What does it mean to become Vegan?

Cattle Farm

 

You may have been hearing more and more about the vegan movement over the past 12 months due to an increasing interest in this way of life. But what does it actually mean to be vegan?

The word vegan refers to people who consume no animal meat or by-products (such as eggs or dairy) and avoid any animal derived clothing, accessories, skincare and more. The word vegan was initially used in 1944 by Donald Watson who was a non-dairy vegetarian and settled on the first three letters and last two letters of vegetarian – ‘vegan’, to separate this way of life from vegetarianism.  

Below are some of the common food or products that Vegans avoid:

  • All animal meat – red meat, poultry, seafood, game meat etc
  • All animal by-products – dairy, eggs, lanolin (oil from sheep’s wool), honey, caviar, beeswax, whey protein powder
  • All animal skins – leather, fur, reptile skin, feathers, wool
  • Animal derived products – goose down jackets/bedding, sheep skin ugg boots, silk clothing/bedding, pearls, ivory, feathered accessories, goat’s milk skincare, makeup that contains animal product like carmine.
  • Animals for entertainment/experimentation – circus’ with animal acts, zoos, sea life parks, travelling animal acts, purchasing of exotic animals as pets, animal testing, factory farm pet breeding, rodeos, horse/dog racing.

This list is not extensive, however it gives you an overview of the ways in which animals are used and exploited for the human population and how adopting a vegan lifestyle can aid in reducing the harm, torture and pain that comes to these animals.

So why do people become vegan? People can decide to become vegan for several reasons, but there are three common themes for why people make this lifestyle switch.

  • One reason is to prevent animal cruelty and the exploitation of animals for food consumption and other general living needs. Every year, 56 billion farm animals are culled for their meat and this doesn’t include seafood and the many millions more that are culled or abused for their eggs, milk, skin, fur, feathers and more. By switching to a vegan lifestyle, each person can save up to 198 animals from being bred for food or accessories each year, which equates to around 1.4 billion animals per year in America alone that aren't bred for human benefit.
  • Another reason for becoming vegan is the environmental impact. The impact that large scale animal agriculture and fishing is having on our climate, oceans and land is now being well documented. The land required to grow grains to feed the livestock industry is responsible for the destruction of many of our rain forests. Imagine what could be achieved with livestock land if the demand for meat was simply not there? The methane and carbon dioxide emissions from the livestock industry is also higher than all of the car and transport emissions put together. These emissions are impacting our atmosphere and leading to climate change issues. Instead of switching to water saving shower heads or riding to work, you could eat vegan for two nights a week and have a larger impact. By adopting a vegan lifestyle, a more sustainable approach to living and land use can be achieved.
  • A third reason for becoming vegan is for health reasons. There is well documented evidence of the benefits of adopting a plant based diet for overall well being. A plant based diet reduces the risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular issues, and is linked to longevity in countries who eat a mostly plant based diet. A plant based diet involves eating vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes and nuts without processed food or excessive oil.

Vegans may relate to one or more of the above reasons, or may have additional reasons for their lifestyle choice. However, the commonalities of vegans are the choices they make to avoid animal derived food & products and the exploitation of animals.

Don’t forget that I’m all natural, vegan and cruelty free so if you’re thinking of becoming vegan, then my skincare range is a great place to start! Click here to see my range of cleansers, body scrubs, moisturisers and more!

Read more

My New Activated Charcoal & Peppermint Body Wash - Shower Time Just Got A Little Dirty

It’s a new year, and for me that means some new and different outfits. I’m serious about giving my gorgeous girls soft and smooth skin, so it seemed only natural that I expand my set of skills and give you even more reason to get excited about shower time.

Introducing my new Activated Charcoal & Peppermint Body Wash. Full of natural, plant based ingredients and botanicals, I’m sure to be a winner with not only your skin, but also your senses.

I'll embrace your body with my natural combination of nourishing aloe vera, plant based cleansers and botanical extracts. Things will get a little dirty between us at first with my detoxifying activated charcoal powder, but I assure you that you will be squeaky clean once we're done. Then I'll leave you feeling minty fresh with my peppermint essential oil. A scent that nobody could say no to...

With my new body wash, you are sure to avoid harsh detergents and cleansers such as sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), parabens, synthetic fragrances, imitation preservatives such as phenoxyethanol, PEGs, animal by-products and other well documented skin irritants.

All of my ingredients are derived from plants, and my gentle cleansers of decyl glucoside and coco-glucoside are coconut derived and suitable for sensitive skin. My activated charcoal powder will help to absorb any bacteria or nasties from the surface of your skin and wash them away. My peppermint essential oil will leave you feeling as fresh as a daisy (or a mint leaf!) and the scent can become addictive.

You can use me as often as you like, and I’m great to use before (or after) scrubbing up with one of my world famous exfoliating body scrubs.


The dark side never felt so good…

 

Click here to see my Activated Charcoal & Peppermint Body Wash

Read more

My Natural & Vegan Lip Balms and Lip Scrubs Are Here!

 

Lip Care Range

Your lips can go through a lot in a day; eating, talking, kissing and for some of you there may be frequent applications of synthetic-heavy lipstick or gloss. Despite all of these tasks, it can be easy to focus on protecting and nourishing other parts of your body and leave your lips ignored. This is when you can develop dry, cracked lips that are in sudden need of some attention.

That’s where my range of lip essentials come in. My lip range includes a combination of all natural, cruelty free and vegan friendly lip balms and lip scrubs that are sure to keep your lips feeling soft and smooth. The lip scrubs help to softly buff away any dry flaky skin, preparing the lips to then be nourished throughout the day with the soothing lip balms. The lip products also comes in a range of delicious flavours that will leave you reaching for them more than you might care to admit. The new range includes:

So what makes these lip products stand out from the crowd? The products contain 100% natural ingredients that are cruelty free and vegan friendly, making them a unique addition to the lip care market. Some commercial lip balms contain potentially harmful ingredients such as petroleum jelly/mineral oils, synthetic fragrances and colours, parabens and chemical sunscreens. These ingredients can often have the opposite effect to nourishing lips, and leave lips feeling dry and chapped. Many lip balms on the market also use beeswax as a primary ingredient, which may exclude vegan customers from accessing lip products as it is not always clear whether this ingredient has been ethically sourced from beekeepers. My lip products contain none of these ingredients and are made from natural plant based oils, butters and waxes to ensure that you’re not only protecting your lips, but also protecting animals and the environment.

The lip scrubs contain soft sugar granules and hydrating oils to gently exfoliate dry lips and are enriched with superfood powders like Green Tea Matcha and Raw Cacao to provide an antioxidant hit. The scrubs smell and taste good enough to eat, and while they are completely natural, they are only for use on your lips. Once you’ve buffed away any flakey skin, you can then move on to applying a generous layer of one of the four lip balm options.

The lip balms come in a sturdy tube and have been developed so that they can sustain a day in your jean pocket without melting into an oily mess. The three flavours cover the common tastebuds; fruity with Sweet Orange, sweet with Choc-Mint and fresh with Peppermint. The lip balms provide consumers with a natural and nourishing base with a hint of sweet flavour, and reduces the need to use synthetic lip glosses.

Consumers are moving towards using more natural skincare options, and that can now extend to lip care. With all natural, nourishing and moisturising lip balms and scrubs, you can rest assured that your lips are safe with Buddy.


Click here to see the Lip Care range

Read more
Back to Top