What is "vegan"?
A "vegan" is someone who chooses to live free from animal products for compassion and peace, health, the planet (or any combination of these things). A vegan diet is easy and healthy, based on fruits and vegetables, grains, beans and legumes. Vegans choose to save the lives of other living beings each time they eat or shop! They do not consume meat, fish, eggs, dairy, honey (some vegans do eat honey) or any other food that is derived from an animal or processed using animal ingredients (such as bone char used to refine some sugars and salt). Most vegans do not use or wear any products that are tested on animals or that are derived from an animal, like wool, fur, silk, and leather.
There are many great ways to honor World Vegan Day, which extends into Vegan Month throughout November- anytime during the month is an excellent time to promote veganism!
VEGANS: How to Spread the Word
Many of these ideas were taken from The Vegan Society's list of suggestions on how to promote veganism.
*Hand out or drop into doors pamphlets about how to go vegan and why.
*Write letters or articles or submit news stories to magazines, local publications, newspapers, etc. about vegan living, giving the vegan perspective on an issue, or asking that the vegan perspective be considered.
*Host vegan socials or dinner parties, picnics, and potlucks for vegan and non-vegan pals.
*Lend extra personal support to someone in your life who has expressed interest in or is attempting to go vegan.
*Wear tees, buttons, and bags with a vegetarian message.
*Set up displays of vegetarian info at local grocery stores, libraries, community centers, etc.
*Organize a vegan film showing, cooking class, or public speaker and invite the public.
*Encourage your non-vegetarian friends, co-workers and family members to go meat-free by taking the Vegan Pledge!
*And most of all, be a living, loving, compassionate example!
NON-VEGANS: How to Explore Veganism
Have you thought about trying a vegan lifestyle? Try it for one meal, one day, one week, or one month to see if being vegan is the right choice for you!
*Take the first step by taking the "Vegan Pledge!"
*Find other friends who are interested in exploring vegan living, too, and set goals together. :)
*Seek out a friend, family member or co-worker who is already vegan or vegetarian to ask for support in your own transition.
*Explore vegan websites like The Vegan Society & Vegan Outreach for information on why and how to go veg.
*Read about the benefits of living a veg lifestyle by checking out veg recipe and info books from your local library.
*Try delicious veggie foods together with with both vegan and non-vegan friends and family.
Here are just a few of EtsyVeg's favorite resources for vegan information and recipes. Check the blog throughout this month for more resources for vegan living!
International Vegetarian Union
Post Punk Kitchen (PPK)
The Vegan Society
Free Vegan Starter Kit
Happy World Vegan Day!