Le véganisme, un régime vraiment écologique ?

Veganism, a truly ecological diet?

Before knowing if vegan fashion is really ecological, it is important to understand the meaning of the word vegan. Being vegan means excluding all animal products from your diet and adopting an animal-friendly lifestyle. No more fish, meat, eggs, honey, milk... All these foods are replaced by proteins of vegetable origin.


Does the vegan diet have a lower environmental impact than an omnivorous diet?

Positive aspects of veganism 

  1. The meat and dairy industry is very polluting because it uses large amounts of water, land, fossil fuels, and produces greenhouse gas emissions and other forms of pollution. This industry is also responsible for 91% of deforestation in the Amazon and is the main cause of loss of biodiversity on earth. By eating vegan, we significantly reduce the ecological footprint of our food. It is also considered the least polluting diet. 
  2. More than 1.1 billion animals are slaughtered each year in France, not counting fish and the aquatic world. More than 80% of these animals come from factory farms. It should also be emphasized the deplorable conditions breeding that these animals undergo: genetic manipulation, unsustainable living conditions, stress and raw mutilation before transport and slaughter. Being vegan therefore means consuming in a more ethical way and with respect for the animal.  

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The limits of veganism  

  1. From a point of view ecological, some studies show that consuming vegan would not be 100% ecological. Plant production also requires water consumption. Admittedly, it is less important than meat production, but it is still substantial. 
  2. A vegan diet can become dangerous to your health if it is bad Company. This lack of animal protein must be replaced by vegetable protein. This fashion effect is sometimes poorly understood or managed, and many people are unaware of the equivalences.  

And the marks in all this? 

The vegan label, which you can find on many fashion and cosmetic products, is a term that is currently neither mandatory nor framed by law. There is no law prohibiting the creation of one's own "vegan" pictogram, which often gives rise to abuse of language or false advertising. However, there are European associations or official agencies that are recognized by consumers. Vegan certification from these organizations is chargeable but guarantees the consumer vegan traceability from the field to the plate. You should always look at what the vegan label means, its specifications and how it monitors its labels. 

It is also important to stress that buying and consuming vegan does not automatically mean that the products are eco-responsible, ecological or science for our body and the environment. In cosmetics, for example, a product can be vegan, without animal origin, but contain substances that are not very clean such as silicones or parabens. 

Adapting to a vegan lifestyle has many positive aspects for the planet and our bodies. However, we must redefine veganism in all its aspects and not focus only on food in order to adopt a more ecological and healthy lifestyle. You can therefore be vegan without systematically adopting responsible behavior. 

This is why at Zèta, we are committed to offering you vegan products, but not only: all our shoes are made of materials recycled and recyclables. We have also limited intermediaries on the production chain, stopped deliveries outside Europe, while ensuring that we remain as transparent as possible. 

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