With 350,000 sign-ups so far, this Veganuary is already the most successful to date, and it’s proving an exciting time for those opting to go plant-based, as supermarkets and restaurants add more meat-free options to their offerings.
At Avant we’re invested in making conscious changes to our lifestyles by choosing vegan options where possible when it comes to food, fashion and beauty. If you’re looking to make more animal-friendly or plant-based choices, we’ve rounded up our top picks for Veganuary to give you a helping hand.
One of the pioneers of the vegan leather movement, the brand Mat(erial) & Nat(ure) was born from exploring the synergy between the two concepts. Perhaps best known for their beautiful bags, Matt & Nat now also offer footwear, outerwear and other accessories, and are committed to developing new innovative ways to remain sustainable and eco-friendly, incorporating recycled plastic bottles and recycled bicycle tyres into their materials.
The creation of Made In Chelsea star Tiffany Watson, ThreeSixFive’s range of chic accessories provides a luxury alternative to leather. Offering personalised bags, travel accessories, phone cases, diaries and notebooks, all products are made from vegan leather and recycled paper, making them a super conscious choice.
Luxury vegan footwear brand Beyond Skin offers vintage inspired shoe styles with trend-led twists, using faux leathers and opulent prints to give a premium feel. The brand is also pioneering in sustainability within the footwear industry, and steers clear of sweatshops in its production processes.
Delhicious’ vegan and cruelty-free body scrubs feature their signature ingredient black assam tea, which is loaded with caffeine to revive dull skin, alongside all-natural ingredients including sweet almond oil, brown sugar and Himalayan salt. The brand also partners with Stop The Traffik, donating a percentage of sales to the charity to help stop human trafficking.
With baby wipes one of the main offenders when it comes to water pollution, The Cheeky Panda’s biodegradable baby and handy wipes offer an environmentally-friendly solution. The brand’s range also includes tissues, toilet roll and kitchen towel, with all products made from 100% virgin bamboo, and Carbon Balanced with the World Land Trust to help protect rainforests and animals that live there.
Inspired by the amount of plastic debris building up in the sea, Lavandi’s founder wanted to create products that were natural, vegan and plastic-free. The range includes soap, shampoo and conditioner bars, body creams, deodorant, bathroom accessories and packaged using zero plastic, plant based inks, non bleached card and eco labels, with a ‘naked’ range also on offer.
Vegan and gluten-free eatery Allotment uses fresh, locally sourced ingredients to create exciting and innovative dishes, promising an entirely new plant based experience.
A recent addition to the Northern Quarter, Alvarium offers plant based small plates menus that are regularly rotated to maximise freshness and minimise food waste.
Although not a vegan restaurant, Elnecot’s nut roast is the perfect addition to any Sunday. Served with all the trimmings of a roast, even including vegan mac and cheese, it’s definitely our go-to.
For more Veganuary inspiration, check out our Instagram stories today to see our pick of the best vegan meals in Manchester.
– Ellen Kelly, Director and Co-Founder