CategoryVeganism

Vegan Grey Areas: Tricky Things That May Not Be Vegan

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Some areas of veganism are quite clear. For example: killing animals to eat them unnecessarily is wrong. But like most things in life, there are grey areas. For vegans, it’s mostly about how far it is reasonable to go to avoid causing suffering. In most cases, there’s not a clear right answer, and you’ll find vegans on either side of the issue. These are mostly small...

Is Bacteria Considered Vegan?

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Yes, bacteria is considered vegan. It might seem strange at first, since we talk about things like bacteria and yeast as being “alive”, but there are 2 main reasons why it’s still vegan. (Yeast is also vegan.) Side note: a term like “deactivated” is probably more accurate and often used for yeasts. Bacteria is An Organism, But Not an Animal There are 5 or 6 kingdoms of life depending on who you...

Is It Vegan To Buy Second Hand Leather?

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It’s typically considered vegan to continue wearing leather clothes if you already had them before going vegan. That raises another question: is buying and wearing second hand leather also vegan? It can be hard finding certain types of vegan clothing (although getting better) that fits your budget, so it’d certainly be convenient. It’s a tricky issue, but there are some important differences...

Is Fertilizer Vegan?

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Here’s the problem… Fertilizer often contains animal products. Some are just manure, while others have animal ingredients like bone meal, feathers, and more. How do you know if the apple in a store was made with fertilizer with animal products in it? You don’t. You have no way of knowing, and no way of finding out. So while vegans would prefer that no one uses this type of fertilizer...

Feeling Guilty For Not Going Vegan? (Here’s Why)

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You feel guilt when you feel like your actions are not lining up with your morals. So if you’re feeling guilty about not being vegan, it’s because you recognize on some level, that it’s cruel and unnecessary to harm animals to eat. You can try to suppress guilt, but it will gnaw away at you more and more over time. I’m not just going to say “go vegan now,” because clearly that’s not...

Is Bug Spray Vegan?

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There are 2 types of bug sprays. Those that kills bugs that come in contact or ingest it, and those that simply repel them. Bug repellents typically aren’t quite as effective, but avoids killing most bugs. There’s a few things that a vegan needs to consider here. Are Bug Sprays That Kill Bugs Vegan? While they seem different than most, insects are still animals. It’s generally accepted that...

How Many Vegans Are There in Canada? [2020 Survey]

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We all live in information bubbles. It seems like veganism is really catching on, with more vegan restaurants, more vegan options (e.g. the McVegan), and more grocery stores carrying vegan food (e.g. meat substitutes). The latest Canada’s food guide update even recommends eating more of a plant based diet and lowering meat consumption (1). But are people really embracing veganism, and is it...

Vegan Wall Paint: The Complete Guide

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When I first went vegan, I never would have imagined that some wall paint would not be vegan. But here we are…it’s another vegan grey area. There’s 3 main reasons that paint may not be vegan: It can contain dairy products, usually milk protein as a binder. Some paints use beeswax as a binder. They test the paint on animals – This can include testing putting the paint on animals...

Accidently Ate Animal Product (Dairy, Meat) As a Vegan: What Now?

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Sometimes you’ll be assured that a food is vegan and it turns out that it’s not. Other times you may buy something and somehow missed a non-vegan ingredient. And other times, you may learn about some obscure ingredient that apparently isn’t vegan. Almost every vegan has accidentally eaten an animal product at some point. Don’t Beat Yourself Up About It This is an imperfect world that we live in...

Is Penicillin Vegan?

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Penicillin itself is completely synthetic. The reason that some might think it’s not vegan is because it’s tested on animals. Even though most of the animal testing is long done, there are still researchers testing it in niche situations. For example, here’s a study from 2019 where researchers induced epileptiform activity in rats. Does Animal Testing Make Medicine Not Vegan? This is not a...