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Laurie Johnston is the driving force behind Two Trick Pony, a Massachusetts based company that produces eco-friendly greeting cars and tote bags. She has a degree from the Rhode Island School of Design, which led her into the stationery industry, where she has been since 1997.
I recently had a chance to chat with Laurie. We talked about her company, veganism, and of course, food!
Chic Vegan: What motivated you to become vegan? Was it an overnight switch or more gradual shift?
Laurie Johnston: It was more of a gradual shift for me. I had been vegetarian since 1992 and then, in December 2010, I started volunteering at Maple Farm Sanctuary. Spending time around the animals was inspiration enough, but on top of that, the Sanctuary’s founder Cheri Ezell-Vandersluis was also a big influence on me. She educated me about the horrors of the dairy and egg industries, and she suggested I