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The Compete Vegan Guide To Buying A Car

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The Compete Vegan Guide To Buying A Car

 

In case you were worried about the humaneness of your car, Live Kindly has published a guide to direct you toward the automobiles that are more vegan friendly. Really.

 

The Live Kindly article acknowledges that “we do not live in a world where the perfect cruelty-free eco-friendly design exists.”

 

However, there are ways to make buying a car a little more ethical,” the article continues. “This guide looks at the types of cars currently on the market, what you can do to ‘veganize’ a car once you’ve bought it, and what the future of the automotive industry might bring.”

 

A 100 percent vegan car is an impossibility, according to Arnold Clark, a new and used car company. Animal fats are used in the production of steel and rubber as well as many other components used in car manufacturing.

 

This fact makes it rather difficult for true vegans to travel anywhere their feet won’t take them. They can’t ride horses – or any other animal that could conceivably get them “from here to there.” And now, cars are out of the question because of the use of animal products in their production.

 

But wait! The Live Kindly article offers an escape hatch!

“This [animal products in car manufacturing] doesn’t necessarily mean you should ban yourself from ever getting in one again. Keep in mind the definition of veganism, which says you should seek to exclude animal products from your life as far as is possible and practical.”

 

Whew! That was a close one. Animal rights activists may have been precluded from traveling any distance to participate in their “save the chickens” demonstrations. Thankfully, they only have to engage in veganism so far as it suits their needs.

 

Nine “mostly-vegan” new cars are listed as the best options for the shopper concerned about purchasing a “cruelty-free” car.

The biggest offender, of course, is the use of leather in the car – seats, steering wheel cover, etc. The vegan-friendly cars use only vegan leather. The reviewers are also really big on substituting any metal in the car with plastic. For those eco-friendly warriors, they might want to review some of the data on the islands of plastic found in our oceans.

 

How can one deal with the angst of buying a used car that doesn’t meet the cruelty-free label? Modify it, of course. The Live Kindly article suggests changing the steering wheel cover to vegan leather is a good start. And removing any leather seats and replacing them with vegan leather is another way to veganize a car.

 

The best suggestion of all is to opt for vegan car tires. Michelin offers vegan tires – who knew?

 

“Many tires are not vegan because they are made with stearic acid, which can be derived from animal products. But it doesn’t have to be and there are some tire manufacturers who don’t use animal-based stearic acid.

 

The most well-known brand that doesn’t use animal-derived products to make its tires is Michelin. The manufacturer offers a large range of tire varieties, all of which are “vegan,” according to the Live Kindly article.

 

Finally, the article suggests making your own vegan, cruelty-free products to clean your veganmobile. It even provides a recipe for a streak-free, shiny finish.

 

 

 

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