I thought about this the other day when I was questioning what my tips would be for vegan summer shopping. I realised that it's actually a whole lot easier to shop for clothes that aren't made from animal derived materials in the summer than it is in the winter. I also have found that it's a lot easier to stick to healthier, vegan food, particularly if you're transitioning or new to the lifestyle. So here are five reasons why it's easier to go vegan this summer...
1. Summer clothes are easier to buy
Animal hair is mostly used because it is warm. It can be more difficult to shop for a winter wardrobe because there's so much wool, fur, cashmere etc. Because these materials are just so warm, summer clothing mostly uses cotton and linen. The only things you need to look out for are leather used in accessories and sandals and silk which may be used in blouses as it's fairly light weight.
2. We crave less comfort food
In the winter we often crave warm, comfort foods and these are the ones that tend to contain more meat and dairy. As someone that is new to veganism or is transitioning, it's much easier to stay on track when you're craving much lighter meals. That's not to say you can't have a hearty, vegan meal. The only thing to tackle is a BBQ, but there's so much choice for vegans that you'll never go unsatisfied. Sign up below to be the first to receive a list of recipes for vegan BBQs.
3. You'll save money on food
A lot of fruit and veg is at its best in the summer months and so it's tastier, much more accessible and far cheaper than in the winter months. This can make it a lot cheaper to eat vegan, particularly as you don't have to fork out for meat and dairy on top. Your cravings for lighter meals is going to save you a lot of money.
4. It's easier to try vegan makeup
An issue some people who wear makeup have when coming to the lifestyle is a change in beauty products. You can read about how I got rid of all of my makeup when I transitioned into veganism. In summer it's nice to give your skin a bit of a break which gives you time to try out new, cruelty free products at your own leisure.
5. There are more vegan events and markets
In summer you'll find more markets where you can pick up fresh produce and discover local, vegan brands - they're out there! There are also a lot of vegan festivals dotted around the country and a much bigger turnout to vegan markets now that the weather is so wonderful. Summer seems to bring more people together so it's a great time to meet the local vegan community and feel the support.
Any time is a great time to go vegan, but if you're considering it then summer is the perfect opportunity!