9 Surprising Items Made With Animal Ingredients

So last weekend I threw out all of my chemical cleaners and replaced them with recycled bottles containing natural cleaners from The Soap Shop at South Melbourne Market.  After reading this article below, I’m absolutely shocked at how many animal bi-products are in things just to make use of the leftover animal..  Very sad – it looks like I have a lot more work to do!

If you thought that by quitting meat or at least going weekday vegetarian you were doing your part to avoid the horrors of factory farming, think again.

Even though animal products might not be in as many places as some claim (most tennis rackets are made with synthetic materials now), they spread far beyond just those hidden in food: everywhere from your car to the bathroom and the sky in the 4th of July.

As the Ontario Farm Animal Council clearly puts it, “on average, 98 percent of an animal is used. From that 98 percent, about 55 percent (on average) of the animal is used for edible products and the remaining 45 percent for inedible by-products.”

1. Plastic Bags

Many plastics, including shopping bags, contain ’slip agents’, which reduce the friction in the material. What are those made of? Animal fat.

In a more technical explanation from Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News: “Although polymers are manufactured from petroleum feedstock, plastics manufacturers often use additives of animal origin to improve material properties and/or to aid in processing of raw polymers” — which blogger Beth Terry proved first-hand.

Also, watch out for new plastics coming out: Companies like Tyson Foods are experimenting with keratin protein found in chicken feathers to produce plastics, adhesives and non-woven materials.

“Someday disposable diapers or hospital gowns could be made from the materials,” said Jeff Webster, the group vice president of the renewable products division to USA Today.

6 Ways to Make Reusable Bags Even Greener

2. Car And Bike Tires

Even when food can have hidden animal ingredients, you can still take the time to look at the label to see it. With your car or bike tires, it’s a little more difficult. But here’s the trick: check with the manufacturer if they use animal-based stearic acid, which helps the rubber in tires hold shape under steady surface friction.

The guys at Vegan Fitness forums took the time to call some brands and made a handy list of companies that use plant-based alternatives of the component.

3. Glue in Wood Work and Musical Instruments

Animal glue (made from boiling animal connective tissue and bones) is apparently the best adhesive for fixing musical instruments made from wood such as violins and pianos. Even though other synthetic glues are used too, hide glue is also readily available and widely used for furniture fixes and wood work: You can even catch a guide on how to use it online. If you’re OK with animal slaughter that is.

4. Biofuels

Sugar cane and corn are what come to mind at first when we think about biofuels, but over the past years the use of animal fats to produce these has extended.

There’s actually beef biodiesel (which Matthew called a “bone-headed idea” last year) and chicken biodiesel to choose from.

5. Fireworks

It’s no news that fireworks suck real badly in terms of pollution, but bits of animals in them? Apparently so.

The same component used in the tire industry, stearic acid, is present in the production of fireworks. The book The Chemistry of Fireworks lists this as an ingredient and an article in Wikipedia explains that “in fireworks, stearic acid is often used to coat metal powders such as aluminum and iron. This prevents oxidation, allowing compositions to be stored for a longer period of time.”

Even though it can be plant-sourced, you never know. Another reason to ditch the bastards.

6. Fabric Softener

It was big news on TreeHugger some time ago: Downy fabric softener contains Dihydrogenated tallow dimethyl ammonium chloride, which comes from the cattle, sheep and horse industry. They sure won’t put that in the usual “all-so-soft” advertising.

6 Natural Alternatives to Toxic Fabric Softeners

7. Shampoo & Conditioner

Annie Leonard warned us about the hazardous chemicals in the cosmetics industry, but didn’t necessarily emphasize the animal ingredients.

According to PETA, there are more than 20 components from animals that could be in your shampoo and conditioner. The tricky part is when you read “Panthenol”, “Amino acids”, or “Vitamin B” in a bottle (just to name a few), it can be either from animal or plant source — making it hard to tell. Companies have even removed the word “animal” from some ingredients to avoid putting off consumers.

Best way to be sure? Look for vegan brands. (Or make your own.)

15 Toxic Ingredients in Personal Care

8. Toothpaste

Glycerin is found in animal and vegetable fats, which have a chemical composition containing from 7 percent to 13 percent glycerin. When separated from it, it’s used in a wide variety of products, including toothpaste.

As I mentioned with other ingredients, when you read “Glycerin” on shampoo and conditioner, it can be either animal or plant based, which is a pain.

But many products from commercial brands like Colgate claim to be animal-free and suited for vegetarians (though the vegetarian product guide is not currently functional on their website).

If you really want to be sure, try and make your own toothpaste at home.

5 Recipes for Homemade Personal Care Products

9. White and Brown Sugar

What about hidden products in the manufacture process? Among vegetarians and vegans, it’s known that purified ash from animal bones is used in filters to refine sugar by some brands, though there are other companies that use filters with granular carbon or ion exchange systems. What not all may know is that brown sugar is also refined, only to have molasses added after.

You can opt for unrefined organic sugar or choose the brands that PETA says are vegan.

It’s important to note that getting to know where animal products go is not just for vegetarians or vegans: These byproducts are very likely not sourced from responsible organic farmers, but from the very frightening and extremely polluting factory farms. So even if you’re a conscious omnivore, watch out.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/9-surprising-items-made-with-animal-ingredients.html#ixzz17Kr08P4I

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Food Inc.

I know I’m a bit behind the eight ball on watching this..
This documentary is a great account of the current global food crisis and the grim reality of what/how/where our food actually comes from. The only way we – as consumers can make a change is from the food we buy. We vote every time we buy something, therefore we need to buy from companies that treat there workers, animals, and the environment with respect. We need to choose foods that are in season, organic, grown locally and check ingredients and labelling.
Being a vegetarian, I’m a big label reader but I must admit I can get a bit lazy sometimes when it comes to buying produce at our local supermarket.  This doco was a great reminder to check labels for food miles and not buy items with those chemically enhanced corn derived ingredients.  I need to start going back to the local farmers markets and make even more of a concerted effort to ensure that my actions mean something – one bite at a time.

Off to my favourite day of the year tomorrow with my sis and I can’t wait!  World Vegan Day Festival. The place to suss out lots of tasty new products, companies and learn more about our healthy lifestyle.

Hungry for change – wanna know more?

http://www.takepart.com/foodinc

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World Vegan Day – Melbourne 31st october

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if chickens could speak

If chickens could speak…

I love this poem by Andrew Kirschner, it really makes you think of the way people shy away from the reality of where there food actually comes from..

if chickens could speak

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am a chicken.

I have the same five senses as you: I can see, smell, touch, hear, and

taste.

I experience pain, misery, loneliness, and happiness.

I like to socialize and enjoy time with my family and friends.

I am intelligent and follow a pecking order.

I can recognize other chickens by sight and smell.

I nest and nurture my young.

I chirp dozens of vocalizations and speak my own language.

I have a long term memory.

I like to sit in trees.

I run towards food because I enjoy eating.

I am scared of loud noises.

I have a purpose in this world just like you and yet

I am the most disrespected and mistreated animal on the face of the earth. I

am a chicken.

The majority of humans show no regard for my life.

They ascribe no reason for my existence beyond being tortured and killed for

food.

They show me no mercy but ask for it for themselves and those they love,

including their own animals they keep as pets.

I wonder how they can say that they can’t watch someone slaughter me but can

still bring themselves to pay someone to do it and eat me.

I wonder if they will ever see the irony of calling themselves animal lovers

while they eat animals.

I bet if they met me and got to know me

and held me on their lap

they wouldn’t eat me.

I am a chicken.

I am crowded in a warehouse where I am unable to move freely my entire life.

I do not ever see the light of day or breathe fresh air unless I am being

transported in a truck

where I will often die from cold weather exposure or heat stroke. I sleep in

my own faeces or the faeces from cages above that fall on my head.

Factory farmers mislead you into believing I am treated humanely

by telling you that I am free-range.

Don’t believe them.

They abuse me in ways that would shock you.

“Free-range” or “cage-free” means that instead of putting me in a cage, I am

packed on a sordid warehouse floor where I live with thousands of other

chickens

in less than a square foot of space for each of us.

You’re told I’m cage-free so you will feel less guilty

and so the factory farmers can charge you more money

and increase their profits.

The cruelty is the same.

My beak is cut off with a hot blade.

It is excruciating pain.

I do not receive anaesthesia.

They cut my beak off so when I go crazy,

I don’t fight with other chickens and kill them.

It is not my nature to go crazy and kill other chickens

any more than it is your nature to go crazy and kill other humans. Imagine

the living conditions that would cause me to kill another chicken.

I am genetically altered to grow twice as fast as I’m supposed to grow. I am

so heavy that I can’t stand any more.

The weight breaks my legs.

I am fed growth hormone that you ingest when you eat me.

That means you’re taking steroids that can kill you.

Our heart and lungs can’t support the forced growth

causing billions of us to die before slaughter.

I am filled with antibiotics to prevent my death before I’m killed. You eat

those antibiotics and your body develops an immunity to them which places

you at risk to resist them when you’re sick and need them.

You think you know what I taste like but you do not.

I am stuffed with preservatives and flavourings

that create what you believe tastes like chicken.

It isn’t healthy for you to eat me.

You’ve been fooled by the meat industry into believing otherwise.

Unsanitary living conditions

cause us to die of thirst, overheating, infections, and diseases. It is

common for 20,000 of us to be crammed in one broiler house in a factory.

The electrical current used to kill us is often set low

so it doesn’t ruin the meat on our bones.

In many cases, it doesn’t kill us and we are thrown into a scolding hot tank

of water

to remove our feathers while we are still conscious.

You can hear us scream from a mile away.

A mechanical blade is also used to slash our throats.

Many times it isn’t properly aligned and only partially slashes our throats,

leaving us to die miserable deaths.

These killing errors happen to millions of us.

If you think my life is bad, read about what they do to battery hens to lay

eggs.

Their lives are even worse.

I know you don’t see any of this happen

but it does

to billions of chickens like me

and it’s scary

and painful

and horrible

and I can’t understand why

you don’t stop it.

I am a chicken.

The truth is

I can’t speak

which is why this happens to chickens like me.

But if I could speak, I would beg you not to eat me any more.

I want to be free like other birds.

I want you to respect my life on this earth as you value your own. You’re

existence is only more important than mine in your mind.

Simply because you believe it doesn’t make it so.

Knowing what you know now,

that you don’t need to eat me to survive,

and that my life and death are cruel beyond your imagination,

and that you say you love animals,

are you still going to pay someone

to torture and kill me?

Or will you make a humane decision

and refrain

and ask others to do the same?

I was a chicken.

poem via http://kirschnerskorner.wordpress.com/2012/06/22/if-chickens-could-speak/

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How much is that doggie in the window?

This shows how demand for the perfect family pet has made man’s best friend little more than a commodity
Helps us stop australia’s shame…

http://www.alv.org.au/issues/puppyfactories.php#exposingfactories

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Vote for your fave vege/vegan stuff now!

As part of the release of ‘The Australian Veg Food guide’, Aduki have teamed up with Uproar to stage another awards to find our favourite Vegan, Vegetarian and Veg friendly restaurants, businesses and products, voting closes on 20th September and the winners will be announced in the food guide as well as on associated websites.

If you vote, not only will you get the satisfaction of helping and promoting your favourite products and businesses, but you will also be in the running for several wonderful prizes! They currently stand at a handful of restaurant vouchers, but more will be added over the next few months, so keep an eye on our special awards section at www.aduki.net.au/awards.

If you are a business interested in submitting prizes to the awards then let us know, we have an attractive package of enticements to thank you for your support…

http://www.aduki.net.au/awards/43-2010/363-cast-your-vote

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Vegan Tablets

Vegan wonder tablets!

You have to check out these new vegan tablets.. They’re blackcurrant flavoured, chewable and absolutely scrummy!  I’m useless at taking tablets at the best of times but I just carry these in my handbag and pop them whenever I feel like it.

Each tablet has 100% or more RDA (EU) of B2, B6, Folic Acid, B12, Vitamin D, Iodine, plus 60 micrograms of selenium.  It’s called ‘veg 1′ a multivitamin made by the vegan society.  It’s a good multi for anyone but perfect for vegans as it has everything added that we need to be careful about. $15.95 for 3 months supply (90 tablets).

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Nothing like a good old fashioned Sunday Roast… with a modern twist!

My boyfriend Chris and I look forward to our traditional sunday roast each week during winter.  I used to just have roast veggies which I do love, but since I’ve come across the Sanitarium Veggie Delights Veggie Roast, Sunday can’t come around fast enough.. I’ve tried lots of other nut roasts and faux-meat roasts but this one is so good that even Chris (who isn’t a vegetarian) can’t get enough.  It just means not as much leftovers for me tomorrow :(
Did you know that Sanitarium products are all completely vegetarian?  Along with all of there cereals, they also do heaps of faux meat and you can even customise your own faux meat recipe book online.  http://www.vegiedelights.com.au/recipes/
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paw print

Welcome to VEGeCATION!

I can’t wait to share my vegetarian wisdom and vegecate you with all of things veggie – whether it’s about food, nutrition, diet, recipes, health, cruelty free products, the environment or just to have a chat.

Tolerance, Love and Compassion…

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