Happy World Vegan Day!
While were all likely to be celebrating in a variety of ways alongside GBK giving away free vegan burgers and Pizza Express offering free vegan dough balls, our editor tested how easy it is to live a vegan life on a budget.
The Vegan Society claims that the vegan trend quadrupled in the 5 years between 2012 and 2017. So, if more and more people are interested in veganism, is it becoming more accessible?
While our editor may have had to buy some of the food and toiletries, she was surprised at how many vegan products she was already using.
It was even more surprising how inexpensive some vegan products are. Check out the video below to see all of the products used.
Her outfit was made up of high street items that she’s had in her wardrobe for years.
Camo jacket – New Look – 90% cotton, 10% polyester
Dungarees – Peacocks – 76% cotton, 22% polyester, 2% elastane
T-shirt – F&F – 90% polyester, 10% linen
Converse – canvas and rubber
Bag – New Look – 100% polyester
The majority of Tesco’s essentials range is vegan. However, some products such as their makeup wipes and their basic hand soap which cost under £1 combined did not specify that they were vegan but this was confirmed in a few simple tweets.
Also through Twitter, we found that a lot of Poundland’s makeup is vegan – excluding their mascaras.
The meals weren’t very costly either and the milk and meat substitutes taste really good.
Sarah Kirby, a vegan and cruelty free lifestyle blogger from Essex said: “I think more young people are interested in going vegan now because it’s so much more accessible these days with the huge amount of choices available in the supermarkets and restaurants. Being vegan has gone from being something almost unheard of to now something which is a part of the everyday mainstream way of life. I also believe that the younger generation are perhaps more compassionate and concerned about the environment and want to actively do whatever they can to make a difference.
Despite all of these positive changes and growth in the number of people going vegan, there will always be the people who are reluctant to change habits of a lifetime and who are sceptical of a vegan diet. We can’t forget that a huge generation of people were brought up to believe that meat and dairy were everyday staples of a healthy diet.”
If you’re not sure whether you want to or could go vegan in the future. The Vegan Society have launched a free app in the UK to make the journey to veganism easier.
Dominika Piasecka, the media and PR officer for the Vegan Society said: “Fashion and beauty are definitely important elements of a vegan lifestyle. But, for the vast majority of the 30 days, it is quite a limited time. So, we’ve decided to focus most of the content on a vegan diet because that’s where people find that it is the most tricky. So, we are introducing them gradually to that concept of a vegan diet and how to transition in a smooth way. But, it does include some information about vegan beauty and vegan clothing and other aspects of veganism.”
This app is the first of its kind and draws away from previous emailing methods in the hope to attract a younger audience. It offers a range of interactive videos from vegan Youtubers every day of November – World Vegan Month. There are also quizzes, a rewards programme and discounts involved. You can download it here.
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