Veganuary 2019 is set to be the biggest yet, with a record number of people signing up to take part in the charity run event.
Veganuary 2019 will mark a huge number of non-vegans try out the lifestyle for a month, to see if they can notice any difference in their mood, weight or simply a boost in self-satisfaction and personal wellbeing. It has now been highlighted just how damaging the meat and dairy industry are to the environment, and that eliminating animal based products from regular diet can reduce the need for such products. Rising popularity of the lifestyle, and its reported benefits, has also led to an increase in interest and availability of vegan options within the mainstream.
Additionally, recent coverage on climate change, the industrialisation of the meat industry and health issues have prompted a record-breaking 300,000 people to sign up on the Veganuary website for the upcoming month-long event.
A number of celebrities are also getting involved, including chef and author Jack Monroe, Irish rugby star Anthony Mullally and comedian Carl Donnelly. Many are long term vegans, but the aim of the event is to encourage people to try it out, and so the overall experience is a welcoming and supportive one. There’s even an option to submit your own personal Veganuary story.
Established by husband and wife co-founders, Matthew Glover and Jane Land in late 2013, the charity project has grown from strength to strength in recent years, with an annual increase of tens (and now hundreds) of thousands. Participant numbers since this online campaign’s inception have spiked in a surprising way:
- Veganuary 2014 – 3,300
- Veganuary 2015 – 12,800
- Veganuary 2016 – 23,000
- Veganuary 2017 – 59,500
- Veganuary 2018 – 168,500
The most recent Veganuary survey results (2018) also held some notable elements:
- 168,500 people from 165 countries participated
- 62 percent of participants remained vegan after the 31-day challenge
- Veganuary has harnessed the power of the “ripple effect.” For every 100 people registering, another 12 family members or friends also took part.
Feel like giving it a go? Sign up now on the website and join hundreds of thousands of others who are willing to make a change for a better world and a better self.