Lots of exciting things going on over at Vegan Life Magazine! First and foremost, hello, Chris! Chris is the new editor and he shares his story with us just a couple pages in (vegan for 10 years!) Aside from that, this volume was packed with another great round of articles and resources. The one that really jumped off the page for me was a piece on products. What is the difference between cruelty-free and vegan? Since we are huge advocates of cruelty-free shopping, I thought this would be a great FAQ to blog about with the help of Vegan Life Mag.
The article gives us a brief overview as to why it is important to buy cruelty-free, but gets right down to business when answering the question.
So, why isn’t cruelty-free always vegan?
Cruelty-free products are not tested on animals. HOWEVER, that does not mean that they do not contain animal-based products. For instance, honey (not vegan) is a popular ingredient in cruelty-free products. A vegan product refers to a product that does not contain any animal-derived ingredients. I would hope and assume that all vegan products meant that that they are not tested on animals, but you never know! It is always best to read over the label and to find that Leaping Bunny or Cruelty-Free Bunny logo.
Aside from some of the heavy stuff, there was also a piece called Art You Can Eat. UK-based artist, Amber Locke, uses raw fruits and veggies to inspire her beautiful artwork. Seriously, you will want to check her out.
Okay, and one last thing. There is a recipe for Pistachio Cake with Orange Blossom Water on page 48 – aka the page that I probably drooled on. Yeah, you’ll need to subscribe to Vegan Life Mag to get THAT recipe ;) xx bianca