How to Live a Vegan Lifestyle
Are you vegan, newly vegan or interested in learning more about a cruelty-free lifestyle? Are you frustrated when looking for cruelty-free fashion and beauty items, are labels confusing you sometimes? Have you ever asked yourself, I wish shopping vegan was easier? Well look no further.
Vogue x Virtue has created a series of helpful guidelines and tips which we will break down over the next 3 posts. We want to make your cruelty-free shopping experience more enjoyable by bringing education, inspirational content, and vegan products together all in one unique spot!
Let's Talk Vegan
WHAT IS A VEGAN LIFESTYLE?
A vegan lifestyle is a way of living where the use of animals and animal cruelty are taken out of the mix from food, to fashion to beauty. If you are newly vegan or thinking about swapping out your current items for more cruelty-free items, sometimes it may be hard to know where to start. Here we can break it down for you. First things first.
What to avoid:
Fashion: No leather or suede, fur, wool, cashmere, silk, down, hair, feathers or animal derived products such as certain glues used in footwear.
Beauty: Sometimes it may be hard to even read the ingredients in beauty products. Vegan beauty products contain less harmful chemicals and are therefore replaced with more natural, non toxic and plant powered ingredients that are optimal for skin health. Vegan beauty products prohibits the use of animal products or animal-derived ingredients.
Here are a few common animal ingredients to watch out for:
Carmine - aka red dye found in lipsticks made from crushed cochineal beetles.
Squalene - aka crushed fish scales commonly found in mascara, nail polish and lipstick
Tallow - aka rendered animal fat made from boiling animal carcasses commonly used in makeup foundations, lipsticks and eye makeup.
Guanine - aka shark liver oil commonly used in lip balm, deodorant and moisturizers.
Animal hair - various animal furs or hairs such as squirrel, mink, sable, horse, goat and even pony hairs are used in non vegan makeup brushes.
Shellac - a resin secreted from the female lac bug and commonly is used in nail polish and wood finishes.
Lifestyle and Home
Unfortunately, animals may also be subject to animal testing for daily household items such as air fresheners, dishwasher tablets, laundry detergent, glass cleaners and other liquid cleaning supplies. Watch out for a few well known brands listed below:
Windex, Lysol, Kleenex, Listerine, Band-Aids, Vaseline, Colgate, Tide, Dawn and Clorox.
The list of ingredients traditionally used in most fashion, beauty and household products is quiet extensive. For more information click here to check PETA’s helpful guideline.
Understanding Logos and Certifications
When switching over from your regular or vegetarian diet, veganism sometimes can be confusing understanding what logos, labels and certifications mean. If something says cruelty- free it doesn't always mean it's vegan, meaning the product can still contain animal derived ingredients such as milk, honey, beeswax, shellac etc. When in doubt, always look for trusted certification logos and certifications. Which leads us to the next step....
Lets break down some terms:
"Cruelty-Free" - not tested on animals - does not always mean vegan.
"Vegan" - contains no animal fibres or animal derived ingredients - in rare cases may not always mean or guarantee that it's cruelty-free.
"Vegan + Cruelty-free" - not tested on animals and contains no animal fibres or animal derived ingredients.
Here are some trusted vegan + cruelty-free logos that are well recognized throughout the globe.
PETA - Approved Vegan: commonly placed on product tags, labels and website pages that sell products made from all vegan materials.
PETA - Cruelty free and Vegan: is either placed on products or on product packaging. This logo signifies that the company and their connected suppliers do not conduct or pay for any tests performed on animals for ingredients or finished products. This means that no animal products or ingredients are used and no animals were harmed in the process.
Vegan Action - Certified Vegan: a trusted logo that is easily visible and allows customer to identify that the product contains no animal ingredients and no animal testing was performed.
Vegan Society - The Sunflower: a well respected vegan trademark logo is commonly found on food and drink packages, beauty and toiletries and even cleaning products. The logo provides customers with confidence knowing that absolutely no animal testing was performed or any animal ingredients were used.
So now that you have a better idea of what logos to identify with. You may ask yourself....
Why buy only vegan and cruelty free?
It's simple. It's better for you, better for the planet and it helps protect the lives of innocent animals.
4 helpful facts to remember why:
- Help fight against animal abuse and save the lives of animals
- Help protect the environment + reduce your carbon footprint
- Help conserve water + protect against harmful chemicals/pollutants/wastes reaching clean water systems/oceans
- Help reduce the demand for animal products + create a positive shift towards conscious and compassionate consumerism in today's industries.
Animal Testing Truths
When you buy vegan + cruelty free you help save the lives of millions of animals harmed in the fashion and beauty industries today. Animal testing is crueler than you may think. Animals are bred primarily for testing and spend their whole lives confined to small cages. Can you imagine being confined to a cage your entire life? The animals used in today's testing are usually beagles, rabbits, hamsters and mice. They suffer extreme pain from the harsh chemicals being tested on their skin, eyes, ears and face. The results can leave these helpless creatures blind and even killed in the process.
The Rescue Freedom Project is one of the organizations that Vogue x Virtue donates to that helps rescue animals confined to cage cruelty from animal testing. To watch a video from one of their rescue stories click here.
Animals no longer have to be a part of the supply chain and with so many beautifully crafted, quality, non toxic and plant powered alternatives out there in the market today, this makes choosing compassion over cruelty that much easier.
Now that we have covered some of the basics. Want to know more about vegan alternative materials? Check out part 2. Stay tuned......