A lot of people might ask this question:
It is a pretty important question, as there are so many products that we consume on a daily basis and therefore can easily lose track of what might actually be non-vegan. Down below I created a list to help you with this struggle you might face at the beginning.
If you just started living the vegan lifestyle, I would recommend you concentrate on food first. After you got used to those new products and all the different ingredients you have to avoid, you may integrate the other categories. By doing this, you prevent getting overwhelmed right at the beginning and then giving up because you are so frustrated.
1) Non-vegan food
After some time, you will notice that you do not have to think a lot about those rules anymore when you go shopping. It will be completely normal for you and shopping vegan food will be automatic. Now, it is time for the next step - clothes. I, for myself wouldn't buy new clothes that aren't vegan. However, I still use pieces I already own that contain animal fabrics. I simply don't want to waste those resources and then have to buy new expensive ones. But that is everyone's personal decision - however you feel comfortable.
If you are not sure if a piece of clothing contains the following materials, take a look at the label with the washing instructions, they often list the fabrics there. Otherwise, just ask the store's staff and they will help you with your concerns.
2) Non-vegan clothes
The cosmetics and make-up industries also use substances that are not vegan (like animal fats). Moreover, a lot of products are cruelly and unnecessarily tested on animals. However, it is not that difficult or expensive to avoid those products.
In my opinion, those 3 categories are the most important ones and by the way pretty easy to integrate into your everyday life. You are helping the animals, the environment and your health a lot by trying to follow the tips I shared above. However, never forget that veganism is not about being perfect but about trying not to support cruelty and suffering. Every step counts and if there is a product you find hard to avoid in the beginning, don't stress out, just take your time and reduce it gradually.
Nevertheless there are some more non-vegan products that are a bit more difficult to ban from your life. Simply try to do your best and avoid them wherever possible.
4) Other non-vegan products
I hope this short introduction was helpful and provided you with a rough overview.
If you have any questions or comments, please leave them down below. ☺