How Vegan is your Vegan product?

Many products could be labeled as vegan, but are not necessarily vegan in impact. A product may appear to be dairy-free, and could be labeled as not having been tested on animals, but it does not necessarily mean that it did not endanger animals and / or their habitat during its production.

The admirable principle that underlines veganism is prevention of harm to animals. It is not only the conviction for a plant-based diet for health purposes, or for reasons of ecological sustainability, but also that animals should neither be treated poorly nor be killed, for human consumption, or for human demands. But how far is this concept examined when it comes to the sourcing of the plants or plant-based products, themselves?