According to the most recent studies, there are now over half a million vegans in the UK. The poll conducted in 2016 saw a dramatic rise in numbers from ten years previously (when the number was around 150,000). When you add that to the total number of vegetarians in the UK at being around three million people you can begin to see how important the trend has become to the country and what impact it has on everyday life and how we shop, eat, and live as a society.
We no longer talk about vegetarianism and veganism in niche terms – it is very much mainstream, and throughout the UK you’ll find countless vegan and vegetarian restaurants, cafes, retail stores and supermarkets (as well as vegan and vegetarian-friendly versions of all of the above).
In simple terms, though, what is the difference between a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle?
Both vegans and vegetarians choose not to eat animals. This is for a wide variety of reasons; some for health reaso…