Author: Joanne Fairbrother

Vitamin B12

What is vitamin B12? Vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin(e) because it contains cobalt, is a very important essential nutrient: among other things we use it to synthesise red blood cells and maintain the...

Vegan Nutrition Calcium


What is calcium? Calcium is a metal that combines with phosphate in our bodies to form hydroxylapatite, which is the mineral portion of human and animal bones and teeth. It is a vital part...


Health Reasons for Going Vegan

The case for a balanced plant-based diet has been exhaustively argued by many qualified nutritionists and other professionals. Vegan diets are widely supported as perfectly healthy for all people, at all stages of life,...

Vegan Ethics - Sheep Wool

The Cruelty Behind Wool

What’s wrong with wool you ask? “Well on the surface, it appears that wool is a benign product because, at least theoretically it can be obtained without harming the sheep. However upon a closer...

Vegan Ethics Silk

The Truth About Silk

Silk is a protein fibre, some forms of which can be woven into textiles. Today, China and Japan are the two main producers, together accounting for more than 50% of global production each year....

Vegan Ethics - Leather

What’s Wrong with Leather?

Are you a vegan? Vegetarian? If so then I expect that you already have your views on why leather is ‘bad’. It is a by-product, sometimes referred to as a co-product, of the animal...

Vegan Ethics - Fur

Fur Cruelty

Fur coats and fur consumer products are found all around the world. Animals that are trapped or farmed for these products range from minks, foxes, chinchillas, lynxes and raccoons to dogs, cats, rabbits and...

Vegan Living - Vegan Foods in South Africa

Vegan Food in South Africa

Please note that none of the products on this list (except where otherwise specified) are officially endorsed by the South African Vegan Society. We rely completely on companies and manufacturers to supply us with...

Vegan Living Vegetarian Eggs

Why Not Vegetarian?

Isn’t vegetarianism enough? Isn’t veganism just a radical fringe diet? Almost everybody knows a couple of vegetarians – people who don’t eat meat but usually still eat eggs and cheese, drink milk and don’t...

Vegan Living FAQ Labrador

Frequently Asked Questions

Many common questions posed by and to vegans are answered below. If you would like to see any questions not listed here included, then get in touch and let us know. QUICK LINKS Why...


Non-Vegan E-Numbers

E-Numbers are simply artificial food additives, like colourants, flavourants, antioxidants, preservatives, stabilisers, thickeners etc. Each of these additives is given a corresponding “E Number” that adheres to an international numbering system, so that their...


Environmental Reasons for Going Vegan

Animal agriculture takes a devastating toll on the earth. It is an inefficient way of producing food, since feed for farm animals requires land, water, fertilizer, and other resources that could otherwise have been...