There is no such thing as Vegan.

Via on Aug 13, 2011

Still, no excuse not to do what you can. It’s not about perfection, it’s about conscious consumerism, and consumption, and compassion.

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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | | | | | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom



43 Responses to “There is no such thing as Vegan.”

  1. Hazel says:

    At least every part of the cow is being used…

  2. adam says:

    wow, and they're tasty and fun to push over. what an animal.

  3. swandiver says:

    Almost everything listed in that picture has non-animal alternatives though they may be hard to find. It is only because of our inhumane beef practices that make cows a cheap source for those materials.

  4. elisalle says:

    i am totally agree with you

  5. Tim says:

    You can add tattoo ink to that list. The carrier is glycerin which is made from cow fat and black ink and the darker colors contain charred and powdered cattle bones.

  6. Not if you swallow.

  7. Brianna Ecklid hedgebree says:

    "Still, no excuse not to do what you can. It’s not about perfection, it’s about conscious consumerism, and consumption, and compassion."

    That, right there is brilliant. I want to sharpie it all over my house so I can remember. Thank you, duoxie and the like…I really needed to read that.

  8. Suri kate says:

    Wow you must have to be a genious in order to transform milk into plastic or bones into glass…this list is very misleading as not all the products listed are products made from cattle…dude iF you are not spreading real facts you are spreadin lies…i mean flavorings can come from plants or roots….not all lotions and creams have the same ingredients…glass is made from minerals etcetera….generalizing …just not accurate

  9. Agree. Be mindful of our consumption. And give back.
    Spreading the Love

  10. Maria says:

    This is depressing…. but agree with some previous posters – there are vegetarian and vegan friendly alternatives to many items listed above.
    PS one thing you've omitted from the diagram – leather – shoes, jackets etc

  11. Nic says:

    "Still, no excuse not to do what you can. It’s not about perfection, it’s about conscious consumerism, and consumption, and compassion."

    A resounding YES! This is why I hate labels.

  12. den says:

    Of course there is such a thing as a vegan. ALL of those listed above have cruelty free alternatives!

  13. Ashley says:

    Almost every single one of those things is avoidable in a vegan lifestyle. Vegan makeup is everywhere, vegan glue can be bought on vegan essentials, vegan sugar exists, the list goes on.

    If someone really wants to, they can live a truly vegan lifestyle except in cases of life-threatening illness. Almost every vegan knows an alternative to the vast majority of those items listed above. Soy-based bicycle grease, not driving a car (and thereby avoiding gross animal-based oils), and simply buying locally made products can keep animal products out of a huge number of lifestyle elements.

    As to the last comment, I agree; it is not about perfection, but about consciously consuming. Awareness at least is a good step and leads naturally to a steady change in consumer habits. It is not always cost-effective or convenient to live a vegan lifestyle to its "full capacity," and living a sort-of-vegan or mostly-vegan lifestyle, especially in consumer products, is a huge improvement over the typical consumerist-ignoramus lifestyle. It does a lot more than just help animals.

    As to the comment about living in houses displacing animals, go live in a tipi if you're bothered and move to a new part of the prairie every week. Or, more realistically, start a new animal sanctuary. Or work on promoting smaller families and birth control and negative population growth. Or sustainable urbanization in developing countries and regions. Or write more sentence fragments.

  14. The only reason ALL those animal products exist is because animal consumption exists. End the animal consumption and ALL those profitable byproducts of animal production cease to exist  ….except in their (superior) plant based forms!

  15. agnes says:

    To the earlier comment, aminoacids are made in PLANTS animals cant make them- smartass.the only thing the a vegan diet does not provide is protien, that can be found in soya beans, and nuts suppliment pills dont HAVE to be used! And being vegan isnt about avoiding consumerism COMPLETELY. If people were to stop eating cattle and using plant based alternatives then the number of livestock killed every year would decrease by BILLIONS! Reducing methane emissions (which cause global warming) And there would be less agricultural land used to feed livestock! So more space to feed people and for wildlife. Being vegan is about caring! Notwiping out consumerism single handedly

  16. […] with the harsh judgement of those who have adopted an animal free lifestyle, which to really be vegan should not include leather or any other product where animal-testing is used such as […]

  17. Sabbath Sermon says:

    I think it’s terrible how the meat industry has lied to us for so many years;

    “The WHO (World Health Organization) says humans need about 5% of their daily calories to come from protein to be healthy. The USDA puts this figure at 6.5%. On average, fruits have about 5% of their calories from protein. Vegetables have from 20-50% of their calories from protein."


  18. Sabbath Sermon says:

    Sprouted seeds, beans, and grains contain from 10-25% of their calories from protein. So if you are eating any variety of living plant foods, you are getting more than adequate protein. Numerous scientific studies have shown the daily need for protein to be about 25-35 grams per day. So if you ate 2,000 calories per day, and ate raw plant foods that had an average of 10% of their calories from protein, you would get 200 calories worth of protein, or 50 grams. This is more than adequate to support optimal well-being. Other studies have shown that heat treating a protein (such as with cooking) makes about half of it unusable to the human body. So raw plant food protein is even a better source than cooked plant foods or animal foods.

  19. daveqb says:

    "There is no such thing as Vegan."

    Ummm as I know it, the definition of Vegan is:

    "VEGANISM may be defined as a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as possible and practical, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose."

    So with that in mind, yes vegan is such a "thing".

  20. kuu says:

    once in a while, someone will say "if you kill something, use all of the animal". "be like the Indians! use every part of the animal"

    but now "I had no clue! I am enraged, how dare they sneek animals into everything, those tricky monsters. it's just cheap and easy and they are mean to do so, I am trying so hard to be a vegan and now this?"

    so yes. here it is. "wait no I take it back, don't use anything, because now I'm involved"

  21. Jesse says:

    Being a vegan is such a first world problem. What we should aspire to is consumerism that is limited to repurposing everything we can. Only buying what we need. Enjoying what we have. However, the whole fussy no butter and honey thing… oh Pulease! Seek organic farms, and pesticide free bee keepers who make artisan batches and enjoy yourselves now and then. PS, do vegans breast feed? If so, do they feel exploited? Also, if eating one's placenta is healthy, does that make a vegan a meat eater, or do they make their own Tocenta?

  22. "VEGANISM may be defined as a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as possible and practical, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose."
    And there are plenty of vegan options, and organizations that certify as such…elephant blew this one, and jumping on the anti-vegan backlash train is just crass opportunism…

  23. davey says:

    So you have a vegan home with vegan plywood? sweet…

  24. Valentine says:

    One more blog entry resenting veganism…i am out of here.

  25. Nicole says:

    Refined sugar? from bones?

  26. kelly says:

    You are right…. Tattoo inks can be vegan but not the stencils that uses sheep oil in its production. You can't be 100% vegan technically but people can still strive to be more vegan. I think it's good when people rely lesser on animals for everything cos they are the only ones capable of sensing a tsunami hours before one starts.

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