The Fly Vegan campaign, launched as part of The Vegan Society’s Vegan on the Go campaign, aims to encourage airlines to provide a plant-based meal as standard to help tackle carbon emissions and customer complaints.
It allows passengers to rate their in-flight vegan meals, post a photo, and read helpful reviews from other passengers who are on a plant-based or flexitarian diet.
“In an era of climate crisis, we all need to be making more planet-friendly lifestyle choices,” Charlie Huson, Forward Food Programme Manager at Humane Society InternationaI UK, said in a statement sent to Vegan World News.
Huson added that decreasing carbon footprint includes not only reducing how often we fly but also eating a more plant-based diet.
“Experts agree that avoiding meat and dairy products is one of the best ways we can reduce our contribution to climate change,” he said.
“A plant-based diet is widely acknowledged to be the most sustainable off-the-shelf choice, wasting far less energy, calories, water and land than any other type of diet.”
“Despite the compelling need for change, the ubiquitous ‘chicken or beef’ remains the unimaginative default choice on most airlines.”
“If everyone flying out of Heathrow in just one day chose a vegan meal it could save around 33,592 tonnes of CO2, the equivalent of driving 112,695,851 miles in an average UK petrol car.”
Currently, most airlines offer meat and dairy as default meals so vegans, vegetarians, and flexitarians have to request plant-based meals in advance from a dietary restriction menu.
Aside from encouraging airlines to offer vegan meals as a default option in in-flight menus, HSI and The Vegan Society are also encouraging airlines to improve the quality of taste and nutrition of their vegan meals to inspire more passengers to make the humane and environmentally friendly choice.
“HSI’s Forward Food program provides vegan training to large catering companies and universities dishing up millions of meals every daily,” said Huson.
“We would welcome the chance to similarly help airlines transform the way that vegan food is delivered on flights so that more passengers can enjoy tasty and more environmentally-friendly inflight meals.”
Elena Orde, Senior Campaigns Officer at The Vegan Society, added: “Currently vegan meals typically have to be ordered in advance from a special menu.”
“Adding vegan options to every standard inflight menu would mean that all passengers can opt for a more environmentally-friendly meal.”
“It would be fantastic to see airlines really embrace the variety and creativity that is possible with vegan food, and to create options which are suitable for vegans but appeal to everyone.”
“We have launched FlyVe to allow us to see which airlines are flying ahead of the curve, and which could do with some extra support when it comes to embracing plant-based options. We encourage any airline to get in touch for advice and training.”
Passengers can now rate their vegan in-flight meals at www.flyvegan.org.