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Burger King’s vegan pop-up marks further shift of veganism becoming mainstream

Earlier this month, Burger King opened the doors to its very first fully vegan store. The fast-food chain has transformed its flagship Leicester Square location in central London and is now welcoming the public into an entirely renovated restaurant with a crucial change – the only items available to purchase will be vegan. Having worked with Burger…

The Vegan Society Staff share insight into VEG 1 multivitamin

With any job, there are perks and benefits that come with working for your chosen organisation. At The Vegan Society, there are countless, from working for a cause that you are deeply passionate about to discounts on great vegan products such as our own VEG 1 multivitamin. Since starting at The Vegan Society in October 2019, I have been taking VEG 1…

Vegan Perfume Swaps – Find Your New Signature Scent

They make us smell and feel great, take us back to treasured memories in an instant, allow us to express our personality, and can give us that little confidence boost before a date or job interview...but is your perfume vegan? Many of the scents, musks and extracts in our favourite perfumes are sourced from animals such as beavers, deer and whales…

A guide to the best plant milks

Unsurprisingly, “Februdairy” didn’t quite hit it off like the dairy industry intended. We’ve seen many counter-campaigns over the years, notably: Joaquin Phoenix speaking passionately about the emotional and physical distress dairy causes for the cows and calves involved, not to mention the destruction to the planet in his 2020 Oscars speech…

Vegan Cheese and Wine pairings you can’t miss this year

Were you under the illusion cheeseboards and wine pairings were a thing of the past since switching to a vegan lifestyle? In the name of research, a couple of us in the marketing department had a wine and cheese evening to ensure we could humbly but confidently suggest some delightful combinations, and with 378 vegan cheese alternatives registered…

Veganuary: Why supplementation shouldn’t be an afterthought

Veganuary is growing year after year. In January 2021, more than 582,000 people from 209 countries pledged to go vegan for the month of January. Of this number, 40% planned to stay vegan at the end of their pledge.[1] This broke all previous records, and we expect Veganuary 2022 to break them again. With so many people trying and staying vegan this…

Fighting factory farming, one carrot at a time

It's been a year now since my partner and I became vegan farmers, and we've just delivered our last veg boxes for this season. After 25 weeks of growing, harvesting and delivering, we're downing tools and putting the farm to bed for the winter months before starting the process all over again in February. We need a rest, and so does the earth after…

Celebrating the growth of Vegan Trademark holder Essential Trading

To celebrate the incredible growth of Vegan Trademark holder Essential Trading we sat down with PR & Marketing Coordinator Jimmy Nelson to ask a few questions about the brand: When was Essential Trading started and what was the inspiration behind it? Essential’s roots can be traced back 50 years when the first of our Harvest stores opened in Bath. …

Where can I buy VEG 1?

So, you’ve found the perfect vegan multivitamin – affordable, reliable, chewable and plastic-free. It almost feels too good to be true, but rest assured, there are many different options for getting your hands on some. VEG 1 is available to buy in a few different places, as we want our product to be as accessible as possible. To help you out, we’ve…

The Vegan Society are supporting Veganuary for the third year running

Planning for the festive break also puts January 2022 into focus – and it’s a great time to try something new! Veganuary brings us 31 days of eating vegan to help us all embrace a vegan lifestyle. Launched in the UK in January 2014, Veganuary is a non-profit organisation that encourages people to try a vegan lifestyle for January and beyond. Veganuary…

The Ultimate Vegan Christmas Round-Up

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas but is it animal-free? It can be overwhelming catering for everyone’s requirements and preferences at this time of year, but we’re here to help! We’ve put together a shopping list of some exciting festive products on the shelves this year to help you celebrate a very vegan Christmas. From treats to…

Beyond COP26 – Eating Away at GHG Overshoots with Plants

The Global North failed at COP26. The Jubilee Debt Campaign have publicly declared COP26 “a complete betrayal of the countries on the front line of the climate crisis” by rich Global North countries such as the UK, USA, Australia and EU Member states. The ‘Glasgow Climate Pact’ does too little, too slowly for almost everyone. Indigenous…

Vegan Gift Guide 2021

It’s here! Your annual round-up of animal-free gifts for the festive season and beyond. All the products in our 2021 gift guide are Vegan Trademark certified so we’ve done the work to ensure they’re suitable for vegans. That leaves you with the fun task of picking the perfect presents for your loved ones (and you!) Affordable pampering ASDA’s…

COP26: Global North Leaders, Animal Farmers Still in Denial

As the COP26 global climate change conference closes, Global North leaders and animal farmers are still refusing to face up to ‘the cow in the room’. Thomas Vilsack, USA Secretary of Agriculture clings to the lie that his country can safely keep farming and eating animals at current rates. The UK Guardian newspaper reports that all four of the presidents…

COP26: Global North Must Act on Industrial Animal Farming to Achieve Global Methane Pledge

The EU and the USA announced The Global Methane Pledge back in September 2021, acknowledging that (our emphasis),   “Methane is a potent greenhouse gas and, according to the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, accounts for about half of the 1.0 degrees Celsius net rise in global average temperature since the…

Global Day of Action for Climate Justice

Today is the Global Day of Action for Climate Justice, organised by the COP26 Coalition. One of the key demands – under the banner ‘Fight for 1.5’ – is for world leaders to act decisively to keep the increase in global temperatures below 1.5°C.    Another key demand of today is, “Each country’s carbon emission reduction must…

COP26: We Must Increase Tree Cover to Tackle Climate Chaos

A central theme of The Vegan Society’s work for the past decade, has been the benefits of transitioning to plant-based farming.  We don’t need to farm animals, and formerly farmed animals have much better lives in suitable sanctuaries.      A core environmental benefit of this transformation is that our land has the potential to absorb a significant proportion…

Climate Policy needs Agriculture to achieve Paris Agreement targets

Even if we stop fossil fuel emissions immediately, current trends in our global food systems will take us past the 1.5°C target, and threaten the 2°C target. Curtailing industrial animal agriculture is justified, necessary, and long overdue.     We support farmers, who produce food for us all. Climate change, public health, food…

Global North Food Sustainability Laws

All countries of the Global North urgently need Food Sustainability laws enacted. These must embed commitments such as the Paris Agreement, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as timelines to climate justice, with binding steps to reduce animal farming. These national legal frameworks should be in place by 2026, and must take responsibility…

The Global North Must Lead

The Global North has already put vastly more than our global fair share of Greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) into Earth’s atmosphere, including around 90% of the excess CO2. They are also the wealthiest, and thus must cut their own GHG emission enough to keep the world below the 1.5°C target.   This is why we call for consistent leadership from the…

COP26: The Global North Must Lead

The Global North has already put vastly more than our global fair share of Greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) into Earth’s atmosphere, including around 90% of the excess CO2. They are also the wealthiest, and thus must cut their own GHG emission enough to keep the world below the 1.5°C target.   This is why we call for consistent leadership from the…

COP26: We Need A Great Food Transformation 

Without drastic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in our food and agriculture, the goals of the Paris Agreement and the 1.5°C or 2°C climate targets cannot be achieved. We must urgently bring agriculture fully into all climate change policies - ending “agricultural exceptions”.  We recommend the following three policy objectives: Policy…

We Need A Great Food Transformation 

Without drastic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in our food and agriculture, the goals of the Paris Agreement and the 1.5°C or 2°C climate targets cannot be achieved. We must urgently bring agriculture fully into all climate change policies - ending “agricultural exceptions”.  We recommend the following three policy objectives: Policy…

COP26: Eating away at climate change with negative emissions

Today is World Vegan Day, marking the founding of The Vegan Society and millennia of work to avoid all human harm to non-human animals. Our vision is a world in which all animals live and thrive freely in their chosen habitats.     Yesterday, we wrote about how Global North countries urgently need to reform our food and farming systems as a key…

Eating away at climate change with negative emissions

Today is World Vegan Day, marking the founding of The Vegan Society and millennia of work to avoid all human harm to non-human animals. Our vision is a world in which all animals live and thrive freely in their chosen habitats.     Yesterday, we wrote about how Global North countries urgently need to reform our food and farming systems as a key…

World Vegan Day and COP26

This year, World Vegan Day is a special one, as it coincides with the beginning of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), bringing together countries worldwide to discuss how we tackle the climate crisis. This is crucial to the work that we’ve been doing for the vegan movement – given the current political climate, our best…

COP26: Our Challenge to World Leaders on Climate

Today, the world COP26 Climate Change Conference opens in Glasgow. The UK’s Prime Minister said on Monday that the situation is ‘touch and go’. Will politicians achieve the agreements needed to avoid global climate devastation? We know vegan-friendly diets can cut your food-related carbon footprint by up to half in the UK. There are also significant…

Our Challenge to World Leaders on Climate

Today, the world COP26 Climate Change Conference opens in Glasgow. The UK’s Prime Minister said on Monday that the situation is ‘touch and go’. Will politicians achieve the agreements needed to avoid global climate devastation? We know vegan-friendly diets can cut your food-related carbon footprint by up to half in the UK. There are also significant…

COP26: Celebrating our Scottish Vegan Trademark Holders

There’s not long to go until some of the world’s most prominant leaders and delegates touch down in bonnie Scotland for the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26). The Glasgow-based event starts this Sunday and runs for two weeks (October 31st-Friday 12th November). And while we’ve heard that the menu will be as environmentally-friendly…

The Vegan Society is relaunching its Youth Membership offer

Are you or do you know anyone aged under 26 who is vegan or vegan curious? If you join as a youth member, gift a Youth Membership or refer someone to join as a youth member, you can be entered into a prize draw for a chance of winning a Freedom Mallows roasting kit along with six varieties of Kokoa Collection hot chocolate. Why offer a Youth Membership…

17 vegan products for spooky season!

It’s the spookiest time of the year but finding Halloween treats should be a fright-free experience, so we’ve put together a list of vegan products you might want to try this season. Whether you go all out with costume parties and trick-or-treating, you love a scary movie night, or maybe you just like a pumpkin spice candle to embrace the autumn…

Conserving water

We all know that opting for showers over baths can save gallons of water – but did you know that installing a water-conserving shower head can make your personal hygiene even more water efficient? There are other shower hacks you can use, such as placing a tub in the shower to collect the cold water while it heats up. This can be used to water your…

Supporting wildlife

If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, make it your mission to cultivate a haven for wildlife. Scattering wildflower seeds is a cheap and easy way to support bees and butterflies, while leaving lawns several weeks between mowing also encourages greater insect life. Creating a pond in a shady area – even a small one made from an old washing up…

Reducing plastic use

Investing in longer-lasting, multiple use items is an easy way to make a difference. Handy zero-waste items include: a metal water bottle, metal straws, reusable razors, reusable lunch boxes, keep cups, tote bags, a plastic-free sponge, reusable cotton swabs, plastic-free deodorant, reusable on-the-go utensils, a bamboo toothbrush and reusable period…

Green transport

We all know that it’s better for the environment to travel on foot or bike wherever possible. Your workplace may have a cycle to work scheme, which could help you to make significant savings on a bike or any other cycling equipment. E-bikes and e-scooters are also gaining popularity, meaning that you can arrive at your destination without breaking…

Choosing slow fashion

Make the most of the clothes you have. Shop your own wardrobe – are there pieces you haven’t worn for a while? Combinations you’ve yet to try? Taking good care of the clothes you have will make them last much longer. Learning to sew on a button or repair a seam will not only save you money, but you’ll also get to feel like an extra in The Great…

All eyes turn to Glasgow for COP26

As all eyes turn to Glasgow for COP26 our interim CEO, Louise Davies, explains what it’s all about and how The Vegan Society will be making the most of the opportunity. It’s been a long time in the making but the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties, or COP26, is almost here. At The Vegan Society, we’ve been thinking about the importance…

Celebrating Nourish London’s 10th Birthday with Dr Pauline Hili

In honour of Vegan Trademark holder Nourish London's 10th Birthday, we sat down with founder Dr Pauline Hili to ask a few questions about her brand: What inspired you to create your own skincare brand 10 years ago? Having been in the industry for many years, I felt that there was a need for a clean beauty range, which used high tech ingredients to produce…

Volunteering at The Vegan Society

What is it like and how can you get involved? What did volunteering used to be like? The volunteer programme at The Vegan Society has changed significantly over the course of the pandemic. Pre 2020 volunteering involved lots of office-based and face-to-face work, events and public outreach. It was not unusual for volunteers to join staff in the office…

Vegan Period Care

Many of us use period or menstruation care products, or need to buy them for loved ones, but did you know, many commercial menstrual products can contain animal-derived ingredients (think fragrances and adhesives), and can be tested on animals? Luckily, we certify a range of care with the Vegan Trademark so you can choose products that are kinder to…

Bone health and vegan diets – part two

Following on from Vegan Society Dietitian Heather’s blog last year, we’ve teamed up with the Royal Osteoporosis Society (ROS) to make a video about how lifestyle choices can help us to look after our bones. We’ve asked Heather to tell us a bit about why and how the two charities have been collaborating to help support healthy living and bone health…

Keep cool this August with a top-rated Vegan Trademark wine

This year’s summer holiday has been unpredictable to say the least, with scorching sunny days, flash floods, thunderstorms and there were even reports of hail in London in July. However, it looks like we may get one final chance to make the most of our gardens, local beaches or seaside staycations this weekend before rolling into Autumn. When temperatures…

How to make your home vegan

Keeping your home clean, cosy and beautiful doesn’t have to harm animals. Whether it’s laundry and household cleaning, or styling and furnishing your home, we’ve put together a guide to Vegan Trademark certified household products to get you started! Bedding Down feathers in duvets and pillows might be an obvious animal product you look out for…

Re-purposing your VEG 1 tins

At the beginning of June, The Vegan Society launched new plastic-free packaging for our vegan multivitamin, VEG 1. The change was highly requested from our members and other VEG 1 users, with calls flooding our inboxes and appearing in the comment section across our social media channels. Taking your valued feedback on board, we switched up the old…

17 vegan products for your outdoor adventure this summer

With over 7000 miles of coastline, 10 national parks, and 46 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the UK has a wealth of idyllic destinations to explore this summer if you opt to holiday closer to home. After over a year of having to stay at home more than not, embrace the outdoors again by immersing yourself in nature, equipped with some of our top…

Is your business ready for UK labelling changes?

Is your business ready for UK labelling changes?  Products suitable for vegans aren’t always suitable for people who suffer from allergies, so it’s important to know the difference and prepare to follow the new guidelines in effect from October 2021 on labelling allergens on pre-packaged food for direct sale (PPDS) because of Natasha’s…

Vegan diets and iodine: a vegan dietitian’s perspective 

For Dietitians Week 2021, Vegan Society Dietitian Heather Russell has been working with the British Dietetic Association to get people talking about iodine and fortification. Here, she explains why it’s important for everyone to know about iodine, as well as providing simple solutions to help vegans get enough.  What is iodine?  Here at The Vegan…

VEG 1 goes plastic-free

Our VEG 1 multivitamin was introduced back in 2005 to provide a convenient and affordable way to support a vegan lifestyle. VEG 1 has always been gluten-free, yeast-free, wheat-free and lactose-free. We can now add plastic-free to that list!   That’s right, our VEG 1 multivitamin is now 100% plastic-free, from the pot it comes in to the materials…

Products to help you navigate vegan pregnancy and parenting

Pregnancy and parenting are exciting and pivotal times in anyone’s life, but they can be daunting, especially if you’re a new parent, or a vegan parent for the first time. Luckily though, there’s time to prepare and our trusted Vegan Trademark is here to help make shopping for your vegan parenting needs much simpler. Whether you’re impatient…

Allergen vs Vegan Labelling

Products suitable for vegans aren’t always suitable for people who suffer with allergies so it’s important to know the difference. The Vegan Society appreciates the need for clear and informative clarification on product packaging or food menu items. There are key distinctions between the criteria for “vegan” products and “allergen-free”…


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