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Vegan, Veggie and Cruelty Free – What’s the Diff?

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Vegan, Vegetarian and Cruelty Free

Vegan Definition

“Veganism is a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose” – The Vegan Society.

Veganism goes so much further than cosmetics. In fact, when you think of “being vegan”, most people probably think of diet first. A vegan diet doesn’t include any meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk, cheese, honey, or any other product derived from animals. However, it runs deeper still. Being vegan means not using any animal product in your lifestyle, including things such as leather or wool in your clothing, and of course animal products in your makeup.

Usually, if somebody follows a vegan diet but still uses animal products in their cosmetics or clothing, they are following a ‘plant-based diet’.

I recently did an interview with Jeannie over at therunningbaker24. She published a great post on how to start a vegan lifestyle, and we chatted about why veganism is important to me!

Jeannie’s blog includes posts about running, lifestyle and travel, as well as an amazing range of vegan dessert and baking recipes!

Vegetarian Definition

“A vegetarian diet does not include… Meat or poultry, Fish or seafood, Insects, Gelatine or animal rennet, Stock or fat from animals” – The Vegetarian Society.

As stated above, a vegetarian diet does not include any animal products. This includes products derived from the slaughter of animals or insects, such as gelatine (from animal bones) or rennet (from animal enzymes). Unlike vegans, vegetarians do eat dairy products, such as milk, cheese and butter. They also eat eggs and honey.

Pescatarians don’t eat meat, but they do eat fish and fish derived products.

Cruelty Free Definition

Cruelty Free means that all of a brands’ products were developed and produced without the involvement of animal testing. The Leaping Bunny Certification by Cruelty Free International states:

“Neither the brand nor any of its suppliers and manufacturers may conduct, commission or be party to animal tests for raw materials or ingredients anywhere in the world. This applies for their entire supply chain down to ingredient manufacturer.” – Cruelty Free International

The Leaping Bunny Logo is the most certain you can be that a brand is cruelty free. This is because it’s the only certification that requires a brand to set up a supplier monitoring system, as well as agree to ongoing independent audits.

What’s the deal with cruelty free brands owned by animal-testing parent companies? Find out here!


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