Vegan vs. Cruelty-Free: What’s the Difference?

Ok, so you know that all the products in our subscription box My Vegan Artisan Box are vegan AND cruelty-free. But, is that not the same? I hear you ask…

You may think that if something is vegan, it will also be cruelty-free and vice versa, but…that is not always the case!

Let’s break it down into simpler terms to understand the difference between them and why they’re important.

What is Veganism?

Being vegan is about making choices that don’t harm animals as much as possible. It’s not just about food—it’s a lifestyle. Vegans avoid using or consuming anything that comes from animals. This includes food, clothes, makeup, and household products. The idea is to reduce animal suffering and help the environment by avoiding products made from or tested on animals.

Understanding Cruelty-Free

Cruelty-free means products that haven’t been tested on animals during their production. This is mainly talked about in cosmetics, skincare, and household products. Companies that follow cruelty-free practices make sure their products aren’t tested on animals at any stage of production.

How They’re Different

While both vegan and cruelty-free are about being kind to animals, they’re not exactly the same. Not all vegan products are cruelty-free, and not all cruelty-free products are vegan. Some vegan products might still be tested on animals, and some cruelty-free products might have animal-derived ingredients.

Making Good Choices

When you’re shopping, it’s important to check labels and look for certifications that show a product is both vegan and cruelty-free. You can find logos from organizations like the Vegan Society or PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies program that tell you a product meets strict standards.

What You Can Do

If you want to support animals and the environment, there are a few things you can do:

  1. Check Labels: Take a moment to read what’s in the products you’re buying and look for symbols that show they’re vegan and cruelty-free.
  2. Learn About Brands: Find out which companies are committed to being kind to animals and the planet. Look for ones that are open about their practices and care about sustainability. By being mindful of the products we buy and supporting companies that care about animals, we can make a positive impact on the world around us. It’s all about making small changes that add up to something big—a world where kindness to animals and the planet is the norm.
  3. Spread the Word: Share what you know about veganism and cruelty-free living with your friends and family. The more people know, the more they can make better choices too.

And by far the easiest way to ensure your products are vegan and cruelty-free is to sign up to our vegan and cruelty-free subscription box! – each box includes 4 to 6 products that have been carefully selected to meet our values and the values of our customers. Everything is always vegan, cruelty-free and from small independent businesses. You don’t need to worry about checking labels or ingredients, we have done all the research for you so all you have to do is enjoy your vegan goodies!

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