May Contain Traces of Soy podcast.
Last September, when Brisbane-based podcaster Rochelle Lindquist made a concerted effort to generate less waste and eliminate all traces of animal-derived products from her diet, she also developed a voracious appetite for vegan podcasts.
Whilst she found them great and still listens to a number of them today, she said that reading about level-five vegans pontificating over whether driving a vehicle is a non-vegan-friendly practice, because the vulcanised rubber in car tyres may contain animal fats could feel more like admonishment than encouragement for someone taking their first steps (and we agree).
“I started listening to some vegan podcasts and I was really enjoying them,” Ms Lindquist said. “I tried to find some podcasts where there was no judgment for people who are starting out on their vegan and sustainability journeys.”
Rather than bemoan the non-existence of podcast that neatly intersected with all of her sensibilities, Rochelle went the DIY route and began set about researching, writing and recording May Contain Traces of Soy, with the aim of creating a (mostly) judgment-free podcast series to discuss all things vegan and zero-waste.
With just a computer, microphone, sound-editing program, and a level of enthusiasm far greater than her technical abilities (her words not ours), Rochelle researched, wrote and recorded the first episode, Top Five Tips For New Vegans.
“I was just beginning my journey and I wanted to create something for people who were just starting out, or maybe not even vegan yet,” she said.
“I wanted it to be a place where listeners could find useful resources to help them take those steps and make those changes and have encouragement and support along the way.
When we heard this, we had to cover this topic, as creating such a place is what we strive to do here at Let’s Go Vegan. Like Rochelle and want everyone who is even just thinking about making small changes to be encouraged to do so!
With her podcast and over the space of 14 episodes, May Contain Traces of Soy has gained a loyal following, with Rochelle and her guests discussing everything from meat-free burgers, minimalism and vegan vinos to self-care and smashing the patriarchy, with a healthy blend of humour and humility along the way!
Recently (From Saturday, July 4) May Contain Traces of Soy moved from its humble DIY origins to Lipp Media, a community network of podcasts created by women and members of the LGBTI+ community.
Rochelle said she was proud of the success May Contain Traces of Soy had achieved in a relatively short space of time, saying she had initially viewed the podcast as a way to help keep her accountable in her quest to become more zero-waste and give her the impetus to explore a broader range of vegan foods and lifestyle-related topics.
“We immediately had listeners overseas and all over Australia and then I was contacted to be put on this network,” she said, “and I didn’t think that was going to happen.
Rochelle hopes to feature some exciting interview subjects and co-hosts on the podcast in the coming weeks but she said she was “really looking forward to bringing more unique perspectives to the podcast platform”.
May Contain Traces of Soy is now airing on Lipp Media’s network and we encourage you to check it out and take a listen!
We look forward to seeing this podcast go from strength to strength.