We all know eating as a vegan can be really difficult, especially when a lot of food establishments won't offer alternatives for those who can't eat animal products. Thankfully, more vegan brands are popping up, and we're getting some great vegan substitutes. However, just because you aren't eating vegan products, doesn't mean you aren't using them!
You still need to be made aware of the many things that surprisingly aren't vegan, despite what people may think. We'll be bringing you a list of 10 things you didn't know might contain animal products, so you know what to avoid in the future. We'll also be offering some alternatives for vegan versions of these products if we know any!
Not all of these products are guaranteed to contain animal product, but it's best to check the ingredients before you purchase, as you might be consuming something you wouldn't want to be!
Makeups & Cosmetics
There's a common misconception that, just because a makeup brand is cruelty-free, they're also vegan. However, this isn't factually correct, as a lot of makeup still contains animal product. Some makeup products contain beeswax, fish oil, fish scales and many more animal products you likely didn't know about. Be careful to find out if the makeup you're buying is vegan as well as cruelty-free!
Some high-quality vegan makeup brands are: Inika, Eco Tools, Everyday Minerals
If you've been a vegan for a while, you probably know this one. As gummy sweets contain gelatin, which contains cartilage, bones, hooves from pigs, these tasty treats are sadly not vegan. Some gummy sweets also contain beeswax, which also isn't vegan. It's important to look into a lot of sweetie ingredients, as you'd be surprised at how many sweets contain animal products.
Some good gummy alternatives: Annie's Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks, Surf Sweets Organic Vegan Fruity Bears
Children's art supplies couldn't possibly contain animal products, could they? Shockingly, they do! Crayons are part of the rendering industry, which disposes unused animal waste. This leads to animal fat being used in the creation of these colourful supplies. It is also known that paraffin is used in a lot of popular crayons, so there's another reason to watch out!
Some colourful alternatives: Weecantoo's Crayons, ConciousCraft's art supplies
Plastic bags are already environment killers, and we don't even need any other reason to get rid of them, but somehow, they can be even worse! Some plastic bags use animal fat as a slip agent to reduce the friction in the material. Here's just another reason to switch to your reusable shopping bags!
You can find some cute ones all over Amazon, Etsy, or just at your local shops!
Tattoos are a gorgeous art form, and can even be a way to show your own passion for animal welfare, but you may not be aware that some tattoo inks aren't actually vegan. Some of the non-vegan inks can include animal fat, shellac, bone char and more. You may also want to look out to make sure your tattoo aftercare products are vegan, too. Make sure to discuss things with your artist, there should always be alternatives.
Check around your location to see what tattoo parlours use vegan ink, there should be plenty these days!
You may think certain candles aren't vegan because some premium candles contain beeswax, and you definitely aren't wrong! But the real reason candles is on our list, is that a lot of companies use stearic acid (from animal fat) to harden the wax. Animal fat and beeswax seem obvious when stated, but these products are usually used under different names. Soy candles are a better alternative to beeswax candles!
Some vegan candle alternatives: Aira Soy Candles, Yankee Candles, Pura Botanica Candles
Paintbrushes & Paint Supplies
You probably don't know just how many animal products are used in the paint world. Like, seriously, this seemingly harmless activity is just packed to the brim with animal products. Watercolour paints contain Ox gall or honey, and gessoed canvases usually have gelatin used.Then, the paintbrushes themselves are a real culprit, with the hair usually coming from a ferret, squirrel, goat, or horse.
You can find animal-friendly art supplies by: Jackson's Vegan Brushes, Kaia Natural Watercolors, Princeton Brushes