Happy World Vegan Day!
Since it’s officially the day to celebrate all things vegan it’s only right we take a moment to champion the underdogs.
The start-ups and small businesses who felt so passionate about going vegan that they decided to turn it into their job.
We’ve got a round-up of the best vegan start-ups from chocolate to cushions.
From burgers to beauty here’s our top 12 independent vegan brands.
1.The Vurger Co
The Vurger Co was set up after their owners were frustrated at the artificial nature of most vegan burgers.
So they went about creating the most amazing plant-based burgers using quality ingredients and vegan brioche buns.
You can find them at pop up events all around the capital.
2. Project Jackfruit
Passionate vegans Abi and Jordan set up Project Jackfruit – an allergen-free plant-based meat alternative-in June this year.
They claim that cooked jackfruit has the same feel as cooked meat and takes on any flavour you cook with it.
They currently sell the meat substitute online in four different flavours (American BBQ, The Nutty Satay, Jerkpocalypse and The East Beast.)
Interior Design lover Sophie was constantly on the hunt for cushions that weren’t filled with feathers.
So she set up Vextile – a luxury range of vegan soft furnishings which also use recycled materials.
The cushions come in four colours and cost £60 each.
4.The Art Tiffin
Many people don’t realise that art materials are often non-vegan.
Ox gall is used in paint, squid is used in ink and even paintbrushes may contain animal hair.
Dr Pragya Agarwal found that art helped immensely with PND but struggled to find ethical art materials.
She created Art Tiffin: a monthly subscription box full of vegan art materials, treats and Fairtrade products.
5. All Plants
All Plants promises proper vegan food with no nasty ingredients.
You can can subscribe to their plant-based meal boxes which you just pop in the freezer on arrival.
Choices include cashew mac and thai green curry.
6. Brontie & Co
An artisan vegan chocolatier, Brontie & Co make handmade chocolate from a tiny factory in Sussex.
Unlike most vegan chocolate, there’s no allergens or refined sugar – making it suitable for diabetics too.
Flavours include spicy chilli and lime and sea salt.
Yes, another chocolate one – but can you ever really have too much chocolate? We think not.
Ombar raw chocolate contains completely natural ingredients and tastes ridiculously creamy.
It was set up by Richard Turner, himself a vegan, who wanted to show people the many health benefits of cacao.
British vegan skincare range BRYT was created by Catkin Wemyss Bodmer, a vegan mum who wanted to create amazing natural skincare for women and men.
It’s Peta accredited and stocked in Waitrose.
9. House Of Kind
A completely vegan homeware and accessories store.
Its founders tried Veganuary at the start of the year and transitioned permanently to veganism soon after.
They found it difficult to find vegan homeware products so set up House of Kind, an online store which stocks completely vegan and ethically-sourced items.
10. Friendship Shoes
Friendship vegan shoes is all about well made, good quality vegan shoes that are also environmentally sound.
You can find them online or at their East London showroom.
11. Young Vegans
Vegan comfort food at its best.
The Young Vegans have been popping up at festivals and markets all over the country.
Now they’ve found a permanent home at Camden Market – and dish up the most amazing pie and mash.
12. Green Bay Supermarket
A completely vegan supermarket, GreenBay was set up in 2015 in a bid to make shopping for vegans much easier (no more having to check the label).
They’re based in West Kensington but you can also buy online.