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Veganuary: top tips for embracing a vegan lifestyle

With a record 500,000 people pledging to Veganuary this year, you might be one among many opting for plant-based alternatives this month. Already midway through the challenge, we thought now’s as good a time as any for some inspiration. That’s why we’ve put together a few top tips for embracing a vegan lifestyle for the rest of this month, and possibly beyond. So, let’s take a look at some areas to improve on together.

Veganuary: a great excuse to discover new flavours

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Food is the heart and soul of many households, which could make it hard to opt into a different diet. However, vegan doesn’t have to be scary. With so many brilliant alternatives out there, joining Veganuary is just another way to explore diverse, but tasty, recipes. Try using a dairy substitute like oat milk for a creamy cup of coffee or swap out pork for jackfruit in tacos. Use liquid smoke on mushrooms to create your own bacon or cauliflower and hot sauce for wings. You might even enjoy using different techniques to create these substitutions. But if you’re unsure of where to start, the supermarket is probably a good place.

With so many chains endorsing Veganuary this year, you’ll find curated lists online where you’ll be able to shop from. Tesco, as an example, has a page dedicated to both products and recipe ideas. Plus, with many brands embracing the vegan lifestyle, you don’t have to miss out on your favourites either. Ben & Jerry’s do dairy-free ice cream, Hellmann’s have a great vegan mayo and plenty of independent brands are doing other great products too. We especially recommend the BOSH! chickpea burger mix.

What about cosmetics during Veganuary?

Animal cruelty in beauty has never been a well-kept secret. With many cosmetics companies still testing on animals, you might want to reconsider your bathroom cabinet this Veganuary. Sure, it might take a little while to get into the swing of it, but there are plenty of great brands out there to choose from.

The Body Shop has been a force for good since opening in 1976. Still at the forefront of creating luxurious body and skincare without the implications, they’re a good place to start. There’s also UpCircle, whose entire range is built around discarded coffee granules collected from coffee shops around the UK. Meaning they’re not only vegan and cruelty-free, but they also eliminate huge amounts of waste.

In terms of beauty products, there’s Milk, E.L.F and more. Glamour Magazine has put a great list of the best vegan make-up brands together, but if you’re ever in doubt, look for the rabbit and for the vegan symbol on the back of the product.

Don’t forget about your wardrobe!

vegan hemp backapack for veganuary wardrobe

We’ve recently covered five of our favourite sustainable brands, which is a really great place to start when you’re looking for vegan alternatives. With slow fashion on the rise, there are many alternatives to leather that are just as durable. Of course, there’s also a benefit of dyes or other chemicals used in the production of clothes, not being tested on animals.

Instead of opting for high street retailers, look out for brands who incorporate a more sustainable approach. Invest in materials such as recycled cotton, hemp or linen. Our bags, as an example, are made from hemp, so we’re able to keep water usage low during production. We also use rice bags for the lining, which eliminates waste and use natural dyes that we do not test on animals. So, if you’re in the market for a new sustainable backpack, bum bag or yoga mat bag, you can rest assured. Completely cruelty-free and vegan, a Bagmaya bag is a friend to you and the environment.

Have you joined in this Veganuary? Let us know what swaps you’re enjoying the most in the comments below.

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