Being vegan means choosing not to consume any kind of animal products. But when you are out shopping for food and drinks, and maybe even on a random shopping trip with your friends looking for cute outfits and makeup, how to choose vegan products? Here are some tips for you.
Check for the Label
The easiest way to do this is to check the label of the package. Many of the products that refrain from using any animal products as its ingredients would have a label, confirming they are vegan. Due to the rising veganism at modern times, you will be able to find this on most products easily.
Check the Ingredients
In case it is not mentioned on the label, the best way to check is by checking the ingredients. This will help you to steer clear of any item that do use animal products in its making. You will also easily be able to identify any by products that are derived from animals such as whey powder, and other dairy products when you read the list of ingredients.
Check for Allergen Information on Food/ Drinks
Ingredient lists sometimes have allergen information mentioned on the bottom of it. Especially for products such as eggs, shellfish or milk, this will be specifically mentioned. While this will not help you much in finding out whether the product is vegan or not, you will be able to at least identify if it has some animal products or not.
Opt for Cruelty Free Products When Buying Cosmetics
Sometimes choosing vegan beauty products can be harder than shopping for food. You can of course start this too by checking the ingredients. If you have trouble deciding whether a particular ingredient is an animal product or not, you can simply ask from a salesperson or do a quick search on your phone about that particular ingredient. Also look for products that are not tested on animals. Those that are not tested on animals will be labelled with the cruelty free bunny logo.
Watch Yourself When Shopping
If you are new to being vegan, it is normal that you might have to watch what you buy when you are shopping. Especially when it comes to buying simple items when shopping. Some of the obvious clothing items you should avoid purchasing include, leather, fur, silk, wool, cashmere, cosmetics that uses beeswax, musk as well as jewellery such as pearls.
Look for Vegan Shops
Vegan shops often have all the kind of products you are looking for whether it is clothes, cosmetics or even food. You can also check out a few websites for vegan shopping online as they will have vast online stores for animal product free items. These sites will also help you to find vegan products by recommending to you places where you can find vegan products.
At first you might feel a bit confused or even freaked out when choosing products at your local supermarket or even on a shopping trip. Stick to these tips and your shopping will be much easier.