Find out what animals give us apart from meat, milk and eggs!
In the first part of this series, we delved deep behind the scenes to discover which animal parts are used to create crayons, plastic bags, white sugar, Guinness and hair products. If that shocked you, this will leave you speechless.
Plywood – The word ‘ply’ in English is used to signify a number of layers in a material, hence why toilet paper is often described as two- or three-ply. With that in mind, it becomes obvious that plywood is formed using several layers of wood. How are those layered glued together? Blood glue, which is collected from slaughterhouses.
Fireworks – In order to prevent oxidation (combining chemically with oxygen), metal powders used in fireworks are coated in stearic acid, which is derived from animal fat. This is done so that fireworks can be stored safer for longer. But think, when those pieces of paper fall onto you during a festa, they’re covered in some poor animal’s fat.
Toothpaste – You probably think you’d never put an animal’s bowels in your mouth. Qas mejjet!, I hear you say… But you probably do, twice a day, every day. In order for toothpaste to get its texture, glycerin is used, and once again, this comes from animal fat, which is extracted specifically from the bones. For those who may be more in-the-know, glycerin can indeed also be derived from plants, but when it’s available as a byproduct that would otherwise go to waste, who can blame them for using it?
Fabric Softener – Not just one brand of fabric softener, but almost all brands – unless they specifically state that they are vegan friendly – contain an ingredient called dehydrogenated tallow dimethyl ammonium chloride, which in layman’s terms, is ‘fat from horses, sheep or cows boiled and mixed with ammonia’. This is what gives your clothes such a soft and luxurious feel.
As an aside: In the past, ammonia was created by leaving human urine to ferment for weeks; I wonder how they make it now.
Tyres – Nope, nothing is sacred and nothing is safe. Animal fat once again plays a crucial role in creating rubber and plastic, so even your computer, your trainers and your toothbrush’s handle, contain animal parts. The sneaky ingredient is called stearic acid, and this amazing substance helps tyres keep their shape under surface friction.
Remember though, while it’s very difficult to live a 100% animal part-free life, we should really give recognition to the countless animals who give us so much!
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