This blog is an attempt to document my life as I try to live cruelty free. An impossible dream? Well, maybe, but I’d like to try. The term cruelty free is often associated with a vegan lifestyle. Although I do think that being vegan does eliminate a lot of cruelty, there’s more cruelty in life than just animal cruelty.
I decided to go vegan in 2009, and it is a choice that makes me happy every day since. For those of you that have not heard of veganism before, it is a lifestyle choice that aims to reduce animal suffering as much as possible. Vegans don’t eat animals or animal products, and don’t wear animal products or use any products that were tested on animals.
Shortly after I became vegan, I decided that I wanted to switch to natural personal care products. ‘Natural’ is a word that is unregulated in the personal care product industry. In other words, no stringent criteria need to be adopted for a product (e.g. moisturizer/shampoo/soap) to be labelled as ‘natural’. To me, a product that is natural does not necessarily have to come straight from the natural environment unadulterated. Rather, it is a product which does not cause any harm to wildlife, humans and the environment (e.g. rivers, lakes, seas etc) and can safely biodegrade. The vast majority of personal care products and cleaning products that I use are homemade and end up being cheaper than conventional options.
However, there are many other ways that I try to minimise the negative impact that I have as an individual on the environment, other people, and animals. It is a continuous challenge, and I am constantly trying to outdo myself; it is also something that I enjoy greatly & which has given a lot of meaning to my life.
I hope this blog will be informative and enjoyable to read! 🙂
P.S. I drew the squirrel on a tablet.