The Environmental Impact of Taking Part in Veganuary 2020

A staggering 1.31 million people gave up animal products for Veganuary 2019 and it’s estimated that this year even more people will be going vegan for the month of January. With 46% of those saying they are doing it for their health, 34% for the animals and 12% for the environment.

The Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year 2019 was climate emergency so, it’s no wonder that more and more people are looking to their diet in a bid to reduce their carbon footprint. Almost half of all food emissions come from animal products, so it makes sense that switching to an animal product free diet is best for the environment - even more so than not flying or buying an electric car!

The 350,000 people that signed up for Veganuary this year eating a vegan diet for just one month is the equivalent of saving:

  • 41,200 tonnes of CO2eq from the atmosphere (that’s the same as 450,000 flights from London to Berlin)

  • 160 Tonnes of eutrophication from waterways (the same impact as preventing 650 tonnes of sewage from entering our waterways)

  • 2.5 million litres of water (the equivalent of an Olympic-sized swimming pool)

  • 1 million animals

 Written by - Lois Johnston,  



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