Two thirds of vegans are still using animal products in their home without realising, reveals a new study conducted by Hillary's.

With many Brits implementing changes to their diet, from cutting out meat to finding alternatives for dairy products, some vegans are still unaware of the non animal-friendly ingredients hiding in household staples.



As part of the study, Hillary's has created a visual infographic, 'How Vegan Is Your Home', providing information on the most common household items that don't meet the vegan criteria, with medication, shampoo and plastic bags among the top items found not to be vegan-friendly.

Some 72 per cent of vegan respondents surveyed admitted they have only changed their diet, not giving much thought about the non-vegan products still present within their homes.

'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,' Tara Hall, a spokesperson for Hillary's explained.

1. Plastic bagsNot many know that plastic bags contain slipping agents made from animal fat to reduce friction and static in the material. Just another reason why we should stop using them and switch to planet-friendly alternatives.

2. Shampoo and conditionerBoth of these haircare essentials contain lecithin taken from animal or dairy sources. There are plenty of vegan alternatives available if you are looking for some. Try brands such as Lush, who create animal and earth-kind beauty products, or The Body Shop's 100% vegan product collection.

3. MedicationMuch of the medication we use contains a gelatin coating, which isn't suitable if you are vegetarian or vegan. Do check with your local pharmacist for animal-free alternatives.

4. Fabric softener Not many of us know that many fabric softeners contain tallow dimethyl ammonium chloride (animal fats). Another hidden ingredient unbeknown to many.

5. LCD ScreensQuite surprisingly, TV’s, computers, phones and tablets all use animal cholesterol in their screens.

More expensive razors have a 'moisture strip' to make shaving more comfortable, but these often use glycerin from animal fat.

Seasoned vegans will know that white sugar is processed with bone char to make it white – but even brown sugar is processed this way and then made brown with molasses.

Chances are your toothpaste contains glycerin, usually taken from animal fats, to help stop it drying out. It also helps to reduce bacterial activity.

Some printing processes use gelatin to create black and white photos, and other photo papers are coated with it to protect images.

The cards are coated with stearic acid to make them smoother and reduce static, enabling them to 'fan' easier.

Yes, your entire home probably isn't vegan. Ox blood and animal fat are usually added to help building materials last longer.

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