This topic is not running related, but it’s been on my mind lately. I went vegan last summer after being vegetarian since I was 18 (full disclosure: I stopped being vegetarian for a few months before my wedding in a move of pure selfishness). I had a few false starts before then, where I would tell myself eating locally farmed eggs was fine and thinking it would make eating at restaurants ‘too hard’. Ha. I’ve learned a lot since then.
I understand that disconnect, but I don’t condone it. If you care enough, you’ll do the leg work. At first I felt so absolutely overwhelmed when I realized how many things I owned, or items I used that contained animals products. It was too ubiquitous! I couldn’t avoid it! These statements are not true. Over the last few months I’ve been making a point to find vegan and cruelty free alternatives to all household and beauty items I use. I definitely can’t say I’m 100% converted, but I’m doing my damnedest! And no one is policing me, I’m choosing to make all these changes because I know it’s right and I want to do the right thing.
I have to say, that makeup was the hardest thing for me. It is easy to go to the organic section of a grocery store and find basic products that are vegan; lotion, soap, etc… but makeup! I have shades of foundation that perfectly match my skin tone! I have just the right eyeliner brush – nothing else could replace it! And why run out and buy new stuff now? – I already have these items so the damage is done. So I told myself. But this week when one of my Bobbi Brown makeup brushes kept leaving pony hair all over my face I had enough! And I realized the switch wasn’t hard at all.
I’ve been researching some new vegan brands – there are tons, all with the help of Leaping Bunny and Logical Harmony (seriously so helpful) and have pretty much got all of my makeup switched to vegan brands! And a new synthetic brush set – er… made from teddy bear hair?