Lazy Sundays 💖 Laying in bed and wondering why you haven’t gone cruelty-free in 2020 yet 🤔✨
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(📸 via @niu.body)

Lazy Sundays 💖 Laying in...

I love you all for going vegan! ✨ Happy Valentine’s Day! 💕 (via @sassyspudshop)

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What can I say..? I’m just a hopeless ramen-tic! 🍜
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(📸 via @vegan.meme)

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THIS. 🙌🏻
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“It’s not about being perfect! And we don’t know any vegans who walk around saying that they are, or that they cause zero harm. Veganism doesn’t mean causing ZERO harm (that would be delusional)... but it definitely means causing a lot less of it!! And causing LESS harm than before (before being vegan) is definitely worth celebrating and continuing to advocate for.

Don’t let the vegan haters get you down. Usually the people pointing their fingers and trying to find a flaw in veganism are the ones who simply don’t understand it or don’t know what it takes to stand for something.” (Words by @vegan_boss, 📸 via @unmeatfuture)

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Show your love & support for vegan businesses in the comments by @ tagging some of your fave brands so we can follow and discover them too! 💚 (📸 via @brightzine)

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Cruelty-free is the only way to be!🐇✨

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A quick and easy way to find out if your shoes are VEGAN and whether they were made from animal OR non-animal materials! 👠🌿
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Once you know, you'll never forget! ✨ I've been using this guide for YEARS now and it has saved me so much time and hassle! 💗
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Swipe 👈🏻 to see what each symbol means and which ones are considered vegan materials! 🌱
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NOTE: This pictogram does NOT guarantee whether the glue used contain animal products, please contact the shoe manufacturer/companies to inquire about the source of their glue.
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Shoes: old from @callitspring

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Never too late for a fresh start ✨ doing something is better than doing nothing 🌱
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I had failed to meet my personal goals to living minimally and more sustainably this month, but I will keep trying to do better — even if it means making some mistakes along the way! 🌎 (via @createcultivate)

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bunnies are for cuddling, not for testing 💉🚫🐇 #endanimaltesting (via @veryfatrabbit)

bunnies are for cuddling, not...

My FAVE natural + cruelty-free skincare product of the month is hands-down this @juicebeauty #StemCellular Vinifera Replenishing Oil 🌿 It's an ahhhmazing multi-tasker -- I use it as BOTH a daytime primer and also at night for extra hydration, which is much-needed during the cold winter season 🍇
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'Juice Beauty's STEM CELLULAR™ Vinifera Replenishing Oil is ideal for normal to dry complexions and especially beneficial for skin showing the signs of aging including fine lines and wrinkles.'
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This product is cruelty-free, vegan, and formulated without parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances.
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#juicebeauty #farmtobeauty #gifted

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What To Get The Effin Vegan? Starter’s Guide

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What to Get the Effin Vegan? 101I’m starting a new series called ‘What to Get the Effin Vegan for Christmas?’ There have been an increasing number of people that have gone vegan or have decided to incorporate more vegan options into their lifestyle this year and as we feel like we’ve gotten the hang of it and are experts at reading ingredients or clothing labels, our loved ones (or secret santa) are left scratching their heads wondering what the heck to get us for Christmas?

Don’t fret my friends! At ethical elephant, I’ve created some helpful and easy to follow guides so that no vegan gets left behind this year’s holiday festivities!

What to Get the Effin Vegan for Christmas?

You’ll want to avoid getting vegans anything that contains any sort of animal ingredients or derivatives. We’re not just talking about animal flesh but also anything that came from an animal like cow’s milk or eggs. This is a bit tricky at times because some animal-derived ingredients aren’t explicitly labelled to say “gelatin from cows’ and pigs’ bones”.

Some ingredients are often labelled in a way that are indistinguishable to the everyday consumer like did you know a food & beverage fixative and flavoring called ‘ambergris’ is derived from whale intestines?!

For a list of common animal ingredients, you can reference PETA’s list or download a free mobile app called Animal-Free. When in doubt, you can always try and find products with a Vegan logo or label, this means the product has been verified by a third party that it is indeed vegan and does not contain animal derivatives!

What to Get the Effin Vegan for Christmas?

Vegans avoid wearing anything derived from an animal so that includes fur, leather, down, silk, cashmere, etc.

Something that seems relatively easy to detect to the naked eye has become a lot more challenging in recent years. Designers have figured out a way to produce high quality faux leather and fur that is almost comparable to the durability or softness of real animal hides.

Luckily you can easily find the composition of any shoes, apparel, and accessories (like ties, handbags, scarves, hats) by checking the labels of each article. Reference the list in the infographic to see all of the common textile fibres that are acceptable for vegans.

Unfortunately, fur is sometimes mislabelled to say fake fur when it was actually obtained from an animal source. So be extra diligent when it comes to buying any clothing items containing faux fur.

What to Get the Effin Vegan for Christmas?

If you’re thinking of gifting any beauty products for a vegan this year, you’ll want to make sure that the brand is cruelty-free and doesn’t test on animals but also, you need to ensure that the individual products that you intend to give does not contain any animal derivatives.

Finding cruelty-free brands that do not test on animals is super duper easy! Use a cruelty-free mobile app, look for cruelty-free bunny logos, or some other way of finding out when a brand is cruelty-free.

Finding beauty products that doesn’t contain animal ingredients is easier said than done because manufacturers are not required to label the source of the ingredients so it’s almost impossible to determine if something is 100% vegan just by reading the ingredient list. This is of course easier when there are natural ingredients or a shorter list of ingredients but I recommend looking for products that are certified vegan and carry the (V) vegan logo.


That wasn’t too hard was it? =) These are the basics to understanding some of the common consumer choices that vegans consider daily. In addition, some vegans buy products that not only avoid harming animals but also products that are natural, non-toxic, eco-friendly, fair trade, organic, etc.

This guide covers the basic foundations to a vegan lifestyle and I’ll try to cover the other factors in more holiday posts this year. If you have a burning question, send me a friendly message and I’ll try my best to answer it for ya!

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5 Comments
  • anuja
    December 31, 2016

    Your guide is really awesome about effin vegan. Thanks for sharing this guide with precise and simple way. Thanks a lot for research on this.

  • Ado
    May 16, 2016

    A note in latex: remember that animal casein is used in it, so watch out for it

  • Irene
    November 18, 2015

    So useful! If it was in spanish I would totally send it to my family 🙂 I am looking forward to the rest of the series 🙂

    • Vicky Ly
      November 19, 2015

      Hehe, I should get a translator to help me design all of my infographics in different languages! Thanks for reading Irene! =) let me know if you ever have any questions, happy to help whenever I can

      • Ado
        May 16, 2016

        Oh, I am a translator! =D EnglishSpanishDutch 😉

“Make ethical choices in what we buy, do, and watch. In a consumer-driven society our individual choices, used collectively for the good of animals and nature, can change the world faster than laws.”― Marc Bekoff

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