Category Archives: #LondonMeatFreeMonday

May 2016 – a time to be Meat Free!

May is the time to try a meat-free diet!

How will you promote meat free living to your friends and family this May?

The Vegetarian Society have teamed up with Tesco to promote National Veggie Week 16th – 22nd May.

veg week

They are giving grants to people (I got £50!) who are promoting veggie food and you can download posters and resources.

Like last year…

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I’ll be promoting National Veggie week at work, click the image above to find out how you can do the same!

Friends of the Earth are promoting Meat Free May – check out their recipes and resources.


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Meat Free at work!

shelter logoFrom Monday-Friday,a 1/3 of my time (about 40 hours) is spent with my wonderful colleagues at Shelter. 

That’s 55 people (on my floor alone) that I spend 40 hours with a week, that I can influence to be more sustainable and healthy – by eating plant Thomas Micklewright photobased food. Winning.

As an Environmental Champion (green scheme at work) I recently launched a Shelter-wide Meat-Free Monday.

Here is how I did it…

1. Plan. Visualise the event – Sharing food with colleagues and explaining how plant based food is healthier and more sustainable.

2. Recruit a team of helpers (depending on office size) – to promote the event, spread the word, and cook the food.

3. Promote. Promote. Promote. Emails, Intranet, posters, post it notes. Everywhere.

Now lets see that in pictures…

Plan & promote

Recruit cookers/ promoters from your office.

Prizes – befriend local veggie-friendly food stalls/shops and offer them free promotion in return for food.

Sunnyolivetree Hoxton beach Falafel Maison crepe

Go prepared with a voucher ready for the stall owner to sign as authentication.

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Write an article for your work blog or intranet page.
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Send out an event invite.

Email invite

Put up posters or write on white boards…

whiteboard promo

in the toilets… where there is ‘dwell time’…

promo toilet poster

and anywhere people will see, like the doors. Everyone walks through doors.

promo door poster




Add a post-it note on the day to catch peoples eye…

poster promo

Track responses by getting people to pledge their meat-free day on a big poster..

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On the day

Cook food…


Display food…

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Watch the tracker fill up!

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Email out to remind people to sign the tracker / comment on your blog post…

Email post food Monday

Enjoy the comments

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Give out the prizes!


with a happy email!

Prize email giveaway

Enjoy the lovely comments from your colleagues, asking for it to be set up as a monthly event…

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Set the next date.

Vegetarian Week starts on 18th May 2015 (my birthday), so maybe do it then?

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Monday Meat-Free Prize Draw

Win meals out and products every Monday!

Tweet @LondonVeganSoc or Facebook us a picture of your meat free meal on Monday to be in with a chance of winning a prize that very day! (Competition closed during April, will reopen again in May!)

Congrats to the past winners…

@lauraXsynthesis vegan pizzaMarch 24th: EVERYONE won a prize to kick of this competition … See the full collection of the winning #meatfree meals on our facebook pageLeft: @CandyceIsHere and Above: @lauraXsynthesis with a lovely vegan pizza!!




Congrats to  @calleigh_marie @cathymullan @lauraXsynthesis @theveganronin @candyceishere @cathedralsdavid @CllrJamesBarber @moorishhumous @puppetfut for winning a prize! Remember all you need to do is send in a picture of your lunch!

Past prizes March 24th…

mean green food prizeMean Green Food stall in East Dulwich – Yvette Marshall has kindly donated a meal package of samosas x2, roasted butternut squash, red onion and garlic with lentils, 5 quinoa fritters and aubergine & chickpea curry and rice – total value £15!

sausage and mash for the flyerBlue Brick Cafe – Dan Hughes, has kindly donated a meal for two. You can pick from homemade sausage and mash, curry, spaghetti or the delicious Full English featured here? Location: 14 Fellbrigg Road, East Dulwich, SE22 9HH.

essential-coconut-oil-690mlG Baldwins Health Food Shop – Tom Phillips has kindly donated a collection of specialist food products, including a jar of Raw Virgin Coconut oil.

The coconuts used to create this premium Virgin Oil are organically grown in Sri Lanka, where traditionally every part of the coconut tree is used, giving local farmers a sustainable income. Use in cooking or on the skin!

Check out their online catalogue. Location: Wandsworth, but prizes will be posted to you.

veggietable burgersThe Veggie Table – Anna has kindly donated 5 handmade veggie burgers to be won! The ultimate veggie burger, made with organic vegetables, quinoa, nuts, sultanas and cumin. Bursting with protein, calcium and iron, its gluten free, vegan and absolutely delicious. Guaranteed to keep you going all day! Location: Borough market.

Vegetarian Tapas Sharing PlateCubana – kindly donated a meal for two and cocktails! Cubana is London’s freshest, juiciest and best value Cuban Bar Restaurant. Cubana is famous for freshly-prepared Latin American food, fresh tropical cocktails and smoothies – and late-night live Cuban music!  Mauricio Gouveia, Cubana’s General Manager Find us on Facebook 48 Lower Marsh, London, SE1 7RG

Spread our flyer!


We have 5,000 flyers to be distributed in Southwark by 2015.

Display them in local shops, cafes, sports centres, libraries and also your on your street.

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Where have we already flyered –  CLICK HERE FOR A MAP!!!

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Southwark MFM mapVolunteer in three easy steps:

  1. Find your collection point (on the map) or download the Flyer
  2. Email to tell me where you are going to display them  – we will add to our Southwark Map.
  3. Tweet me a picture @LondonVeganSoc or share on our Facebook Page for your chance to win a meal for two in London!

Thank you very much for your support, Tom, Nuala and Duncan, Southwark Vegans Team.


London Council Meat Free Mondays!

One day the British government will advocate healthy eating by reduction of animal products. To achieve this, we have started meat free mondays in Southwark, London. In 2015 we will be start them in Lambeth and Hackney. Want to help?

swk council meetingSouthwark Council supports!!

On 7th October 2014 Thomas & Hema will be meeting Cllr Barrie Hargrove to discuss how Southwark council can implement the agreed motion below. Lets hope Barrie gives us a big thumbs up!

  1. Council assembly notes the benefits to personal health and the environment of lowering the consumption of meat.
  2. Council assembly therefore calls on cabinet to promote meat free options in schools and council buildings every Monday, and also promote the benefits of reducing meat consumption to council staff. ((The motion was forwarded in July 2014 by COUNCILLOR GRAHAM NEALE (Seconded by Councillor James Barber))

swk council logoA special thank you to Southwark councillors Anood Al-Sameria (Leader of Lib Dems), Graham Neale (a vegan and former Chair of The Vegan Society), James Barber and Stephen Govier who made the motion possible. Also three Members of Parliament: Simon Hughes MP, Tessa Jowell MP, Harriet Harman MP, London Assembly Member (Southwark/ Lambeth): Valerie Shawcross for supporting.

lambeth council logo2015: Lambeth!

Can you help us start meat free mondays in Lambeth? Email

Benefits of Meat Free Mondays

  • Better for residents health – reduce illness and obesity. Oxford University’s department of public health found eating meat no more than three times a week could save the NHS £1.2 billion in costs and prevent 31,000 deaths from heart disease, 9,000 deaths from cancer and 5,000 deaths from stroke every year.
  • Better for the environment – reduce Southwark’s carbon foot print – meat production uses more water, energy, land and creates more CO2 and methane than a plant based diet.  United Nation Food and Agriculture Organization estimates  livestock production is “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global”.
  • Better for the animals – Billions of animals are farmed and killed for meat each year, most in intensive factory farms, ending their lives with a brutal death. Eating less meat is a compassionate step that helps prevent animal cruelty and suffering.

Southwark Meat Free Mondays

TRY VEGAN! Join us for a free vegan carribean buffet on 20th May in Peckham…

Our Aim: We want to see Southwark residents healthier and reduce our impact on the environment. #Southwark #MeatFreeMonday is the easiest way to do this.Southwark MFM map

We want to see 2,880 people (1% of the borough’s 288,000 residents) try a it by 2016. It will cut child obesity, is better for your health and great for the environment.

You can read our master plan here: SouthwarkMFMHandbook.

November 2014 updates!

This month saw 4 churches come on board, some enquiries by Schools, coverage in the magazine Jellied Eel and also our volunteer team is building – we have volunteers in Politics, Faith, Health and Media – and also flyering!


Help us make our vision a reality – volunteer today and help with make Southwark greener and healthier!

@lauraXsynthesis vegan pizzaGive MFM a go yourself in three easy steps:

  1. Find a free recipe and cook at home or see our Southwark Food map for places to eat out!
  2. Eat some wonderfully tasting food!
  3. Tweet us a picture @LondonVeganSoc or share on our Facebook Page for your chance to win a meal for two in London!

Where can you buy vegan food in Southwark?

Take a look at the map below (I would open the full map here) to see the best places to eat out and buy vegan and veggie products. Want a place adding to the map? – get in touch.

…or click the link to find the best places to eat meat free in Southwark.

Southwark_areasThe whole community is taking part!

      • You! – read the reasons below then encourage your friends, family and colleagues give it a go!
      • 4 Green groups – Southwark Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, Green Party, Peckham Transition Town, Dulwich Going Greener., Free School Meals For All.
      • 3 MPs and 60 Councillors – are currently reviewing how to implement it in schools and council buildings, our Motion was  “For Southwark Council to officially support #Southwark #MeatFreeMondays and to implement meat free meals on Mondays in all the council buildings and the promotion of the meat-free option over the meat option in council run schools (meat will still be made available on request).” 
      • Schools – encourage your school to take part. It’s a great way to reduce child-obesity and teach healthy eating.SMFM Flyer Print me!
      • 25 Restaurants and cafes – ask your local eatery if they could do a meat free option.
      • 4 Churches and faith groups – get your congregation involved, St Stephen’s Dulwich did!

Email to help deliver this flyer!

Why should everyone in Southwark try a meat free day?

earthBetter for the Environment: Meat is a high-energy product using large amounts of oil, land, fresh water and 90% of the crops grown to create meat are wasted in the process. The livestock sector is currently “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global” Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

healthheartBetter for your Health: Many of the world’s leading health organisations now encourage a reduction in the amount of meat people consume. Oxford University’s department of public health found that eating meat no more than three times a week could prevent 31,000 deaths from heart disease, 9,000 deaths from cancer and 5,000 deaths from stroke, as well as save the NHS £1.2 billion in costs each year.

London meat-free-o-metre

London MFM mapWouldn’t it be amazing to know how many accumulative years Londoners have been meat free?

We could then work out how many animals we haven’t eaten, how many square miles of rainforests haven’t been destroyed and how many tonnes of ocean life haven’t been ripped from the sea!!

So please either comment below or email me on with your name, the borough you live in and how long you have been meat free and lets see the meat-free-o-metre rise!!


At the last count the Londoners on my list have been meat free for over 600 years!

Lets try and get us back to the stone age!


LMFM Green Groups

Are you part of an environmental group in London?

We would love to see the following environmental groups really embrace greener living by enocuraging their members to try a #LondonMeatFreeMonday.

greenpartyWe believe The Green Party will be even greener if it actively encourages it’s 16,000 members to think about how their diet damanges the planet. Their website search results show Environment – 691, but only 14 for vegan and 20 for vegetarian! The Green Manifesto makes it clear they care, “Human-made climate change is an unprecedentedly serious threat to our welfare.”  and they want to ban factory farming & battery eggs. Thanks to Tom Acre at Southwark Greens for letting Thomas Micklewright talk at the meeting on September 4 2013, we look forward to networking with the group in the future – especially about Meat Free Mondays in schools & councils.

FOE logoFriends of the Earth – all their local branches. We already have links with Southwark Friends of the Earth – do you have a branch near you that you could contact? Tuesday 17th September 2013 at 7.30pm Southwark Friends of the Earth and Southwark Transition Town will be meeting at Cambridge House, 1 Addington Square London SE5 0HF. We hope to see you there!

TransitionNetwork-Logo-WebTransition Towns – what is better for a town than healthy eating and teaching children to care for your community and environment?


If you are the local contact/ member for one of these groups please get in touch.

London groups who are supporting #LondonMeatFreeMondays

  • Southwark Green Party & Waltham Forest Green Party
  • Dulwich Going Greener