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I'm Not a Vegan - Why Should I Use Vegan Products?

February 28, 2018

I'm Not a Vegan - Why Should I Use Vegan Products?

Don’t identify as a vegan?
Vegan labelled products are obviously not for you then...
WRONG!

 

Compassion isn’t all-or-nothing...


Whilst veganism is often seen as the ultimate way of cruelty-free living, maybe not all of the principles align with your own.


That’s okay!


Are you against animal testing?
Do you support the environment?
Do you support animal welfare?


If you answered yes to ANY of the above, you and a hardcore vegan may have more in common than you think....


 

 

Why Should You Choose Vegan Products?

  • No Animal Testing

Whilst there has been some breakthroughs when it comes to eradicating testing cosmetics on animals, we still have a way to go.


In 2013, a law passed which made it illegal to test cosmetics on animals in the EU (2). However, companies that test outside of Europe get around this loophole - such as brands that sell in China where testing is actually required by law. 


Opting for vegan products means taking a stance and showing companies that you are NOT willing to fund and support this cruelty to animals.


At Ginga we NEVER test our products on animals, nor do we source products that have been tested on animals.


 

  • No Animal By-Products

The cruelty-free movement is on the up. In fact, there is a reported 6.1% growth in the cruelty-free cosmetics market over the next few years (1). 


Unfortunately, cruelty-free products can still contain animal by-products such as honey, beeswax and carmine (the last one being crushed up beetles)!


Even if beeswax and honey aren’t products you have a problem with, the method of obtaining them can often be less than ethical - such as cutting the wings off the queen bee (4). 


Avoid the confusion by opting for fully vegan products where you can assure animal welfare isn’t compromised for the sake of vanity.


 

  • More Natural Ingredients

Choosing vegan makes it more likely that you’ll pick a product that is actually GOOD for your skin. 


If you’re not quite sure what we mean, grab a generic product from your shelf at home in or in the drugstore. Take a look at the ingredients. Do you even know what they are?


Fancy chemical names are a great way at masking the nasties hidden in many conventional products that many people use everyday. 


At Ginga, we believe in full transparency. Our ingredients are not only 100% vegan and cruelty-free, but we strive to source the best, natural compounds that are kind to skin.


 

  • Better for the Environment

Many vegan companies, such as ourselves, have compassion not only for animals, but for our planet as a whole.


Did you know that 91% of rainforest destruction is down to animal agriculture? (3)
As such, ingredients are sourced sustainably and packaging is considered carefully to minimise the impact on our beautiful Earth. 


If you want to know more about this take a read of our last blog post, ‘Breaking Up With Plastic’.

 

 

Small Steps Make a Big Difference...


It can be daunting to adopt a fully vegan lifestyle straight away, but small steps make big differences. 


Switching your cosmetics to vegan ones is a great gateway to making more ethical (and green) choices in other areas of your life.


Way to go!

 

 

Buy Compassionately…


Here at Ginga we are officially certified as being vegan and cruelty-free by PETA - and Leaping Bunny meaning you can trust our products live up to their claims.


Help Ginga support a compassionate movement, even if your moral compass is slightly out of alignment with conventional definitions of veganism - everyone can do their part to make a difference!

 written by: Michaela Salacinski

References:

  1. https://www.vegantradejournal.com/cruelty-free-cosmetic-market-growth/
  2. https://www.peta.org.uk/issues/animals-not-experiment-on/cosmetics/
  3. https://heromovement.net/blog/cowspiracy-infographic/
  4. https://www.peta.org/about-peta/faq/whats-wrong-with-beeswax/