What to Look for in a Vegan Subscription Box

November happens to be World Vegan Month, which is interesting since holiday feasting is about to commence. I supposed the contrast is useful to make for more impact on spreading awareness of the vegan lifestyle. I mean, I’m definitely thinking more about about it now after researching it (though I have to confess I’m not vegan myself). However, I do appreciate many aspects of the vegan lifestyle, especially when it comes to personal care products and them being cruelty-free. If anything, it’s enlightening to expand your knowledge of how you can care for the world around you in a different way. And that, along with spreading awareness of veganism, helps connect plant-based eaters from across the globe to celebrate their 100% cruelty-free lifestyles and the strides that are being made towards eliminating unnecessary cruelty to animals as well as to the earth this month.

If you’re vegan already, more vegan conscious in your purchases or maybe just vegan curious, a vegan subscription box is a great way to discover vegan and anti-cruelty products. They can help you expand your knowledge and try out new products you’ll love and didn’t know existed. Since this month is all about awareness of the vegan lifestyle we thought it would be helpful to share about what makes a subscription box vegan certified. That way you’ll know what to look for in case you want to start the vegan lifestyle yourself, with a box of course!

1: It will ensure there are no animal products. That might seem obvious, and it kind of is, but what it means is that no products will include any animal ingredients, or animal-derived ingredients – nothing made from animals. So you won’t find anything like beef jerky or leather products. While meat products are the first that come to mind, there are actually a lot of other ingredients that come from animals that would also be banned from a vegan subscription box. Specifically that also includes honey, beeswax, lanolin, collagen, albumen, carmine, cholesterol, and gelatin along with materials such as wool, fur, silk, and down.

2. It will likely be labeled anti-cruelty. That means that along with not including any animal products, that the products in the box itself aren’t tested on animals. The brands ensure they don’t support the industries that use and abuse animals. To be certified, brands state that their own products along with the ingredient suppliers they source from “don’t conduct, commission, pay for, or allow any tests on animals for ingredients, formulations, or finished products anywhere in the world and won’t do so in the future.”

3. They will often refer to their box as plant-based. The products might not all be made from plants alone, as some could be made from synthetics, but many of the products will be. Plant-based products are made with ingredients derived from plants like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, cotton, hemp, wheat, etc.

4. You’ll often see certified logos on the products that are included in the boxes that are a great quick reference to know they’re not animal related. The most common are the Certified Vegan Logo and the Leaping Bunny Logo (found on cosmetics and personal care products). These logos are helpful so you don’t have to consult an ingredient list to know it’s vegan.

5. Lastly, many subscription boxes will ensure their fully vegan from their packaging choices to their processes. They will also often support vegan causes such as animal rescues or conservation. And many will provide extra knowledge through articles for learning more about veganism or how to better support the earth’s creatures.

As is pretty obvious, at A Year of Boxes we love a box that is thoughtful and we especially appreciate vegan boxes. Now that you know what to look for to ensure a box is vegan, we thought it only made sense to leave you with a list of some of our favorites to celebrate the awareness month. We hope this list will get you started on purchasing even just a small amount of vegan products to help our animal friends and mother earth. Let us know if we’ve forgotten any of your favorites!

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