And there's more...
Being a Vegan isn't just about cutting out all animal products, it's about being compassionate too.
Think about all areas of your life, and how you could show a little more compassion (to animals, people, and the environment). To get you started, here are some ideas:
- Never accept plastic carrier bags - take a bag with you when you go shopping. If you can fit a mobile phone in your bag/pocket, you can definitely fit a reusable bag in there!
- Think, think, think before you buy something new - do your really need it? if you do, does it have to be a new one, or could you reuse one that someone else has finished with? is it the most 'eco friendly' option you can find? Ebay and Freecycle are your friends, not to mention the fun that can be had looking in 'vintage' and charity shops.
- Is your food organic, and fair trade? the choice you make with the food you buy, has a massive impact on the lives of the people producing the food. I strongly recommend you spend just a little time, looking at the work of Felicity Lawrence - it will open your eyes, and make you think again before you buy a bag of pre-packed salad leaves from spain. For more information about fair trade, check out The Fair Trade Foundation. For more information, take a look at the Soil Association website.
- Are you supporting local suppliers? I'm sure you know about Food Miles so do your bit, and shop with a company like Abel and Cole.
- Do some good for man-kind (yes, even more than buying your clothes from a charity shop, and shopping ethically) by finding a cause that you are passionate about. Raise money, raise awareness, donate time (try timebank) if you can... just do your bit!
- Could you give a loving home to an animal? there are thousands of animals desperately needing a home... try the RSPCA, Dogs Trust, Cats Protection League, or just google local animal shelters
- Spend your money wisely! The Co-operative seem to rank highly, regarding ethics and sustainability, and provide banking, insurance, legal services, motor cover... the list goes on!
- If you still want ideas, you will do no better than to visit the guys at We Are What We Do