how do you make vegan friends? Thankfully, due to rise of social media, it's not hard at all. Vegan-related Facebook groups are a great place to start. There are several Facebook groups dedicated specifically to helping people make vegan friends - these groups are available here and here. All you have to do is join one or both of these groups, add the people on there (they're all looking for friends as well, or they wouldn't have joined the group) and get to talking. If it doesn't work out at first... well, there are thousands of people in those groups! I'm sure a compatible person will come along eventually.



"If Facebook isn't for you, there are many other vegan-specific friendship groups online. "Meetup" groups are a great place to start, and you can probably find one in your state or city."

If Facebook isn't for you, there are many other vegan-specific friendship groups online. "Meetup" groups are a great place to start, and you can probably find one in your state or city. All you have to do is visit a site called Meetup, available here, and search for whatever you're interested in (in this case, it'd be veganism). You're highly likely to find a few groups in your area, but if one doesn't exist already, you can create your own! That's the beauty of the website - anybody can contribute.



I've tried out Meetup groups before and they're great. Usually, the group manager will organise regular meetups (generally once or twice a month) and you can choose whether or not to attend. It's an effective and innovative way to meet other vegans. In a vegan meetup, you can expect to visit lots of excellent vegan cafes and restaurants!

For the university and college students, there may already be a vegan-related group up and running at your school. If there isn't, you could always start your own! Throw up a poster on the bulletin board at school to advertise your group and you should end up finding at least a few people who are interested in joining.

And there are, of course, many fantastic ways to meet other vegans outside of the internet - you could visit vegan restaurants or vegan stores in your area and strike up a conversation with other diners or shoppers. That's the old fashioned way - meeting people in real life! But of course, if that's not your style, there are seemingly endless options for meeting other vegans online. You just have to find what works for you. Good luck!