As 2017 drew to a close I was becoming increasingly frustrated with the availability of vegan fast food here in Edinburgh. All I could find were portobello mushroom burgers or bean patties which simply did not provide the same level of satisfaction as a meat burger.
I had been eating meat for the majority of my live until I turned vegetarian and later more and more vegan in 2012. I have made it my mission to make it as easy as possible for people to embrace a fully plant based diet by providing the tastiest, most meat-like non-meat burgers at an affordable price. While we are just a single store location right now we have ambitions to become a multi-national chain of vegan fast-food stores, bringing the plant-based lifestyle to people in as many places as possible.
If the vegan life-style is to make a meaningful positive impact in the world it must become mainstream and widely adopted and I believe that providing people with a tasty, familiar option to transition and to satisfy their desire for delicious meat-like taste will make it easier for people to make that transition.
Leaving the world a better place
This year we are donating 10% of our net profits to OneKind. OneKind is a growing movement of people committed to ending animal cruelty in Scotland. Staffed by a team of five, along with dozens of fantastic volunteers, they work to expose and end cruelty. Importantly to us as LazyLettuce they have taken a non-judgemental approach to the issue of reducing animal suffering by lobbying to change laws and build coalitions between anybody (meat-eaters, vegetarians & vegans alike) who is willing to support their efforts to end animal cruelty.
All materials we use are either recyclable or compostable. We do not use plastic straws, instead utilising paper-straws as they de-compose quickly and are doing everything we can to recycle or compost as much of our waste as possible.
The best kind of waste however is the one that is prevented all together. This is why we partner with Too good to go to eliminate our food waste as much as possible.
Being a responsible business means to not only strive to achieve a higher goal of reducing overall suffering but also looking after those closest to you. For us this means that we pay all our employees above the Edinburgh Living Wage and provide complimentary drinks and meals in every shift.