What to Do With Products You Can’t Keep in Your New Vegan & Cruelty-Free Home
You have a few options when deciding how to dispose of the products that are no longer suitable for your home. Remember, you’re doing this for you. Don’t let anyone make you feel uncomfortable about your choice.
∙ Donate or sell: It might seem like a small thing, but by donating or selling your item, you’re preventing another person from making a new purchase that directly impacts animals and their welfare.
∙ Use it until you can’t anymore: It’s a sunk cost, so you might as well use the product until it’s worn out. When it’s no longer usable, you might choose to get rid of it and replace it with a new cruelty-free item.
∙ Get rid of it responsibly: Dispose of the product without donating or selling it. Make sure to look for the most sustainable and safe way to dispose of your items.
Alternatives to Animal Products and Items Tested on Animals
There are a lot of alternatives out there that are plenty glamorous. In fact, some are actually better than their animal-based counterparts! Many are plant-based and some are synthetic. Either way, you can use them to influence positive business practices.
Cruelty-Free Cleaning Products
Keep an eye out for products that feature a cruelty-free logo. Some animal-friendly and cruelty-free products include:
Cruelty-Free Household Furniture and Bedding
Cruelty-free, vegan furniture is crafted with care – that means no animals were harmed or displaced during their construction. Furniture is a big ticket item, so make sure the company you buy from has a strong cruelty-free policy. Some of these include:
Keep in mind that synthetic leathers feel just like the real deal, and you can opt for faux fur and down alternatives made from plant-based synthetic materials.
Anti-cruelty bedding companies include:
If you’re shopping for a vegan mattress, choose wisely; sometimes, they’re made with latex, which contains casein, a protein found in milk. Also, pay close attention to the company’s cruelty-free logo; in many cases, they’re misleading, and in other, they’re completely false.
Look for a company with a logo from Choose Cruelty Free or Leaping Bunny. If you’re still unsure, it’s a good idea to vet a company’s reputation on the organization’s website.