Veganuary is a non-profit organization founded in the UK in 2014 that encourages people worldwide to try vegan for January and beyond.
Since then, more than 1.5 million people have taken the 31-day plant-based pledge to help the planet, reduce animal suffering, and to benefit people.
Here at Bluehouse we highly value a vegan lifestyle. That’s why many of our products have a vegan and cruelty-free label. And it’s also why each year we celebrate Vegan November.
And we’re not talking just about food choices. We’re considering other vegan options as well, such as skincare, hair care and accessories, among others.
Start with why: Why choose vegan options?
So why start the year with this pledge? Why have a vegan month?
It’s crucial to change your mindset before you begin to adopt new habits. And the best way to do that is by informing yourself. So here’s a summary of the 3 top reasons to start adopting a vegan lifestyle:
For the animals: all sentient creatures have a right to life and freedom. By going vegan you can take a stand against animal cruelty and animal exploitation, demonstrating true compassion for all animals. According to PETA, every vegan saves nearly 200 animals per year.
For the planet: The vast amount of grain feed required for meat production contributes to deforestation, land degradation, water scarcity, habitat loss and species extinction. A plant-based diet requires only one third of the land needed to support a meat and dairy diet. Plus, livestock farming releases greenhouse gasses such as methane, CO2, and nitrous oxide.
For your health: According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, vegans are less likely to develop heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure than meat-eaters are. Furthermore, going vegan is a great opportunity to learn more about nutrition and cooking, and to incorporate beneficial foods to your life like whole grains, fruit, nuts, seeds and vegetables.
Follow with how: 6 vegan options for Veganuary (and beyond)
1: Skincare vegan options
Cruelty free and vegan skin care products do not use animal testing and generally contain natural and organic ingredients that are gentle on the skin. They tend to bring more vitamin goodness, aren’t harsh and don’t clog pores: your skin will love them! Check out these products:
Zaira: oogcrème – Cinque Sensi€28.00
Dewy Skin Deluxe-set€108.00
Reusable bamboo make-up pads (16 pieces) + laundry bag€16.95
2: Hair care vegan options
Quality ingredients not only make your hair smell, look and feel fantastic, but it’s also good for the environment. We offer cruelty-free products that are effective for your hair care routine and are also free of plastic.
3: Vegan chocolate
Yes! Chocolate can be vegan!
And Earthastic prides itself in making the kindest and the most delicious chocolate bars you’ll ever eat, using 100% organic and sustainably sourced ingredients (and their packaging is totally recyclable & compostable).
4: Vegan Accessories
You can go vegan by adopting/swapping certain accessories you use on a regular basis. Such as a wallet: Ecowings produces one which is completely handmade in India and is made up of recycled rubber. Or you can opt for a 100% handmade hemp waist bag dyed with natural dyes. And if you use belts, check out these leather alternatives:
5: Vegan yoga/exercise practice
Whether you’re just starting your workout or yoga journey, or are wanting to upgrade to a more sustainable active lifestyle, we’ve got you covered! We have these yoga bundles made from cruelty-free and recyclable materials:
Each year, businesses, restaurants, retailers, and brands all around the world are embracing vegan values and launching and promoting new vegan products.
This is excellent news for the animals, for the planet, and for your health.
So this Veganuary you can choose these vegan options to start transitioning to a more conscious and compassionate lifestyle.
Vegan products are a high priority for us here at Bluehouse, and we are determined to keep adding them to our stock in the upcoming months.
We hope you can accompany us in this journey. In Veganuary and far far beyond!