“I believe meat has so many toxins in it that your body never really manages to get rid of it. People believe that you have to have protein and bulk to give you energy, but fruit and vegetables are full of health. Your body processes these efficiently so they do the maximum good for you. You feel so well, light, supple, and full of energy.”
Dame Vivienne Westwood is an influential fashion designer and businesswoman who rose to fame in the late 1970s when her early designs helped shape the look of the punk rock movement.
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The CommuniTree Initiative
“Taking small steps such as eliminating meat from your diet for one day per week can lead to huge positive benefits to our own heath and the overall health of the planet, that’s why we are proud to be members of the Meat Free Monday community.” – Danny English
Danny English is the founder and director of The CommuniTree Initiative, which recognises how developing a healthy relationship with the natural world results in a healthy mind, body and soul for the individual. The team encourages the children and adults they work with to spend time in nature, eat a clean plant based diet and recognise their connection with all living beings.
Wadham College Student Union
“I am very excited that the Student Union has made this important step towards moderating our environmental impact. The wide variety of vegetarian food will hopefully mean that much good is achieved with no sacrifice at all!” – Anya Metzer
Anya Metzer is the President of Wadham College Student Union, Oxford University. A combined representative body of undergraduate, postgraduate and visiting students, Wadham College Student Union prides itself on being a progressive and engaged political group whose work includes student support, welfare, entertainment and campaigning. Students voted in favour of Meat Free Monday in a referendum (March, 2014).
“Try Meat Free Monday every week and you will see how creative and delicious vegetarian food is. As our destiny of mankind depends on it, be a noble man and try it!” – Rickie Wong
Rickie Wong is the Chief Executive Officer of The Herbivores, a pair of vegetarian restaurants in Hong Kong. The Herbivores restaurants are staffed by a talented and dedicated group of employees committed to offering pioneering dishes and a novel dining experience.
Charles & Keith
“The CHARLES & KEITH organic denim collection was created to raise awareness on climate change and our environment. Using 100% organic cotton and strict ecological standards, the limited-edition shoes and handbags were sold in select countries, with partial sale proceeds donated to Meat Free Monday.”
CHARLES & KEITH is an international fast fashion ladies’ footwear and accessories brand with presence in the Asia Pacific, Europe and Middle Eastern regions. With more than 400 stores, CHARLES & KEITH remains committed to Social Responsibility through collaborations with various organisations.
“In Spain, verduras form a key part of every meal – what would we do without dishes such as Gazpacho, or Patatas Bravas? I always serve plenty of meat-free alternatives at my restaurant, such as a fresh Chicory and Blue Cheese Salad and Aubergine Tortilla. I wholeheartedly support this campaign.”
“Support the campaign, support the planet – it could not be easier than with us with a great choice of over 21 delicious, freshly prepared and ethically-sourced vegetarian dishes to choose from. Being meat free is made easy!” – Aman Kular
Aman Kular is the Managing Director and Founder of tamatanga, a multi award-winning urban Indian canteen based in Nottingham.
“The impact of one designated meat free day a week could make a meaningful contribution to the environment, fight global hunger and improve global health. It’s a simple and delicious choice to make.”
Chef and author Maria Elia has worked as head chef of restaurants Delfina, The Whitechapel Dining Room and Joe’s in Knightsbridge. She is author of two cookbooks – Full of Flavour, and The Modern Vegetarian. Watch Maria’s Meat Free Monday secondary school cooking workshop.
The Crown and Sceptre
“Stroud prides itself on being a cosmopolitan town, and has a good proportion of vegetarians, vegans as well as meat eaters that enjoy a good vegetarian meal. We are also very lucky to have Erin Baker, a fabulous and local, vegetarian chef to cook these wonderful dishes. ‘Meat Free Monday’ really was an obvious thing to do.” – Rodda Thomas
Rodda Thomas is the landlord of the Crown and Sceptre in Stroud, Gloucestershire. The pub began hosting monthly Meat Free Monday meals in February 2014.
“My brother and I set up The Gate vegetarian restaurant twenty-five years ago and nothing makes us happier than having a carnivore converted one meal at a time! We support Meat Free Monday because it’s the first step towards a healthier lifestyle and planet.” – Michael Daniel
Michael Daniel is Co-founder of The Gate, a top London vegetarian restaurant in three locations – Hammersmith, Islington and Seymour Place.