Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Vegan Craft Supplies- Where Does The Madness End?

It is frustrating to have to check literally EVERY label of the food that I ingest, but it does not end there. Being a vegetarian/vegan requires a commitment beyond food. I have to check clothing, shoes, jewelry, and planting supplies. If you are thinking, that list is complete- think again. I also have to check art supply products!

I recently read a blog on the Etsyveg site that I found helpful. It is often hard to detect if a product contains something that harmed, killed, or tested on an animal or animals. It is cumbersome to have to contact every manufacturer before purchasing an art product. I find this site useful because it links to a blog that has a listing of products that are known to be vegan. Luckily, most of what I make is reused from other products, so I do not have to worry all that much. It is still a concern when I go to make something from scratch.

All of this checking and reading is enough to make one mad! If my choice to live without animal products was just a feeling, mood, or fad, then this would be overwhelming. The bottom line is that this is a lifestyle for me and I do not do anything halfway (or at least I try not too). I don't just do things when they are convenient for me. I try to give
100% because this is my calling. Any yes, sometimes I do fail. Nonetheless, I am committed. Even if that commitment means making my life harder. I can take a couple of extra steps to save the life of an animal. It is, after all a life- and life all life is precious.


affectioknit said...

I know what you mean! Thanks for the link!

Mark Stryker said...

I would like to mention that our company Colors of Naturemakes a vegan watercolor paint that is cruelty free and earth-friendly. We will soon have an oil paint line as well. There are no animal products in our paint and we use all natural ingredients. If you are interested in learning more about our line of watercolor paints please let me know.

VeggieAmanda said...

Thank you for the note Mark! I hope to see this line in stores in the US! :-)