Going vegan can be tough at times, but we live in an age where information is readily available at your fingertips! Here are some apps that can make the transition easier:
- Is It Vegan?: This app is my favorite so far! You scan the barcode of the product you’re looking to buy and it will tell you if it’s vegan or not and if it’s not, it tells you the ingredients that make it not vegan. Super handy and easy! The one downfall is that it can be difficult to work sometimes. The first time I used it I had to scan the bar code a few times before it read it correctly, but definitely worth it!
- Animal-Free: This app I haven’t used too much yet because the scanner on “Is It Vegan?” is so dang handy. However, it is super useful for research on different ingredients that are derived from animals. It has the option to view all non-vegan ingredients, ingredients that are always derived from animals, and ingredients that sometimes come from animals but could also be vegan and derived from plants or other sources. There’s a little V in the bottom corner and it changes your view to show vegan ingredients!
More advanced vegan apps:
- Bunny Free: I like this app for finding if products I’m interested in buying are cruelty-free. It has a barcode scanner and you can also search by brand. However, it’s not as in-depth as I like to go when purchasing beauty products. For example, Pureology is listed as cruelty-free but it’s owned by L’Oreal. L’Oreal tests on animals, so personally I wouldn’t buy from Pureology, but it has the PETA leaping bunny approval.
- peta2: I LOVE this app!!! By simply sharing photos or posts, changing your phone wallpaper, or clicking a button to email companies to offer vegan options or stop animal abuse you accumulate points. You can then use those points to get free stuff! I earned a water bottle and a t-shirt through this app and am almost able to get another tee! If you love how this app allows you to help animals from your phone, also consider the PETA app. This app has different campaigns from the peta2 app, but you don’t earn points toward free PETA gear.
Vegan SuperHero App:
- buycott: This app is amazing because there are a bunch of causes you can “support” on the app. When you scan the barcode of a product, the app tells you if the company supports your cause or goes against it. You can click the causes the brand you scanned supports and the ones that conflict and find out more. For example, I support to end animal testing and pro-right to know for GMO labelling; I scanned a can of Progresso Vegetable soup and it says they support to end animal testing (yay!) but conflicts with the GMO labeling. The details actually showed that Progresso donated millions of dollars against GMO labeling and buycott provides a link to source their claims. With this app I decided to put the soup back on the shelf and opt for a brand that didn’t conflict with my views.
These are just a few apps I’ve tried and like. If you have any apps that I didn’t list please share them in the comments! I’d love to hear from you.
Thanks for reading!