A new survey has found that most people who participated in Veganuary are still eating significantly less meat, with many staying completely vegan.
UK-based charity Veganuary is behind an annual campaign of the same name. The initiative sees people around the world signing up to eat plant-based for the month of January.
This year, more than half a million people took part in the program. Participants were from a record-breaking 209 countries and territories.
The non-profit organization just released the results from its follow-up survey, which was completed by Veganuary 2021 participants six months after the campaign.
The survey revealed that 82 percent of non-vegans who signed up have drastically cut down on their meat intake. Thirty-eight percent are eating at least 75 percent less meat and other animal products compared to their pre-Veganuary diet.
Fourteen percent are eating at least 50 percent less meat, and 30 percent are now following a fully plant-based diet.
Notably, 87 percent of those who have not stayed vegan after the one-month pledge have said they are very or extremely likely to try going vegan again in the future.
Of the participants who have stayed vegan, most (68 percent) of them have reported various improvements in health. Sixty percent say they have more energy and 59 percent have seen their mood improve.
Further, 52 percent report now having better skin, and 48 percent have seen a desired change in their weight.
Toni Vernelli is Veganuary’s International Head of Communications. She said in a statement: “These results show Veganuary is helping people make lasting diet changes that are good for the planet and their health.
“Cutting out meat and dairy is the best way each of us can cut our carbon footprint. As an added bonus, over two-thirds of participants who stick with a plant-based diet feel health benefits as well! There is simply no downside to signing-up for Veganuary!”