“Veganism is a way of living that seeks to exclude, as far as possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing and any other purpose”
So, naturally a vegan isn’t going to eat meat, milk, eggs or anything made from those things. They also aren’t going to wear leather or fur. But animal products sneak into other, less obvious products. Non-
Here we give a brief rundown of the things to avoid when shopping.
|Product||Be careful of...|
|Shoes and trainers||
|Shaving kits||Animal hair in shaving brushes|
|Paint brushes / artists brushes||Hair and fur|
|Furniture, bedding etc||
|Cosmetics and Toiletries||
|Wallets, purses, handbags||Leather|
|Phone covers, iPad covers etc.||Leather (though items made of 'PU Leather' are actually plastic)|
|Recipe books||It's better to buy a specifically vegan recipe book, not a vegetarian cookbook|
|Candles||Beeswax, animal fat. Buy candles made from petroleum instead.|
|Alcoholic drinks||Beer and wine is often cleared with fish extract, milk or egg which generally aren’t listed in the ingredients. Some spirits may also contain animal products.|
If you’re reading that lot and starting to despair, have hope! Our vegan gift guides are here to help you.