A vegan is someone who has taken an ethical choice to live a life that in no way exploits other living beings for food, clothing, cosmetics, or similar purposes. To do so a vegan not only excludes all animal products from his or her diet, including all meat (fish and chicken included!), dairy, eggs and honey but also avoids using any form of leather, suede, wool and silk. Vegans also do not use products that have been tested on or in any way contain ingredients from animals. A vegan also refuses to contribute or participate in activities where animals are used to entertain humans such as circuses, zoos, horse racing, etc.
The term veganism was first mentioned by Donald Watson, Secretary of the Leicester Vegetarian Society and the founder of the Vegan Soceity, in 1944 as a way to better describe the life of strict vegetarians. It then took another 30+ years (until 1979) before the term got an official definition by the Memorandum and Articles of Association describing veganism as:
et’s face it. The Earth is in shambles and we are the ones to blame for it. Our love for plastic, consumption of animal products, and addiction to fossil fuels is literally killing the planet. Our oceans and waterways are contaminated, our forests are shrinking, pollution is at an all time high, animals are dying and the health of humanity is at risk, yet very little is done to fix it.
How can live and travel sustainably? First, let’s try and understand what some of the biggest problems are.
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