My own fascination with plant-based diets, honestly. Plus, my love of farmers markets. I was wondering why I wasn't eating ethically despite admiring those who do.
Currently existing solutions to make the transition to a more sustainable diet can be found in apps like “21-Day Vegan Kickstart.”
What it does
Vegily lets users Search for an ingredient they want to buy (can filter this), View local sources, and Learn more about these sources.
Vegily helps with convenience & helps ease people into ethical thinking. Vegans I asked mentioned having already been transitioning into a plant-based diet beforehand. This way, you don’t have to get rid of meat/animal products, but it helps you reduce your environmental impact.
How I built it
After sketching out the main features (Search for ingredients, see results), I used Figma to design the prototype.
Challenges I ran into
I was going to do an app that helped people transition quickly into a plant-based diet, but upon doing user research I realized that this process can take years for many. Instead, I had to figure out how to help people get started on this long journey, which was with thinking ethically.
Did not find a team in time :( so this is a little barren in my opinion, but the ideas behind it are well-developed.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
I couldn't find any sites that are similar to this, so I'm proud that this addresses that gap in resources!
What I learned
People want to eat ethically, and they can without changing their diet. This is personally useful, because though I admire plant-based diets it seems a bit daunting to achieve. But, I also learned about how much better it is environmentally to get local food.
What's next for Vegily
Adding more social features, so people can share their finds, recommend sources to friends, etc. -- this would help create a social network for people to find similar consumers they can have discussions with -- especially for a younger target audience (young adults) -- Gen Z is the future!
Reviews make it more of a social network app -> plans to expand on the review feature
Recipes: Having a place to share/view recipes, and being able to search for ingredients through that
Perhaps discussion boards, to make this more of a social platform (to appeal more to young adults and also provide a support network, especially for those interested in eating ethically but don't have much support among their social circles)