Monday, 21 August 2017

Five Simple Steps Towards A Cruelty Free Lifestyle

Going vegan can be daunting and at lot of people who have now ditched meat, dairy and animal tested products didn't do it one go. Instead, they took small steps over time and eventually became vegan. If right now you can't go vegan but still want to make a positive difference whether that be for the animals, the environment or for your health, there are plenty of simple things you can do.

Swap cow's milk for a plant-based alternative
If you're someone like me who drinks a lot of tea and coffee, unless you drink it black, you're probably consuming a lot of milk. Swapping to a plant-based milk can make a huge difference and there are so many to choose from now - soya, almond, hazelnut, hemp, rice, oat, cashew, etc. My preference is sweetened soya milk.

Choose the veggie option when eating out
Show a demand for meat and dairy free meals when you're eating out by choose the veggie option. More and more restaurants are recognising the demand for vegan food and even wetherspoons have a vegan menu - the avocado bagel is really good and the chickpea curry isn't too bad either.

Ditch animal skins and furs
Not only are animal products like this more expensive than the alternatives, they are created through a whole lot of cruelty and with the high-street being filled with good quality options to choose from, it's easier than ever to ditch animal skins and furs. My personal favourites are my Miss Selfridge faux-leather jacket and my vegan Doc Martens.

Opt for meat free alternatives
The supermarkets are really upping their game when it comes to meat-free food and as well as stocking well known vegan brands such as Linda McCartney, nakd and violife, they also offer own brand options of frozen, fridge and cupboard food.

Buy cruelty free toiletries, make-up and cleaning products
If you live in the UK, you'll know about the holy grail that is Superdrug. The majority of their products are suitable for vegans and they even have their own vegan make-up line. Elf is a great option for make up and skin care and with a quick google search, you'll find many more CF companies.

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