What is the difference between being “plant-based” and being “vegan”?

Plant-Based vs. Veganism

Veganism and Plant-based diets have become extremely popular within the last years, but what many people don’t actually understand the differences between one and other.

Plant-Based Diet: As its name implies, it only involves your diet. To some it is having a vegan diet where you won’t include any animal products. To others, a plant-based diet means eating mostly plants, while occasionally enjoying meat, fish, eggs and dairy. The basic tenets, however—eating more whole plant foods like whole grains, fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds, and reducing intake of animal products—are the same. 

Some people choose to eat a plant-based diet for environmental reasons or for health reasons, such as to lose weight, but it does not necessarily involve avoiding products or services that cause suffering to animals. For instance, someone who eats a plant-based diet may choose to wear leather or use personal care products that manufacturers test in animals, unlike veganism.

I remember a friend asked me once “why don’t vegans just call themselves ‘herbivores’ instead of making up a new word?”. Honestly, I did get confused for a moment until I understood: veganism is not just a diet, it is a lifestyle. It’s a philosophy based on avoiding animal cruelty.

The term ‘vegan’ was created in 1944 by The Vegan Society founder Donald Watson to describe a person who attempts to exclude all forms of animal exploitation and cruelty from food, clothing, beauty, cleaning and lifestyle products, and activities for ethical reasons, and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of animals, humans, and the environment.

  • Clothing or goods that manufacturers make from animal skins, such as leather, suede, fur, mink eyelash extensions, and wool
  • Clothing or goods that manufacturers make from feathers, such as down
  • Clothing or goods that manufacturers make by exploiting animals, such as silk or pearls
  • Zoos, circuses, aquariums, riding elephants, horses or camels, and other uses of animals for entertainment
  • Some vegans also choose to avoid palm oil, as they manufacturers destroy habitats to extract it, which causes suffering in animals.
  • Beauty or cleansing products or ingredients that manufacturers have tested in animals

Luckily, nowadays there are tons of brands that are completely vegan, palm oil-free, and cruelty-free around the world, and we are proud to say that Ma’na Organix is one of these brands that are not only good for you but care about the planet and animals. We abstain from using any source of animal product on all our soaps and haircare products.

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Benefits of Organic/Vegan Soap

  • May prevent many skin & health issues.
  • Soothes and calms sensitive skin.
  • Protect against UV light.
  • Moisturizing and hydrating.
  • Beneficial to the entire ecosystem one bubble at a time

Check out our store and look at our variety of all-natural and organic products, all handmade in the US.

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