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Two Thirds Of Vegans Are Still Using Animal Products In Their Home Without Realising

  • More than two in three vegans admitted their homes weren’t vegan-friendly and didn’t realise that such items as fabric softener and LCD screens are made with animal products
  • More than half (56%) have struggled to adapt to a totally vegan lifestyle

Whilst most Britons transform their diet after making the decision to go vegan, many individuals aiming to cut all animal by-products from their lives will forget to stop purchasing everyday household goods and items that they mistakenly think are vegan-friendly.

The ‘How Vegan Is Your Home’ infographic, compiled and created by the team at Hillarys, leading interiors expert in blinds, curtains and shutters, details the most common household items that don’t meet the vegan criteria.

Below details some of the items featured within the infographic that aren’t vegan and the non-animal friendly ingredients they typically include:

  1. Plastic Bags – contain slipping agents made from animal fat
  2. Shampoo and Conditioner – contain lecithin taken from animal or dairy sources
  3. Medication – have a gelatin coating
  4. Fabric Softener – contains tallow dimethyl ammonium chloride (animal fats)
  5. LCD Screens – TV’s, computers, phones and tablets all use animal cholesterol in the screens

Alongside the infographic, more than 1,300 UK-based vegans were questioned on their experiences of adapting to a new lifestyle, and how it affected different aspects of their everyday lives.

When shown the infographic, it was found that two-thirds of vegans didn’t realise that at least one or more of the products highlighted within the infographic contained animal products, and currently had the items within their own homes (66%).

Furthermore, a large proportion of respondents admitted that they’d only changed what they ate in order to become vegan (72%) with little to no thought given about the non-vegan products still present within their homes.

More than half of respondents (56%) disclosed that they’d made some effort to create a more vegan-friendly home, but that they’d struggled to know what products were and were not considered vegan.


Veganism is on the rise and so many restaurants and food retailers are expanding their range to appeal to a vegan audience. It is great to see the modifications people are making to their lifestyles for the sake of animals and the environment, but until further changes are made to the ingredients in household products, it will be hard for people to convert to a fully vegan lifestyle.