What Do You Think About Veganism?
As with many developing trends and social movements, my views on veganism are transforming as I become more educated on the subject.
When I was a teenager, the rise of the vegan YouTuber emerged and quickly dominated the internet. Unfortunately, these particular vegans were very radical with their approach. They were also determined to influence anyone who crossed their path. Ultimately, this wasn't appropriate for a young teenager delving into the internet.
It has only been in the last few years that I've begun to see veganism as a viable and consistent lifestyle. With the looming climate crisis being displayed in every newspaper, I learned that veganism is an effective way to deal with climate change. Furthermore, I believe that veganism is an accessible diet. This is particularly due to mainstream supermarkets lining their shelves with affordable vegan alternatives. As well as this, more and more restaurants are offering vegan options.
Soon after this, I came across vegan skincare products. This helped many vegans like myself to carry sustainability through to all areas of our lives.
Overall, I believe that veganism is like many ideologies, in the sense that it is ultimately a choice of whether you will follow it. I am unable to comment on whether veganism is a suitable choice for everybody.
How to Tell if a Product Is Cruelty Free?
Many brands overstate their cruelty free stance, but unless it has been certified by a trusted body, you should try to avoid it. The key feature of cruelty free products is the ‘Leaping Bunny’ logo approved by Cruelty-Free International.
This institution helps to challenge leading brands to validate their testing programmes and ensure the safety of animals. The ‘Leaping Bunny’ logo is not limited to solely skincare products. In fact, you can find this logo on makeup, household cleaners, and personal care items.
Furthermore, Cruelty Free International’s website includes a list of brands that have been awarded the ‘Leaping Bunny’ logo. This helps guide consumers to make the best decisions.
As well as Cruelty Free International, Peta also have a database of over 5,900 companies which don't test on animals. You can look through the database manually, or alternatively enter in the name of the brand you're interested in. A quick search on the site will detail their animal testing policies.