Vegan is an important step towards environmental sustainability
As we just discussed, vegan does not cover all aspects of environmentalism that should be considered. However, removing animals from your supply chain may be an important sustainable sourcing choice for your brand. Conservative estimates from 2006 indicate that animal agriculture accounts for 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions with some research today showing it could be as high as 87%. Even at 18%, animal agriculture is a bigger contributor to greenhouse gases than the entire transportation sector!
As a globe, reducing our reliance on animal feedstocks – for food and many other uses including ingredients in the beauty industry – is an important step to combatting climate change. Keep in mind that sustainability also includes social and governance issues in addition to the environment. As consumers continue to go vegan, and governments continue to ban animal testing, animal-based and animal-tested beauty will be subject to scrutiny.