Plant Based Vs. Vegan - What's The Difference?

So you want to go vegan? Or plant-based? Or you didn’t even know there was a difference? Believe me, it can get confusing! I’ve been vegan for nearly four years now and this was a topic I was very confused about in the beginning. To make a long story short you can be vegan and plant based since being vegan is plant based but being plant based isn’t considered vegan.

What is the difference? Vegan is considered a lifestyle while plant based is the foods you eat. Both consume zero animal products of animal by-products. The main difference is the lifestyle you have. Vegan’s don’t eat any animal products, don’t purchase products tested on animals, don’t buy leather, don’t buy fur, etc.! Being plant based is just following the “diet” aka eating fruits and veggies and no animal products or by-products!

Once you break down the difference it’s pretty simple! The benefits of a vegan lifestyle or plant based diet are endless. Whether you’re vegan or plant based you’re not only helping your health but also animals and the Earth!

xo, Logan

Why I'm Vegan

In March of 2916 I decided to make the decision to go vegan. I had spent months researching veganism and what exactly it is and I knew it was something I needed to incorporate into my life. It's funny because usually I don't stick to things, my mind is always changing and I'm always wanting to do something new but being vegan has been something that hasn't changed.

Don't get me wrong, I know not everyone can be vegan but I knew that I could, so I did. Originally I went vegan because I didn't want to eat animals anymore. I didn't see why it was necessary to eat such beautiful and lively creatures. I was lactose intolerant meaning I already couldn't have dairy. Meat and dairy didn't have any benefits to my diet.

Now, three and a half years later I'm vegan for more than just the animals. I am vegan for the Earth and I am vegan for my health.

Eating whole, plant based foods has helped my health immensely. I no longer get the absolutely painful stomach aches I used to get that were caused by dairy. I've been able to maintain a healthy weight. Though my relationship with food is rocky I do find myself having a better relationship with food now.

In the beginning I didn't understand how not eating meat, dairy, eggs, etc could help the planet but now I understand strongly believe that veganism is what an help our planet. Eating plant based/vegan helps lower the amount of CO2 and methane gases that are released which then cause climate change and global warming.

Now, I didn't understand at first how eating meat and dairy caused nasty gases to pollute our air. Basically, water and land is needed to crow food for cows, chickens, pigs, you name it. With the outstanding amount of animals raised for slaughter their gases (yes, farts) are 20% of the methane gases in the USA alone. These methane gases and CO2 is what's causing our planet to warm up... climate change and global warming!

Like I said before a lot of land and water is used to raise animals for slaughter. In the United States roughly 80% of land and 50% of water is used for farming animals. Think about it, a lot of that land and water could be used for homeless or low income families to give them food.

Being vegan is the best thing I could've ever done not only for myself but for the animals and the planet. I'm so grateful that I'm able to be vegan and to thrive on a plant based diet.

xo, Logan

Vegan vs. Cruelty Free

What is considered vegan? Can a product be vegan and cruelty free? What's the difference? These questions can be hard to figure out! For the longest time I just assumed that vegan makeup and cruelty free makeup were the same thing, which they are not. Don't worry, I'm about to break it down for you as simply as possible

“Vegan” means that the product has no animal derived ingredients.

“Cruelty free” means that the product was not tested on animals.

Products can be both or they can be one and not the other. If a product is cruelty free and not vegan that means that it wasn’t tested on animals but contains animal ingredients (ex: beeswax). While I don't tend to see this often technically a product can be vegan and not cruelty free meaning that it doesn't have animals ingredients but was tested on animals.

Personally I don't agree with a vegan product being tested on animals but I can understand how someone could argue that it is vegan based off the typical vegan definition. But on the bother hand how can a product be vegan if it tests on animals? This is where it's iffy and opinionated so just purchase what you feel comfortable with!

I know no one wants to look up ingredients and company backgrounds for every product so luckily we live in a time where wonderful companies have logos that tell you if a product is cruelty free and vegan! 

Certified Vegan Logo

Vegan Trademark

Cruelty Free and Vegan Logo (Beauty Without Bunnies)

xo Logan