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In this day and age it seems like finding vegan products would be easy. There are so many of us out there that use them! Unfortunately, it's not always the case. In this post by Tashina of @logicalharmony, you'll learn some ways to verify that your favorite brands are truly animal friendly.
There's no regulation on the terms "vegan" or "cruelty free". 1⃣ Brands can say they are cruelty free, but test on animals when required by law or during production, or use ingredients that have been tested.
2⃣ Brands can say they are vegan, but test on animals or use animal ingredients.
3⃣ There are certifications out there than can help! Leaping Bunny and the Vegan Society have very strict standards.
I urge everyone to always look into brands yourself. Your standard for vegan products may not be the same as your friends, a bloggers, or a brands. It’s easy to research brands with the right questions on hand!
Contact the brand yourself. Most FAQ pages address testing, but are not detailed. Email them and be as specific as possible. Email is great because you have their responses in writing.
Ask about their stance on animal testing. Ask if the brand, a parent company, an affiliate company or a 3rd party tests on animals. Ask about the finished product, during production, ingredients used, and their suppliers. If they give you an unclear response, or don't cover all your questions, ask for clarification.
Ask about animal ingredients. There are brands who say products are vegan, but include honey, beeswax, silk, or other animal ingredients. Ask for a list of animal ingredients in their products.
When brands are unclear in any of their responses, they are not endorsed on Logical Harmony in any way. A truly vegan brand has nothing to hide and will happily answer all of your questions! Choosing to live a vegan lifestyle doesn't have to be difficult. It can be fun and give you a whole new range of brands to buy from! Empower yourself by reaching out to brands, and enjoy the adventure of finding new options! ~@logicalharmony
Normal / 1 days ago
Does anyone follow @supervegan_ on tumblr? The man is a legend. He's eloquent, intelligent, and you can always count on him for one hell of a rebuttal. I had to make this latest post into a picture for instagram, but I highly recommend checking out his blog: 👉 supervegan.tumblr.com
I'm a big fan. 🙌 #VegansofIG
Normal / 3 days ago
WorldFest is Sunday May 19th! Who's going?🌸 🍃
WorldFest is a HUGE event held each year at Woodley Park in Lake Balboa, CA. 👉
🔹Tickets are $9 at the door. 🔹No age limit + kids under 12 are free. 🔹Event includes: music, speakers, environmental, humanitarian, and animal welfare non-profits, as well as kids' activities.
🔹Bring your best vegan sunscreen (it will be HOT) ☀
It's a lot of fun! Hope to see you there! ✌💜 👉P.S. I'm really sorry to any vegans outside of the LA area. May is a very busy month for us SoCal vegans, but I'm working on some new material so I'll have more for you all soon! #VegansofIG
Normal / 3 days ago
Hi guys! I've been running into a problem lately where I've been getting so many requests and questions that it's been quite difficult to write everyone back.
So I've created a Skype account. The username is ⚡VegansofIG⚡
#Skype is free and you can use it on your desktop or download the app 📲 (which is also free)
If you have a question or need anything:
1⃣ Add me as a contact.
2⃣ In the request include your instagram username + question.
3⃣ When I get your request, I'll call or message you back and try to help you out as best I can.
I have more free time at night. Seeing as I live in Los Angeles that might pose a problem if you live in another time zone. ✈ So we'll have to make an appointment time for us to chat.
There's also the ⚡Vegans of Instagram⚡ Facebook group (not to be confused with the page.) If you're on the book you should definitely check it out. It's a really cool community of fellow vegans.
If we haven't met before, my name is Amy and my dog Isadora will be my assistant. Talk soon! 😘 #VegansofIG
Normal / 4 days ago
Monsanto and evil corporation go hand in hand, so how did they earn their shameful reputation? 👉Monsanto created a Genetically Modified (GM) variety of soy that has two main properties: 1⃣ Farmers need to buy it each season 2⃣ It is resistant to RoundUp. 👉RoundUp is an herbicide made by Monsanto that kills pretty much anything. ❌💀❌ Monsanto has convinced farmers to use their GM seeds and then, rather than weeding, spray their crops with RoundUp. Only the GM plants survive 🌱 and can be harvested much more easily than regular soy crops. In order to close the loop, they have *sued* every farmer that tries to reuse soy seeds claiming patent infringement. 👊 The end result is that all soy in the US is not only GM, but has been sprayed with RoundUp. Most soy is converted into vegetable oil, widely used for processed foods and and livestock feed.
Monsanto's superweeds 🌾 have become a threat to farming in the US South. Monsanto and the industry's response is to ask farmers to spray their crops with a cocktail of potent herbicides 💨while they work on new GMO varieties that are resistant to the new stuff. You can also thank Monsanto for contributing to the ever dwindling bee population. The ultimate irony, Monsanto calls refers to their tyrannical corporation as 🍃 a sustainable agriculture company.🍃 Farmers are hooked into herbicide ready crops, while Monsanto is hooked on the large amounts of money created by their market. Together with other companies like ADM, they have lobbied Congress and made it impossible to add GM labeling to foods in the US. How else would #Prop37 fail and the Monsanto Protection Act pass?
Give Monsanto the finger, EAT ORGANIC! #VegansofIG
Normal / 1 weeks ago
The next Vegans of Instagram meetup is going to be on Saturday🔹JUNE 22🔹
Come out with us for the evening and meet fellow vegan instagramers. Our past meetups have been a lot of fun, so I hope you'll join us!
I'm still not quite sure where to have it this time. The @goldenroadbrew is very spacious and it was a great location for our February meetup. 👉Any suggestions?
P.S. June 22nd is also my birthday, so you have to come out and celebrate my old age with me! 👊👵🎉 Hope to see you there. #VegansofIG
Normal / 1 weeks ago
Yes, vegetarianism contributes to animal cruelty. Often times the animals raised for their byproducts suffer far more than animals raised for their flesh, but bashing vegetarians is not only counterproductive to the cause, it's just flat out disrespectful. 👎
Despite the fact that vegetarians are supporting the egg and dairy industries, they are doing something by not eating meat. The amount of lives the #MeatoutMonday program has saved is a friggin phenomenal achievement. I know I've made a joke here and there about pescatarians, but if someone is making a conscious choices to cut flesh out of their diet, you gotta applaud that shit. 👏👏👏 So if we're preaching "compassion" we have to start being compassionate to people too. Being respectful to vegetarians and omnivores will make them all the more likely to listen to what you have to say. Anyone can hear you, but it's another thing to listen and actually process what someone just said. If you tick someone off, they're not going to listen to you. 🙉 Being a vegan doesn't automatically make you a good person. I've met some committed vegans that do amazing things for animals, but walk ALL over people. I was once told that I'm "not a true vegan" because I missed an AR protest. *facepalm* 😔
I'm not saying don't stand up for yourself. I'll be the first to tell you 👉don't take shit from anyone. But that doesn't mean you have to raise your voice, just improve your argument.
Having a vegan community is great (That's an understatement. It's wicked awesome!) But shutting yourself off from the rest of the world isn't so great... Sometimes that mob mentality kicks in and we forgot what we're saying. Frankly, the vegan community cannot expect to win the hearts and minds of non-vegans by bashing the very people who are most likely to go vegan in the first place: vegetarians.
If we want to make this world a better place, it starts with extending kindness to all creatures. I cannot stress that enough. Kill 'em with kindness, dammit! #VegansofIG
Normal / 1 weeks ago
Here's another #DishingDirty gem. "A dab of formaldehyde and a brush of phthalates to leave me looking fresh as a daisy.
Filthy Fact: Maybelline and Revlon use preservatives that have been linked to everything from cancer to endocrine disruption to allergies. You’re beautiful without them." You tell 'em @Abesmarket!
What you put ON your body is just as important as what you put IN your body. #VegansofIG
Normal / 2 weeks ago
The new vegan social network @wearebleat launched today! There were so many people that signed up that the site crashed. 💨Which if you think about it, is a pretty awesome problem to have. There were THAT many vegans that wanted to connect... It's in it's first day, and yes there have been some bugs, but doesn't every first day have glitches? These guys who created Bleat are working on something that has the potential to really friggin awesome.
This reminds me of that Louis CK sketch "Everything Is Amazing and Nobody's Happy." For the first seven years I was a vegan I had ZERO vegan friends. Not by choice, I just never met one. Now there's a whole social network for us? How cool is that? "Just give it a second!" 👉The site crashed because of demand. They took the time to build a social network. You took the time to go on another social network to complain about it. Does that put it in perspective? Complaining about a slow Internet connection is the epitome of #firstworldproblems. "Ugh. Why won't this load faster." Again —JUST GIVE IT A SECOND!
I guess I just feel for anyone who works so hard to create something to help people, and some person (who probably couldn't code a website if they wanted to) chimes in about how much it blows. "Ew. I don't like the name." Twitter is a strange name too, but now it's a staple of communication.
If you signed up today it was because you were interested, right? And if you didn't sign up, but just felt the need to rant online. Ask yourself why you're being so negative. Try yoga, go for a run, or maybe you could Give it a second! I joined BLEAT today. Actually I all three of my accounts signed up. I will support Bleat as they continue to make upgrades to the site. That's what the vegan community SHOULD be doing. We should support our people. 💜✌ #VegansofIG
Normal / 2 weeks ago
Okay! You may have noticed that I haven't been posting as much lately. That's because I've been hard at work creating a clothing and accessories line for my organization @furfreela. I wanted to create a fun and stylish way to promote #furfree fashion so we're launching with a line of tee's and tanks with our first design: ✨Get The Fox Outta Here✨
Each design was tested on @furfreela's founder @labellenuage (that's me!) not animals. 😉 They're soft, made in the USA out of eco friendly fibers, and fit your body right. I'm very happy to announce that we opened for business today! Check out our brand new site: ✨furfreela.com✨
In honor of our launch, we're having a sale for today (April 29th) only. Use the code 👉OPENINGDAY and you'll receive 20% off your entire order. 🔹Our men's and plus size styles will be available in about two weeks. If we don't have your size/style today, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll send you a coupon code for 20% off when they're in. 🔹Yes! We do ship internationally.
The @shopfurfreela line will enable us to continue our efforts in getting fur out of fashion retailers in Los Angeles and beyond! 👊 This is a whole new venture for me and I'm very happy that I can finally share it with you. Hope you like them! #VegansofIG
Normal / 2 weeks ago
Exciting news everyone! There's a new vegan social network called Bleat and it's launching on May 1st! 💚
Bleat isn’t just a vegan social network and it’s certainly far from just a vegan directory. Simply put, it’s a whole new way to get the absolute most from your vegan lifestyle.
If you’re a vegan trying to find vegan friendly restaurants, looking for the latest recipes or just interested in meeting other vegans, all you have to do is Bleat. If you’re a vegan concerned for the rights of animals, have questions about a raw-only diet or simply perplexed about pulses just Bleat. Even if you’re a non-vegan and you’re simply contemplating the idea of a vegan lifestyle - BLEAT!
🔹A vast comprehensive vegan resource
🔹Interact with vegans from all across the globe
🔹Advice on vegan friendly brands
🔹Recipes, restaurant guides & reviews
🔹Information on the welfare of animals
Visit @wearebleat's site here 👉 http://ble.at and check out their new promo video. Are you as excited about this as I am? Yay! #VegansofIG
Normal / 3 weeks ago
Congrats to @kallie_fornia for winning the #GreenIsGoodVegansofIG Earth Day challenge! ♻
Kallie is a teacher in Alaska. Her goal is to teach her students how to be aware of the growing crises of pollution on our Earth. She and her students picked up trash and planted a garden. All of the bags they used to pick up trash were collected from the plastic bag recycle drive she previously hosted. Go Kallie! 👍 #VegansofIG
Normal / 3 weeks ago
Tomorrow (April 22nd) is Earth Day! ♻ I've decided to host a contest in honor of the global environmental event. The winning post (or posts) will be featured here on @VegansofIG.
The challenge is very simple: all you have to do is document what you're doing for Earth Day and tag your photo #GreenIsGoodVegansofIG.
Animal products are without a doubt one the biggest contributors to global warming, so what better way to go green than going vegan! Other examples include: recycling, planting a tree🌱, cutting palm oil out of your diet, biking instead of driving, using reusable bags and cups, etc... Those are just a few ideas, but I encourage you to have fun with the challenge and get creative. Inspire others to make a difference. The winner will be announced on 👉Wednesday April 24th. (I'm in California, so that might be the 25th for international entries.) Ready, set, go green! #VegansofIG
Normal / 3 weeks ago
Online petitions can be very helpful, but so many of them are thrown together so poorly that I've come to believe that they're actually more harmful than good. There are so many that people tend to get annoyed by constant "please sign this!" requests that it's actually hurting the cause. So if you're going to sign or share a petition *PLEASE* put some research and effort into it.
What online petitions are effective? 🔹Successful petitions have a clear mission statement and goal as well as a targeted list of email addresses attached to that petition that are sent directly to the people being petitioned. 🔹Petitions need to be managed, updated, and circulated widely and effectively The person or group managing that petition needs to be focusing all of their time and attention on that single petition, not a million other ones. 👉So if there are 5,028 separate petitions on the seal slaughter, it's not going to do anything. But having ONE petition with over 50,000+ signatures will do far more. Sign wisely, my friends. #VegansofIG
Normal / 1 months ago
A true icon in the vegan community, Sarah Kramer, has breast cancer. 💔 I've been reading @GoVeganDotNet's blog and I'm so moved by her strength and openness. My mom had breast cancer in 2011. It's f*cking scary and horrible, but it is treatable and you can beat this. You got this girl 👊
This is from Sarah's blog: "Everyone keeps asking what they can do to help me during this difficult time and as crass as it sounds – shopping at my store is the best way to support me. 👉 http://store.govegan.net
When my wonderful friends at @gotniceshoes heard about my breast cancer they wanted to do something special to help so they have organized an event to support Sarah’s Place.
If you live in/near Vancouver – and do an online order at Sarah’s Place between April 6-8th and use the coupon code: FORKCANCER you will get free shipping.
All orders will be shipped en masse from Sarah’s Place to Nice Shoes and you can pick up your order from Nice Shoes when it arrives." 💟 Sarah has asked her friends and fans to check themselves regularly for lumps. @bizzylittleb started the hashtag #feelyourselfupforsarah. Ladies and gents (Guys, you can get breast cancer too :/) if there was ever a time to grab you boobs, check for lumps, 👐 and post a photo of it on Instagram, now is the time! Early detections saves lives.
Sarah, you're amazing and an inspiration to us all. I'm sending you all my love and support from California (and a lot of virtual hugs and kisses.) We're here for you, go kick some cancer ass! #VegansofIG
Normal / 1 months ago
Ever wonder if your booze is vegan? There's an app for that! I just got word via Barnivore.com that there's a new app out there that's using their data. It's an offline app, so if you're ever out at a bar with no service, you can easily look up what beers, wines, and liquors are vegan friendly! Yay! 🍻🍻 #VegansofIG
Normal / 1 months ago
Speaking from experience, omnivore guys suck at picking up vegan girls. Most men will say anything to get in a girl's pants, right? "No way! Sixpence None the Richer is my favorite band to!" 🎶
So why is it that when I bring up that I'm a vegan most men can't keep up the act and make an effort to relate to me? "You're vegan? That's awesome. Tempeh is the jam!" Instead I get something along the lines of 👉 "I don't think we can be friends, I love cheese too much." If you value something as superfluous as *coagulated milk fat* over spending time with a cool person, I'm not interested either. Just because someone is not a vegan, doesn't mean I won't be friends or start a relationship with them. If you're a good person and respectful, I'd love to get to know you. It's those that judge that don't get any love from me. It goes the same way. Just because you're a vegan doesn't mean you shouldn't give an omni a chance. You never know, they might be open minded enough to try veganism.
In the long run, I don't think I could end up marrying someone that keeps meat in the fridge, but that wouldn't stop me from getting to know someone. Omnis: if you try hitting on someone that happens to be vegan. You've got to pick up your game. Mocking my lifestyle is a sure fire way to get rejected. Compassion is a turn on. Give peas a chance. #VegansofIG
Normal / 1 months ago
Did anyone catch last Saturday's Veganville sketch on SNL with @justintimberlake? I always get a little nervous when the media talks about veganism because it almost always lampooned, but that sketch was brilliant. ✨👌 I know it didn't win everyone over, but consider this: how often do you see positive humor about veganism in the national spotlight? 🔊 Rarely. When it is discussed it's usually about some pretty serious shit (like a Gestation Crate exposé) or some snide remark about "yuppie food" (I'm talking to you Jimmy Kimmel...) The fact that someone was able to make a sketch about veganism with positive humor is a huge step for the movement and all kinds of awesome. I do love me a good vegetable pun. 🍆
I'm a firm believer in exposing the truth about animal abuse, but there's no reason why we can't have a little fun too. I'm not sure if everyone will get the Sullivan's Travels reference I'm about to drop, but that film has had a profound effect on my activism. 🎬 The film is about a man who longs to make a socially relevant drama, but eventually learns that comedies are his more valuable contribution to society. 👉People tune out when depressing subject matter is brought up, even I'm guilty of that. But making veganism cool and fun with lines like 🎶 “Legumes all on my plate, spirulina all in my shake, no eggs all in my cake. You don’t believe it tastes great. Veggie, veggie, veggie."🎶 Will get a lot more people thinking and googling"vegan," and that's what ultimately saves lives, right?
I'm going to take a shot in the dark and guess that there are some writers onSNL that know a thing or two about vegan food, so I'm hoping there will be more positively hilarious vegan sketches in the future! #VegansofIG
Normal / 2 months ago
Thank you to everyone that came out to the #VegansofIGmeetup at the @goldenroadbrew last night! 🍻 I had a such a blast hanging out with you all :) I had a sign up sheet floating around to make it easier to find each other's usernames. There's a few people missing from the list, but here's almost everyone that came out last night 👉
@happylittlebison @thevedgeapp @thesexyvegan @chicavegan @chmermul @heytherechina @plantbsedpunk @alita87 @christian_townsend @misshdmadigan @vegan_science_teach @ellefaitmaquillage @ericdynamic83 @hrossetti16 @dvvidnvvvrro @trianglesandtigers @charleyblk @chavonachic @lukasavage @brianc1995@junkiebrewster @earthworth @welivenow @johnyvegan @1_delicate_rose_ @b_gomez_ @vampyre13th @brianpleahy @labellenuage 🔹The next meetup is still TBA, but it's looking like March 30th. I'll keep you posted! Hope to see you all soon. ~Amy 💜 #VegansofIG
Rise / 2 months ago
The Pub at Golden Road
The Vegans of Instagram meetup at The Pub at Golden Road is tonight! 🍻 I'm excited to see you all.
The meetup starts at 8pm. I need a rough idea of the head count so I can make sure I've reserved enough tables. Who's in? #VegansofIG
Normal / 2 months ago
Golden Road Brewing