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Jan 23rd, 2006, 06:48 PM
Right now, honestly, I'm content with buying simply vegan products. Fretting over fair trade, organic, union made, independently made, etc, etc is just way to much for me, especially since I really don't care about all that. :o

Me to. Thinking about what is vegan or not is enough for me most of the time.

Jan 24th, 2006, 06:55 AM
Right now, honestly, I'm content with buying simply vegan products. Fretting over fair trade, organic, union made, independently made, etc, etc is just way to much for me, especially since I really don't care about all that. :o

Really? You don't care about all of those things? I hope that in time and with a greater awareness, these things will become just as important to you as your veganism is.

Jan 24th, 2006, 10:52 AM
I feel that fair trade etc are important it is just hard because my mum won't buy the things! When I'm going shopping on my own I'll buy them if I can.

Jan 24th, 2006, 11:12 AM
i understand how tigerlily feels, except i do care about it and the people being affected by these things, and do wish i could afford all those types of things. not buying them doesnt make me feel like im a bad vegan, but it makes me feel sad about it simply because i wish i could buy the fair trade products and such, and support the families and people who are badly treated. basically it makes me feel like more or less a bad person rather than a bad vegan.

its hard to do those things when you have a limited income, but it will get easier with time and more income. i feel so great when i can afford to buy a chocolate bar that the proceeds go to the animals, or when i can buy fair trade products to help the families being shorted out of so much, or when i can boycott places to show them i dont support the way they treat other people/animals. sometimes in life though, i think you dont always have a choice. but if you do have the choice, take advantage and do what you can. every little last bit helps i think! a simple act could bring love into someone elses heart who is hurting. i dont think it has anything to do with veganism, it has more to do with morals i think.

when i lived with my mom, i would buy so many great things. i used to buy this fair trade organic coffee. theres nothing more delicious than that coffee, and knowing youre helping a family somewhere out there with every sip. its so expensive though!

Jan 24th, 2006, 11:15 AM
Just do the best you can. Some companies are obvious abusers. Some not so obvious. Perhaps your mobile 'phone (or cell 'phone, for the people in the Americas) company gives funds to a vivisection lab. Perhaps the company who made your television also makes equipment for slaughterhouses.

Should we stop going to shops to buy clothes that also have a department selling meat? Should we boycot healthfood shops that sell tablets containing lactose?

We live in a world that is geared for the meat eaters. Until the Revolution, we can only do our best.

Roll on the Revolution!

Vegan Chick
Feb 28th, 2006, 10:33 PM
Glaxosmithkline have got to be the worst offenders i think, they make sooo many things that you see everyday, toothpaste, household products and mainly medication.

I believe that they supply HLS with approx 70 per cent of its work to test on those poor frightened animals!!!

I'm currently putting together a list of well known products by all companies who continue to test on animals, and my mum said she will pass copies to everyone she knows

P.s. I happened to check the back of a marmite jar today and found that it is made by Unilever (or UniEvil). I cant believe that these companies get their grubby hands everywhere!!!

Mar 2nd, 2006, 09:02 AM
what? no way please dont tell me marmite is made my unilever :(
thats one of the things i love most of all :( and its vegan...but i suppose i never really buy the 'real' marmite anyway. i usually buy the supermarket own brand. i hope its still ok to buy that.

i have just read through the whole 7 pages of this because i wanted to know about every company i should try to avoid.

the ones that shocked me the most were green & blacks..i cant believe they have been taken over by cadbury who are linked with schweppes, who of course are owned by coca-cola. i knew about the sports companies, and the cosmetics companies. unilever & p+g especially. those are my 2 most hated companies and i boycott them.
but there was so many i didnt know about.

i myself am feeling VERY overwhelmed. until now i thought i lead a pretty ethical lifestyle. but i guess not :( theres so many things that i have used that i didnt know were made by evil companies.

i've been vegan for 3 years. and up until a month ago, even, i was drinking lucozade (luckily, i only ever drank it now & again, which isnt good, but i wasnt drinking it all the time & i've stopped now). & in the last 6 months, i've used products i didnt know were owned by unilever like bertolli olive oil (only used that once though). just little things like that.

last year, my flatmate bought me a wella hair conditioner and i hadnt used it til last month. i've finished the bottle now and realised wella is a p+g subsidiary...

ugh..! i think i'm gonna need to make a list for myself. just so i remember everything.

this is really hard though, cos NONE of my friends are vegetarian, let alone vegan. and none of them seem to have any morals/ethics. when i talk about/mention mine, they look at me blankly. or they just dont get me..like they are not on my wavelength. i wish i had another vegan friend :'( or at least an ethical friend...i feel so alone in this. my boyfriend is really supportive of my veganism and how i care about things like; i wont buy from sports shops etc. but lately i think he thinks i am taking it too far by avoiding coca-cola, or not shopping at asda cos its owned by walmart.

:( *sigh*
anyone else feel alone?

Vegan Chick
Mar 2nd, 2006, 01:35 PM
I'm with you there girl. I feel exactly the same. I am finding it so frustating at the moment because nodbody wants to listen to what I say about why I avoid using these things. They ask me why i am so 'fussy'!!! about things, yet dont let me tell them the real reasons (totally see no evil hear no evil). They think turning a blind eye means no cruelty goes on.

I keep trying to discuss things that upset me etc... with my boyfriend, and my family, but they just say 'I dont want to know, dont tell me, I enjoy meat and im not changing products so stop talking about it', and being as I think about all this 24/7, Im finding it really lonely, and its building up inside me.

Well at least I can offload a bit on here and you guys totally understand what Im on about x

Mar 2nd, 2006, 11:01 PM
when i first went vegan..i used to get upset cos nobody wanted to listen to my views on meat eggs or dairy..but after 3 years i am sick of trying to convince people and i am not one for wanting to change people..(not saying you are)..

now i am more concerned about things like animal testing and trying to avoid evil companies..but thats something that people are like "yeah im totally against it, i dont like it" but they dont realise that practically ALL the products they use are cruelty-products.

i'm starting to think that theres no changing peoples minds.. my best friend's fave shamnpoo is pantene. she has no idea about procter & gamble..when i told her about them she just said "oh well..whats the point in me stopping using it? i eat meat so i'd be a hypocrite if i didnt use it"

yeah so, you eat meat therefore its ok to poison dogs & cats with shampoo? dont get me wrong i love my best friend to bits..but she doesnt have any morals..her cousin might be becoming a model for l'oreal. she told me all excitedly..and she couldnt understand why i wasnt jumping foir joy with her. "its every girls dream!" yeah of course!

Mar 2nd, 2006, 11:47 PM
We can each of us only do the best we can, and not get upset when other people - even our friends - are indifferent to the things that we care about. Is it right to say that your friend has no morals? After all, before we understood about these things, did we care? It isn't easy, but just speaking for myself, I just accept that my friends and family see things differently, and all the talking has no impact on them.

Mar 3rd, 2006, 12:16 AM
Lately if I mention something, I get the "you believe anything anyone tells you on the internet" rubbish back.
I tend to completely keep my beliefs to myself- only mention them if its relevant.
People get SO sensitive when you question their (lack of) morals.

Mar 3rd, 2006, 08:55 AM
well i suppose, she doesnt have NO morals..that was a bit harsh & unfair to say so..but i just mean she is more concerned with her looks & the latest shampoo or perfume than whats the right thing to do.

i would never say to her "you have no morals" - thats just a bit nasty. like i said she is my best friend and i love her dearly..i guess i have to accept that some people see things differently..its just hard.

Mar 3rd, 2006, 10:56 AM
Supermarkets are impossible to boycott for most of us, in my town we have ASDA and Sainsbury, ASDA are crap regarding all the Wallmart corperate stuff, but all the people I know who work for them love it, they are getting good T&C and they say they are being paid well and treated good.
From a shoppers view they sale loads of vegan products in my local ASDA store.

Sainsbury have a good wide range of vegan foods and half decent label system to help with this, the down side the CEO is a funder of animal research and is pro HLS and funds HLS work. He is also the science minister who has helped AR activist movement become classed as a terrorist movement.
The staff we know who work their say it's OK, but the sick pay system is diabolical and the staff can get dissmissed for pathetic reasons, E.G not packing the first few items for the customer.
From a shopper view good for vegan stuff.

I support the local wholefood shop but it can't all be done their :confused:

Mar 3rd, 2006, 11:04 AM
i am starting to really go off supermarkets. i useds to buy all my fruit & veg there..but i think i wanna switch to a fruit & veg stall..theres one on my street so i have no excuse really.

but some things i have to get at a supermarket! H&B is just too expensive sometimes

Mar 6th, 2006, 11:52 PM
Which clothing companies do not use sweatshops?? I feel very uninformed about this. I assume all the big ones like Old Navy, Gap, Forever 21 etc. do.
But if I buy clothes in a small private owned retail store what is the guarantee that it's not from a sweatshop too? The only difference might be that they get their garments from one sweatshop locally (LA has a few of them) and not from China. This issue feels rather frustrating and complicated.... :confused: Abercombie & Fitch are on my 'OK list' right know because of their refusal to buy Australian wool products...but then again, I'm not sure if their clothes are produced by slave labor or not..... :confused:

do you know of a store called American Apparel? they are in los angeles and they make tee shirts and such. they are known for using organic cotton and paying their employees a living wage.

Mar 7th, 2006, 04:27 AM
do you know of a store called American Apparel? they are in los angeles and they make tee shirts and such. they are known for using organic cotton and paying their employees a living wage.

I had them on my list (http://www.veganpeace.com/sweatshops/GoodCompanies.htm) for a while (they had asked me to be added).
But then someone told me about the controversy surrounding this company (you can find out about this when you google).
I contacted American Apparel about this and they never answered me.
So for now, I'm not adding them back.

Mar 7th, 2006, 08:18 AM
I've got my diet sorted out now and I've been trying to buy cleaning products, etc. which are vegan-friendly but I'm finding it really hard to work out the good guys from the bad! I know there are quite a few threads which mention this problem so if there is one giving good clear answers please feel free to give me a shove in that direction :)

I was wondering if we could have a sticky (or maybe there is already one and I just didn't see it?) listing good and bad companies (mainly cleaning products but also any other companies which need boycotting).

So far the only ones I'm sure of are:

[B]Ecover and Co-op own brand (both animal friendly, mostly vegan but clearly labelled if not)

Procter & Gamble (terrible animal cruelty :() Their list of products includes:
Ace (bleach)
Always & Alldays
Aussie Hair Care
Bounty (kitchen roll)
Braun Electrical
Charmin (loo roll)
Clairol - all products
Duracell Batteries
Eukanuba (pet food)
Gillette - all products
Giorgio Beverly Hills (fragrance)
Herbal Essences - all products
Hugo Boss (fragrance)
Head and Shoulders
Lacoste (fragrance)
Laura Biagiotti (fragrance)
Lenor & Downy
Max Factor - all products
Olay - all products
Old Spice
Oral B – all products
Pampers - disposable nappies
Pantene - hair care
Pringles - yes Pringles crisps!
Secret - deodorant
Tempo (tissues)
Vidal Sassoon (VS)
Wella - all products

Nestle (just been reading about how they inject coffee into kittens' stomachs :()
I've yet to look up their list of products

Mar 7th, 2006, 09:14 AM
Good idea Lentil. I think there's a really long post around here somewhere of companies to boycott, but it'd be great to compile a list.

In terms of cleaning stuff, I've switched entirely to Ecover. I know Catmogg will tell me off but I use mostly Original Source shower gel and stuff as it's all vegan, with a few Lush things.

P&G have such a long list!!! :eek:

Mar 7th, 2006, 09:23 AM
soda crystals do most cleaning jobs and are available in cheap shops and most supermarkets. Also I use Bio D laundry liquid and washing up liquid. I get 5 litre containers and then decant. For heavy duty cleaning I use Astonish products.
Narural Collection does some more unusual cleaning produts. If you shop online with them via th Greenpeace website, some of the purchase price gets donated to Greenpeace. Not all vegan but non vegan items are marked as such.
I have now eliminated all non vegan cleaning products from my home. When I go to oter people's houses and see what they use, I struggle to keep my mouth shut (for diplomacy's sake) because I know most of the stuff they use is basically poison.

Mar 7th, 2006, 12:54 PM
Why do you boycott Hugo Boss?
My boyfriend will not be pleased, he did some research and found nothing on them, and apparantly it says they dont test on animals so he just bought a £25 bottle of the stuff :(

Mar 7th, 2006, 01:10 PM
Why do you boycott Hugo Boss?
My boyfriend will not be pleased, he did some research and found nothing on them, and apparantly it says they dont test on animals so he just bought a £25 bottle of the stuff :(

They are still owned by P&G, though, I think.

Mar 13th, 2006, 12:02 AM
They are still owned by P&G, though, I think.

You're right, I can't believe we missed that.
He is not best pleased, in fact his exact words were:
"Bum cracks".

Mar 16th, 2006, 04:59 AM
Regarding Coca-Cola, I think the issue deserves some clarification:

First, all that has been said about Coke's depletion of India's water table is as far as I know completely true. That in and of itself should be enough of a reason to boycott the stuff. That said, the accusation of human rights violations should be approached with a level of skepticism.

You have to remember that we're talking about Columbia here, one of the most hostile places in the world for unionists. Since 1990, some 4000+ unionists have been kidnapped and killed by right-wing paramilitary death squads. So the fact that Coke union reps were being threatened isn't in and of itself an indictment of Coca-Cola. Also, Coke doesn't own the plant in Carepa, it is actually owned by a South-American subsidiary (its name escapes me now) that Coke owns most of the stock in. The emotional impact you get from reading the KillerCoke site is that Coke somehow orchestrated the death of these brave men. That's ridiculous. No one actually knows for sure what happened there except several unionists were killed under suspicious circumstances, and a SINALTRAINAL leader, Isidro Gil, was executed inside the plant's gates. My theory is that the head of the plant knew what was going on and let it happen. His knowledge of the incident doesn't necessarily mean that Coke's subsidiary knew it was going to happen, nor Coke. This is an interpretive scenario, so draw your own conclusion. However, there is a major problem with Coke's handling of the situation!

After USAS got involved, student activist groups demanded an independent audit of the Carepa plant in Columbia. After a while of back-and-forth accusing/denying, Coke finally decided to dispatch an auditing group to the plant. That group is named Cal Safety Compliance Corporation. This name might ring a bell with some older union activists: the group failed to uncover the worst incident of sweatshop abuse in modern American history El Monte, California. They audited a front shop called D&R and somehow didn't notice that the garments were being sent to a sweatshop behind the factory then shipped to manufacturers.

Cal Safety is neither competent nor independent. They announced their visit to the Carepa plant ahead of time, effectively undermining the possible honesty of employees as to how things were at the plant. All that was found were a few broken fire extinguishers and some poorly placed doors. But now, Coke claims that since the plant received a clean bill of health, that everything is A-OK! USAS rejected the audit and is still pressing for an independent audit. Now Coke has responded by requesting with the UFW to have the International Labor Organization run another audit. Coke's damage control, Director of Global Relations Ed Potter, sits on the board of this group! Once again Coke is trying to dodge any sort of real accountability.

And that, my friends, is very, very suspicious. So if you won't boycott Coke for the human rights abuses, boycott it for not submitting to a real independent audit!

Mar 16th, 2006, 10:53 PM
The Coke sold in India is completely different to that sold in the US and UK. It contains over 30 banned substances, a lot of which are believed to cause cancer.

Mar 19th, 2006, 01:29 AM
Proctor&Gamble for their support to develop RFID* programs.