To get serious about having a vegan home, you must look beyond the
pantry and the wardrobe. A large number of home improvement products
contain animal ingredients. Unfortunately, it is hard to identify all
these animal byproducts because most home improvement products are not
required to list ingredients.
To avoid animal ingredients, consult the Vegan Society's Animal Free
Shopper directory or look for the "no animal ingredients" label.
However, note that there is no independent verification of the "no
animal ingredients" label. It may mean different things to different
manufacturers, and it does not guarantee an avoidance of animal
Here is a partial list of products that may contain animal
ingredients. In many cases, synthetic ingredients or petroleum
products have largely replaced the animal ingredients, but these
substitutes may be a greater concern for some eco-conscious
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