Hey, first off I love your blog! :) It's been a huge help since I went vegan recently. I have a quick question about Silk soymilk. Apparently they're owned by the largest cow milk supplier in America. I know that you told someone on here a few days ago, "It’s the same as buying things from a product line that also markets animal products. You’re detracting from the demand for animal products and giving them reason to want to produce more vegan products." But does the same apply for Silk?
Aww, thank you! I’m super happy to hear you recently went vegan. :D
Anyway… yeah, I think it’s the same concept. If you ever have the option to buy milks other than Silk, I’d say you should obviously support other vegan brands if possible. However, I view buying Silk as no different than people who shop at stores that also sell meat/animal products. You still aren’t supporting the dairy industry. You’re producing a demand for their vegan option, which I don’t see as a negative thing.
It’s basically the same scenario as if you were to buy the store’s brand of soymilk (or really, any other vegan product from a non-vegan store). You’re purchasing an item that’s vegan from a store that sells animal products, and while ultimately the money does go to a non-vegan company, you’re still creating an increase in demand for their products that don’t come from animal exploitation.
If vegans insist that we all boycott Silk brand soymilk, then we’re also going to have to start refraining from buying products from every single non-vegan supplier out there for every single product there is available. Which, obviously, isn’t plausible at the time being. Many vegans don’t have the luxury of shopping at only vegan stores or only buying products from vegan brands.
In a perfect world, we could all avoid non-vegan suppliers and only buy from vegan companies and brands, but I think it’s a bit defeatist to say that buying vegan products from a non-vegan company is damaging. You’re essentially voting with your dollar, letting them know that you do not want to buy their animal products and you do want them to focus more on selling vegan products. After all, they’re only producing what they believe the public wants. I think if we are giving these companies a reason to move further away from cow’s milk and focus more on producing alternative milks, ultimately we’re doing a good thing.