Hi, I'm Bianca. The woman behind A Good Scout.
A few years ago, I would have laughed at the thought of myself becoming a vegan. It just would have seemed a bit far-fetched and not really something I’d consider.
My, how things have changed!
This whole vegan lifestyle started when I decided I wanted to improve my health.
However, the more I looked into veganism, more reasons beyond the health benefits became apparent and were very compelling.
I investigated and learnt about what goes on with animal testing and animal agriculture. I also looked into the impact that animal agriculture has on our planet.
I remembered back to when I went to the Amazon about 5 years ago and our guide pointed out a vast area in front of us that had been cleared for farming purposes. I’ll never forget that sad sight. Those awful images have stayed with me. But it wasn’t until recently that I made the connection between this vast land clearing and animal agriculture.
Fast forward to more recent times.
Around mid 2017, my youngest son was about to turn two, and on his birthday party invitation I wrote: “no presents please”. I did this for a number of reasons. Mostly because I didn’t want to end up with bags full of plastic presents that would end up as landfill. He’s a very happy little boy, who at the time would not have noticed if he was inundated with presents or not! He was so busy being 2 and having fun it really didn’t faze him. Some guests happily accepted the “no presents please” request, but the majority were either confused by it, ignored it or sheepishly asked if I’d mind if they actually brought a present!
What did I learn?
Humans want to celebrate! They want to give to those they love and care for. They want to give gifts to celebrate, to recognise, to show love or just for fun.
So this led me to think:
How can we still live a meaningful life of connection with others, celebrating good times with our loved ones and support animal welfare and the health of the planet all at the same time?
This is why I started A Good Scout.
I wanted to be part of something that encourages good practice. Helps conscious consumers to make good choices easily. Support people who care about how they spend with their dollars (and in turn vote for the kind of world they want), and also support the brands that are coming through with good intentions and great products.
I want to make locating stylish & gorgeous gifts and products that are 100% cruelty-free and environmentally-friendly easy and a joy.
At the same time I also wanted to create a place where I could put valuable resources and links to things I've found useful on my journey. Whether that's great vegan cafes and restaurants, recipes, or wellness and health tips for parents, suggestions for newbie vegans on how to navigate the space and their new-found awareness.
So in essence, there are two parts to A Good Scout. The shop which now houses not just gifts, but also lifestyle products and homewares. Where I only sell products that are really exceptional, high quality, gorgeous, stylish and cool, whilst at the same time green and kind. Along side the shop is the Resource Hub, which is where I put anything and everything that resonates and rings true for me and might just help and guide you.
Thanks for taking the time to read my story and about A Good Scout.