How vegan-friendly is your listing?

Sybe
Community Manager
Community Manager
Terneuzen, Netherlands

How vegan-friendly is your listing?

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Hi everyone, 

 

Living more ethically, with the planet, the environment, people and animals in mind, has become an important focus for many these days. This often translates into lifestyle changes, however big or small, and as a result veganism is a way of life that has continuously been growing in popularity.

 

While for most, being vegan relates to a diet only, it can be about way more than just what one eats. From the cleaning products that you use, to the essential amenities you provide or even the materials of some furniture pieces in your home, there’s a lot to consider!

 

With that in mind, I am curious: how vegan-friendly is your listing? 

 

I’d love to hear if this is something you’re consciously considering in the day-to-day running of your listing, if you’ve made some accidentally vegan choices that you’re really happy with, or if that’s a conversation you’ve ever had with your guests!

 

Thanks!

Sybe

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Michelle1851
Level 10
Littleton, CO

I offer wine, tea, coffee, honey, sugar, etc.  I can’t confirm that it’s vegan or not, but no one has complained.  My cleaning products are all as natural as possible and unscented.  I’m vegetarian, but I’m certain there has been quite a bit of meat cooked in our property and stored in our fridge, no worries because everything is cleaned:)

Sybe
Community Manager
Community Manager
Terneuzen, Netherlands

@Michelle1851 Tea, coffee and raw sugar are vegan. Most refined sugars are unsuitable for vegans though as they use bone char to refine it. Wine can contain traces of animals as well.

 

The sugar and wine are more detail-oriented though so if you have a guest who does care about this, I'm sure they'd check the label anyway. 😃

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Richard531
Level 10
California, United States

How can you tell that someone's a Vegan?  

 

Don't worry, they'll tell you.  

Laurelle3
Level 10
Huskisson, Australia

@Sybe I like the topic, we have only 3 guests inform us that they are vegan in 18 months. Personally we do not offer food or breakfast and it is not advertised  for our airbnb. But, I do give our guests a complementary hamper basket on arrival with enough food for a light continental breakfast and enough for a cooked breakfast for the number of guests and say that is a gift to get started. 

I have had a couple of guests who have read the reviews and they say they are vegan. I still give them a basket and swap food that is not vegan eg. supply almond milk, nutlex butter, vegan bacon, and add vegan cheese. Instead of scones for afternoon tea on arrival I make a vegan rasberry and cocnut slice. They are so pleased that someone has made an effort when not asked and thier compliments have been rewarding.

@Ted307 I love the photos of the chooks. I keep on mentioning to my husband I would like a couple of chooks as we has vegetable waste which I feed my worms in their own little farmhouse and my garden reaps their outcastfor a reward.

Sybe
Community Manager
Community Manager
Terneuzen, Netherlands

@Laurelle3 The basket sounds lovely and really something you cater to each guest's specific needs. Have you ever thought about making jam? It's very easy to make vegan if you swap the gelatin for pectin, store it in big pots and perhaps scoop it into smaller pots for the basket. 🍓🫙

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Laurelle3
Level 10
Huskisson, Australia

@Sybe ,

I do make the jams, (strawberry, apricot), marmalade, lemon butter and pickles. Strawberry jam is very popular, if not in season I make them out of frozen strawberries (small amounts). I also cook for charities for their stalls, one of the last people who do. It is becoming a lost art when our Lions Club has their Quilt show I make 5 dozen scones each day for the weekend for what we call "Devenshire Tea" a words from the past colonial times.

Ted307
Level 10
Prescott, AZ

@Laurelle3 

Our girls prefer the worms to the veg!

Ted & Chris
Huma0
Level 10
London, United Kingdom

@Sybe 

 

I would never advertise my listings as 'vegan' or even 'vegan friendly' in any way. Each guest gets a shelf in the fridge and some space in the cupboard for their food, but if they got offended (none have) that people had other animal products nearby, it would be a bit of a nightmare. I think it's way too complicated unless you are a vegan yourself and only take vegan guests. 

 

That being said, I've hosted quite a few vegan guests and none of them seemed bothered about any of that. I've yet to encounter a vegan guest who expected the listing or others staying there to correlate to their choices. 

Ted307
Level 10
Prescott, AZ

@Sybe @Huma0 

All eating habits are welcome here! I would not put it in my listing that I cater specially to any particular life style. I put a photo of the chickens in the listing in case some do not want to be here with them.

Ted & Chris
Sybe
Community Manager
Community Manager
Terneuzen, Netherlands

@Huma0 @Ted307 Perhaps a mini fridge in each room would solve that, though each person has their own preferences and some indeed don't mind when meat is stored in the same fridge or sometimes even cooked in the same pan. Besides that, it has to remain feasible. 

 

Making your listing vegan is about way more than just food though. Think about anything cruelty. E.g. are the feathers in your pillows synthetic or real? Has that bar of soap you provide been tested on animals? 

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Huma0
Level 10
London, United Kingdom

@Sybe 

 

All good points. I have to say though that I have never had any vegan guests ask me about pillows or soap or anything else!

 

This is going to be controversial, I know, but I believe that, for a lot of people, veganism is a trend rather than a true conviction. People who are vegan because they have a strong belief about it will bring their own soap and ask about the pillows. 

 

The vegans I have hosted have asked no such thing and some of them will eat sushi , but only when they go to a restaurant...

Sybe
Community Manager
Community Manager
Terneuzen, Netherlands

@Huma0 That is a really interesting point and makes me think about what exactly is a "trend" in that sense. Do people do it because it's popular and others are doing it and they just want to follow along, or did this trend shine a different light on the subject for them which eventually led to their decision?

 

I'm not sure I'm making much sense there. I'll try it with a better example, the non-binary spectrum. There are people that say this is a trend and people are identifying as non-binary and using pronouns more because it's now popular. This could be true, however, it could also be that because it is now trending, people are becoming aware of it and have more understanding of the topic and perhaps can relate more to it now than before.

 

If you're vegan but you do eat fish, I believe that's called pescetarianism and it's quite common!

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Huma0
Level 10
London, United Kingdom


@Sybe wrote:

 

If you're vegan but you do eat fish, I believe that's called pescetarianism and it's quite common!


Well yes, but I'm talking about people who eat fish and call themselves vegan nonetheless. I know other people who describe themselves as 'mostly vegan', which I guess is fine, because we can work out what that means. I once knew someone who was 'vegetarian, except for at McDonald's'. Lol. 

 

As for your question, I think it's a bit of both. Some people will jump on a trend because it's fashionable, but some people will identify with a trend because it already fits their beliefs/interests. 

 

Another example is sustainability. It's become trendy to hark on about plastic waste and the oceans. Well, great. I am glad that issue has become so high profile and a lot of people are now thinking about it and maybe taking some action.

 

However, so many people call themselves 'sustainable' or 'environmentally conscious' when they are nothing of the sort. Sporting a reusable water bottle while leaving on all your lights, heating your house until it's like Hades or sending everything (apart from plastic water bottles) to landfill does not make one some kind of eco warrior! 

 

And don't even get me started with the whole food intolerances bandwagon!

Sybe
Community Manager
Community Manager
Terneuzen, Netherlands

@Huma0 There are definitely some bandwagons currently, there's no denying that! I find a lot of these terms quite misrepresenting as well especially like you say, people call themselves xyz but have nothing to show for it. As long as it doesn't harm me or anyone else, I don't mind that much what people call themselves. 😃

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Huma0
Level 10
London, United Kingdom


@Sybe wrote:

As long as it doesn't harm me or anyone else, I don't mind that much what people call themselves. 😃


Ditto. I would never chastise people for what they choose not to eat or choose to call themselves. Live and let live is my motto.

 

However, if you've ever been in a large group situation at a restaurant where you are literally the only person who is happy to pick something from the menu, it can be a bit painful. I really feel bad for the restaurant or catering staff. I have experienced this many times on press trips. While I know some of the other people have genuine intolerances (often severe), it just seems odd to me that in a group of, let's say ten people, nine can't find anything on the menu that they can eat. Funny how this was NOT the case 20, or even 10, yeas ago. 

 

I am constantly making fun of my 13-year-old niece for her food fussiness. I mean, how ridiculous is it to say "I don't like sauces,"? What do you think that is on your pasta. "Oh, pasta sauces don't count." What about soy sauce then? You seem to be all over that. "Erm... well soy sauce is the exception."  And how is it that you can't eat dairy, but it's okay if it's ice cream? You get the gist. I really hope she grows out of this. She wasn't fussy when she was younger.

 

Honestly, it seems to have become a trend to be a fussy eater. It's like some people don't want to be left out when everyone else at the table is being difficult. 

 

Of course, I have gone a bit off topic. I have respect for people who choose to be vegan due to their convictions (I personally do not eat veal or foie gras) and it's great that there is much more choice for them these days. I was a vegetarian for five years in my youth and, back then, the choices were limited. You were lucky if you got a bean burger or a nut roast! Being a vegan was near impossible.

 

I also think the 'real' vegans don't normally make a song and dance about it because, unlike the 'fake' vegans, they are not doing it for attention.

Ted307
Level 10
Prescott, AZ

@Sybe 

Our place has it's own 10 cubic foot frig -- I do include non-vegan treats like butter in there, some people do not use the butter, they use the olive oil which I have in the cupboard for them. I would think that people who are vegan due to their religion and do not want to cook in a kitchen that has cooked meat & eggs would not be attracted to our place. But, cooking your own food the way you want it, with ingredients of your own, is the reason some guests  prefer our bunkhouse. It has a very complete & usable old fashioned kitchen which is not shared.

I do provide hand soap in a dispenser, and body wash for the shower. Some people who are concerned about things like animal testing of products would bring their own that they are sure meet their requirements, I expect. I haven't had anyone ask me about things like that, like I had a conversation about my birds. I do not provide feather pillows, I have enough feathers to clean up without paying for more! I have in my listing for people who have a feather allergy not to consider our place. A feather could get tracked in on peoples feet! Our floors are all easy to mop vinyl but people do not remove their shoes and track in everything.

Ted & Chris
Ted307
Level 10
Prescott, AZ

@Sybe 

I have had a few vegan guests. We always leave our eggs in the frig, with butter and English muffins for breakfast. The one asked me if I fed my chickens & ducks organic or vegetarian feed. These birds are right there in the yard, so I pointed out to her that I could not keep them from eating bugs and worms and that the feed could have some animal protein, & it is not organic either. I just pointed out to her that our pet chickens & ducks live far better lives than factory egg-layers do. She seemed satisfied with this answer. She later said the eggs were "heavenly" and that it was the first time she had eaten eggs in years. Some people can't bear to eat meat & eggs once they learn the facts about how these things get to the store. Good for them, they beat a path to my door and get on the list for us to sell them my girl's eggs! One guy always thanks me when he buys eggs, and tells me that I am performing a community service with our eggs.Flock_web.jpgHere are a few of our hens on the lawn, along with the rooster who went to live with a friend who could keep him in the country. I hope I can get some eggs from her to hatch next spring. Our guests love to see the chicks!

Ted & Chris
Helen744
Level 10
Victoria, Australia

@Ted307 I love the rooster I had one not disimilar called Arnie. He loved to wake us and the neighbours with his carolling at 4am . The neighbours took him on a vacation I found out later.H

Helen744
Level 10
Victoria, Australia

also a little fact about chickens and birds and protein. Birds cannot lay eggs with out at a quite high proportion of protein in their diet. and my mum who always kept chickens would never feed her chickens egg shells as she said it encouraged the birds to eat their own eggs  H

Ted307
Level 10
Prescott, AZ

@Helen744 

Chickens are omnivores, and love meat. I mash up the egg shells into the other leavings they get, I do not notice any increase in egg eating. If an egg breaks, they will eat it no matter what!

The rooster had to go due to a neighbor calling in a complaint, most of our customers and neighbors were fine with him. But, there is always one complainer! He was a beautiful bird, named him "Randy" for obvious reasons!

Ted & Chris

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