(ORDO NEWS) — Today, on the packaging of many products you can see the mark Vegan (or “suitable for vegetarians”). This means that there are no ingredients of animal origin in the composition.
However, many products and household chemicals contain a huge amount of such components, and you don’t even think about it. Alas, the industry still uses many ingredients of animal origin.
People become vegetarians very often for ethical reasons. Animals raised for industry are often kept in appalling conditions. However, the rejection of meat, milk and eggs is half the battle. Many ingredients for cosmetics and household chemicals are produced by killing animals.
Like squalene? Lovers of expensive and high-quality cosmetics know that natural squalene has an incredible moisturizing effect on the skin. But what is it? This is an organic compound found in shark liver oil. How can you get it? We think you understand this.
However, if squalene is a rare product, then there are animal-derived ingredients that are used in a wide variety of places and things that we use every day. Let’s find out what?
Most fabric conditioners have an ingredient listed as didecyldimethylammonium chloride. This is usually ammonia with processed beef tallow. It is added to disinfect and sterilize linen.
In many cases, lipstick is a mixture of animal ingredients. Fat, gelatin (usually from the skin and tendons of pigs and cows), guanine (derived from fish scales), and carmine dye (a red pigment from crushed female cochineal insects) are just a few of the common ingredients.
Car or bicycle tires
Manufacturers don’t usually write the full composition of a tire, but you can talk to a rep and ask if the company uses animal stearic acid. This component helps the rubber in tires to maintain its shape under constant surface friction.
Today, many perfume companies use synthetic alternatives, but very expensive perfumes are still made from natural animal ingredients.
For example, ambergris, a gray waxy substance produced in the digestive system of sperm whales; civet, secretion painfully scraped from the gland of civet cats; and musk, a dried secret painfully obtained from the genitals of the musk deer, beaver, muskrat, civet cat, and otter.
In addition to latex, glycerin and casein are also used in the manufacture of condoms. Casein is a milk protein, while glycerin is most often obtained from animal fat. It can also be extracted from plants or created synthetically, but animals remain the most common option.
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