It's high time that we take a look at the facts. Tatler goes over the numbers to find out the environmental advantages of veganism apart from it being treated as merely a diet trend.
The vegan community in the Philippines is constantly growing. With over 52,000 members, the Manila Vegans Facebook has evolved into an avenue for both vegans and non-vegans who are curious and interested in living an animal cruelty-free lifestyle.
"There surely is high and increasing demand even in our branches like Davao and Cagayan de Oro City," says Chit Juan.
For the longest time, as the founder of EchoStore, she has been offering products that are earth-friendly like Wonder Meat. And it seems they're planning on carrying more plant-based products in the future for the right reasons.
"First is for health reasons. Eating less meat is seen as an easier way to reduce the chances of cancer and other lifestyle diseases. Second, carbon emissions are really reduced," Juan says. "[And the third reason] is ethical. [It's] the one reason many vegans have turned vegan," she adds, pertaining to vegans' belief in liberating animals from all forms of cruelty. This includes slaughtering them for food.
Countless debates and jokes on vegans later, it seems this movement is hinged on an urgent cause that we can all finally collectively agree on—saving a dying planet.