Cruelty-free lifestyle. My introduction to the cruelty-free lifestyle has started because of my health issues rather than care for animals and their rights.
Selfish, I know but in all honesty, I’ve never considered myself an animal lover.
Ok, that sounds even worse.
Let’s reformulate: I’ve never given much thought to what (or whom) I was eating.
I didn’t know that animal agriculture is destroying the environment.
But, while searching for ways to lose weight, I’ve discovered veganism.
Strange is that I was already underweight, as my relationship with food was far from healthy.
Luckily veganism taught me how to love food again and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
It was then that I discovered the ethical issues behind animal-derived foods.
In fact, I started to feel so strongly about these issues, that I’ve decided to go vegan.
Cruelty-free Diet Or Lifestyle?
Becoming vegan has helped me a lot at the beginning of my cruelty-free lifestyle journey.
Nowadays, I would define myself as a cautious or better said, a conscious consumer.
Moreover, in the last few months, I have been trying to distance myself more from fast fashion, as well as unnecessary plastic usage.
It might sound hard, but the key is not to stress too much about being perfect.
Start by implementing small changes to become more conscious and sustainable.
At the end of each day, I remind myself that I didn’t become vegan overnight. Same, it’ll take time with my fashion choices.
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But let’s go back to my vegan diet.
Despite being labelled as very restrictive, veganism appears to me as far more flexible than any other diets I’ve tried before.
Moreover, it’s not about food but about living compassionately, by avoiding animal-based products.
Regardless of the food you eat, be that high in carbs, protein or fats, you can choose anything you want, as long as you keep it vegan.
For me, this simple dietary freedom has resulted in a far more healthy and balanced relationship with food.
Although now I try to keep healthy, I often allow myself treats and desserts.
But beyond veganism and diets, being a conscious consumer extends beyond what you eat, to what you wear.
Aim For A Cruelty-Free Wardrobe
So as I was learning more about vegan diets, I’ve come across some interesting movies on our impact on this planet.
These documentaries have opened my eyes to how we are exploiting animals for food and fashion.
Step by step, I’ve begun to see why I have to start my own sustainable fashion journey.
But, after my first encounter with sustainable fashion, I was not that impressed.
First, it seemed to conflict with my desire to be fashionable and trendy. I still remember how much I’ve searched to find a pair of sustainable sneakers I liked.
Despite this, I kept pushing for a change and later discovered the power of cruelty-free fashion and labels that I now love to wear.
But, most important, I’ve learned that before any future purchase, I must ask myself several times if I want that particular item or not.
Ever since my mentality has changed a lot.
Yet, just like the early days me, I see many people still equating the notion of cruelty-free lifestyle (and fashion) with giving up on their love of shopping.
However, this isn’t true! On the opposite, it will spark your creativity and help you learn more about styling.
Vegan and cruelty-free fashion should not be framed as a sacrifice.
These are forms of sustainable fashion that you can see as the opportunity to look good while doing good.
The Cost of A Cruelty-Free Lifestyle
Also, there is this notion that a cruelty-free lifestyle is rather expensive.
In the case of food, there are some expensive cruelty-free and vegan food products.
However, if these are too expensive for your budget, then there is no need to purchase them.
There are little secrets you can use to get better on your conscious lifestyle.
For example, the cheapest and most healthy vegan diet remains the whole-foods one.
Also, to lower your food bills might require some careful planning and meal prepping, but it is possible.
It is true that ethical fashion brands tend to be more expensive.
That’s because they pay a fair wage to their workers.
That allows them to produce high-quality, ethically-made, cruelty-free and sustainable products.
However, there is no need to buy excessively expensive fashion.
Do not buy new clothes when second-hand cruelty-free garments are an option.
But, in most cases, when products are more expensive, they’re also better quality as well.
If that’s the case, it will increase the likelihood of us using it for years to come.
The Problem With Cruelty-Free Labels
Prior to being aware of greenwashing, I was very excited to see cruelty-free labels pop up on familiar brands and products.
I believed that all cruelty-free and vegan labels are by default environmental friendly as well.
But, that is wrong and now, I am more cautious than before.
However, I try not to approach any cruelty-free labels or products with a negative mindset.
With a quick online search, I gather information about various companies and their commitment to vegan and sustainable principles.
I also access and browse dedicated websites and apps such as ‘Good On You’ and Cruelty-Free International.
Cruelty-Free Lifestyle Conclusion
As you can see, starting your own cruelty-free lifestyle doesn’t have to be too complicated.
There is a lot of small changes that you can implement in your daily life.
These, in turn, will have a huge positive impact on your life the planet.
I’m now going to leave you with a few tips that can help you start your cruelty-free lifestyle journey:
Always use reusable tea or coffee cups.
Bring a reusable bag with you for groceries.
Limit your fast fashion purchases.
If you can’t go vegan like me, at least try eating fewer animal products.
Now go and be a cruelty-free force for change! 🐾
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