Vote With Your Dollars

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Vote With Your Dollars

You don’t have to be out on a street corner holding protest signs to help the animals. Don’t underestimate the power that your purchases have on the welfare of animals. Each dollar that you spend is a vote telling suppliers what you want.

Sometimes we are so inundated with commercials telling us what products to buy and which products work better than others that we are afraid to try new products that may be both kinder to animals and the environment. Many of these items can be found in most regular grocery stores or available on line. Below I have listed some of my favourite brands that I use at home on a daily basis that can be found in most grocery stores.

7th Generation: Laundry detergent, dish soap and household cleaners; they are biodegradable and they also have the leaping bunny symbol on them so you know they are free from animal testing and animal by-products.

ECOS: Laundry detergent that can be found in Canadian Tire or Costco(hopefully coming to a grocery store near you). Also is biodegradable and has the leaping bunny symbol; cleans and smells great!

ALBA: Shaving cream; it comes is a coconut lime scent and chocolate mint! Great for guys and gals! Give it a try and I promise you, you won’t go back to the “foam in the can”. (Not all of their products are vegan but for sure the saving lotion is).

Down Under Naturals: Shampoo, Conditioner and hairspray.  They are vegan, biodegradable & inexpensive; try them and I bet you will love them!

Tom’s of Maine: Toothpaste & deodorant. The toothpaste even comes in a version for sensitive teeth and the deodorant is available in some great new natural scents.

Neolia: Olive Oil soap; lasts a long time, cleans without drying out your skin & smells great!

Arbonne: Facial cleansers, creams, make up and many other body care items. All of their products are vegan (even the makeup brushes)! The only thing is that they need to be purchased through an representative (like Avon) but they totally Rock! Check them out on line to find a rep near you!

I know that there are tonnes of other brands out there that are vegan and amazing so please, if you have any additional brands that I have not mentioned share them below!


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February 1, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Whole Foods makes their own brand of a lot of stuff called 365, and it’s all eco- and animal-friendly and relatively cheap. We use their shampoo, glass cleaner, and foaming surface cleaner.


February 7, 2011 at 11:05 am

FYI: Tom’s of Maine is now owned by Colgate/Palmolive. a company that makes alot of non vegan/non eco friendly stuff. they bought the company for 100 million a few years ago. no more toms for this vegan.


February 7, 2011 at 11:17 am

That raises really interesting issues about how far vegans can go to avoid supporting non-vegan businesses. I know I shop at Whole Foods to get groceries, toothpaste, soap, etc – and Whole Foods has a whole meat section, as well as cheese. I also sometimes get chips or other foods made by companies that make non-vegan foods. I also often eat at restaurants that are not fully vegan. Are any of these acceptable if buying Tom’s of Maine toothpaste is not?


May 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Why would you list companies that are not RSPO certified? (Meaning they still use palm oil). Tom’s of Maine has been purchased by Colgate (boooo)…just like Burt’s Bees is now owned by Clorox… and Arbonne? loaded with palm oil and no sustainably harvested certification. booo again.

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