What is vegetarian?
Broadly speaking, a vegetarian is someone who does not eat meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, or use products that contain by-products sourced from dead animals, although some people will eat fish (pescatarian). Vegetarian products are those which do not include ingredients or materials which were obtained through the death of an animal.
Why it matters
There’s an important distinction to be made between vegan and vegetarian products. Vegetarian products are manufactured without the killing of animals while vegan products expand this rule to also exclude any animal by-products, such as wool and honey – basically, practices which exploit animals in other ways which extend beyond harm or death. Both vegetarians and vegans make choices that result in the death of fewer animals. As with veganism, vegetarianism has the potential to significantly decrease your personal carbon footprint. Animal agriculture is a substantial contributor to carbon emissions, loss of wild land, biodiversity loss, and water use and pollution. Supporting policies and products which reduce the dependency on these practices is better for both the planet and animals alike.
If you are concerned about animal rights and/or climate change then avoiding animal products is a very good choice to make to lower your impact and move toward better outcomes.
Why you might want to choose vegetarian products
Choosing vegetarian products prevent animals from being killed unnecessarily. If you’re an advocate of animal rights or simply don’t believe in the use of animal products, then there’s a good chance that you’re going to be interested in finding 100% vegetarian, or even vegan, alternatives to conventional products or brands you might otherwise support.
We consider a brand to be vegetarian if they do not:
- Use any ingredients or materials that have been obtained through the death of an animal. This includes, but is not limited to: animal skin (e.g. leather, snake skin), down and/or feathers, fur, horn, ivory, coral, turtle armature, tortoiseshell, nacre (mother of pearl), carmine, cochineal, and carminic acid.
What you can do
With growing concern over the inhumane treatment of animals in various industries and an overall lack of transparency around animal welfare, it’s little surprise that people are increasingly adopting vegetarian or vegan lifestyles. Because of this, there are now a range of high quality vegetarian and vegan alternatives available across a wide range of product categories. We’ve compiled a list of recommended vegetarian brands as well as an always growing range of vegetarian products in our store. If you want to learn more about what vegetarian means in practice, you can read our detailed guide here.
If animal welfare is important to you beyond choosing vegetarian alternatives, we also suggest looking into our cruelty-free, vegan, bee friendly, wildlife friendly, reef safe and palm oil free products.