Food shopping as a vegan
As veganism becomes more mainstream the variety of food products available is growing enormously. Your local supermarket has everything you need to fill your fridge, freezer and cupboards with fruit and vegetables galore. Even better, if there's a specialist vegan store nearby (find out here) you’ll have an easier time finding vegan versions of things like cheese, bacon and ice-cream. Look out for The Vegan Society's Vegan Trademark, which tells you at a glance that you're good to go. You can search through all our Trademarked products online, here while Vegan Store (UK) and Vegan Essentials (US) are also good places to start.
It’s not just about food
Vegans also avoid using animals for shoes, clothing, household products, toiletries and cosmetics. Be sure to read labels carefully, or look for our Vegan Trademark. This internationally recognised symbol identifies products free from animal ingredients and that have not been tested on animals. Becoming vegan simply means swapping old habits for new. Once you’re in the habit of shopping like a vegan, it’s pretty straightforward and you'll encounter stylish vegan-friendly shoes, snazzy vegan-friendly clothes, toiletries and much more. If access to ethical shopping is an issue, you will find everything you need online.
Learn from others
Look for friendly vegan social networks in your area. You can do so online, through local shops, community centres and local newspapers. You'll be surprised at how many people in your area have great tips on finding vegan-friendly products and services - and others will benefit from what you know, too.
Pave the way forward
Make life easier for yourself and other vegans by contacting manufacturers and businesses to enquire whether their products are vegan or not. By doing so you’ll not only obtain the most up-to-date information, but you'll also be demonstrating there’s a demand for vegan-friendly products.