Britain’s greenest energy company Ecotricity have blown us all away with the revelation that over half of Britain’s homes are (sometimes unknowingly) using electricity and gas generated from animal parts.
Ecotricity have always promoted sustainable living in all forms, and has a long standing history of refusing to buy electricity or gas from animal related sources, supplying us with 100% green electricity and gas from grass. To back this up, they are now officially launching the world’s first vegan electricity and have received Vegan Society accreditation, with gas to follow close behind.
It might shock you to hear that SSE admitted last year to using dead salmon from factory fish farms in Scotland to generate power.
Even more surprising, is that the supposed “ethical green energy” supplier Good Energy used pig slurry from a factory farm, which was at the centre of animal cruelty allegations.
Whilst it’s not against the law, many vegans and vegetarians would be unhappy to use energy produced from non-vegan sources. They should have the right to choose an energy supplier which matches their moral beliefs, and to choose to not support the meat industry when they power their homes.
Chantelle Adkins, head of business development at The Vegan Society, said: “Animals are needlessly used in almost every area of life, and electricity is sadly not an exception. As vegans, we strive to avoid all animal use, it’s disheartening when we’re not able to do so”.
As a vegan and long standing customer of Ecotricity, I am proud to have the power to say no to animal products in my energy supply, and we can pass a strong message to the Big Six – we don’t want animal products or byproducts in our energy! Just as we avoid them as much as possible in all other areas of our lives.
And yes, we do all end up using the electricity and gas from the National Grid, which all suppliers put their energy into. But with Ecotricity you can be sure that you vote for animal free. By supporting vegan energy, you are making it more popular and hopefully reducing the energy created from animal parts or waste. After all, more customers for Ecotricity means more animal free power is generated.
For more information about Vegan Power, and whether your supply is contaminated, visit ecotricity.co.uk/vegan.
I hope I’ve helped to open your eyes to the wonderful company that is Ecotricity. They also come recomended by Viva, Triodos, Friends of the Earth, RSPB and Sea Shepherd.
Thanks for reading!