With the help of technology, it’s easier than ever to go (and stay) vegan. There’s an app for just about everything and veganism is no exception.
Whether you’re looking to eat more plant-based foods, looking for vegan beauty, or trying to eliminate animal products altogether, there’s an app for that. The ease of use and accessibility of the app makes it so that many of the shopping difficulties of veganism all but non-existent.
Some of these apps can be used to scan barcodes while you shop, letting you know what is and isn’t vegan. Others are directories of companies and brands that you can trust to keep you from giving money to companies that, among many things, test on animals.
All apps, unless specifically mentioned otherwise, are available on Android and iOS.
7 Apps That Make Vegan Life Easier Than Ever Before
This app is very easy to use. You simply open it up, scan barcodes of products you’re interested in, and it will tell you how if the product is vegan, vegetarian, or neither.
This app works similarly to Is It Vegan, except it includes beauty products. This app is only available on iOS.
This regularly updated app lets consumers know if a product is cruelty-free and/or if the product was tested on animals. This is immensely important when it comes to makeup. Users can scan products, see brand logos and descriptions to match in-store, shop using direct links to brand websites, and create a shopping list of their favorite brands.
HappyCow is a powerful app that helps vegan and vegetarian diners find places to eat while they’re out or traveling. It is especially lifesaving for newcomers to plant-based eating who may not have any idea where to begin when it comes to dining out as a vegan. It covers over 180+ countries, making sure you’ll have somewhere to eat vegan wherever you are. HappyCow costs $3.99 and is only available on iOS. It is also available for free through their website: www.happycow.net.
This is essentially a free version of HappyCow, except this one only covers England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. It also includes some cities in Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, and Switzerland. So if you live in any of those places, this app will be perfect for finding places to eat while you’re out.
Here’s another app that allows you to scan barcodes. However, what makes this one a little different from the rest is that it allows you to search specific brands and/or browse a large list of them, then tells you if they’re vegan, working for regulatory change, or testing on animals. You might be surprised at some of the companies that aren’t so cruelty-free.
PETA describes this one best: “A massive database of animal-derived ingredients, this app is sure to become a go-to resource to help you make compassionate choices every time you head to the store.”