Plant Shift

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Following a plant-based or vegan lifestyle, is about food, drink, clothes, shoes, body treatments, hair products and more. 

It's a conscious decision to think, walk and possibly, talk a better lifestyle. 

I support individuals who are thinking about making the shift, as well as, those who have already begun their plant-based journey.

Filtering by Category: Clothes and shoes etc.

How to find out if what you're buying is made from animals or not

It can be a bit daunting when you know you don't want to buy something but you don't know how to find out what it's made of.

Some people don't mind asking the staff in the shop whilst others want to browse and decide without any input from anyone else.

Here's something that will make things easier for you. 

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What to do with your non-vegan shoes and clothing when you're ready to say goodbye

What to do with shoes, clothes and furniture that isn't vegan

For those who like things to be clear and definite...I'm sorry. I don't think that there's one straightforward answer which will suit everyone.

What I did with the non-vegan things that I owner prior to going vegan

When I first became vegan, I had silk saris, leather chairs, leather seats in the car, woollen clothing etc. As I researched and learned more about non-plant based materials I decided not to buy any more of these products but I kept the ones I had.

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Why don't vegans use or buy products containing fur?

In an earlier I post I mentioned that people follow things to different lengths/degrees. This applies here.

What is the connection between fur and veganism?

There are some who follow a vegan diet but they are fine with wearing animal products and there are those who won't. I see this as the key to determining whether someone is following a vegan diet or a vegan lifestyle. To me, the latter goes beyond diet. It's about embracing veganism in every part of life. It's the full shift, if you like.

Now the thing is; it's not always that clear. There are many people who don't 'choose' to use animal products with the knowledge of the suffering involved. They simply don't know, so you can't really say that they 'choose' to do it and are alright with it. Then there are those who know but don't see it as an issue.

If, like many, you haven't thought about how fur is sourced and you aren't aware of the processes involved; you aren't empowered to make a choice.

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Why don't vegans use wool?

I was following a plant-based lifestyle, or so I thought, for about 3 years before I found out the plight that sheep go through to provide us with wool.

The myth about wool

Contrary to popular belief, Sheep do not make 'extra' wool, which we need to help them remove. We're not doing them a favour.

They naturally produce SOME hair for themselves but they are given hormones and chemicals, which makes them produce an unmanageable amount of hair.

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Why don't vegans use or buy silk?

Why I was devastated when I found out how my saris had been made

I began following a plant-based lifestyle within about a year of making the shift to a plant-based diet.

I love wearing saris and many of them are made of silk. It's a lovely material which is soft and fragile. But there was a dark side to silk which I had no idea about and I was in tears when I found out.

The process of making silk

Producing silk involves freezing or boiling silkworms whilst they're alive in their cocoons.

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Does following a plant-based lifestyle mean I can’t use face creams, moisturiser and make-up?

Most people use some sort of face cream, moisturiser or lip balm. The way I looked at all these things changed when I began to follow a plant-based lifestyle, as opposed, to focusing exclusively on diet.

I realised that many brands use bits and bobs from animals in a lot of these products. This begged the question, 'what do I do with the make-up I have already?' and 'what will I be able to buy in the future?'

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Why I follow a vegan lifestyle

In this post I am going to share my journey, which went from eating meat, to consuming vegetarian food, and then making a shift to a vegan diet. 

I find it interesting to hear what motivates others to change what they eat, because the reasons are often very different. 

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