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November 1st is World Vegan Day, a chance to celebrate and learn more about one of the fastest growing movements in the world. People choose to become vegans for a number of reasons, whether ethical, environmental, for purely health-related reasons, or, as in most cases, a combination of these.
To be vegan is to avoid food, clothing, and lifestyle products that include animal materials. Many vegans will also aim to avoid products which involve exploitation of animals at any point during the process of development and manufacturing.
There are various aspects of using animal products that can be seen as a problem. Chiefest among these are the ethics of killing animals, as well as the negative environmental consequences of raising livestock: deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions, and pollution. For these reasons, even those who don’t choose to become vegan should be able to see the value of becoming less reliant on animal products as a society, and the benefits of embracing vegan products where possible.
The simple truth is that our reliance on animal products is a consequence of our demand for them. If more of us worked on reducing our demand for animal products by shifting our needs elsewhere, then a greater space will open up for less harmful, more sustainable alternatives to flourish.
Nowhere is this more true than the beauty industry. Globally, we consume an already immense, and ever-growing, number of beauty products each year. The rapid rise of the veganism movement has already allowed for vegan alternatives to our favourite products to spring up, become popular, and open up the space for future developments.
If you want to know more, you can read about vegan products here, and cruelty-free products here.
This anti-ageing, anti-blemish serum from The Ordinary is formulated to be free from Alcohol, Silicone, and common allergens such as Nuts, Gluten, and Soy, meaning it’s ideal for those with sensitive skin. It’s also both vegan and cruelty-free.
The Aesop Parsley Seed Anti Oxidant Serum is one of the standout products in the entire Mankind range. A highly nourishing moisturising serum, it’s also totally cruelty-free and vegan, along with the rest of the Aesop range available on Mankind.
This Age Defence Eye Roll-On is a hero product from the Bulldog range, the entirety of which is cruelty-free and vegan.
Jack Black‘s Double Duty Face Moisturiser is an SPF moisturiser that is perfect for daily use, not only hydrating but protecting your skin from sun damage. It’s vegan and cruelty free.
The All-Purpose Facial Moisturiser by Anthony is formulated with natural Sugarcane, Sugar Maple, and Fruit Acids, which plump and hydrate skin to fight the signs of ageing, while effectively protecting skin, and is suitable for vegans.
Grow Gorgeous specialise in products which benefit the thickness and strength of fine or thinning hair. Made with Hyaluronic Acid, moisturises the scalp to ensure optimal scalp health, as well as Bio-Active Complexes, their Hair Growth Serum is both vegan and cruelty-free.
Men-Ü are a brand which are committed to reducing their environmental impact, focusing on super-concentrated products that require less packaging and less waste, and what’s more, products such as their Facial Moisturiser Lift are vegan and cruelty-free.
The Paul Mitchell ‘Green’ Tea Special Shampoo is developed with a unique formula of lavender, tea tree oil, and natural peppermint. Invigorating, cleansing, and nourishing, both the Shampoo and Conditioner are vegan and cruelty-free.
The Mancave Original Moisturiser is a fast-absorbing, lightweight formula which hydrates and mattifies skin. Using circulation boosting, dark-patch reducing Caffeine, as well as a variety of natural emollients, it’s a vegan product which is not tested on animals.
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