Will this January be your "Veganuary"?
Veganism has been around for a long time but 2017 was perhaps the year all things vegan became mainstream. UN urged global move to meat and dairy-free diet, Tesco hired a Director of Plant Based Innovation, The Daily Telegraph asked ‘Time to go vegan?’ on the front page and even Theresa May was asked about veganism.
There may be a lot of talk and opinions on the vegan diet out there but one way to make up your mind on whether it's a trend or the diet for the future is to try it out yourself. For one thing, it will be a major game changer in reducing your personal carbon footprint.
If you are considering going vegan - or eating more in a more plant-based way - this January is a good time to start. The UK non-for-profit Veganuary (pronounced vee-gan-uary) encourages people to try vegan for January and runs a website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. These offer information, inspiration and practical support, helping anyone taking part - whether it be a day, a week, or the whole month - have an easy and enjoying time doing so.
Having only been around since 2014 Veganuary has enjoyed an incredible degree of success in a very short time. The campaign grew by 260% this year, with close to 60,000 people signing up to take the vegan pledge. A report on the 2017 result (based on a participant survey) showed that 67% made the decision to stay vegan. While more than 90% have stopped or reduced their consumption of meat.
Right now one person is signing up to take the pledge every 30 seconds. Are you ready to do the same? If you are not yet quite there but still curious, browsing the site is recommended. It provides extensive informations on what the vegan diet and lifestyle is all about and how it could improve your health, help save the planet and the lives of milions of animals.