World Vegan Day and Beauty
What’s it all about?
World Vegan Day is on 1 November and kicks off the start of what has become a whole month of celebrating all that is vegan (read more about what’s happening this year here: The Vegan Society).
The day was established in 1994 by The Vegan Society to celebrate their 50th anniversary and this year, World Vegan Day celebrates it’s 21st birthday.
During World Vegan Month, The Vegan Society encourages non-vegans to sign up to their 30 day vegan pledge and are involved in lots of activities promoting a vegan lifestyle.
When you think of veganism, the first though is food, obviously! But what about your personal care products? Most people would agree that testing beauty, skin care and hair care products on animals is an outdated and cruel process. There are enough safe ingredients and alternative methods of testing available these days. It is hard to believe that any company still tests on animals, or that any country still allows it.
Thankfully in the EU, animal testing of ingredients and finished products is now banned. This makes it is easy enough for us in the UK to ensure that the products we buy are free of animal testing. However, if you’re vegan or, not vegan but care about animals and their welfare, that can’t be the end of the story.
Products can be called cruelty free and carry the cruelty free logo but still contain ingredients such as:
- Carmine (from crushed beetles)
- Lanolin (from sheep fleeces, live sheep or slaughterhouse by-product)
- Bee products (honey, beeswax, royal jelly, bee venom)
- Silk (the moth pupae is usually boiled in the cocoon before the adult moth emerges so that the silk thread is not damaged)
Crazy huh? As a vegan or someone who chooses to follow a cruelty free lifestyle, you have to consider whether these kinds of ingredients are in your personal care products too. You also have to consider whether the manufacturer still conducts animal testing outside of the EU.
Nightmare! What can I do?
If you feel you can’t yet go vegan with your food choices, it is certainly easy enough to choose vegan products when buying your skin care, hair care and beauty products. This is why we’re here, we’ve done the hard work for you! We’re here to provide you with products containing the best ingredients naturally and ethically.
We are I Choose What I Use, the 100% vegan, cruelty free, natural and organic beauty and skin care online store.
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