“The main reason for Meat Free Monday is to reduce the consumption of animal proteins as we eat far too much of them anyway. If we can reduce the amount of meat and poultry that we eat, we can reduce our carbon footprint. Recent research is showing too that a meal higher in vegetables is far healthier than one loaded with animal protein and fats.” – Rosalind Rathouse
Rosalind Rathouse is the Principal of the Cookery School, an award-winning cookery school in central London which focuses on sustainable and seasonal home cooking. The school offers a wide range of courses and corporate events, and day and evening classes including its very own ‘Meat Free Monday – Vegan’ class.
“By following Meat Free Monday, you not only help the planet but also eat in a more compassionate and health conscious way.”
Leona Lewis a singer and songwriter who rose to fame after winning the third series of the The X Factor in 2006. She has had nine top ten hits in the UK.
“Just see how easy it will be not to eat meat for one day a week. Just think how the world will benefit from fewer trees being cut to make way for grazing animals. Just imagine how many lives, both animal and human you will help to save: and join the fab Paul McCartney and millions more, including me, in making Monday a Meat Free day.”
Bath Spa University
“At Bath Spa we are proud to be supporting Meat Free Monday as a way of reducing our carbon footprint and reducing our killing of animals, whilst helping people to eat healthier at the same time. It’s imperative, at the current time of ecological crisis, that we reduce our consumption of carbon intensive meat and dairy, and we’re happy to support a global movement that’s addressing this necessary action.” – Cody Moir
Cody Moir is the 2016-2017 Environment and Ethics Officer at Bath Spa University’s Student’s Union. The University considers environmental sustainability in all its activities and uses the Ecocampus scheme to manage impacts. It was ranked 1st out of 46 universities participating in the Student Barometer (a survey conducted around the world) in the Autumn Wave 2016 for “Eco-friendly attitude”.
“To change a culture you need to start at a young age. We now have children aged 0 to 5 adopting Meat Free Monday across our nurseries, so it will be completely normal to the next generation. It is also a great excuse to eat more vegetables and introduce new flavours to our children.” – Mark Webster
Mark Webster is the Catering Manager at Just Childcare, a family of day nurseries, with over 30 locations across the North of England. Putting children and their health at the heart of everything they do, Just Childcare introduced Meat Free Monday to their nursery menus in October 2015 to ensure their children grow up healthily and learn to preserve the environment.
“Meat Free Monday is the most brilliant excuse to focus on the incredible variety of veggies out there – the flavours, textures and wonderful dishes you can create are beyond belief. So here’s to Meat Free Monday and frankly, meat free Wednesdays too.”
Jamie Oliver, MBE, is a British chef, restaurateur and media personality, known for his food-focused television shows, cookbooks and more.
The Riverford Field Kitchen
“Meat Free Mondays are a brilliant excuse to show off what we do best. There is little doubt that we eat more animal products than is good for our health and the environment, so it’s great to encourage a meat free day, and show people how versatile and satisfying vegetarian food can be.” – Glyn Morgan
Glyn Morgan is the General Manager of The Riverford Field Kitchen, an award-winning organic restaurant where diners can expect a feast of freshly-picked seasonal produce straight from the fields. The Field Kitchen is completely meat free on Mondays and offers organic meat and fish options on other days. It works creatively with the seasons so the menu changes daily.
“We have definitely seen a shift in attitudes with more people embracing the idea of eating less or no meat. The days of meat and two veg are over and pizza particularly lends itself to a vegetarian diet because there are so many possible toppings. Meat Free Monday is a fantastic campaign and, whether they’re already vegetarians or simply looking to eat more meat-free meals, we’re proud to be doing more for our guests.” – Richard Hodgson
Richard Hodgson is CEO of PizzaExpress, an Italian restaurant chain founded in 1965 which now has over 400 restaurants across the UK and a further 30 overseas.
The Priory Rooms Meeting and Conference Centre
“We encourage our customers to adopt a meat free menu whenever they make use of our venue on a Monday. Even if these individuals only eat a vegetarian meal whilst attending their meeting here, we believe these weekly actions all add up and help reduce our venue’s impact on the planet. We offer a wide selection of cold and hot vegetarian options and try to show that giving up meat one day a week can be simple, healthy and enjoyable.” – Andrew Callan
Andrew Callan is Conference Centre Manager at The Priory Rooms, a Quaker-owned, not-for-profit meeting and conference centre located in the heart of Birmingham. The venue is committed to operating in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly way and has a number of initiatives in place to achieve this including serving Fairtrade teas and coffees, using recycled office materials and harvesting rain water to flush a proportion of the toilets.
“The good thing about Meat Free Monday is that it takes little effort – you simply don’t eat meat on Mondays. The greater number of people who support this, the greater the impact on the planet!”
Lauren Laverne is a radio DJ, television presenter, author and singer.