Meet Vegan Moms From Stockholm: Talking With Josephine

by | May 11, 2019

As a part of the interviews series with vegan moms from Stockholm and the Raise Vegan’s ‘people of veganism’ features, our Sweden-based PR Director Annika Lundkvist interviewed Stockholm-based vegan mother Josephine Skapare.

A native ‘Stockholmare,’ Josephine is an illustrator and designer living in Liljeholmen in southern Stockholm with her partner Henrik and two kids, Elvin (3) and Elmond (1). 

“My veganism influences my work quite a lot. I’m one of those happy people to have my hobby as a job. In my illustrations and patterns, I love to incorporate vegan sayings or plant-based themes. It’s one of my biggest inspirations.”

Josephine, www.josephineskapare.com
Photo: Annika Lundkvist

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Meet Vegan Moms From Stockholm: Talking With Josephine

Here are the excerpts from the interview:

How long have you been vegan & why did you initially go vegan?

Josephine: I’ve been vegan for about 6 years now. Before that I was Lacto-ovo vegetarian since 13, trying out veganism a few times during the years. I’m 30 now so it’s been on my mind now for 17 years. It’s always been about the animals for me. It’s just my natural instinct that tells me that we don’t eat other creatures. It took quite a while for the veganism to actually settle, it was hard in the beginning to realize the connection with milk, eggs, and animal welfare. But when I did the ”Veganuary” challenge 6 years ago it finally clicked, and I’ve never looked back. Not even on cheese.

Does veganism affect or influence your work or hobbies in any way? If so how?

Josephine: Well, it influences my work quite a lot. And I’m one of those lucky people to have my hobby as a job. In my illustrations and patterns, I love to incorporate some vegan sayings or plant-based themes. It’s one of my biggest inspirations.

What other areas of a vegan lifestyle are you particularly interested in?

Josephine: I would say food, and artivism (activism in my art). But food is something I think about and talk about every day and I’m constantly telling everyone how easy and yummy and friendly vegan food is.

Meet Vegan Moms From Stockholm: Talking With Josephine
Photo: Annika Lundkvist
Meet Vegan Moms From Stockholm: Talking With Josephine

What is your perception of the vegan scene in Stockholm?

Josephine: It’s growing every day. I’m always looking forward to the next summer to see what new vegan goodies are out in stores to bring to summery occasions. And just in the last year, I’ve experienced so much more understanding and knowledge among people and restaurants, etc. Vegan is totally the new lacto-ovo-vegetarianism.

Photo: Annika Lundkvist
Meet Vegan Moms From Stockholm: Talking With Josephine

What is your perception about the development of the vegan movement in Sweden and Scandinavia at large?

Josephine: It’s amazing to see all the new food inventions that have come lately, beginning with Oatly, but it’s amazing what companies are able to create with oat nowadays! I think we are playing an important role in developing some modern and extra environmentally friendly alternatives.

What developments do you look forward to seeing with the vegan movement over the next several years?

Josephine: That vegan stuff becomes the norm and cruel stuff more of a compliment, if necessary at all. But that’s more of a wish. But I look forward to a growing understanding from people in general, in school and restaurants, etc. It’s happened so much the last few years and I hope the ”trend” will transfer into a new kind of view on life for all people.

Photo: Annika Lundkvist

Are your kids vegan? (mainly a background question but if your kids are super involved with vegan advocacy please note here and I might send some more questions)

Josephine: Yes they are. But they are 1 and 3 years old, so we are not doing the very deep discussions just yet (but I look forward to it!)

What are some of your families favorite dishes to enjoy or make together (it’s fine here to also list restaurants you enjoy going to if you’re not big on cooking)

Josephine: We eat a lot of pasta, often with a soy mince bolognese. A new favorite is a jambalaya (the kids love it) and for snacks, we always make sure we have our homemade chocolate balls with dates and black beans in the freezer (great snack for the kids, they eat them almost daily, haha).

Stay tuned to meet a few more vegan moms from Stockholm. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.


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