Cruelty-free & sustainable living. How far do you take it?

Just over a year ago I became vegan and since then one of the questions that I keep asking myself is how far do I take it?

As soon as you start to think about the manufacturing process for objects around you – some that you use daily – it can be quite overwhelming. I remember one day standing in my bedroom and looking around in disbelief at how blind I’d been. More than half of my make up and skincare came from brands that tested on animals, my shoes were made from leather and my coat from wool.

I was tempted to donate every non cruelty-free belonging I owned to charity, but I stopped myself. Instead I decided to draw a line and set some rules on how I was going to manage this moving forward; this time with my eyes wide open.

There were three areas that I decided to focus on, make-up and skincare, clothing and accessories and plastic. I decided to include plastic as in my mind cruelty-free and sustainable living go hand in hand. Once I’d chosen my focus areas, i did my research and set myself some guidelines.


Guidelines for cruelty-free living


Make-up and Skincare

  • Only buy make-up and skincare that are both cruelty-free and vegan
  • Do not purchase from brands that test on animals in any country, even if they don’t in your own
  • If a cruelty-free company happens to have a parent company that’s not cruelty-free, continue to buy from the child company. It’s important to show support and demand for brands that are cruelty-free, even if their parent company is not.


Clothing and Accessories

  • Do not buy products that are made from material derived from animals. That includes leather, silk, wool, cashmere, shearling or fur.



  • Reduce the amount of plastic used by
    • Shopping at markets rather than supermarkets
    • Using reusable bottles/cups, for example a S’well bottle and/or Keep Cup instead of plastic ones
    • Carry a re-usable bag


These are my current priorities and once i’ve mastered them I’ll add more to my cruelty-free guidelines. I already know that avoiding products with Palm Oil will be next. Some may ask why not do it all at once, but I believe in taking baby steps to achieve your overall goal. Others may diagree but this approach works for me.

If you have a similar dilemma or any areas that you’re focusing on to live a sustainable and cruelty free life then I’d love to hear from you. We’re all in it together.


  1. February 10, 2018 / 8:18 pm

    I went through the same thing as well, but it didn’t make sense to throw things out that are still perfectly good. And my next goal is removing palm oil too! I think this one could be harder than going vegan mind you, because biscuits have palm oil in and biscuits are my lifelong weakness. I need to start making my own biscuits, clearly.

    • Anjuli
      February 12, 2018 / 8:38 pm

      I agree. Palm oil is probably going to be more difficult than going vegan. I cannot believe how many things palm oil is in. You end up reading product ingredients thinking – why why why? I guess the solution as you say is to make your own! 🙂

  2. February 17, 2018 / 5:09 pm

    Great post. I’m in the exact same boat at the moment and I’m really enjoying finding cruelty-free and vegan beauty brands- my skin and hair have thanked me so much for it! Plus I feel better about purchasing products which I know haven’t had to harm anyone in the process 🙂
    Emma x

    • Anjuli
      February 18, 2018 / 9:03 am

      I agree. It’s such a good feeling when you know that you’re using products that haven’t had to harm any other creatures in the process. It’s just a bit of a minefield trying to work it all out and understand the terminology in the ingredients lists of products. Luckily there are vegan bloggers like you that make it easier for the rest of us 🙂 x

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