Whether it is to support your nutritional needs as you age or it’s a conscious decision to support the environment and its animals, leading a vegan lifestyle is about much more than eliminating animal products from your diet. Over the last few years, veganism has exploded. According to research by GlobalData, there has been a 600 percent increase in people identifying as vegans in the last three years. For many, the decision to lead a vegan lifestyle is mainly spurred on by their desire to lead a more sustainable and mindful life. However, leading an authentically vegan life is not just limited to what you eat. Whether it is refining the way you choose your beauty products or creating a vegan and cruelty-free home, here are a few simple ways to apply the principles of veganism to other parts of your life.
Don’t Just Check The Ingredients In Your Food – Check Them In Your Beauty Products Too
While most people opt to start with a vegan diet, your beauty routine is also a great place to start. In recent years, the demand for vegan beauty products has exploded, as consumers call on companies to produce more sustainable options in the beauty arena. By 2029, a report from Prophecy Market Insight predicts that the vegan beauty products market will be worth $25.3 billion.
To begin overhauling your beauty and self-care routine to include veganism, you can start with making small changes. When shopping for beauty products, keep an eye out for the PETA-approved vegan logo or the Leaping Bunny trademark. It is also a great idea to check the ingredient list before buying. Animal-derived ingredients like beeswax, gelatin and honey are products you’ll want to avoid. Finally, you can also look up the rapidly growing list of vegan beauty and personal care brands like The Honest Company and Natracare.
Make Your Home Vegan Friendly
While many people are conscious of how their diets can become more vegan-friendly, not many are aware of how simple it is to create a vegan-friendly home. The process does not have to be expensive or overwhelming. In fact, making small sustainable changes in your home each month is enough to help you slowly introduce veganism into your home.
To begin with, get to know which materials or products may contain animal by-products such as beeswax, sheepskin, or fur and leather. Once you know which products to look out for, you can do an audit around your home and swap them for vegan-friendly options. For instance, instead of a leather couch, you can choose one upholstered with cotton or linen. Similarly, you can swap your silk curtains out for ones made from alternative materials to silk, such as rayon or nylon. Homeowners can even incorporate veganism into their home renovation plans by using recycled wood or vegan-friendly interior design pieces. However, if you use reclaimed wood when creating a vegan-friendly living environment, be aware many products are treated using animal by-products. On the bright side, there are new vegan-friendly innovations like mycelium technology on the market. For your furniture and interior, there is Pinatex, which is made from pineapple.
Swap Out Items In Your Closet For Sustainable Animal-Friendly Alternatives
Vegan fashion includes clothing that is free from animal products like leather or fur. Thankfully, there are now a lot of vegan-friendly alternatives like faux fur, PU leather, or plant-based leather. If you have items in your closet made out of wool or cashmere, you can swap these out for cotton-made clothing. As a bonus, cotton clothing is better for sensitive skin. Some of the most notable vegan fashion brands on the market today include Mashu, Ashoka, and Noize if you are looking for stylish, vegan outerwear. There is also now a Vegan Fashion Week, which is slated for Los Angeles in October 2021. This can give you inspiration for trending vegan fashion brands and pieces this season.
There are so many ways to embrace veganism in your life – and not just through your diet. Without even realizing it, many of the choices you make in your everyday life are chances to choose an animal and cruelty-free lifestyle.