So, on top of the I’m Getting Married series I’m working on, I thought I’d do a cruelty free 101 series as well. I know there are a lot of resources out there about living cruelty free, but one more honestly couldn’t hurt. I have a lot of plans to discuss the problems with misleading branding and information, recipes and my journey to a plant based diet, tools you can use to see that you’re living a cruelty free lifestyle to the optimum potential you’re trying to achieve, links to other resources and blogs on the internet with more in depth information on various subjects, and my overall experience transitioning to a cruelty free lifestyle over the last few years.
Why a cruelty free lifestyle?
I originally decided to transition to a cruelty free lifestyle in the spring of 2015, because it finally hit me that I wanted to work toward a career helping animals. My end game goal is to be a veterinary technician, and I’m working on school for that now. After deciding how hypocritical it would be of me to want to help animals live a better and more fulfilled life with the people that love them, yet continue to buy products that use animals as test subjects, I knew I needed to make a change.
“The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.” – Charles Darwin
My main area of transition was going to be cruelty free beauty and skin care, and I knew that was a venture I was going to need to do a lot of research on. So I did. I looked up anything and everything I could think of, and still have the vast majority of it bookmarked. I am most excited to write about this, because it’s something I so strongly stand behind.
I’d been a vegetarian before in my earliest years of college, but had fallen away from it out of convenience and honestly, laziness. I still eat fish, so technically my fiancé and I are pescatarians, but that’s a rare occasion and primarily our diet is plant based and we consider ourselves mainly vegetarian. He’s lactose intolerant, and although we do use a lot of vegan cheese, dairy has not been cut out of our diet completely as of yet, although that’s a transition we are working on together currently.
My transition to cruelty free beauty, hair, and skin care was done in less than five months. I had a tight budget at the time, so throwing product away I no longer wanted to support wasn’t entirely an option. But once I used things up, I replaced them with products I had found to substitute. A lot of people might not agree with my decision to do that, and can say I should have tossed everything away and started over; but at the time that I made this decision, I was living paycheck to paycheck so my transition was what was right for me. And I want anyone reading this to realize, your transition will be what’s right for you – the fact that you’re taking a step and decided on making the transition in the first place is SO important.
If you have any questions or if there’s anything you’re dying to get help with or learn, ASK! Send me an email, leave a comment. I want this series to be amazing, and I want it to help someone make a progressive choice to better themselves and the world for the animals we share it with.