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.