Wearing faux leather or suede (thinner piece of hide) instead of real leather or suede (details can be found here):
Examples: computer chairs, jackets, shoes, belts, gloves, laptop cases, phone cases, guitar straps, camera straps, furniture, wallets, and even ballet slippers.
Wearing faux wool instead of real wool shoes or coats (details can be found here):
Examples: coats and boots.
Wearing faux fur instead of animal fur (details can be found here):
Examples: gloves, coat, and trimmings.
Here are some great example of places to find all of these (faux fur, faux wool, faux leather/pleather):
Alternative Outfitters,Vaute Couture, Herbivore Clothing, The Vegan Store, Matt and Nat, Couch Guitar Straps, Got Nice Shoes, Moo Shoes, Okabashi, Vegan Chic, Noah Shop, Muso Koroni, Vegetarian Shoes, Cow Jones Industrials, Kuna Prints, Free Rangers, Vegan Wares, Bourgeois Boheme, Ethical Wares, Cynthia King Dance Studio, Melissa Australia, Beyond Skin, Cri De Coeur, Form and Fauna, Mohop, Neuaura Shoes, NoHarm, Novacas, Olsen Haus, Elizabeth Detroit, Olanthe, and Keep Company.
Also, check out these alternatives to animal leather made from:
3. Recycled Ultrasuede
4. Glazed Cotton
6. Recycled PET Polyester
7. Degradable Polyurethane[separator]
Using perfume or cologne that doesn’t test on animals (details can be found here):
Some examples of common companies that do: Axe, Christina Aguilera Perfumes, Dunhill Fragrances, Escada Fragrances, Lacoste Fragrances, Old Spice, and Ralph Lauren Fragrances.
Some examples of common companies that don’t: Victoria’s Secret, Puig, Herban Cowboy, Aubrey (after shave), Le Labo,Caswell & Massey, Bath & Body Works, Black Phoenix Alchemical Laboratory, Klean Spa, A Perfume Organic, LUSH,Terranova, Ecco Bella, Pacifica, Lavanilla Laboratories, and Cocoa Pink.[separator]
Using deodorant that doesn’t test on animals (details can be found here):
Some examples of common companies that do: Axe, Dove, Degree, Dry Idea, Secret, and Speed Stick.
Using hand and body soap that doesn’t test on animals (details can be found here):
Some examples of common companies that do: Dial, Lux, and Purell.
Using cleaning products that don’t test on animals:
Some examples of common companies that do: Lysol, Clorox, Febreeze, Green Works, Mr. Clean, Oust, OxiClean, Pine- Sol, Pledge, and Scrubbing Bubbles.
You can even make your own cleaning products at home that are cruelty-free at a fraction of the price:
· Mix vinegar and salt to make a good surface cleaner.
· Pour some baking soda and vinegar on a damp sponge to clean and deodorize all kitchen and bathroom surfaces.
· Place partially filled saucers of vinegar around the room.
· Boil one teaspoon of vinegar in one cup of water to eliminate unpleasant cooking odors.
· Baking soda is excellent for absorbing odors.
Removing Grease Spots
· Immediately pour salt on grease spots to absorb the grease and prevent stains.
Removing Scratches From Wood
· Mix equal parts of lemon juice and vegetable oil and rub into scratches with a soft cloth until they disappear.
· While the oven is still warm, pour some salt on grimy areas. If the areas are dry, dampen with water before applying the salt. When the oven cools down, scrape the grime off and wash clean.
· Spray grimy areas with water or vinegar water and apply a layer of baking soda. Rub gently with fine steel wool and wipe off. Rinse with water and wipe dry.
· Sprinkle baking soda into the bowl, then drizzle with vinegar and scour with a toilet brush. This combination both cleans and deodorizes. Note: Do NOT mix this combination with store-bought toilet cleaners. It will create toxic fumes.
· Mix equal amounts of water and vinegar in a spray bottle. Wipe the glass with newspaper for a streak-free shine.
· For a clogged drain, pour a handful of baking soda down the drain, add half a cup of vinegar, and close with a plug for 20 seconds. Rinse with hot water.
Using washing detergent & stain removers that don’t test on animals (details can be found here):
Some examples of common companies that do: Downy, Shout, and Tide.
Using sunscreen/suntan lotion that doesn’t test on animals (details can be found here):
Some examples of common companies that do: Coppertone, Hawaiian Tropics, Neutrogena, and Banana Boat.
Of course these are not ALL the little things you can do to help animals, there are so many more that I hope to get to in the near future.
Regardless of what you decide to do, we can all agree that a little act of kindness done by another or ourselves makes us feel good. A lot of us don’t take the time to consider these sorts of things because time doesn’t stop for us, so why stop for time? But, animal cruelty, whether it’s animal testing, using animals for food, or for clothing, its an important aspect on what keeps another’s fate on the line. Of course that’s the bad news, but the good news is that we can change this! If we don’t take a couple minutes to change our habits then an animal can lose its life! But if you take the time to change some of the simpler, smaller things in life like what sunscreen you buy or what shoes you buy, you can save an animal’s life without sacrificing style or quality and provide the greatest gift of all: a chance to live!
Don’t forget, change usually always seems difficult at first but if you keep an open mind and good reasoning in your heart, positive change has positive outcomes, not only for animals, but for yourself.
Also, be sure to check out the video below for some inspiration to make these changes for animals.