Veganism is a way of life that strives to avoid any use of animals for food, clothing, entertainment, experiments or any other purpose. Although this description sounds very limiting, veganism opens up a whole world of new possibilities, products and ideas. It is a way of life based on respect and compassion and basic principles such as the right to life and self-determination.
A vegan diet is free from animal products. Obvious examples are meat, fish, chicken, dairy (animal milk, yogurt, cheese, butter …), eggs, honey, gelatine and animal stock. “What do you still eat ?!” is the most common question. Fortunately, there is good news: with vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and grains you can make almost anything, from fast food to raw food, something for everyone. More info can be found in our practical food tips or go straight to work with our vegan recipes .
Clothing, cosmetics and cleaning products
Animals are also often used in the clothing industry, for example for leather, silk, wool and fur. Cosmetics and cleaning products can contain animal ingredients as well as being tested on animals. Fortunately, there are a lot of alternatives. More info can be found on our vegan lifestyle page .
Rather than a visit to circuses with animal acts, zoos or dolphinariums, an excursion to an animal sanctuary is recommended. Animals that have been rescued from the animal industry are given the chance to live a better life without ill-treatment, with sufficient time and space for social and cognitive development. Here you can also find more information about our vegan lifestyle page .
Products can not only contain animal ingredients, they are often unnecessarily tested on animals. We strongly recommend that you take the medicines that your doctor prescribes, but for cosmetics, cleaning products and the like, there are almost always animal-proof variants. If you do not find them, you can always consider making them yourself.