In today’s Veggie Athletic Weekly News Digest: 3 simple steps to recognise vegan shoes; Why meatless Mondays are useless; The new £5 note contains animal fat; Vegan food sales have increased by 1500%; Leeds Christmas market | 2016; Plant-based milk sales grow | the future of milk; Impossible Foods, the plant-based burger like no other.
For those thinking of going veggie/vegan, you might have heard of meatless Mondays. Taking one day out of your week to pretend you care about the animals and your health might help your ego, but nothing more.
Although on the surface it may seem like a good way to dip your toe into plant-based living, it truly achieves nothing. Eating vegan 1 day a week is a measly 3 meals. 3 meals out of 21, that’s a pathetic 14% of your meals a week.
Why? What’s the point? Sadly, the Bank of England have confirmed that the new £5 notes contain animal fat.
The Bank of England said in a statement “We can confirm that the polymer pellet from which the base substrate is made contains a trace of a substance known as tallow.”
“Tallow is derived from animal fats (suet) and is a substance that is also widely used in the manufacture of candles and soap.”
— Emma Mendes da Costa (@emxme) November 29, 2016
If you’re looking for good news to wake up to then here it is! Vegan food sales have increased by 1500% in the last year alone. That means more people are turning towards more healthy and less cruel options. It also shows something which has been thought for sometime now, more people are choosing to eat vegan when they go out for meals with friends or family.
A third of the UK population now identify as ‘flexitarian’, meaning that they make a conscious effort to cut meat from their diet on a regular basis. Now this still isn’t perfect but the main takeaway is that we are seeing a positive step in the right direction. It has no doubt contributed to the increase in vegan food sales.
Taking place in the town hall, the Leeds Vegan Christmas Market was bigger than ever. Attracting more than 5,000 people, the event saw a huge variety of people interested in the event.
The day spanned from 11am-5pm and hosted a variety of 150 different stalls selling everything from food to clothing and skincare. Along with that, there were talks and workshops with organisations such as Sea Shepherd and Viva! attending.
I had a great time and the food was incredible. It’s nice to be able to attend an event and know that everything there is 100% vegan and cruelty free.
As the public becomes more conscious of the large number of negative side effects caused by dairy, eating habits are changing. Plant-based milk sales have been increasing and are predicted to skyrocket over the coming years.
Now, the plant-based milk industry is expected to grow by 13.3% between 2016 and 2022 bringing the total value to $21.7billion. That’s still only a small evaluation compared to milk sourced from cows. That industry was valued at around $340bn in 2014. However, it’s a promising sign that plant-based milk sales are increasing rapidly as those of cows milk are slowing.
Finding vegan shoes can be a bit of an art form if you’re new to the lifestyle. The shops you used to shop at might not sell anything that’s safe for vegans. There is however, a few tips that you can pick up that’ll help you know if a shoe is vegan or not.
I’ve written about a few great places to buy vegan shoes from which you can read here.
The first thing to do is pretty simple. Vegan Kicks describe it perfectly.
“This seems pretty obvious, but it only takes a few seconds and is the best way to rule out shoes that contain leather. Inspect the the ENTIRE upper. Look at the tongue, heel, tabs, laces, and all branding. Then inspect the inner.