This Friday, January 25th, Europe’s largest vegan campaigning charity – Viva! – are giving away free vegan cappuccinos in Cabot Circus.
To encourage the people of Bristol to choose plant-based milk alternatives, the charity‘s Viva!ccino bike will showcase four types of plant-based milk – oat milk which has been donated by Swedish plant-based company Oatly, alongside coconut, almond and soya milk. Vegan campaigners will be on hand to distribute leaflets and answer questions about dairy-free diets.
In recent years, the UK has seen a steady decline in the demand for animal-based products whilst sales of plant-based products continue to grow. However, many people are still unaware how readily available vegan coffee and plant-based milks are on the high street.
Laura Hellwig, Viva! Campaigner, explains the reasoning behind the Viva!ccino tour:
“We want to show the public how easy and delicious it is to make the switch to dairy-free products. There has been an explosion of new vegan products on the high street and Bristol is no exception!
By touring some of the largest cities with our Viva!ccino bike, we hope to reach people who may have never considered dairy alternatives. We also hope to educate people about the realities of the dairy industry. Female cows are artificially inseminated at a young age and will carry their babies for nine months, just like humans. The calf is taken away from the mother shortly after birth, in order for humans to consume the milk. This is standard practice across the dairy industry and happens on small organic farms to large zero-grazing mega-dairies.
The best way to help animals, the environment and improve your health is to go vegan. If you are at all curious to try plant-based milk, come along and discover your new favourite vegan drink!”
Head to Cabot Circus between 11am and 2pm for your free cappuccino – and read more about the campaign here.