A cruelty-free and vegan lifestyle doesn’t mean a life without luxury.
Sure, it’s a tough task, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming – and if you’re willing to make the switch, it’s a first step to help change the world! This guide will help identify which products to eliminate from your living space and how to replace them. The result will be a more glamorous and ethically-sourced home.
The Difference Between Cruelty-Free and Vegan
Although you might hear vegan and cruelty-free used interchangeably, there is a definite difference between the two. Sometimes vegan products aren’t cruelty-free, and cruelty-free products aren’t vegan.
When you see a product labeled as “vegan”, that means it wasn’t made with animal products – but it doesn’t mean the product wasn’t tested on animals.
When a product is labeled as “cruelty-free,” that just means its ingredients or finished product wasn’t tested on an animal.
So, take a look at your living space – what needs to go and what can stay? It’s a big commitment, but think about the bigger picture. Ridding your home of these products is a huge push for more sustainable business practices that respect the Earth and the environment.
Here is a list of common household materials that will need to be replaced.
We won’t go into detail about why these products are considered cruel – likely, you already know the reasons.
While combing through your household products, also note that even when products appear to be byproducts of the meat industry (like sheepskin or suede), that’s not always the case. Even plant-based products, like carnauba wax and palm oil, are significant contributors to animal cruelty worldwide.