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Co Founder, The Vegan Company.

Prior to launching The Vegan Company, Melissa co-founded Meat Free Week, an award-winning, global campaign aimed at raising awareness of the impact excessive meat consumption and production has on animals, the environment and human health.

Having traded life in the city and a successful career in magazine publishing for the serenity of coastal-country living, Melissa now lives in northern NSW, Australia with her partner, two daughters and a colourful menagerie.

Melissa believes there’s a huge shift occurring in the way the world views and treats animals and is excited to be a part of the global vegan movement driving this.

FAKE Movement Christmas

The FAKE Movement Goes Global This Christmas

When in Los Angeles recently, we were lucky enough to hang out with Jonathan Ohayon, animal activist and founder of the FAKE Movement (Fashion for Animal Kingdom & Environment). The FAKE Movement brought us the world’s first Vegan Fashion Museum and was behind a series of successful vegan fashion pop-ups and movie screenings in LA this […]

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Vegan Fashion Week – Edition 2 Wrap Up

We weren’t quite sure what to expect of Vegan Fashion Week – Edition 2. Headed up by founder Emmanuelle Rienda and run by a small and dedicated team, our communication in the lead-up to the event was somewhat limited. But we jumped at the chance to attend anyway, and promptly booked tickets to LA. Here […]

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pig vigil

What Happens At LA Animal Save’s Pig Vigil?

It’s late on a Sunday night in downtown Los Angeles when we set off in the dark, with some trepidation, to attend a pig vigil outside Farmer John’s slaughterhouse in Vernon organised by the Save Movement. I’m travelling with my business partner, Sally, and we’re in LA for Vegan Fashion Week and to meet with other […]

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25 Ways We Can All Fight Climate Change (Even If Your Name’s Not Greta)

The power of one person to create change is a mighty thing. Just look at Greta Thunberg and her ability to galvanise a global movement. The climate strikes have been incredible; hundreds of thousands of people from at least 98 countries, gathering to demand more from our leaders. And while more does need to be […]

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vegan fashion week

Vegan Fashion Week LA Is Back & We’re Going!

It’s back! Vegan Fashion Week, Los Angeles. 10th – 15th October 2019. Given the global success and media storm created when it debuted in February this year, we’re not surprised. Having worked at Vogue and ELLE many years ago, if someone told me a fashion week built around veganism would grace their pages, I wouldn’t […]

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Sign Up For Meat Free Week 23-29 September 2019

Meat Free Week is kicking off in a few weeks and as one of the original founders, I’m thrilled that this campaign is still going strong. Meat consumption is something close to my heart. We eat too much. Period. And it’s having a devastating impact on the planet – animal welfare, the environment and yes, […]

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vegan footwear brand

Stepping Up! New Aussie Footwear Brand Launches Vegan Sneakers

Have you heard of No Saints? You have now. The new vegan footwear brand is the brainchild of Caroline Breure, who’s on a mission to drive the shift towards a cruelty free world and make leather obsolete in the process. After going vegan, Caroline found that there wasn’t enough stylish and high quality vegan footwear […]

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Wear It Kind

Followers Of Fashion Are Asked To ‘Wear It Kind’

Animal protection organisation FOUR PAWS is calling on people to pledge to Wear It Kind, to encourage kindness and to show to the world that people want to see an animal-friendly fashion future. A recent opinion poll revealed that the key areas of concern for fashion shoppers are fur, exotic leathers (such as crocodiles and […]

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Australian Native Botanicals

Australian Native Botanicals You Need In Your Beauty Routine

Over the past couple of years, the biggest buzz in skincare has been Australian native botanicals. It’s with good reason that so many beauty companies are developing products around ingredients that sound better suited to an upscale restaurant menu. Australian native botanical extracts contain extraordinarily high levels of potent ingredients, are full of antioxidants and pack […]

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Canadian Singing Sensation Grimes Fronts New Stella McCartney Campaign

Acclaimed fashion designer Stella McCartney has teamed up with global sporting goods leader Adidas on an autumn/winter 2019 collection that combines innovative eco-tech with iconic design. Canadian musician Grimes has been announced as the face of the campaign, in a move to ensure the collection stretches its appeal to a new breed of consumer. The […]

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Australian vegan brand wins awards

Australian Vegan Brand Wins Multiple Awards At Prestigious UK Beauty Awards

Certified Cruelty Free and Vegan skincare brand, Retreatment Botanics by Olivia Newton-John has won in a whopping seven categories in The Beauty Shortlist Best Loved 2019 Mama & Baby Awards, including Best International Natural/Organic Brand. Tested by “an army of mums”, the annual Mother & Baby Awards celebrate the very best products, stores and brands […]

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chocolate obsession

We’ve Found Your Newest Chocolate Obsession!

When I transitioned from vegetarian to vegan, giving up chocolate was hard. Until now… Welcome Milky Choc Balls! A delicious (vegan) chocolate coating over a light crunchy rice crisp core. My newest chocolate obsession. I’m hooked. The company behind Milky Choc Balls is Bite Society and it has an inspiring mission – (1) make tasty vegan […]

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Want A Budget-Friendly, Cruelty-Free, Vegan Skincare Brand? We’ve Found It!

An innovative new skin care brand (that took more than 11 years to create), Versed, recently made its debut in Target. The range is made up of 19 products, including cleansers, treatments, moisturisers, a brightening serum, facial peel and eye cream. Its use of powerful and proven ingredients, such as soothing eucalyptus oil, hydrating aloe […]

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kylie skin

We Have The Restock Dates For Kylie Jenner’s Kylie Skin!

Harry Potter, iPhone 6, K-pop concert tickets… and now Kylie Skin has joined the list of fastest selling products ever. It launched on 22 May and sold out on, yep, May 22. it was only a matter of minutes (six to be exact) before the Kylie Skin set, priced at $125, was gone, with the […]

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New York City’s Proposal To Ban Fur Erupts In Protests

New York City’s proposal to ban the sale of real fur and shearling erupted in protests last Wednesday, with both pro and anti-fur protesters descending the steps of New York’s City Hall. Those in opposition to the anti-fur legislation (introduced in March) are arguing that the decision will have extreme economic repercussions, with up to […]

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Topshop’s First Ever Vegan Shoe Collection Has Arrived

With their recent launch of a PETA-approved vegan footwear collection, high street fashion retailer, Topshop joins the growing number of brands listening to their customers and introducing vegan ranges in their mix. Handmade in Spain, the collection is made using premium materials that are completely free from animal products (including animal and fish-based glue). The […]

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Nat-2 Announce Their Hayfield Vegan Sneakers Are Back In Stock!

Nat-2’s coffee bean sneakers are back! If you missed out on grabbing a pair of Nat-2’s vegan sneakers made from coffee beans, then be sure to get in quick (stocks are limited) and get your hands on these. 100% vegan, the unisex Hayfield green sneaker have uppers made from real sustainable recycled hay, grass and […]

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Do Protests Further Or Hinder The Vegan Cause?

Wow, what a week. Animal rights activists in Australia put veganism front and centre of rolling news coverage. For those of you who missed it (where were you?), a group of animal rights activists staged protests around the country, notably shutting down Melbourne’s CBD, to mark the one-year anniversary of Dominion, an Australian doco that […]

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H&M conscious collection

Fashion Giant H&M Jumps Aboard With Pineapple Leather & Orange Silk

Once lambasted for its disregard of ethical cred, Swedish fast fashion powerhouse H&M has been pulling up its bamboo cotton socks of late, and its latest announcement is certainly another step in the right direction. This season sees the launch of The Conscious Exclusive collection – a range that includes a statement jacket in a […]

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5 Vegan Face Masks Guaranteed To Get You Glowing

We know the change of seasons can play havoc with you skin, so we’ve found five of the best brightening masks guaranteed to have you glowing in no time. 1. Brightening Vitamin C Mask (80g) by Seed & Sour, $56.99 This one is hot off the press. New Australian skincare brand Seed & Sour has […]

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