While many people are switching to eating more plant-based foods, have you thought about the everyday items in your house that contain animal derivatives?

As more people shift to modify their intake and lifestyles for the sake of animals and the environment, ethical cleaning product company, Bio-D, is asking how vegan is your home, really? It is highlighting some of the household products that contain hidden non-vegan friendly ingredients to inspire eco-conscious consumers to consider alternatives.

This includes:

  • Shampoo and conditioner: If you’re considering making vegan changes, take a look at your current haircare products. Watch out for animal-sourced keratin, milk, beeswax and honey. It’s also worth checking to see if the products are marked as cruelty-free.
    The alternative? There are plenty of vegan alternatives on the market.
  • Perfume: Many scents use animal musk – the secretions from otters, beavers and deer – as a fixative as it reduces the rate of evaporation and makes fragrances last longer. Search for vegan perfumes and you’ll receive a surprising number of results, including options from big brands.
  • Cleaning products: Laundry powder, surface cleaning sprays, polishes, common household detergents and branded cleaning products can contain as many as five to 10 animal-derived ingredients such as lanolin, tallow (rendered beef fat) and animal glycerol. Choose from a Vegan Society approved range of cleaning products.
  • Cider, wine and beer: The vegan world was pretty upset when it came out that fruity Rekorderlig, Bulmers and Strongbow were all off limits – some because they use gelatine, others because they use cochineal (which comes from beetle shells). Most wine is made using the fining agent isinglass, to make it appear clearer and brighter, and the same goes for a lot of beers. There are alternatives for all your favourite tipples, and lots of small breweries are vegan too, so seek them out.