According to an article in the Telegraph, published in May 2016, ‘The number of vegans in Britain has risen by more than 360 per cent over the past decade…’
Around 542,000 people that are aged 15 and over (over 1% of the population) have taken on veganism. This figure has risen from 150,000 since 2006. A survey conducted by the Vegan Society proves that veganism is now one of Britain’s ‘fastest growing lifestyle movements’. This is why many of our most loved footwear brands are beginning to take this into consideration when designing new styles.
There are perceived health benefits to becoming a vegan. It is thought that this could also have an impact on this growing trend. Vegans have stated that it helps to lower cholesterol and blood pressure, lower body mass index and a reduce the risk of death caused by heart disease and cancer. Did you know that Ellie Goulding, Jennifer Lopez and Liam Hemsworth have become vegans? Surveys have shown that younger people in particular are giving veganism a try. Almost 50% of vegans are between 15-34 years of age, compared to 14% of adults aged over 65.
Becoming a vegan means that you aren’t allowed to eat meat, seafood or dairy products as well as other foods that are produced using animals, such as honey, wines, beers and other alcoholic beverages that are filtered using animal products. Many supermarkets and restaurants are taking note of this increase in veganism and they now offer vegan-friendly menus and own-brand vegan products.
Footwear and clothing brands are now introducing more vegan-friendly footwear. They’re producing synthetic alternatives to their leather designs. Lots of footwear brands including Toms, Vans, Etnies and Dr Martens have introduced multiple styles, especially for vegans.
You still need to be careful when buying footwear, even if the shoes are made from a synthetic material. This is because some brands use animal-derived glues in their products. The new Dr Martens Vegan Castel and Vegan 1460 black are great vegan-friendly options!