When we look at the concepts veganism and vegetarianism they seem to mean the same thing. At first, it’s normal that we find them at least similar. And the truth is that they are similar in the sense that they represent sustainable paths, but they’re not the same thing.
In order to never confuse them again, let us explain to you how they’re similar and different.
What is it?
Let’s start with vegetarianism. It is a plant-based diet, which excludes meat and fish and which may or may not include animal derived products (milk, eggs, etc.).
A vegetarian might be:
- Lacto-ovo vegetarian: consume dairy products and egg products
- Lacto vegetarian: consume dairy products such as cheese, milk and yogurt.
- Ovo vegetarian: consume egg products
According to The Vegan Society, “veganism is a philosophy of life that seeks to exclude, to the extent possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation and cruelty to animals, for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of alternatives free from animal abuse for human, animal and environmental benefit. In food terms, it denotes the practice of dispensing all products derived entirely or partially from animals. “
What are the reasons for the change?
A vegetarian diet can be adopted for a variety of reasons, such as health, ethics or religion. It can be seen simply as a way to stay in shape.
Veganism has as its main focus the ethical issue of non-animal exploitation, which implies a more radical diet. In terms of clothing, for example, it demands more sustainable, cruelty-free choices. To meet this demand we created Verney, a brand of vegan footwear. Get to know our models here.
What are the advantages?
The truth is that both options are advantageous for the environment and will undoubtedly have a positive impact on your life and those around you. However, veganism is undoubtedly the best way to guarantee sustainability and a life free of cruelty. It’s a commitment to Planet Earth and other living beings.
It has been proven that the livestock industry consumes 1/3 of all water consumed in the world, in addition to the obvious negative impact on animal life. Veganism emerges as a more sustainable option in this sense, for example when we talk about the fur industry and the impact of the traditional footwear industry on the environment. When we take into account all the advantages of veganism for the environment, we realize that it’s not a way of life that is so difficult to understand.
If you have doubts about which sustainable path to follow, we’ll give you our suggestion.
Start by adopting vegetarianism and you will realize the positive changes in your life. Who knows, it might work even as an adaptation to veganism.
Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan or otherwise, the most important thing is to be conscious by choosing the sustainable path that makes sense for you.