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The Minimalist Vegan: A Simple Manifesto On Why To Live With Less Stuff And More Compassion

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  131 ratings  ·  18 reviews
The Minimalist Vegan by Masa and Michael Ofei is less of a how-to book, and more of a why-to book. A manifesto on why to live with less stuff and with more compassion.

They explore the intersection of minimalism and veganism and all that each complimentary lifestyle has to offer. They dive deep into conscious living and what it actually means. With chapters on topics such
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Kindle Edition, 147 pages
Published December 24th 2017 by Minimalist Company Pty, Limited
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Alyssa Chrisman
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Super inspirational (and heartbreaking) quick read that I will probably find myself returning to. I have been vegetarian for about half a year now (pescetarian before that), and I am finding it harder and harder to justify not being vegan any longer. I think it is time. I really like how the book connected veganism with minimalism and a focus on ethically sourced products. I am working on incorporating that into my life (and simply buying less overall). It is difficult at times, and it can be mo ...more
Claudia Turner
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very concise but thorough look at veganism and minimalism. I also used to think of minimalism as white walls, linen, boring humans.... I used to think of veganism as that one step beyond vegetarianism that was just too much because, well, cheese is delicious. But I’ve learned about the dairy industry, about factory farms and agriculture’s extreme damage to the environment, to animals and to our health. There’s so much packed into this little book and it’s all spot on and important. Keep readin ...more
Corey
May 28, 2018 rated it liked it
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This book achieves what it sets out to do by providing a very light introduction to the why of minimalism and veganism. I've explored these concepts in quite a lot of depth so I didn't get too much new out of it, but there is some good preliminary value to be mined here from people just starting to consider these concepts.

A detractor of this book is that a glance at the references throughout it show a large number of website citations. In a time where everyone demands peer reviewed cita
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Carla Enright
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If we are continually placing our happiness in the future and making it dependent on external factors, we’ll be forever seeking it and only ever fleetingly be finding it.

A fascinating and thought-provoking read which has given me a lot to ponder over.
Mindfulness is something that I practice actively, every day, but the concept of actively being mindful of what I consume is new and exciting to me.
This book is insightful and knowledgeable, thoroughly researched, and just an effortless, enjoyable
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Bodine Dekkers
Dec 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Not as much an awakening as a reminder to why I live my life consciously and with intent, but a good read nonetheless. Sometimes it's just nice to see the words and reasonings you feel inside put into words.
Jonathan Gaudreau
This is an amazing book! It combines what is essential about minimalism and veganism and goes a bit further, talking about the interactions/combinations of those two. There is no minimalism without stopping the crazy environmental impacts of meat/dairy/eggs/fish production. There is no veganism when our waste goes to the ocean and kills millions of sea animal every year.
Juanita
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book reinforces why I am a vegan and why I am working towards a more minimalist lifestyle. For anyone who is thinking about becoming a vegan or leading a more ethical lifestyle this is a good beginning book.
Jono
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
There were parts of this I liked and parts I didn't. There's a lot of information in here that I'm glad I know, but I can't wrap my head around "speciesism" and the comparisons to sexism and racism, which are still big issues in our society today. At one point it was said that we don't treat disabled people differently because we're the same species, which is obviously not true. Ableism is still a thing. The point they were trying to make could have very easily been made by comparing our treatme ...more
Anna Thomas
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is full of info that I knew in my gut but wanted to ignore in my life. After the first couple of chapters, I went into my closet and bagged up five garbage bags worth of stuff I didn’t love. I’m now rethinking plastics in a big way, but still have a lot of work to do in that area; I just needed a little prodding. I recommend this book for all who are wanting good reasons to take a stand for the protection of our world and our future generations. I believe that God gave us dominion over ...more
Wendi Nunnery
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
There isn't a ton of new information here (read: very little) if you're already pretty well-versed in minimalism or veganism, but it's a nice, quick read to brush up on why you're choosing this lifestyle. I enjoyed it!
Zac
Aug 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Great summary of the way I tend to think about the world around me...
Marlene
Jun 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
Ok, but

The part about the animal cruelty etc did not need to be there every one knows.
I have been a vegetarian/vegan for 25+ years
Gini DeLora
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Simple. Honest.

I found this to be a great introduction to minimalism, veganism, and the connection between the two. Straight to the point but not overbearing.
Noelle
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is me, 100%. I did not learn anything new, but it's a good distillation of all the things I care about: the environment, animal welfare, less stuff, less plastic, etc. A very quick read.
Michelle
Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Not the most comprehensive book about minimalism I’ve ever read, but probably good as a starter for someone just beginning their journey. While the sine the of veganism was interesting to read, I felt it got a little preachy (no I am not a vegan).
Amy
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it
i'm not familiar with the authors and wonder if it is just their blog posts amassed into a book. I thought it was okay but didn't learn anything new. it might be good for someone interested in veganism and needing more information. it's easy to read and can be read in an hour or two.
Rory
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick and easy read. The authors gave some inspirational advice about clearing physical, emotional, and moral clutter out of one's life and making time for things that matter most. They leave the interpretation of the latter pretty open: family, time to one's self, relishing experiences over possessions. They advocate choosing quality over quantity for one's possessions, wardrobe, etc. The book challenged me to get rid of things that I'm hanging on to without any real reason. I agree ...more
Rachel Pelham
Solidly behind the “why” of this book, but not a fan of the writing. Still worth the short read!
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