Shobhit - Treat others the way you would like to be treated

Shobhit makes it possible for more of us to consume consciously by supporting the vegan community in Shanghai. Read on to find out more about his story and thoughts on food.


Where are you from? India

What brought you to Shanghai? My job

What does sustainability mean to you?

To have a better future. To have a future you’d like to live in.

What are you passionate about?

I like travelling. I also enjoy organising events like the Vegan Fiesta. It gives you something to be passionate about after work and it could lead to bigger things.

How do you do to consume consciously?

Lately, when I look around, I see a lot of stuff that I don’t even use. Maybe the old me hasn’t done conscious consumption in terms of things, but lately, I’m trying to cut down on purchases of shoes/clothes, unless it’s absolutely necessary. I also carry a bag with me while shopping. I usually prefer to buy from local wet markets than supermarkets. The stuff coming from supermarkets must be adding on extra packaging waste and transport. Besides, it’s always better to support local farmers than big industrialists. Related to food, none of the cooked food or vegetables I buy go waste. I usually buy vegetables for the week and cook as and when required.  When buying other things like furniture and appliances, I buy from 2nd hand groups. Most of them are in very good condition, people just sell them because they’re moving out.

When did you become a vegan?

I got to know about veganism a year and a half ago. I was helping to build a community around vegetarianism with some friends. Veggie dorm organised a vegan challenge focused on being active and on eating healthy food. After the challenge, I continued for 3 months. In that time I became more aware of veganism.

I’ve been a vegetarian all my life, so it didn’t feel like a big change. But I know veganism is a lifetime commitment to not use animals in food, your clothes or anything else. You can start with food and then the satisfaction from not consuming animal products keeps you going.

How would more people becoming vegan change the world?

Footprint animal consumption leaves would change a lot. At the moment forests are cut down to feed animals. It could be the single answer to world hunger. Cattle consumes tonnes of grains and that's just on aspect. That not all, it’s all interconnected, gas emissions, holes in the ozone layer, that’s why temperatures are rising. We need to preserve species for future generations.

What’s the easiest part of being vegan?

Cooking is really easy. Vegan food is cheap if you cook yourself and it’s faster.

What’s the hardest part of being vegan?  

Finding easier alternatives was hard in the beginning especially in social gatherings.

What are your top 3 practical changes?

  • Start with one vegan meal a day

  • Think about where your food comes from for 30 seconds before you eat. If everyone thinks about where their food comes from for 30 seconds that's where the change will begin

  • Eat slowly and enjoy your meal. Just be present in the moment while eating.

What are the biggest challenges we face today?

People have carried away with their daily chores, they don’t think about the plastic bag and how it will be on earth forever.

There’s a lack of knowledge. They haven’t seen an eye opening thing. People just keep doing whatever’s part of their culture and tradition. They don’t question anything.

If the whole world was listening, what would you say?

Treat others the way you would like to be treated... regardless of whether it’s a person or an animal, then the world would be a much better place to live in :)

What do you do?

I’m a software developer, I mostly sit in front of a computer doing a 9-5 desk job. Coding. Lunchtime and afternoon coffee is the most exciting part.