Introducing your dog to your new crush can have its difficulties. Read on for ways to make it smoother.
53% of households in America have a dog, so when you’re in a new relationship, the odds are that you are going to be introduced to their other significant other – their dog! 😊 🐶
When you’re the one with a dog at home, you may want to introduce your new partner gradually, going for walks together before bringing them into your home. This is especially important if you have a dog that has a tendency to be possessive.
You might want to also broach the subject of your dog’s diet – if your pooch is the only one that has meat for dinner.
Introducing your dog – The first meeting
Taking your dog for a walk together is the ideal way of introducing your new partner to your pooch. In fact, going for a country walk is also a good idea for a casual date. You can head out together in the late morning with a vegan or vegetarian picnic, and enjoy some delicious lunch while out in nature. Most dogs require one or two hours of walks every day, so you can explain to your new partner that this is part of your daily routine. Walking the dog is also a wonderful way to wind down together at the end of the day, and to stay fit and healthy.
Love me, love my dog
When you have a dog, they are a big part of your life. Let’s face it, dogs are basically furry, non-verbal children. It is important to explain to your new partner that your dog is one of the family too. There are big advantages to having a dog, especially if you are working from home, as 42% of the population currently is. Dog’s offer loyal companionship, and 66% of people working from home say they feel happier for their dog being there. Dogs are great for wellbeing when you’re working and give routine to your life, so it’s important that your new partner understands the importance of your dog’s routine within your working schedule. A new partner will need to understand that your dog is important to you – they are never “just a dog.”
Introducing your dog – Possessive dogs
If you think about how excited your dog gets when you come home, you will understand how much you mean to your dog. This can explain why some dogs get possessive or jealous of new people in your life. You may even find your dog trying to push between you when you are sitting on the sofa enjoying a glass of vegan wine. Your dog may even whine and shove you, and some dogs have been known to go for more extreme attention-seeking behavior, such as being destructive. It is important to be consistent and firm with your dog if this is the case, and send the message that this behavior is not acceptable.
When you find a new partner, it is a good idea to introduce your dog gradually. Start with some walks, and you will soon find that your dog will be sitting on their lap and welcoming them into your home with excitement.
The survey of 8,500 vegans from across the world shows that the top reason for people making the switch to a vegan diet is animal welfare. Overall, 9 in 10 (89.1%) respondents indicated animal welfare was a key reason for cutting out animal products from their diet.
The second most popular reason was to protect the environment and combat climate change. Nearly two thirds of vegans (64.1%) listed environment as a motivating factor for making the switch to a vegan diet. This figure is likely to grow as the links between animal agriculture and climate change become more widely realised around the world.
The third most popular reason was health. Over half of vegans (53.16%) list health as a motivating factor for cutting out animal products from their lives. As strong evidence demonstrating the health benefits of vegan diets continues to build, this figure is also likely to grow.
Food conservation was the fourth most popular reason (15.9%) and cost/inexpensiveness of vegan diets was fifth most popular (6%).
Commenting on the research findings, Founder of Veggly, Alex Felipelli, said:
“There are many excellent reasons to go vegan, so we have found it fascinating to see which motivations are the most popular. We are very pleased to see animal welfare is number one as veganism ultimately gives a voice to the voiceless. At the same time, we can see both environmental and health reasons are strong factors as well. A vegan diet is clearly the best thing for the planet and your health, so it’s no surprise they are also popular reasons.”
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The social structure that has been in place throughout the ages, in the West as well as the East, has conditioned and defined women’s role in society. With no way to overcome the system of oppression, which was sometimes veiled and quite clear at others, a stereotypical sociocultural relation was imposed and has remained crystalized for centuries. Gender equality rights weren’t to be updated along with the chronological and social evolution of the communities.
The feminine, in whichever body it can be identified in, has always been the object of a struggle. Women have had, and still do to this day, to fight against discrimination and to strengthen the acknowledgement of their rights which, up until the nineteenth century, was generically conditioned to domestic labour, a monastic life or to parties within a household setting.
From the 20th century on, with the rise of vegan activism in the mid 1940’s, the already existing fight for rights joined forces with other types of liberation movements. The importance of women activists in the vegan movement is highlighted by personalities who played fundamental roles in the dissemination of Animal Rights.
Vegan women activists have become an inspiration for this movement which is, after all, intersectional. Veganism from a feminist standpoint has the freedom for the oppressed bodies of non-human and human animals as a basis. It aims to develop a more fair society: horizontal, egalitarian, ecological and with rights to land and a clean diet.
These precepts are often explained by activist and american scholar Angela Davis, who establishes a connection between Human Rights and Animal Rights. She is currently one of the most important personalities when it comes to explaining the intersectionality in veganism. Davis is also an emeritus teacher in the University of California, Santa Cruz.
“Most people don’t think about the fact they’re eating animals. When they’re eating a steak or eating chicken, most people don’t think about the tremendous suffering that those animals endure simply to become food products to be consumed by human beings”, Davis said in 2012, during an interview with Grace Lee Boggs.
One of the most famous and important actresses of her generation, at age 39, Brigitte Bardot began a new life as an Animal Rights activist. In 1973 when she was at the peak of her career, having acted in dozens of films, Bardot announced her retirement from the silver screen.
In an interview for the british newspaper The Guardian in July 2015, she said that when she found out the truth about animal exploitation, she realized that it would be obvious, and even imperative to end her career. In 1986, she auctioned off her goods to create the Fondation Brigitte Bardot for the well being and protection of animals.
To the Daily Mail she said: “I’ve rescued stray dogs and cats my whole life, but when I started the foundation, my intention was already to do so much more than that. My goal is to protect every wild or and domestic animal in France and abroad. I started small. I had to learn all about animal protection, the laws, the organization of charity institutions, management and health and safety obligations.”
At only 18 years old, activist Greta Thunberg has already been elected as a youth model by the animal rights organization PETA and Person of the Year by Time magazine. Famous around the globe for her climate activism, Greta is also a vegan and began protesting on her own in August 2018 outside of the Swedish parliament, where she demanded practical action in response to climate change.
Since then, she has motivated millions of children from several different countries to join her in the School Strike for Climate. In a strong, blunt speech in the UN Climate Action Committee in New York in 2019, she said: “You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words” – “People are suffering. People are dying; entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairytales and economic growth. How dare you?”
With great representation to the progression of animal liberation, Ingrid Newkirk is the president of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the biggest Animal Rights organization in the world. Ingrid says she strongly believes animals shouldn’t be used for food, turned into clothes, experimented on or used for human entertainment. In her new book, “Animalkind”, she explores the ways in which humans can better demonstrate their compassion for other species.
“The goal of this movement [animal rights] is to make people acknowledge that, the same way animals aren’t hamburgers, they are handbags wither”, she wrote for PETA in 2016. “They are not test tubes with whiskers, they aren’t cheap alarms to avoid robbery, they are accessories, they aren’t pests. They are individuals and we must protect all of them.”
Currently hosting a vegetarian cooking show called “New Day, New Chef”, on Amazon Prime, the former CNN news anchor and best-selling author Jane Velez-Mitchell is the founder of Jane UnChained News, a social media news channel that produces original content about animal rights activism and veganism. Jane has received several awards, including four Genesis Awards from the Humane Society in the United States for her coverage of animal issues.
In a 2018 Animal Rights conference she has said: “Your phone is your best tool. You have an entire network, a TV studio, satellites, all of that in your back pocket or your purse. Use it for the animals.” “
The Animal Rights organization Mercy for Animals also has a female president. With almost 20 years of leadership experience working in the animal protection movement, Leag Garcés wrote the book “Grilled: turning adversaries into allies to change the chicken industry”. It is in some parts a memoir and in others an account of her experiences from her work in the industry.
Melanie Joy, a social psychologist has said: “Grilled is absorbing, intriguing and moving. It will open your eyes and hearts to the animals’ situation within the american food system.”
Carol J. Adams
A woman who has been changing the way thousands of people see the world is the american feminist author and Animal Rights advocate, Carol J. Adams, with her famous and necessary book, “The sexual politics of meat: a feminist-vegetarian critical theory”. The book contains plenty of solid and consistent arguments, explains the close relation between male dominance, cultural violence against women and the act of eating meat. A must-read to reflect upon the relations between men, women and animals in the fight for and oppression free world. “Meat is a social construct made to seem natural and inevitable.”
Actress and stylist Rooney Mara is an Animal Rights activist. In 2019, the joined Animal Equality during the secret investigation of two factory farms, from which the footage obtained was released in an exposition called “With My Own Eyes”.
She said of the occasion: “Even though I’ve seen many of these kinds of documentaries, I”d also like to see for myself and I hope to do something that can impact people to change their minds as well.”
Rooney often participates in demonstrations in favor of Animal Rights with her partner, the actor Joaquin Phoenix.
In this journey towards a more compassionate world defended by women, the animal cause gains strength in different spheres of society, through the political, literary and artistic fields.
It’s noteworthy how plurally veganism is treated and approached, because that opens doors to questions so dormant in the cultural context we are living in and attempts to stop the discompass between all living beings and Nature.
As with the amazing women being highlighted today, there are still dozens of others in social media profiles exposing the terrible mistreatment of animals, as well as dozens of anonymous protectors who rescue stray animals and accomplish exceptional work..
This 8th of March, Women’s International Day, we honor the importance of all women in the vegan movement.
The growing demand for vegan products, both edible and otherwise, has led many to tout the current millennium as ‘the age of veganism’. Consumers are now demanding animal-friendly products of all kinds – including fashion, skincare, and beauty items. This includes nail care and beauty, which includes products such as nail polish, treatments, hardeners, and cuticle oils. If you love dazzling nail looks but wish to ensure that you support vegan companies, the following tips may be of aid. You may want to read on to prepare for your Veggly Vegan Dating 🌱 😊
Animal-Derived Ingredients In Nail Products
Two of the most common animal-derived ingredients in modern day nail products include guanine/pearl essence (obtained from fish scales) and carmine (obtained from the crushed carcasses of the cochineal insect).
When choosing products, read the ingredients list carefully, and make a commitment to yourself as well: avoid components which are known to harm human health. These include toluene, DBP, formaldehyde, and camphor. Some of these components are known carcinogens, so opting for products made with fewer chemicals is ideal.
Top Vegan Nail Care Brands
There are literally dozens of vegan nail care brands to choose from, some of which include L.A. Girl, Sally Hansen, NCLA Los Angeles, 100% Pure, BWC (Beauty without Cruelty), Mineral Fusion, and Essie. Unlike its main high-end rival, OPI, Essie recently reformulated all its products to ensure they are vegan and free of all ingredients that can potentially harm human health. Brands range from budget-friendly to luxury, so regardless of what you are willing to spend, you will find a bevy of vegan polishes in a wide array of hues and finishes.
Beyond Nail Polish
It is important to be vigilant with all items in your nail care kit, including nail strengtheners. These are a usually transparent product used to counter nail brittleness and fragility. However, they can also be used to mend cracks and chips in nails, and are often used in line with fine paper or tiny pieces of cut-up tea bags applied over a crack or chip. Some brands sell hardeners whose main strengthening agent is keratin (which is not vegan). Others use shellac, derived from the lac bug. Ensure your hardener is made with 100% plant-based ingredients. The brush bristles used in the polish should also be sourced from plants. Like non-vegan hardeners, vegan hardeners may require the use of a heat lamp, but these are very affordable and can be sourced for under $10.
Vegan Cuticle Care Products
If you are a fervent mani-pedi fan, then you know that if your cuticles (the skin beneath and surrounding your nail bed) are dry or cracked, the look of your nails can be all but appealing.
Cuticle care products which are oil based can make a big difference, keeping skin healthy and in tact so you don’t need to trim it at all during a manicure session. Once again, opt for plant-based treatments containing beneficial products such as jojoba oil, shea butter, sesame oil, sweet orange oil, and coconut oil. If your cuticles are very dry, opt for a cream-based treatment to really lock the moisture in. In case you love lemon scents, try Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, which softens skin and is easily absorbed.
If you love having sleek, well cared-for nails, then delve into the fascinating world of vegan beauty and care products for nails.
Top companies such as Essie have seen the value of going 100% plant-based, as eco-friendly consumers express their wish to support companies that are committed to the environment and to animal welfare.
Ensure you read ingredients lists carefully, and make informed choices regarding everything from colored polishes, right through to hardening gels and cuticle treatment products.
Even after taking all animal foods off the table, including eggs, milk, cheese, and honey, sometimes this may leave you worried about what you will include in your kids’ lunch box. Kids’ meals should never be bland.
It’s tricky to prepare a lunch that will excite them to eat. One trick that we use is to pick up a Play Kitchen. This gives your little one the opportunity to play and cook alongside you and helps ease them into the concept of veganism.
Without further ado, let’s jump into the top 9 vegan lunch box ideas that are easy to prepare and interestingly tasty.
9 Practical Vegan Lunch Box Ideas
Vegan Tofu Burgers
All kids get excited with burgers. Tofu burgers are quick and easy to make. Additionally, wheat germ, diced onion, and green onion garlic powder provide good nutrition to fuel kids’ bodies. You should definitely try out this recipe.
Vegan Fried Rice
This meal will ravish your kid’s Chinese food craving. The vegan fried rice recipe is light and so tasty. Its ingredients are easy to get and will only take you less than 20 minutes to prepare. Kids can enjoy this meal alongside vegan spring rolls.
Vegan Lunch Box Sandwiches!
Sandwiches have never been a boring lunch option. You can easily create any classic sandwich kids will love.
The trick is never to make them too soggy and always let the young ones choose their vegan fillings. Always vary the sandwiches. Occasionally use wraps, bagels, and rolls in place of bread.
The chickpea-kale spread sandwich will get your kid anxious for lunchtime. It’s advisable to include a snack in their lunchbox. Fruits are a perfect combination alongside sandwiches.
Thai Broccoli Salad + Peanut Dressing
Gather all the ingredients for this healthy gluten-free meal. For the peanut dressing, blend all the ingredients and add 3 tablespoons of water. The dressing shouldn’t be thick.
Prepare the broccoli by boiling for approximately 3 minutes till they turn to a bright green. Stir the water and add shredded cabbage, scallions cilantro to the ready broccoli in a clean jar.
Easy-peasy right? This super healthy and delicious broccoli salad can fit into your kids’ lunch schedule with the right ingredients.
Spicy-Vegan Oaxacan Bowl
This Mexican-styled meal will definitely become your kid’s favorite meal. Top it with crunchy cabbage slaw, avocado toasted chipotle, and they will love it even more.
Vegan Corn Chowder
The aroma of soup is always enticing. Vegan corn chowder soup will easily become your kid’s and home favorite soup. With veggies and few spices, you will have a delicious creamy texture the kids can pair with anything for lunch.
Kale Quinoa Salad
Quinoa is definitely one of the most nutritious foods. These two superfoods will leave your kids energized and satisfied. The salad in the quinoa makes it solid enough to be a complete meal.
‘’Noodle It Up!’’
If your kids love noodles, you are in luck because there are many vegan options for you.
Noodles are so easy to prepare, especially on a tight schedule. Garlic sesame noodles and Jade noodles are so versatile, loaded with lots of veggies, and useful.
This one has more calories than the time it takes to be ready. In less than 30 minutes, this sweet-scented soup loaded with healthy veggies will be ready. Serve zucchini soup with some crusty bread, and your kid will have a complete lunch.
Bonus Idea: Crunchy Baked Granola Bars
These are the flawless bars kids should have in their lunchboxes. They are a healthy dessert kind of meal but can work as a snack during lunch. They are easy to bake, needing only less than 10 ingredients.
Focus on meals that kids will have no trouble finishing and what they like the most. Packing a treat and funny notes in the lunch box will always motivate kids to finish their meals. Having many choices will just work out for you. The above 9 vegan lunch box ideas, and a bonus recipe, should keep the ball rolling for you.
Home-cooked meals are fast becoming a luxury, with a study published in the Nutrition Journal showing that while in 1965, up to 95% of meals were prepared at home, by the start of the new millennium, only 72% of people were doing so.
The shift in gender roles, rising housing prices, and the need to pay off student loans are just a few reasons for this phenomenon, although any vegan will tell you that time management is key to enjoying healthy meals regularly. Of course, if you are busy, then you may struggle to come up with varied enough meals throughout the week.
By prepping vegetables the right way, you can ensure your produce retains the maximum amount of nutrients and remains in the best possible state for your vegan sautés, sandwiches, wraps, snacks and soups. By preparing your vegetables together, the process can be as much an opportunity for romantic connection as the meals themselves.
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There are many fancy electric tools around that shred, slice and dice, but if you have a small kitchen, simply have a good set of knives for small, medium and larger vegetables will most probably suffice.
Wrapping Chopped Vegetables In Plastic
If you are concerned about the possible loss of nutritional value caused by cutting and prepping vegetables beforehand, know that there are good ways to slow down nutritional loss.
As stated by Dr. A Kader of the University of California at Davis, by wrapping cut produce in plastic, you can reduce nutritional loss to about 10% for Vitamin C, 7% for folate, and just 3% for beta carotene.
Keep the vegetables in your fridge, and keep them in airtight containers. Buy fresh, seasonal vegetables if possible so you consume food with the maximum possible nutritional content.
Choose The Right Vegetables To Prepare
Some vegetables – including broccoli and cauliflower, asparagus, green beans, celery, sweet potatoes, winter squash and zucchini – can last in an airtight container in the fridge four around three days.
Others – including eggplant, potato and avocado – oxidize, and are better prepped on the same day they will be cooked.
There are also specific hacks that work well for some vegetables. For instance, you can prepare potatoes a day in advance, placing them in a bowl of water and popping them in the fridge.
You may buy an extra large batch of vegetables that the two of you won’t be able to consume in a few days. If so, freezing is a good way to save your purchases.
Avoid freezing vegetables with a high moisture content (including lettuce, mushrooms, and cucumbers) as they can freeze up then take on a mushy texture when thawed.
If you are excited about prepping your vegetables for beautiful vegan meals with your partner, ensure you save as much money as you can.
You can achieve this! Freeze excess produce and prepare vegetables all at once so you are more likely to use them over the next few days. For freezing, concentrate on low-moisture vegetables, planning meals in such a way that you utilize high-moisture produce first.
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So there you have it! There’s no excuse not to prepare vegetables for your next date! 🙂
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In this article, we reveal our latest research showing how two-thirds of vegans report an increase in sexual performance and enjoyment since switching to a vegan diet.
Very exciting news for vegans today! Especially when it comes to life in the bedroom! We’ve released new data from a survey of 5,000 vegans across the world revealing how making the switch to a plant-based diet has impacted their sexual enjoyment and performance. The results are worth celebrating!
The research shows that over two thirds of vegans (67%) have experienced a noticeable increase in sexual performance and enjoyment after making the switch to a vegan diet.
In particular, vegan men were most likely to notice a difference. 7 in 10 (71%) vegan men reported a boost, in contrast to 59% of vegan women.
The new findings are consistent with arguments made in The Game Changers by Dr. Aaron Spitz who witnessed a significant boost in strength and duration of erections for male athletes who took part in a controlled test to measure the impact of a vegan diet.
We believe these findings are likely to contribute further to the continued rise of veganism and plant-based diets across the globe.
This excellent growth has helped fuel our own growth in users. We now have over 290,000 users around the world. Find your Veg-Match today!
Commenting on the new research findings, our founder, Alex Felipelli, said: “This is exciting news for vegans and anyone considering a switch to a vegan diet! It’s yet another excellent reason for ditching animal products and choosing vegan food at every meal. It’s clear that your diet can impact life in the bedroom!”
So there you have it! If this doesn’t convince non-vegans, what will?!
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The research shows that over half of vegans (52%) wouldn’t consider a relationship with a meat-eater. In addition, just over 12% of vegans, roughly 1 in 8, wouldn’t even consider dating a vegetarian, as they are still consumers of animal products.
Vegetarians are also reluctant when it comes to meat-eaters. 4 in 10 (39%) wouldn’t consider a carnivore for a partner.
The new findings help explain the recent, rapid growth of Veggly. Our platform now has over 250,000 users around the world. Since July 2019, the app has grown in user numbers by a factor of 10, from 25,000 users.
Overall, the United States boasts the highest number of Veggly users in one country, with 46,552. Brazil is second, with 39,215 users, and the UK is third with 34,420 users. Germany places fourth, with 33,890 users
Available throughout the world (used in 181 countries), Veggly is set to continue its rapid growth thanks to teams of vegans who have worked together to translate the app into 8 languages: English, Spanish, German, Portuguese, French, Italian, Danish and Polish, with many more languages on the way.
Rise in Veganism
The rise of veganism and plant-based diets across the globe in the past two years has fuelled Veggly’s rise to prominence.
Commenting on the new findings, Founder of Veggly, Alex Felipelli, said:
“These findings help us understand why Veggly has become so popular. Many vegans want to be with someone who shares their values and love of animals. For many vegans, their ‘veganism’ is a way life, so it’s understandable they wouldn’t want to be with a partner that consumes animals or animal products.
“We created Veggly for that exact reason!
Veggly is here to help herbivores find the best and most compatible partners, and we are 100% dedicated to helping this community grow as much as possible.
We always reinvest in the platform and make improvements every week to improve the experience and cope with rising demand.
We believe that if the question was “Would you prefer to date a vegan”?, the result would be close to 100%. But still, 52% is very high for vegans who would not date a meat-eater at all!”
What about you? Would you date a meat-eater? Have you? Leave your comments below and let us know what you think about this.
Living a vegan lifestyle can be challenging, yet it’s also extremely rewarding. When you think of being vegan, you think immediately on your diet and the things your body consumes. However, in order to be truly vegan, the same principles should be put into practice at home, too. Whether you’re looking for new cruelty-free products, furniture, or décor, read on to learn how to create the ultimate vegan and cruelty-free home. Originally posted at Porch.
The Basics of Vegan and Cruelty-Free Products
Anything that’s considered vegan means that it doesn’t include any animal animal-based ingredients, from hot sauces, to furniture, however, that doesn’t always mean that the product was not tested on animals. To ensure that your home products are truly vegan, make sure they’re also labeled as cruelty-free. This term means that the product was never tested on animals before being introduced into the consumer marketplace. Read the ingredient labels on all of your cleaning products to ensure that they don’t contain any animal-based components. Then, make sure that they’re specifically labeled cruelty-free, so you know you’re getting a safe product that’s in line with your values. It can be challenging to find home décor and furnishings that specifically state they are cruelty-free. You may need to ask the retailer or contact the manufacturer directly to confirm before you make a purchase. Look for products that are Leaping Bunny certified, which means they are not tested on animals. Anything without this certification could mean that the final product may not be tested on animals, but the ingredients or materials used to make it could be. Some companies will also create a “vegan” product line, while continuing to explore and kill animals in other product lines. A real vegan product is one that comes from a company that does not practice this tactic.
Start with Vegan Cleaning Products
You don’t need to purchase chemical-laden products in order to have a clean and spotless home. In fact, many ingredients used in mass-marketed cleaning products aren’t just harmful to the environment, they’re also potentially harmful to you, your family, and your pets. Avoid products like caprylic acid, which is sourced from milk, and animal glycerol and stearic acid, which are both animal fats. You may also see the term “animal lecithin” included on the ingredients list of many cleaning products. This term refers to the use of waxy nervous tissue and should also be avoided. Research the names of the most common ingredients found in cleaning products and their source. This simple step will make it much easier to identify the things you know you want to avoid.
While baking soda and vinegar can be a great all-natural way to clean your home, there are still some products you might need to buy in order to achieve the ultimate clean. Brands like Seventh Generation and Ecos offer plant-based formulas that are both vegan and completely cruelty-free. Products that use natural enzymes provide effective cleaning to remove stubborn dirt and grease without the need for dangerous chemicals. Do your homework and read labels carefully, and when in doubt, ask the manufacturer directly. You can also make a few DIY cleaning products using natural ingredients like lemon, vinegar, and baking soda to accomplish quick, daily cleanings in a safe way.
Furnish Your Home with Vegan-Friendly Options
When it comes to furnishing your home, finding vegan products can be especially challenging. Wool and leather should obviously be avoided, as should silk. The process to manufacture furniture from these materials is especially cruel, and none of them should ever be used in a vegan home. Look for furniture with upholstery made of pure, organic cotton and fabrics treated with natural dyes instead of synthetics. Even faux leather furniture can be harmful due to the chemicals used and the environmental damage caused via the manufacturing process. Tables, cabinets, and shelving made of reclaimed wood is another excellent way to choose sustainable, repurposed furniture that doesn’t contribute to the deforestation problem. Visit your local thrift or antique store to find quality furniture made from safe materials like bamboo, natural fabrics, or solid wood. It’s a great way to repurpose older furniture and save money in the process.
The benefits of choosing vegan and cruelty-free furniture are plentiful, including:
Using vegan furniture at home is much healthier than products treated with toxic chemicals. These chemicals can penetrate your skin and get into your bloodstream and can also be breathed in causing damage to the lungs. It’s especially important to choose all-vegan furniture if you have children or elderly adults living in your home.
Vegan furniture is easier to clean since it shouldn’t attract dust or insects as leather furniture will. Rugs made of cotton are easy to keep clean, and they’re much more resistant to stains than wool area rugs.
If you suffer from allergies, most vegan furniture and décor are hypoallergenic. Animal fur and feathers can cause allergies to flare up big time. Choose bedding and pillows made from a down alternative to keep your allergies under control. Not only will you feel better, but you’re also ensuring that you don’t purchase items that harm animals in the process.
When you furnish your home with vegan and cruelty-free products, you’ll feel good about your surroundings. While eating a vegan diet is the cornerstone of this lifestyle, having a vegan home is also essential to achieve a well-rounded and value-driven life.
Living the Vegan Lifestyle: Don’t Forget Décor
Finding and using vegan and cruelty-free cleaning products and furniture can be easy once you know what to look for and what to avoid. When it comes to decorating your home, don’t forget that all of your home accents and décor should be vegan, too. Stay away from throw pillows and bedding made of silk and wool or anything filled with down feathers. Instead, choose down alternative textiles and try pillows, rugs, and linens made of organic fabrics. If you love the look and feel of leather but hate the cruelty, there are some companies currently making products from vegan synthetic leather. Remember to stay away from fur at all costs, too. Delve into vegan companies that are dedicated to making quality home products without the need for animal products and byproducts.
There are a few key things to look for when choosing items for your vegan home:
Try furniture and décor with rubber cushions instead of memory foam. Natural rubber foam cushions are soft, comfortable, and are made sustainably by harvesting natural latex from the rubber tree. This material may also be referred to as “natural latex.” Visit the GOLS, or Global Organic Latex Standard to learn more about how to choose the cleanest option for your home.
The sourcing of materials used to make home goods and furniture should not create toxic pollution or cause harm via deforestation. Make sure every item you’re interested in has been third-party certified so you’re confident in your choice.
Even the finishes on furniture and home décor can be harmful to the environment and animals. Check to see if the finish uses low or nontoxic organic ingredients that have no or very little off-gassing that can cause harm to the environment as well as your health.
Some home goods, especially many cleaning products, are completely biodegradable. Find out about the life cycle of your products and whether or not they can be reused, recycled, or if they’re fully biodegradable before you purchase.
Reduce the demand for mass-produced home décor items and furniture by buying products from a local thrift store. Not only will you give these items a new life, but you’re also slowing down the need for mass-produced products in the consumer marketplace. It’s also a great way to get something new without cutting down trees, testing on animals, or harming the environment through importation and transport.
It’s also important to note that even products like the paint on your walls could contain animal products. Milk and beeswax are often used as a binder when the paint is manufactured. Some paint brands still test on animals, either by putting the paint directly on the animals’ skin or doing things as cruel as forcing them to ingest it. If you’re planning to change the paint color in your home, always make sure that it’s completely vegan and cruelty-free. Thankfully, there are a lot of eco-friendly and cruelty-free paint brands out there to choose from. Do your research if you’re planning to paint your home so that you’re using a product that is both safe and vegan.
When picking out items to decorate your home, always keep sustainability and cruelty-free practices in mind. Materials like glass, repurposed wood, and natural fabrics are all excellent choices. Shop locally to find artisans and furniture makers who use repurposed materials to make their products. Look at labels carefully to ensure that every item you purchase for your home from cleaning products to area rugs is entirely vegan and cruelty-free. It may take some time and patience to find everything you need, but the process will be worth it in the long run.
Say Hello to a Vegan Home
Whether it’s window and oven cleaners with the Leaping Bunny logo or furniture made of organic cotton upholstery and natural latex cushioning, achieving a vegan home is possible. Always research where your items are coming from and don’t be afraid to ask companies about their manufacturing processes. With a little bit of homework and research, you can transform your home into a 100% vegan abode. Thanks to many new brands that are embracing veganism, you’ll be able to create a cruelty-free space to enjoy for years to come. There are no limits to this lifestyle, you can even find your vegan love here with Veggly! And don’t forget that the way we eat has a huge impact on the environment as well!
We’ve shared the abstract/summary below, but here’s a brief version and explanation for you:
This new study has revealed the huge ‘carbon opportunity cost of keeping livestock’. But what does that mean?
It means there is a huge amount of carbon from the atmosphere that land could draw down/capture (using trees/plants etc.) if it were not being used for animal farming/livestock production. It also means there is an ecological opportunity cost – for example: the woodlands, wetlands, wolves, wild herbivores and thriving ecosystems the land could support if it were rewilded and turned away from animal farming.
Veganism Combats Climate Change: How do I explain to my friends, family and colleagues?
The research shows us that it is far better to use land for plants (e.g. trees, grass, crops) to draw down carbon from the atmosphere, rather than farming animals for meat/dairy etc.
The impact we can have by switching our food production to plant-based/vegan diets is even larger than previously thought. The report explains how a shift to plant-based diets could enable us to draw down over 500 gigatons of CO2e*… that’s 500 billion tons! This would give us a fighting chance of limiting global warming to 1.5℃.
So there you have it! From an environmental point of view, this is the strongest argument in favor of plant-based diets we’ve ever seen!
Of course, there are many other reasons to leave animals off your plate (animal welfare, food resources, health etc.). But this one is impossible to ignore: the future of our planet depends on it. So make sure you have it up your sleeve next time someone challenges veganism/ plant-based living and asks you to explain it all: Veganism combats climate change and stops global warming!
Veggly is here to help
That being said… we hope you don’t have to explain veganism all the time and you find someone who shares your love of animals and our planet! And that’s why Veggly exists!
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* CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) is a unit for measuring carbon footprints. CO2e is used to express the impact of each different greenhouse gas in terms of the amount of CO2 that would create the same amount of global warming.