So Veganuary is done and dusted. Some of you may have fully embraced big life changes, some may have just tried plant based for the first time, others may already be totally committed Vegans, but whatever your choice, the most important thing is to understand the impact of our actions on ourselves and the world around us.
Veganism isn’t only about food; it encompasses a whole lifestyle that reaches far beyond what we eat. Veganuary highlights this for those of us who may be less aware, but it also provides an insight and understanding of the lifestyle choices available to us and their impact on our environment. Many of us will have experimented with a plant based diet, but for most it’s unlikely to be truly vegan. Adopting a true vegan lifestyle means no animal products whatsoever, avoiding animal-based products like leather and other animal derivatives. It means using cruelty-free cosmetics and toiletries that don’t contain animal ingredients or haven’t been tested on animals. It also means being mindful of how animal products are used when travelling, from avoiding destinations where cruel practices such as bullfighting take place to refusing to ride elephants or participate in any other activities that exploit animals for entertainment purposes.
Vegan and Eco-Friendly Go Hand in Hand
The shift towards veganism not only helps improve the lives of animals everywhere, but it also helps reduce our impact on the environment. By eliminating meat and dairy from our diets, we can help cut down on water usage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 73%. Meanwhile, sustainable brands are reducing their environmental impact by using recycled materials instead of virgin fabrics such as cotton which require large amounts of water to produce. New bio friendly plastics are made from the by products of sugar cane which captures and fixes CO2 from the atmosphere during its production and reduces greenhouse gas emission. Eco-friendly alternatives are becoming increasingly available which makes it easier than ever before for vegans to stay true to their beliefs while travelling around the world.
Supporting Local Businesses Has Never Been Easier
When choosing to adopt a plant-based diet or shop sustainably, you're not just helping animals and the environment—you're helping local businesses too! Small businesses have stepped up their game when it comes to offering vegan options for travellers looking for an ethical experience abroad. Whether you're looking for cruelty-free cosmetics or plant-based meals prepared with local ingredients, there's never been a better time for vegans who want to truly immerse themselves in new cultures while sticking close to their values.
How To Make The Most Of Vegan Travels
When it comes to planning for your travels, research is key! Before you embark on any journey as a vegan traveller it’s important to familiarize yourself with the local cuisine and make sure that there are enough options available for you to enjoy. If you’re heading somewhere where your language isn’t widely spoken it may also be helpful to brush up on some local language basics so that you can communicate easily with locals when ordering food or asking questions about ingredients. Additionally, look into vegetarian restaurants in your destination ahead of time so that you can add them to your itinerary and ensure that there are plenty of options for meals throughout your trip! Always travel responsibly with respect for your local environment.
It's easier than ever in 2023 to follow a plant based lifestyle - why not give it a try!
And of course when travelling somewhere that mosquitoes are present, remember to pack an eco friendly and vegan insect repellent such as incognito!