For most vegans, quitting meat and animal products is a dietary change initially. Which later on extends to fanatically checking food labels for any of the dairy-based ingredients food manufacturers have become so skilled at hiding behind various terms. Then comes the realization that things like leather are made from slaughtered animals too!
So, in an attempt to follow a cruelty-free lifestyle we become more selective of what we purchase and where we purchase it from. This involves clothes, cosmetics, and any other product which may have involved the torture, slaughter, or mistreatment of animals and/or humans.
Yet, is it possible to keep track of it all?
After seeing this list you will be shocked to discover that many of the items you are possibly using on a day-to-day basis contain an animal product of some kind. It would be pretty easy to give up or replace some of them, but are you ready to make the extra commitment in order to stick to your beliefs? Looking forward to your thoughts in the comments below!
Most tampons are made from cotton which is bleached with chlorine, and chlorine is tested on animals. Some tampons are directly tested on animals, such as by being shoved into rabbits. If you can stomach it, you can read some of the details of the testing process here. Since there are dozens of chemicals in tampons, including ones like dioxin, you are better off ditching them for good.
Try using a menstrual cup. You can find a high quality, discounted product here.
Most condoms are made from latex. To make latex smooth, the milk derivative casein is used in manufacturing. Because of this, pretty much all latex condoms are not vegan! Luckily, there are some companies which are making vegan condoms. The best options for vegan condoms are Sir Richard’s Condoms, L. Condoms, and Glyde Condoms. Even if you aren’t vegan, you might want to consider switching to these brands of condoms because they don’t use parabens, glycerine, or chemical spermicides like nonoxynol-9 — all of which are bad news for your intimate parts.
We all know that plastic bags are bad for the environment and even those “biodegradable” plastic bags probably take years to break down because they require light and air to degrade, things not available in covered landfills. But it also turns out that your plastic bag might have animal ingredients in it.
A lot of vegans know that sugar is often processed with bone char to make it white. You might think that brown sugar is better because it isn’t white. But most brown sugar on the supermarket shelves is processed just like white sugar, and then has molasses added to it to make it brown.
To make sure you are getting vegan sugar, only buy organic sugar, as bone char is not considered an organic ingredient. Or you can buy beet sugar, which isn’t refined using bone char like cane sugar is.
The Vegan Resource Group has more info about whether your sugar is vegan here. You can find a list of sugar brands which are vegan here.
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