8 Surprisingly Non-Vegan Household Items and How You Can Swap Them with Vegan-Friendly Alternatives


8 Surprisingly Non-Vegan Household Items and How You Can Swap Them with Vegan-Friendly Alternatives

If you’re trying to choose vegan, not just with your food but with the items you use day to day, you may be surprised to find out some things which aren’t vegan.

When lip-smackingly delicious ready-to-eat Vegan Piri Piri Jambalaya, Super Mac, and Posh Squash are available at your doorstep, eating vegan becomes temptingly easy.

Adopting a vegan lifestyle and building a vegan home can be an expensive, exhaustingly difficult, and tricky affair.

Commonly used household items from furniture to footwear are all infused with some form of animal ingredient. And hence, doing a complete vegan makeover might be a bit of a far stretch. The best option is breaking it down into chunks and moving towards a vegan utopia, one step at a time.

We’ve listed 8 easy and inexpensive Vegan swaps, that you can begin with, to make your homes more vegan and eco-friendly.


  • 1. Plastic Bags

  • Plastic bags are not just harmful to the environment, but they’re also not vegan friendly. They contain slipping agents – extracted from animal fat – to give the bags a plasticky smoothness and reduce static and friction in the material.

    Honestly, plastic carrier bags should’ve been extinct a long time ago. They’re an inconvenience to the planet and to you. They’re expensive (10p each!), unsustainable, and don’t look half as good as a cloth tote.

    And while you are ditching plastic bags, switching to reusable coffee cups, straws and paper packaging is also a great idea!

    Side Note: All our packaging is recyclable or reusable (with free return postage). Our meal trays are made from 95% sustainable recyclable paper material and we’re working on the other 5%



    2. Cosmetics 

    Cosmetic products are often either tested on animals or contain animal ingredients which makes them non-vegan. 

    So, after a dietary change, the next big step in transitioning towards veganism is swapping non-vegan cosmetics for vegan-friendly variants. With cosmetics, there are two factors to take into consideration – cruelty-free and vegan friendly. And while they seem alike, they’re actually quite different.

    If a cosmetic is vegan friendly it means that the product doesn’t have any animal ingredient in it. While if it is cruelty-free, it means that it isn’t tested on animals. If you want to ensure that a product is both vegan and cruelty-free, look for the leaping bunny mark. The leaping bunny mark ensures that no animal testing has been done – even at the ingredient level – and that the product is 100% vegan and cruelty-free.



    3. Razors

    Products that use animal ingredients sneak into our lives so stealthily that one needs to be razor-sharp to pick them out. Talking of razor-sharp, those razors on your bathroom shelf might not be vegan-friendly. In most razors, the lubricant strip is made with lanolin (a byproduct of wool) or animal-extracted glycerin which makes them non-vegan. 

    Estrid, is a good and inexpensive vegan alternative that is not only free from animal ingredients but also eco-friendly and super easy, get your replacement razor blades delivered as regularly as you need them!



    4. Icing Sugar

    As seasoned vegans would know, the little crystal-like granules sweetly hiding away in your pantry is might not be vegan friendly. A lot of times, sugar is processed with bone char to make it white. However, fortunately, most regular sugar brands in the UK are vegan-friendly. But the exception is icing sugar.

    Though icing sugar doesn’t use bone char, most popular brands add dried egg whites, making it non-vegan. 

    A quick and easy alternative is to D-I-Y it. Just blend 1 cup granulated sugar with 1 tbsp cornstarch, till you get a fine powder, and your homemade vegan icing sugar is ready.




    5. Fabric Softener

    If you thought animal testing ended with cosmetics, think again. Fabric softeners like cosmetics are not only made with animal ingredients – animal fats like tallow dimethyl ammonium chloride – but are also tested upon animals! This makes fabric softeners not only non-vegan but also not cruelty-free.  

    Luckily, as veganism expands, more brands are turning vegan conscious. Here are a few best and inexpensive vegan laundry detergents and softeners, that don’t test upon or use animal ingredients- we ❤️ smol.




    6. Nail Polish

    Most nail polishes are infused with guanine (pearl essence) and carmine. While these ingredients sound innocently harmless, they’re in fact, made of fish scales and boiled and crushed beetles (which gives the red shade to most cosmetics). This makes a lot of nail polishes available in the market decidedly non-vegan. 

    If that little bottle of red polish now seems like a vegan nightmare, there are many vegan-friendly nail polish brands, which you can opt for.




    7. Shampoos and Conditioners 

    Don’t let the guilt of using products with animal ingredients be on your head. Most shampoos and conditioners contain lecithin which is extracted from animal or dairy sources. The infusion of animal ingredients makes popular shampoos and conditioners non-vegan friendly. 

    Fortunately, there are many vegan, inexpensive alternatives available in the market. Vegan-friendly shampoos are not only vegan and cruelty-free but also devoid of harsh chemicals that strip off your hair’s natural goodness. Good for you and good for the planet!



     8. Clothes

    Cruella De Vil alert! Vegan dressing is as simple and complicated as vegan eating. You should know what ingredients of clothing aka material to stay away from. Leather, wool, silk, fur, suede are some popular clothing materials that are derived from animals. All of these materials are non-vegan. 

    Instead of these, you can opt for natural vegan fabrics, like organic cotton, linen, seaweed, coconut fiber, that don’t involve hurting animals.

     It’s high time that torturing animals went out of fashion.

    While some vegans might want to get rid of all vegan products instantly, personally we believe that phasing out old non-vegan clothes or donating them is a more sustainable option.



    So, will these 8 swaps ensure a completely vegan lifestyle?

    Unfortunately, no. These 8 things are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to common household items that include animal ingredients. From LCD screens on TVs to camera films, and tattoos to toothpaste, most things are infused with some form of animal product or by-product. But these vegan swaps, do offer an easy and sustainable start towards making your living space become more aligned with your vegan principles. 

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