What’s a vegan?
By definition, veganism is “a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.”
- A vegetarian excludes meat and fish.
- A vegan also excludes milk, eggs and honey.
- A raw food diet consists of only eating living food (under 118°F) such as fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds.
A vegan doesn’t only eat vegetables! There is a vast variety of cereals, legumes, fruits and vegetables, soy and derivatives, grains, nuts and seeds. This allows to create rainbow colored plates, more engaging than plain white or brown looking traditional dishes!
There is also a whole range of “substitutes”:
– for cheese (soy, plant-based…)
– for milk (rice milk, almond milk, chestnut milk, coconut milk, quinoa milk…)
– for butter (margarine, vegetable oils…)
– for meat (soy, seitan, lupin, tempeh…) and fish (soy, wheat, algae…)
More details about food on the “HOW” page.
The video “earthlings” visually explains why we should change our diet (caution: graphic video).
“My body will not be a tomb for animals (…) The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.” — Leonardo Da Vinci
Even if things are moving more quickly on the cosmetics side, not many brands are 100% vegan in France. The biggest shop of vegan cosmetics is Vegan Mania (online and available everywhere in France), otherwise you can also find some in organic beauty shops like Mademoiselle bio. The point is to buy products which are neither tested on animals, neither of animal origin.
Here are a couple examples of brands available in France: Couleur Caramel, Argiletz, Eugène Herrero, Ciel d’Azur, les douces angevines, Lush et Weleda (not the whole range), Nacriderm.
Organic labels and logos for cosmetics and beauty products:
If you have the will and the time, you could also make your own beauty products. I will share some on the blog. Read the first one about coconut oil here.
Watch this great 3min video about animal testing (ok to watch, NO graphic content.)
“Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.” –Albert Sweitzer
Being vegan has some serious advantages. By avoiding leather, fur, silk, angora, cashmere, wool and feathers, you will save time and money!
Check out the brands which use cotton, linen, bambo, hemp, modal… Otherwise there is still the synthetic materials, even though they are not very green.
Here are a couple of brands where you can order online: Vaute couture, Vegetarian shoes, Vegan Chic, Alternative outfitters, Hipsters for sisters, Freedom of animals. In France you can check-out those shops for shoes: Esprit, Adolpho Dominguez, Stella McCartney (and any cheap shop will have vegan shoes, made of fabric or fake leather.)
In one minute, discover how fur, wool, leather, angora and feathers are made. (Caution: graphic videos.)
“The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.” — Darwin
Following this logic, a vegan won’t really have fun at a bullfight, zoo, circus, hunt, race, dolphinarium or aquarium… Give freedom back to the animals!
Few hundred years ago, we used to be entertained by hanging and quartering. It’s about time to get rid of those old traditions and have fun without hurting anyone.
For domestic animals, adopting at a shelter is usually better than “buying” a puppy. Even though it’s cute, dogs are not “property”, and the shelter dogs will return your love 200% back!