“It’s a great initiative and an opportunity for us to really reduce meat consumption that not only saves our lives but saves our planet. Let’s continue to move towards a Meat Free Monday!”
Eric Adams is the Brooklyn Borough President having previously served three terms in the New York State Senate and 22 years in the New York City Police Department. After being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2016, he adopted a plant-based diet and successfully reversed his diabetes.
“Try it, you might like it … and the planet definitely will appreciate it.”
Woody Harrelson is an award-winning actor who has appeared in films including White Men Can’t Jump, Kingpin, Natural Born Killers and The People vs. Larry Flynt, as well as Meat Free Monday’s own film One Day a Week.
“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.
“We want to change people’s perceptions of what a great British pie should be and encourage pie lovers everywhere to give meat-free and vegan pies a try. Since 2016 we’ve been actively encouraging our customers to ‘try a veg pie’ and our vegan range of pies (and now patties too!) continues to grow.” – Jon Simon
Jon Simon founded Pieminister with his brother-in-law Tristan Hogg in 2003. Still an independent family business, the company makes all of its award winning pies and patties in house, using responsibly-sourced ingredients. In recent years, almost all of the new products they have launched are plant-based.
”I was personally inspired to change my diet thanks to the MFM campaign. As an avid fan of the McCartneys’ public and personal taste together with a genuine curiosity in human consumption of animal products, I feel the movement represents real progress. At the pub, we’re always looking of new ways to promote vegan options through the beers on the bar and food from the kitchen.” – Jack Cregan
Jack Cregan is one of the owners of The Pond, which operates 50% vegan menu throughout the week, with the exception of Monday when it goes completely meat free!
“I started getting into vegan food through Meat Free Monday. Everyone was doing Meat Free Monday and I wondered what it was all about. I genuinely started to feel better. Tuesday was a good day for me – I just used to wake up feeling really sprightly! I know everyone says it and it sounds really cliché but I do – I wake up in the morning and I feel good.”
As an Instagram chef, Miguel Barclay’s dishes always look amazing, but what has caused such a buzz is the fact that they all cost less than £1 per person! From his kitchen in Camden, Miguel is constantly experimenting with breaking down recipes and coming up with innovative new £1 creations. Through his One Pound Meals phenomenon, Miguel gives you the confidence and motivation to change the way you cook for ever.
“As a mid-sized food company, our actions can seem so meagre and insignificant as to be pointless, but ignoring the climate change threat will not make it go away. It’s only through millions of small actions that we stand a chance. And we think that change can begin with the simple act of choosing a veggie meal for supper.” – Ed Perry
Ed Perry is the founder of COOK, which produces meals for the freezer using the same ingredients you would at home, with shops and a delivery service throughout the UK. COOK have set themselves the goal of increasing their meat-free sales at a faster rate than their meat products, have launched six new vegan-friendly dishes this year, are working on a veggie Christmas lunch and have started sending out a monthly ‘Meat-Free Mail’.
“At itsu, 40% of our menu is vegan including hot food, salads and sushi. We see this as being core to our philosophy of eating healthily and incorporating more vegetables into our diets. Joining the Meat Free Monday campaign has given us another opportunity to help celebrate positive and healthy lifestyles. On top of this, in late 2018 we introduced our ‘no meat Mondays’ dish to encourage our customers to think about reducing their meat intake once a week. Eat beautiful.”
itsu is an Asian-inspired restaurant chain offering healthy sushi, salads, soups, rice bowls and noodles. The early pioneers of Pret are the creative force behind itsu – a place dedicated to lower fat, lower calorie, delicious food. Its ‘eat beautiful’ menu celebrates the flavours of the Far East; high in nutrients yet refreshingly low in calories and saturated fat.
“Meat Free Monday is a simple idea which makes so much sense! By not eating meat at least one day a week we help the environment, save animals and improve our health. Try it, get your friends and family to try it and why not encourage your school to try it too?”
Fearne Cotton is an English television and radio presenter who is known for presenting on BBC Radio 1, as well fronting TV shows like Tops of the Pops and the Red Nose Day telethon.
The Students’ Union at UWE
“The world in becoming increasingly aware of the ongoing climate crisis. Changing to a plant-based diet is the single biggest consumer action you can make to reduce your carbon footprint. Aside from this fact, it has been proved that those who follow a plant-based diet live healthier, richer lives – whilst reducing the suffering of animals. Given these facts, Meat Free Monday is a no-brainer.” – Ciaran Gutteridge
Ciaran Gutteridge is Sustainability Officer 2018-2019 at The Students’ Union at UWE, a 30,000 strong organisation which supports students across all campuses, courses and backgrounds at the University of the West of England (UWE). The Union’s Student Sustainability Committee launched a #PlantBasedPlanet campaign following market research showing a high demand for more vegetarian and vegan options. The campaign includes working with the Students’ Union Bar to promote Meat Free Monday and offer discounted plant-based dishes.