I have been a huge animal lover all of my life. Always had at least one dog and three cats, I volunteer at a cat shelter and used to work on a farm. It didn't take me until this year to ask myself “Why am I buying things that make animals suffer?” So I slowly started changing aspects of my life to have less of an impact on animals. Here are three tips to get started:
1. Start Slow
If you all of a sudden go out and replace all of your products for vegan/cruelty-free it will end up costing you a lot of money (which I don't have) and is a huge waste. If you all of a sudden go from being an omnivore to vegan overnight it will be a huge struggle for your well being and your body. It takes a couple months for your body to get used to eating different things so it's best to go slow. For me I know I’m not ready to go full vegan, or even vegetarian for awhile so I decided to start with the products I use. Whenever I was getting low on a product (ex: Shampoo) I would go out and buy a vegan/cruelty-free shampoo that did similar things as my old product. So after a period of 4-5 months, I slowly replaced all of my products to vegan or cruelty-free. Now I feel so much better when I go to have a shower or do my makeup because I know that what I'm using has not been tested on an animal.
This is a very important aspect of the process. Whenever you are going to buy a new product you need to try and find one that will work well, is a reasonable price, and you can easily buy where you live. My favorite sites to search is www.crueltyfreekitty.com and www.crueltyfreeinternational.org. To find reviews on products: www.makeupalley.com or Youtube.
3. Don’t Forget The Simple Things
Mouthwash, toothpaste, dental floss, feminine hygiene products and deodorant are tested on animals too! Lush and Tom’s are great brands for oral health. My suggestion for feminine hygiene is to get a DivaCup because it is reusable, cruelty free, and saves a lot of money. Deodorant was one of the first cruelty-free products I bought because antiperspirants essentially clog your sweat glands and lead to breast cancer. So I highly suggest getting Crystal deodorant because it is all natural(mineral salt), one stick will last you over a year, and no more white residue on your pits.
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