Vegan Tattoos

In a society built on monetizing the suffering of animals- a lot of things you would expect to be vegan, are not. Unfortunately this includes some tattoo inks! The black ink is mostly the problem, since most types contain bone char. Other problems are gelatin and glycerin, and some other colored dies also contain shellac and pigment from beetles. Lucky for those of us who have/or would like to have tattoos in the future; a lot of tattoo shops already use vegan inks or you can request them to be used.

Some vegan friendly tattoo inks include: 

  • Eternal
  • Starbrite
  • Skin candy
  • Stable color
  • Fusion ink
  • Kuro Sumi
  • Dynamic
  • Intenze

(I myself have my tattoos in Eternal ink)

There are a few other problems you may run across which the bite sized vegan has went over in detail here, but this is meant to be a quick outline so I will list some alternatives to all of it down below as well!

Skin lubricant (Usually petroleum jelly or vaseline, which is iffy)

  • Hustle butter
  • Shea butter
  • Jojoba butter
  • Olive oil

Soap (To clean the area)

Dr. Bonners and Myers come to mind! We have a whole article on vegan soaps here.

Razor (Glycerin (moisturizing) strip isn’t vegan)

  • Preserve brand razors are vegan friendly

Transfer paper 

  • Stencil stuff
  • Reprofx

Aftercare

  • After ink
  • Black cat
  • Lush dream cream
  • Tattoo tonic

And there are a LOT more! Emily posted a whole list of vegan inks, lubricants, soaps, aftercare items, AND vegan tattoo shops! So check that out and check out these cool vegan tattoos, send us in yours if you want to be put in the article! Special thanks to Jona Weinhofen for letting me put him in here 🙂

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Cheap Vegan Makeup

This is for all the vegans who still enjoy wearing makeup, but don’t want to spend loads of money on high end products!
 

e.l.f

  • All of their makeup is vegan
  • However, some of their brushes are not vegan.

 

Colourpop

  • Not all of their products are vegan, but they have a list of their non-vegan products here.

 

BH Cosmetics

  • Again, not all of their products are vegan. You can browse through all of their vegan products here.

 

Wet n Wild

  • Most of their products are vegan. Here is a list of their vegan products.

 

Eco Tools

  • 100% vegan makeup brushes, and cheap too!

 

Ardell Lashes

  • 100% vegan drug store false lashes

 

GOSH

  • There’s a large range of vegan products available that you can find here.

 

Jordana

  • They now have a new website including a list of their vegan products! Check them out here.

 

Milani

  • They have some vegan-friendly products which are listed here.

 

Pixi

  • A more natural brand with a list of their vegan products here.

 

As always, double check the ingredients in the products you’re buying to ensure that it is 100% vegan. Sometimes, what a company classifies as vegan may no actually be vegan. Now, have fun with makeup without the expense or the cruelty!

 

Vegan Pizza

Cheese is typically the hardest thing to give up when going vegan, and pizza is an iconic dish that incorporates cheese. So, here are many ways to enjoy eating pizza while vegan! You’ll definitely fall in love with pizza all over again.
Delivery

Papa Johns:

  • The sauce & dough are already vegan, so just omit the cheese!
  • They have a wide variety of veggie toppings to include on your pizza
  • Their garlic, BBQ, and buffalo dipping sauce are completely vegan. You can even ask for BBQ sauce on your pizza.

Domino’s:

  • The original sauce is vegan, but only the THIN crust is vegan.
  • Of course, they have loads of veggie toppings
  • Add some extra flavor with these vegan dipping sauces: Garlic Dipping Sauce, BBQ Sauce, Kicker Hot Sauce, and Sweet Mango Habanero Sauce

Little Caesars:

  • The original sauce and original crust are both vegan
  • Lots of veggie toppings, as always!
  • You can even place a special order of the Crazy Bread without Parmesan cheese, and don’t forget the Crazy Sauce!

Pizza Hut:

  • The regular or sweet sauce
  • The Thin’N’Crispy and Hand-Tossed crust are vegan
  • Veggies!!
  • The dessert pizza crust is also vegan

And, if you’re feeling a bit fancy, you can always add on your own vegan cheese and pop your pizza’s back in the oven until it melts.

Restaurants

Mellow Mushroom:

Mellow Mushroom has Daiya vegan cheese. This restaurant is a personal favorite of mine. My order is: regular crust, olive oil and garlic sauce, Daiya cheese with mushrooms, spinach and fresh avocado on top in case any of you want ideas! Their full vegan menu can be found here.

California Pizza Kitchen:

Although, they do not have Daiya cheese, their pizza is still good and very tasty when you load up on veggies. Their full vegan menu can be found here.

For a more detailed list of restaurants that may be near you, click here.

Frozen

Daiya:

  • Daiya is an all vegan brand that specializes in cheese. They have a variety of different frozen vegan pizzas.

Amy’s:

  • Amy’s also has a variety of vegan pizza options. However, not all of their pizzas are vegan.
  • Vegan frozen pizzas: Non-dairy cheese pizza (rice crust), Roasted Vegetable Pizza (no cheese), Vegan Margherita Pizza (with Daiya cheese), Spinach Pizza (rice crust).
  • Amy’s also specifies whether an ingredient is vegan or not within the ingredients.

Tofutti:

  • Tofutti’s Pan Crust Pizza Pizzaz is vegan.

Tofurky:

  • Tofurky’s frozen vegan pizza’s are: Vegan Cheese Pizza, Pepperoni Pizza, Italian Sausage Pizza

Whole Foods:

  • Roasted Vegetable Pizza (with rice crust or whole wheat crust)

 

You can, of course, make your own dough and buy some vegan cheese if you want to go the homemade route. All you have to do is google ‘vegan pizza crusts’ and thousands of results will pop up! Enjoy your cruelty-free pizza 🙂

 

 

 

Cruelty Free Vegan Cleaning Supplies

Everyone knows you have to eat vegan, buy vegan makeup, wear vegan clothes – but a topic most commonly skipped is the issue of animal tested and non vegan household cleaners such as dishsoap, detergent, and general cleaners! Not only are they bad for animals, but they’re bad for you as well as they contain harmful chemicals that we’d be better off avoiding. The homemade ones are even cheaper, if you need any more convincing.
I’ll split this post into two parts; store bought and homemade, and I’ll post more stuff as I find it!

Store bought (These are all to purchase in store, I’ll put up a post for online vegan shopping soon)

U.S / CAN:

– Dr Bronners

Vegan, fair trade, 18 n 1 household cleaner. They even make toothpaste!

Find a retailer here!

– Seventh Generation

The most vast company of vegan and cruelty free home goods, and it’s eco friendly and mostly recycled! Their products even range past just cleaning supplies- they also make organic tampons, pads, toilet paper, baby diapers and more. 

Find a retailer here!

– Sun and Earth

Non toxic, cruelty free, vegan! Very varied as well.

– Bio-Pac

Bio degradable cleaning supplies, never animal tested + always vegan and they donate some of their proceeds to wildlife causes.
– Citri Solv

– Planet 

Also 100% biodegradable

– Mr Meyers

All vegan, all smell really good! Also available in South America.

– Country save

Also phalate free!

– Sound Earth

– Allen’s Naturally

Also biodegradable, everything seems to be vegan besides their wool dryer balls.

List of retailers
– Method

U.K + INTERNATIONAL

– Nature clean

Available in Canada, New Zealand, and Russia + online stores.

– Charlie’s soap

Available in the U.K, Japan, Australia, South Korea, the Philippines and Canada. Made of vegetable oil and minerals.

– Eco Maxx

Canadian based

– Orange Power

Australia based

– Planet clean

U.K based, vegan society accredited

– Bio D

GMO free! U.k & Ireland based
– Clean conscience

– Earth wise

Based in New Zealand

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Homemade ( You may need a few mason jars ) + A lot of these recipes call for baking soda, which usually is tested on animals. Bob’s red Mill & Ener G baking soda are both cruelty free.

* Warning: Do not mix store bought cleaners with any of these. You will create toxic and poisonous fumes that can hurt you or any pets in your household.

– Lemon juice + vegetable oil should get scratches out of wood.

– Lemons are also good for killing mold!

– Boil and scrub burnt pans with baking soda

Sprinkle wet bathtubs with baking soda and let sit for about 15-20 minutes 

– Absorb fresh grease spots using salt.

– Vinegar + Salt / Baking soda + Vinegar are good deodorizers and surface cleaners. You can also squeeze lemon juice onto a small pan of baking soda.

– 1/2 vinegar + 2 tbsp borax + a few drops essentially oil is another good cleaner. You can put it in a spray bottle.

– Laundry brighter: add a little lemon to your rinse cycle.

– You may be able to get spots and stains out of fabric and carpet with hydrogen peroxide. Spot test it first!

– Put salt on a wet sponge to get the grime off and out of your oven. If that doesn’t work, try wetting it with vinegar and sprinkling baking soda on top before wiping it all off.

– 1/4th cup olive oil + 1/4th cup water + lemon juice on a towel makes for a furniture polish.

– Put citrus (I.e orange / lemon) peels in your garbage disposal to deodorize your kitchen. Boiling vinegar or putting small saucers full of it around the house will do the trick as well. Unless, like me, you hate the smell of vinegar. (If you do go with the saucers of vinegar, make sure to keep them away from your companion animals. It may upset their stomachs.)

– You can also use citrus peels to make a concentrated cleaner by filling a jar with peels and white vinegar. Leave it in your fridge for two weeks and then strain it into another container, discarding the peels.

– Vinegar + baking soda also make good drain and toilet cleaners.

– You can use vinegar + water on a towel to clean windows.

– A better smelling window / glass cleaner would be using 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol and a few drops of essential oils.

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Let me know if I left any of your favorite vegan friendly household cleaners out, and keep an eye out for our article on vegan friendly hygiene products!

Resources to Go Vegan with Dietary Restrictions

We live in a society that conditions us to  believe that we need meat and animal products.

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Going vegan isn’t always easy. I grew up in a single parent and low income household with anemia. In addition, I am allergic to nuts and soy. So I more than quite a bit of people know that cutting out animal products doesn’t have the same level of difficulty for everyone. But can’t go vegan? I don’t know. You can decide for yourself! I will keep working on this list as more people come to me with different situations they think they can’t go vegan in, in hopes of helping them.

I can’t go vegan because…

I’m anemic

I live in a low income household

I’m allergic to nuts and soy

I have Celiacs disease

I have Gastroparesis

I have to eat a low fiber diet

It would be hard to maintain my cultural identity

I am underweight

I am diabetic (external link)

I have an eating disorder (external link)

I have Hypoglycemia (external link)

I have an autoimmune disease (external link)

I have IBS (external link & P.S Freelee The Banana Girl had/has IBS!)

Low Income Veganism (Improved)

I try to keep my veganism inclusive, I myself am not rich. My entire life I have lived in a low income single parent household and at one point my family did need assistance from food banks. I am no stranger to poverty or budgeting.

Many people will tell me that veganism is a privilege, that my assumed raw organic whole foods vegan lifestyle is unattainable for most people. That would be correct- if I led a raw, organic, whole foods vegan lifestyle.

The fact of the matter is that plant based food is cheaper. Before you comment how expensive mock meat is compared to your regular processed grocer meat, that’s not at all what I mean!

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Most of countries least expensive food staples are vegan! In most other countries (I cannot think of one where this is not the case) the cheapest staples are some sort of lentil, cheap grain, and a fruit or vegetable. This makes sense because when you buy meat you’re buying the time it took to raise the animal, the food and water it took to feed the animal, and the labor for all of this included!

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That being said, a plant based diet can be accessible for other low income households! Here is how I would suggest you shop if this lifestyle interests you for either health, animal rights, environmental or even social justice reasons-

Grocery list:

You need a good base protein. Your choice of this is in no way limited and while there are many vegan proteins I’m trying to stick to the cheapest stuff.

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– Kidney beans

– Lima beans

– Chickpeas (you can also turn this into hummus for a quick and cheap snack)

– Lentils

– Pinto beans

– Black beans

– Black eyed peas

And I really like to have a grain side with that! It’s filling and tastes good with just about any bean-

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(In order of what I assume is least to most expensive)

– White rice

– Brown rice

– Jasmine rice

– Black rice

– Quinoa

Another cheap meal is one with a pasta base! I can usually find pasta for $1 a pound or at LEAST under $2. Nothing fancy just regular dried pasta. (Check the ingredients for egg!)

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– Spaghetti

– Farfalle

– Angel hair

– Fusilli

– Fettuccine

– Linguine

– Penne

– Rigatoni, ect.

I have these with vegetables or sauces to make a meal! Here are some examples of how you can make cheap pasta:

Broccoli pasta-

Boil broccoli until soft. Add more water if there isn’t much left, and add the  uncooked pasta to the broccoli. Leave it to boil with the broccoli until the florets become mushy. Drain the water and serve with seasoning! I add vegan friendly Italian dressing or balsamic vinaigrette.

Zucchini pasta-

Sautee zucchini, tomato and onions in oil and seasoning until soft and set aside. Boil pasta noodles, drain, and mix with the vegetables.

Pasta with marinara sauce-

Just cooked pasta and marinara sauce! Both ingredients are around a dollar and if you want you can add baked tofu or textured soy protein to the mix! Both should be on the cheap side since soybeans are such a widely grown ingredient.

More cheap foods:

– Corn

– Squash

– Other canned vegetables

– Frozen vegetables

– Potatoes (like $2 for 30 potatoes!)

– Fruit (I’ll go more into this)

– Cereals (try original cheereos, bran flakes and add your own raisins, nut milk is usually the same price as dairy milk!)

– Oatmeal

Soups are also a very good and lasting meal for low income families to make! Make a good vegetable soup with vegetables broth, corn, squash, zucchini potatoes, frozen veggies, beans, tomatoes, onions, and make it to last days! Serve it with rice or alongside pasta (or better yet add the pasta inside!) to have a good, hearty, and long lasting meal that will yield leftovers.

Back to fruit. There are fruits that are pretty much cheap year round- oranges, apples, bananas. And then you’ve got your fruit that’s least expensive by season.

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January

Grapefruits, lemons, oranges, tangelos

March –  April

Pineapples

May

Apricots, cherries, mangoes, pineapples,  strawberries

June

Apricots, blueberries, cantaloupe, kiwi, mangoes, plums, raspberries, strawberries, watermelon

July

Apricots, blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, kiwis, mangoes, peaches, plums, raspberries, strawberries, watermelon

August

Apples, apricots, blueberries, cantaloupe, kiwi, mangoes, peaches, raspberries, strawberries, watermelon

September

Apples, cantaloupe, grapes, mangoes, persimmons, pomegranates

October

Apples, cranberries, grapes, persimmons

November

Cranberries, oranges, pears, persimmons, pomegranates, tangerines

December

Grapefruits, oranges, papayas, pears, pomegranates, tangelos, tangerines

And I’m not saying these fruits are cheap in these months! I’m saying they’re cheaper than usual, if you’re on a tight budget you definitely probably want to stick to apples, bananas and oranges as your base fruits!

Melons especially are cheap around these times mainly cantaloupes and cantaloupe / banana smoothies are delicious!

Also- check if your store has a damadged produce section! You can get damadged or otherwise ‘defective’ fruits and vegetables for almost free! The fruits especially I use for smoothies and the vegetables sautee or soups!

Snacks:

For those of us who have more than one job or don’t have a lot of time, on the go snacks are important too!

Most of the snacks I suggest include peanut butter! It’s cheap and full of protein, (if you have a peanut allergy try another nut butter, if all nuts, don’t worry there are some more quick and cheap nut free snacks)

– Peanut butter and jelly sandwich

– Ants on a log

– Pretzels and hummus

– Peanut butter and banana sandwich

– Dried fruit and nuts (mainly cheap dried fruit like raisins and nuts like peanuts)

– Dried cereal (rice crispies, cheerios, ect.)

– A tin of smoothie

So based on that, your low income grocery list will probably look something like this:

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– Beans (pinto, chickpea, lentil, kidney, black, ect.)

– Pasta

– Potatoes

– Oatmeal

– Cereal

– Peanut butter

– Wheat bread

– Onions, Tomatoes

– Potatoes

– Apples

– Bananas

– Oranges

– Corn

– Frozen veggies

– Rice

– Squash / Zucchini

If I forgot something, let me know! Of course you can add and subtract to fit your budget and taste, but I just wanted to supply a general guideline for affordable plant based food! You can let me know what I can improve in the comments ~

Edit: Some people have told me that they live in an urban food desert and can only or mostly afford fast food. If that is the case for you, don’t worry! There are a lot of vegan fast food options.

Vegan Dogs

Before everyone pops off at the handle, I’m not saying everyone’s dog should be vegan. I’m not saying you’re not vegan if your dogs not vegan or you’re an awful person or cruel if your dogs not vegan- I’m giving straight facts and that’s it. My dog isn’t vegan, but I know a lot of healthy happy vegan dogs. But I won’t even put my opinion on vegan dogs in this article; just if and why or why not they can or can’t go vegan according to scientific research. And I know there is a lot of controversy.

I’ve seen a lot of people and some vegans saying you’re an animal abuser if your dog is vegan. I don’t think anything could be farther from the truth.  People think that if your dog is plant based you’re pushing your lifestyle on them and depriving them of nutrients and their natural lifestyle (because I guess wolves ate kibble in the wild). I don’t think unless you feed your dog a homemade diet of fresh organic meat that you should have any kind of say in who’s dogs diet is unnatural. Much less if you feed your dog brands like Kibbles N Bits, Purina, ect. all those brands made of the most awful disgusting and harmful ingredients including other euthanized dogs, plastic and dog trash that’s causing canine seizures.

If anyone is abusing their dog with their diet, it’s people that don’t check the quality of their dog food brands.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way. I would like to start by saying that dogs are scientifically able to go vegan. In fact, a blue merle collie- Bramble the vegan dog lived to be 27 years old (That’s 189 dog years!).

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He held the Guinness world record for worlds oldest dog that the time for it! Bramble was a vegan dog that lived on a diet of organic vegetables and lentils. He was raised vegan, too.

If that wasn’t enough for you, there is actual research on this.

For dogs, certainly vegetarian and vegan diets can be done, but they need to be done very, very carefully. There is a lot of room for error.

Cailin Heinze, VMD, a board-certified veterinary nutritionist and assistant professor of nutrition at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

Dogs can be healthy and in fact, thrive on a vegetarian or vegan diet, as long as all necessary nutrient requirements are met. Dogs are biologically omnivorous, but can adapt well to a plant-based diet which meets all their nutritional needs. It’s important that the food be digested easily as well as have good palatability. The transition to a plant-based diet should be a gradual change (mixing the 2 foods in different proportions until the new food is given exclusively) to minimize the occurrence of gastrointestinal disturbances (such as diarrhea and sometimes vomiting).

Armaiti May, D.V.M, C.V.A., Dr. May’s Veterinary House Calls

Now, if this makes you want to introduce your companion animal to a vegan diet- please read up. Dogs have complex nutritional requirements that not enough people pay attention to. There are reasons why you may want to feed your dog vegan including- not wanting to contribute to the animal agriculture industry, trying to reverse a sickness in your dog, wanting to avoid BSE. If that’s what you want to do, go for it! But it’s risky. There are many books on it, and you can easily research what nutrients you need to supplement into your dogs diet.

Hazards posed by meat-based diets
The health hazards of commercial meat-based pet foods are extensive, and difficult to avoid. They may include slaughterhouse waste products; 4-D meat (from dead, dying, diseased or disabled animals); old or spoiled supermarket meat; large numbers of rendered dogs and cats from animal shelters; old restaurant grease, complete with high concentrations of dangerous free radicals and trans fatty acids; damaged or spoiled fish, complete with dangerous levels of mercury, PCBs and other toxins; pathogenic bacteria, protozoa, viruses, fungi and prions, and their associated endotoxins and mycotoxins; hormone and antibiotic residues; and dangerous preservatives. The combined results are rendered so delicious to cats and dogs by the addition of ‘digest’ – a soup of partially dissolved chicken entrails – that more than 95% of companion animals subsist primarily on commercial meat-based diets.

Unsurprisingly, diseases described in the scientific literature following long-term maintenance of cats and dogs on commercial meat-based diets include kidney, liver, heart, neurologic, eye, muscoloskeletal and skin diseases, bleeding disorders, birth defects, immunocompromisation and infectious diseases. As a practicing veterinarian I agree that so-called degenerative diseases such as cancer, kidney, liver and heart failure are far more common than they should be, and that many are likely to be exacerbated or directly caused by the numerous hazardous ingredients of commercial meat-based cat and dog diets.

Vegetarian diets: a healthy alternative
On the other hand, studies and numerous case reports have shown that nutritionally sound vegetarian companion animal diets appear to be associated with the following health benefits: increased overall health and vitality, decreased incidences of cancer, infections, hypothyroidism, ectoparasites (fleas, ticks, lice and mites), improved coat condition, allergy control, weight control, arthritis regression, diabetes regression and cataract resolution.

– Andrew Knight, veterinarian, BSc.. CertAW, MRCVS.