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The team from Veganuary answer your questions about veganism 

Each month, send us your questions and we'll pitch them to those in the know. Whether you're unsure about the best way to cook tofu, or you need some vegan dating advice, we've got your back.

Every time I find a nice pair of jeans, they seem to have a leather patch on the bum! Please can you recommend any good vegan jean brands?

It's annoying isn't it. You find the perfect fit - no gapping above the bum, no bunching around the ankles - and then you spot that leather patch. Thankfully, there are brands who are doing away with that pointless patch altogether, while others are using jacron, a type of paper made from cellulose. Jacron looks a bit like leather in images (though is easy to distinguish in real life), so online shoppers can be disadvantaged, especially as most brands fail to mention what the patch is made from. You'd think they would want to capture the vegan pound!

The simplest way to guarantee leather-free jeans is to choose from those that don't have patches at all. Of the high street brands, you'll find a good range of styles, colours and lengths at Next, Uniqlo and Arket, with a reasonable price range of £25 to £70.

But it tends to be the organic brands - and those with wider social justice missions - that shout about their vegan jacron. Baukjen and Thought stock organic and vegan jeans for under £100, while Swedish brand Nudie Jeans proudly proclaim their vegan credentials up front and start at £120 a pair. You might also like to look out for Outland Denim, which was established to help women who have experienced sex trafficking. Their jeans start at £155 and also have a jacron patch.

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My partner isn't vegan, but we are very happy together. We often discuss veganism and he says he agrees with it. He does reduce his meat and dairy a lot, but it upsets me that he still eats it. What should I do?

In most instances we accept that we can't make people act in a certain way, but when it comes to diet, knowing how much suffering and eco carnage is due to animal agriculture, it is definitely much harder to accept this fact.

However, your partner sounds like he is already on the right path. He has reduced his consumption of meat and dairy, which shows he is open to change but he must be allowed to continue at his own pace. After all, we all dig our heels in when we sense we are being pushed. But that doesn't mean you should do nothing! Keep advocating gently by watching empowering and inspiring films like Seaspiracy, The Game Changers and Cowspiracy. And keep cooking and eating great-tasting food.

If you can visit a farmed animal sanctuary together you may just find the penny drops for him as it does for so many others who meet a cow, pig or chicken for the first time, and look them in the eyes.

And if by the end of the year, he is closer but not quite there, you might suggest he takes part in Veganuary. Trying vegan for 31 days alongside hundreds of thousands of others can provide the final bit of inspiration and motivation that people need.

VeganLife

The lifestyle magazine written by vegans for vegans.