The Vegan Society announces the world’s first vegan-inclusive education conference
The Vegan Society is laying claim to a ‘world first’ as it announces its inaugural education conference taking place later this year. The first event of its kind aims to help vegan learners and their parents, as well as teachers looking to be vegan inclusive, who may not know where to start.
Members of the society’s Educational Network (EN) - a voluntary group of vegan professionals – and members of the International Rights Network will address challenges to vegan-inclusive education, describe their experiences as educators, parents and guardians and pupils, and look at how equality and inclusiveness principles can be applied to vegans whose ethical views are protected by law.
The charity is also welcoming guest speakers from the education sector to submit presentations ahead of the conference, at the Training and Conference Centre in Speke, Liverpool, on 1 October 2022.
Examples of topics covered include: how traditional resources can be improved to promote compassion for nonhuman animals, vegan inclusivity in extra-curricular activities and school trips, and the provision of vegan food and plant milks, to name a few.
If that isn’t enough, this week also marks the launch of the society’s Vegan Education Guide which aims to support educators with vegan children in their care. The document has been created with help from the EN which includes vegan volunteers from headteachers and teaching staff to school chefs, child psychologists and council members.
Education Network Chair and Education Officer at The Vegan Society Laura Chepner has worked tirelessly, alongside the society’s Dr. Jeanette Rowley, to create and launch the projects.
Laura said: “We’re so excited to be hosting such a groundbreaking event! The conference is a world first and will be the first time that the Education Network will get together and hear each other’s presentations.
As a former teacher and a vegan parent myself, I know all too well the challenges sometimes faced by vegan pupils, parents and the obstacles in creating an inclusive school environment. We’re confident the conference and the Vegan Education Guide will go a long way to helping educators to be as vegan-inclusive as possible while empowering and supporting vegan parents, children and young people in mainstream education.”
The Vegan Education Guide can be accessed here and parents of vegan children are encouraged to share the guide widely with their schools and among learning communities.
Professionals interested in joining the EN or contributing to the conference can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
VEG 1 celebrates one year plastic-free as it’s voted the most sustainable vitamin supplement
The Vegan Society is celebrating after its exclusive nutritional supplement VEG 1 came top of the sustainable vitamin polls, just in time for its first plastic-free birthday.
Thanks to users of the wherefrom crowd-sourced sustainability review platform, VEG 1 received the perfect gift after topping the poll of 30 vitamin brand contenders - a year after its sustainable makeover. The sustainability review platform allows users to rate products on factors including packaging, ingredients and quality. The Vegan Society was the only entry to score an overall nine out of 10, with the average falling in at 7.5. The full report can be found here.
The society’s vegan-inspired, chewable multivitamin is an affordable and reliable source of seven key nutrients including vitamin B12, D3, iodine, selenium, B2, B6 and folic acid. And, as well as also being gluten-free, yeast-free, wheat-free and lactose-free, a year ago ‘plastic-free’ was also added to its credentials – a move inspired by eco-conscious customers. And, since ditching the white plastic pot for an 100% recyclable aluminum tin, the society has sold just under 144,000 pots.
Aluminium has a low moisture transition rate and protects from reactive elements in the air, making it the perfect vessel to keep VEG 1 fresh. All postage and packaging used is also completely free of plastic.
Here is what some wherefrom reviewers had to say.
“I love this product. I and others asked for better packaging when it was plastic and we got it because you listened. Thank you!”
“VEG 1 is a great product for vegans, I was so happy when it went plastic-free! The container is made from aluminium which can be infinitely recycled. The Vegan Society also encourage users to re-purpose their old tins, which is a nice touch.”
“Nicely packaged in recyclable metal and the tasty tablets are easy to chew. Hopefully they are doing us good as well.”
Since its relaunch, we calculated its new-look packaging has saved 4032kg of plastic – roughly the weight of eight polar bears, nine grand pianos or two and a half medium cars. What’s more, unlike other packaging materials, aluminium and other metals can be recycled infinitely, without any degradation in quality.
Bethany Dandy, VEG 1 Marketing Officer at The Vegan Society, said: “It’s such fantastic news that VEG 1 came out top in wherefrom’s sustainability ranking, especially after so much work to finally make our plastic-free dreams a reality a year ago. We’d like to thank our customers as well as wherefrom users for their support.
We’re always working to strengthen customer confidence. It’s especially important when it comes to vegans keeping on top of their nutrients, but we also became increasingly aware that plastic pollution is a problem many vegans are consciously trying to avoid. It’s great to know the move has paid off and now even more people are benefitting from VEG 1.”
VEG 1 is available in either orange or blackcurrant flavour and can be bought as a three-month (£6.60) or six-month (£12.70) supply. You can read more about VEG 1 and place an order online here. If you are already a customer and would like to review the supplement, you can do so on the wherefrom site here.
New report shows 70% of UK drivers keen to purchase a fully vegan car
*A newly published report by The Vegan Society, Vegan Vehicles: The Future of Cars, has found that UK drivers are giving the green light when it comes to the development of fully vegan cars. *
Research within the report asked motorists about cars, the use of animals in car manufacturing and sustainability. Results found an impressive 70% said they were interested in purchasing a car that is proven to be entirely animal free, while even more (75%) want to see the removal of animal products from cars and other vehicles. Of these, 44% believe it is unnecessary to still use animal derivatives in cars, 18% stated environmental reasons and 14% are fuelled by ethical reasons.
What many don’t realise is that many car models available today contain different animal ingredients. It has been reported that media displays often found on dashboards contain liquid crystals that may be based on cholesterol taken from animals; rubber and plastic used to make tyres and tubing may be vulcanised and toughened using tallow (sheep fat); paintwork may contain animal-derived pigment, plus, the steel used for a car’s frame may have been lubricated with animal fat.
The use of leather in cars was criticised by the majority of survey respondents. Fifty-five percent of the panel would prefer for car manufacturers to not use it, and instead use a material that didn’t use animals. As well as this, 77% said they were interested in seeing “plant-based leather” being used in cars instead of animal leather, with those based in the East of England (84%) and London (81%) viewing this the most favourably. There are several companies producing plant-based leathers, otherwise known as “faux leather” or “pleather”, using everything from apples and cactus to pineapple leaves.
Interestingly, when looking for a new car, more than half (57%) of respondents revealed they would opt for a manufacturer who had animal-free options, while 61% would go for a manufacturer with green credentials, indicating ethics and sustainability go hand-in-hand when it comes to purchasing decisions.
Louisianna Waring, Senior Insight and Policy Officer at The Vegan Society, says it’s promising: “While the concept of a vegan car has been of interest to drivers and car manufacturers for a number of years, it’s highly encouraging to see how many motorists would opt for a vegan model. The automotive industry is taking steps in a more ethical direction, but products from animals can still feature throughout the manufacturing process. We wanted to understand the public’s perception of how animals are used in the industry, and it’s pleasing to see that 70% of consumers are revving up to see fully vegan cars hit the road in the future.”
For those who are looking to make the switch to a more vegan-friendly car today, we recommend asking staff at a showroom to contact their Head Office and research which cars are suitable or email HQ and ask the question. Modest cars and usually the most basic of those (the ones with no extras at all) are the ones most likely to be leather free. Alternatively, the Nissan Leaf is a leather free option if you are looking at electric cars.
Download Vegan Vehicles: The Future of Cars for free now.
*Research was based on a survey titled, “Share your thoughts”, conducted on Attest on 7th February 2022. Audience was 750 people who either currently own/lease a car or are planning to in the future. Data was collected for age, gender and home region.