Looking for a New Year’s Resolution that could get you to start your year on the right track? There’s more than one reason why Veganuary takes place in January. It not only sound right, it also *feels* right. It is the perfect time to leave the excuses in the previous year and finally commit to a greener diet.
You’ve probably heard of a rising phenomenon which every year motivates increasing numbers of people to pledge to go vegan for the first month of the year. Veganuary introduces those who sign up to the challenge to veganism and its numerous benefits without constraining them to adhere to a full-time lifestyle change.
a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.
Although veganism is often reduced to not eating animal products, it also entails avoiding any product made by and thanks to animals’ suffering – such as leather, fur, wool or certain types of a make-up. Thus, veganism has impacts on many aspects of one’s life. But it’s also one of the most effective lifestyles for anyone who is looking to improve their health, nutrition, the wellbeing of animals, but also of our planet. Although turning vegan does come with some sacrifices, the benefits it provides have nevertheless pushed more than 500,00 people in Britain alone to switch to this lifestyle, and the numbers keep growing.
Because committing to a full lifestyle-switch might appear scary to many, vegans Jane Land and Matthew Glover decided in autumn 2013 to launch the Veganuary campaign, challenging participants to be vegan for the month of January as part of their New Year’s resolutions. The Veganuary movement has been rising exponentially since its beginning in January 2014, during which 3,300 people joined. Indeed, in 2018, 168,500 participants from 165 different had committed to being vegan for a month, and the numbers can only be expected to grow in the years to come.
What is surprising when looking at the 2018 statistics from the Veganuary survey, is that not only did 82% of the survey respondents remained vegan throughout the month, 62% of all respondents also said they intended to remain vegan after the end of Veganuary.
Moreover, contrary to what one might assume, 40% of survey respondents were omnivore before taking part in Veganuary, thus showing the leap between an omnivorous and vegan lifestyle is not as wide as imagined.
The reason the Veganuary movement is so successful is because it incentivises people to make a change without coercing them to. By taking the pledge to go vegan for one month and signing up for free on the Veganuary website, you will be sent daily emails containing meal plans, recipes and information about the impact of our diet on the animals, health and the environment. However, you are not engaged for more than one month and if at any point you wish to eat non-vegan food – then no one will stop you!
Thus, whether or not you choose to join Veganuary, you can always keep this movement in mind – as their charity’s website runs all year long and can always bring you some inspiration on how to have a more sustainable lifestyle.
You’re still in time to register to Veganuary. Click here to pledge to a vegan diet for the rest of the month.
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