Shopping Like a Vegan

Living the vegan lifestyle includes more that what is on your dinner plate. As I have talked about in my post about the differences between plant-based and vegan, living a vegan lifestyle can also include awareness of the clothes you wear, where you shop, what you use to clean your home with, and so on.  You may be wondering where to buy vegan prodcuts.  Finding these vegan products does not have to be a daunting task, and it does not have to happen the moment you say “I’m going vegan!”. Here are some tips on where to buy vegan products and a couple tools to make your transition to this awesome lifestyle a little smoother.

Also, check back soon to see what vegan products Plant-Based Prospects recommends in these departments:

    • Books
    • Clothing
    • Shoes
    • Accessories
    • Health and Beauty
    • Meal Delivery Serivces
    • Household
    • Baby and Children

Shopping Cruelty-Free

Labels

On of the easiest way to find cruelty-free and vegan products is by checking the label. Companies that don’t test on animals or that sell a vegan product WILL TELL YOU. Isn’t there a joke out there that goes something like “How do you know if someone is vegan? Don’t worry they will tell you!”? Yea, it is like that for cruelty-free products. These companies are proud of their animal friendly process and product. Check the label for these symbols:

And if you are feeling like jazzing up your wardrobe but want to avoid animal products, check the tags and avoid the following animal derived materials:

    • leather
    • wool
    • angora
    • cashmere
    • fur
    • silk
    • down

Online

Amazon.com has dominated the online shopping market. You can stock up on toilet paper, sign up for a magazine subscription, and get a miniature underwater submarine drone all in one order.

Did you know there is even a “Serena Williams Store” on Amazon? Yup, you can order things specifically sponsored by the (mostly) plant-based tennis beast herself.

I would not be surprised if you did a majority of the shopping for yourself and loved ones on Amazon. I know I have done my fair share. So when I found out about a tool I could use alongside my Amazon shopping to gather more information about the company I was supporting and their stance on animal testing, I was PUMPED!

Tribe

This tool is called Tribe and it is a free extension available on the Chrome Web Store. Simply click “Get Tribe” and it will be installed on your Chrome browser.

Tribe Chrome Extension 2

Once you have this tool installed, you can search Amazon for all your favorite products and then check for animal cruelty within the company making those products before purchasing. Once you select a product, there will be a pop-up on the top right of your Chrome browser from Tribe stating if the company making the product is:

    • Cruelty-free (no animal testing or animal harm done in the making of the product)
    • Testing on animals for any of their products
    • Owned by or affiliated with a company that tests on animals

Tribe

Tribe is still a growing team and has not captured information on all companies selling on Amazon, so at some times you may get a pop-up from Tribe stating “No Company Data”. If this happens, there is another source that I have found helpful when it comes to health, skin care, body care, and cosmetic items, Leapingbunny.org.

Leaping Bunny

Leaping Bunny Logo

Leaping Bunny is a group of animal protection agencies that have joined together to set a standard for animal compassion that is used to certify companies as cruelty-free. Currently, Leaping Bunny lists over 1700 companies that have certified as cruelty-free! These companies sell health and beauty products for all ages and genders. I highly recommend hopping over to Leapingbunny.org (pun intended) the next time you are interested in learning about some of these awesomely compassionate companies.

Call the 1-800 Number and Ask

Now, what if the item you are in the market for is not on Amazon, is not a company listed with Leaping Bunny, and doesn’t have any information about animal cruelty displayed on the product label? Call them up and ask! Most all products will have some sort of contact information listed. It does not hurt to simply call a customer service representative and ask. You may not get the answer you want, but you will then be a fully informed consumer.

An email can also be sent to companies if the phone call option does not work. Check out Leaping Bunny’s sample letter to a company requesting information about the use of animals for testing their products.

Vegan Products

Now that you have some tools in your vegan toolkit for cruelty-free online and in-store shopping, go forth and shop like a vegan! We here at Plant-Based Prospects will be sharing many vegan alternatives for items you use every day. Check back with us to see the different vegan, plant-based, cruelty-free goods we have researched and want to share with the world.

    • Books
    • Clothing
    • Shoes
    • Accessories
    • Health and Beauty
    • Meal Delivery Serivces
    • Household
    • Baby and Children

6 Replies to “Shopping Like a Vegan”

  1. Thank you for this informative article. I am not a vegan myself but sometimes I like to enjoy a nice vegan meal and rest my body from different animal products.

    I knew some of this Vegan labels but not all of them and I have to thank you for showcasing them here.

    I also never heard about Tribe before and I might start using it as well.

    Have a nice day.

  2. I found your article very interesting, I have been slowly cutting back on animal products which is very difficult for me when I can’t consume grain products. My main diet is veggies and fruit, but I don’t know how to get protein from plant-based foods so I thought I would throw this question at you and see if you know?

    Jeff

    1. Hi Jeff, thank you for the comment! Here are some great protein rich foods that you may be able to have:
      – Quinoa
      – Beans (black, kidney, white, pinto)
      – Chickpeas
      – Lentils
      – Green peas
      – Alfalfa sprouts
      – Brussel sprouts
      – Broccoli
      – Nuts or nut butters

      Hope this helps! Feel free to reach out if you have any other questions.

      -Robyn

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