January means Veganuary – where thousands of people around the world sign up to go vegan for the month.

It’s not just food and drink though, going vegan means using no animal by-products at all, like wool and leather.

One genius company has come up with the idea of making leather out of cactus skin. It’s far more environmentally friendly, and can apparently be used for all sorts of things. Examples include jackets, bags, car seats, shoes, just about any item you can make from cow leather.

The brains behind the cacti fabric are Adrián López Velarde and Marte Cázarez, both 28, from Mexico. They say they want to make the fashion industry more eco-conscious.

As well as cactus plants, other creatives have found a way to make leather out of pineapples too. What a time to be alive.

2020 saw the launch of the UK’s first vegan butcher shop, Rudy’s in London. Many of their items sold out in the opening days, and plenty of people stocked up for their Christmas dinner.

Fast-food options

Mainstream fast-food chains have also been introducing vegan options. Nando’s released ‘The Great Imitator’ with their signature peri-peri sauce, and Domino’s have created a ‘chick-ain’t’ pizza for Veganuary.

A representative from Domino’s says:“Our food innovation team haven’t stopped experimenting in the test kitchen since we launched our Vegan Friendly range a few months ago. We just know our customers are going to adore the Chick-Ain’t pizza and Vegan Nuggets.”

She added: “Feedback on the existing range has been overwhelmingly good. It’s brilliant to offer even more choice to customers. These delicious additions land in stores just in time for the start of Veganuary. Pizza and plants truly are a match made in heaven!”

Just this week Starbucks have released a new vegan range, including a breakfast sandwich. Subway has also released a chicken alternative sub. There have never been so many options on the high-street, alongside the original Greggs vegan sausage rolls and steak bakes.

Accidentally vegan

Since 2014, Veganuary has inspired more than one million people in 192 countries to try going vegan for January.

There are plenty of Instagram accounts to check out if you’re considering giving it a try, including ones like accidentallyveganuk because they share plenty of foodstuffs that you might not know are already vegan! Treats such as Jammie Dodgers, Oreo’s and many brands of Bourbon biscuits don’t contain any eggs or dairy, nor does most bread or dried pasta.

It’s not all rabbit food and salad, so going vegan doesn’t mean missing out on pizza or your favourite takeaways.

Would you give it a try?


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