If you aren’t used to checking whether items contain animal products, it can be quite bewildering. It’s worth reminding ourselves of the definition of a vegan, as given by the Vegan Society:
“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.
|Be careful of...
|Shoes and trainers
|Animal hair in shaving brushes
|Paint brushes / artists brushes
|Hair and fur
|Furniture, bedding etc
|Cosmetics and Toiletries
|Wallets, purses, handbags
|Phone covers, iPad covers etc.
|Leather (though items made of 'PU Leather' are actually plastic)
|It's better to buy a specifically vegan recipe book, not a vegetarian cookbook
|Beeswax, animal fat. Buy candles made from petroleum instead.
|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.