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How Vegan is Your Household?
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How Vegan is Your Household?

Veganism is on the rise, but not everyone realizes that being a vegan isn’t just a question of diet-- for many, it’s a whole lifestyle decision. Lifestyle vegans don’t just make changes to the foods they eat. They also choose to look at their lives on a broader scale and make environmentally-friendly decisions every single day. If you want to adopt a fully vegan lifestyle or simply minimize your impact on animals and the world around you, it’s well worth taking a look at your home, to see how ethically outfitted it really is. Many of the items that you might find around your own space could actually have been produced in ways that go against basic vegan principles.

Let's talk leather:

A lot of folks purchase leather couches without even really thinking about their impact on the environment. Believe it or not, leather is not good for the environment at all. Not only is it produced from the skin of cattle, but leather production also involves the use of harmful chemicals which cause pollution. Fortunately, there are lots of alternatives available.

Where to look:

If you want to find some great-looking, eco-friendly products for your own home, you could ask for advice from DiMare Designs. This interior designing service is entirely approved by the animal rights organization PETA, so you can be sure that they’ll help you find furniture that is as friendly to animals and the environment as possible. You can also try shopping around for synthetic leathers and other vegan fabrics. These materials look great and don’t come with the guilt you get from buying genuine leather.

Other fabrics can be fabulous:

Leather isn’t the only thing to be on the look out for. Various other home furniture and/or accessory materials such down, wool, and silk are all produced in ways that involve animals. Have no fear! Many alternatives do exist. Try looking out for materials like polyester, cotton, or acrylic whenever you go shopping for rugs, sheets, or curtains. Not only do these products match up with vegan principles, they also tend to be less expensive.

Big picture:

If you can afford it, you might even want to go one step further and look at the actual construction of your home. Unfortunately, a lot of homes have been built with unsustainably sourced wood. However, it is perfectly possible to remodel your home with eco-friendly materials when that wood wears out. By making even a few of these changes, you can green up your life and create a kinder culture at home. 

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