Whilst most Britons transform their diet after making the decision to go vegan, many individuals aiming to cut all animal by-products from their lives will forget to stop purchasing everyday household goods and items that they mistakenly think are vegan-friendly.

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Below are just some of the items found in homes that aren’t always vegan and often contain non-animal friendly ingredients:

Plastic Bags – contain slipping agents made from animal fat

Shampoo and Conditioner – contain lecithin taken from animal or dairy sources

Medication – have a gelatin coating

Fabric Softener – contains tallow dimethyl ammonium chloride (animal fats)

LCD Screens – TV’s, computers, phones and tablets all use animal cholesterol in the screens

1,300 UK-based vegans were questioned on their experiences of adapting to a new lifestyle, and how it affected different aspects of their everyday lives.

It was found that two thirds of vegans didn’t realise that at least one or more of the products highlighted contained animal products, and currently had the items within their own homes (66%).

Furthermore, a large proportion of respondents admitted that they’d only changed what they ate in order to become vegan (72%) with little to no thought given about the non-vegan products still present within their homes.

More than half of respondents (56%) disclosed that they’d made some effort to create a more vegan-friendly home, but that they’d struggled to know what products were and were not considered vegan.

Tara Hall, spokesperson for www.Hillarys.co.uk, commented:

“Veganism is on the rise and so many restaurants and food retailers are expanding their range to appeal to a vegan audience. It is great to see the modifications people are making to their lifestyles for the sake of animals and the environment, but until further changes are made to the ingredients in household products, it will be hard for people to convert to a fully vegan lifestyle.”

Natalie Arney, an SEO Manager and Blogger at Tea, Cake and Make commented;

Going vegan diet wise can be difficult for many, but it's often the easier step when changing your whole lifestyle. There are many items around the home and that you use every day that aren't vegan, and it's important to make sure that you make the effort to change the products you use at home. I find that searching and saving vegan hashtags and following vegan Instagram accounts a really helpful way to find out what is vegan, and using those products instead of others. Some might think that this would be more expensive, when in fact, many supermarket own brand items are vegan (such as Co-Op and Marks and Spencer, and Tesco also have a vegan friendly household cleaning range), and items such as make up are often cheaper than non-vegan brands. I love to shop in Superdrug for anything to do with body care and make up, as their own brand and many of the brands that they stock are clearly labelled as vegan

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