ON World Vegan Day, two giants in the world of sustainable lifestyles have joined forces.

Jumping on board with Sir Paul McCartney’s Meat Free Monday campaign, champions of the reuse and reycle message, The Wombles, are hoping to encourage people to eat less meat for the sake of the environment.

Joining in, as part of the #OneStepGreener campaign for Cop26, the classic children’s characters are no strangers to doing the green thing.

In fact, for anyone too young to remember, the children’s show has championed positive environmental behaviour since it first aired in 1973, as each episode followed the family of the litter-picking creatures living on Wimbledon Common.

Meat Free Monday

Sir Paul launched Meat Free Monday, which encourages people to go without meat once a week, with daughters Mary and Stella in 2009.

And his new-found furry friends are supporting the campaign with the creation of two family-friendly plant-based recipes.

Each of the recipes have been presented in a short, animated film featuring one of the famous Wombles characters – Madame Cholet’s Chilli Non Carne and Tobermory’s Corn and Courgette Fritters.

The Beatles star, 79, composed the song which features in the recipe films.

Speaking on behalf of The Wombles, Great Uncle Bulgaria said: “We love the Meat Free Monday campaign.

“Reducing the amount of meat we eat is good for the planet, good for animals and good for our health.

“We hope that the super tasty recipes created by Madame Cholet and Tobermory will encourage everyone to go meat free for at least one day a week.”

#OneStepGreener campaign for Cop26

The Wombles will be campaigning throughout the climate change conference as they are supporting the Government’s Together for Our Planet drive to encourage all of us to go #OneStepGreener for the planet.

The characters have already featured in animated films explaining how we can all go #OneStepGreener by travelling smarter, reusing and upcycling, planting trees, growing and eating food in season and creating wildlife friendly gardens.

The recipes are all available on Meat Free Monday website.