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Is coke vegan?

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AllyCat AllyCat SA Posts: 497
1 19 Jan 2012
I am planning to go vegan when i turn 16, or 18. Because my mum said i need to get a job and make my own money to go vegan, because my mum doesn't want to pay all this money to buy ingredients for dinner.

Now I wanted to know if coke is vegan?

I hope it is. If its not, i have a be a vegan who drinks coke. Im addicted to coke. I could never stop it.
Yes, that sounds bad as i am just a teenager. Aha.

Also is pump water? Im also addicted to pump water. (; But it is? Its just water?
And i pretty sure coke is vegan? No animal stuff in it? Does anyone know?
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JayT JayT VIC Posts: 525
2 19 Jan 2012
They are both Vegan, except they are owned by an evil company. So it's whether or not you wish to support that.

You can try this - http://www.organicgoodness.com.au/shop/phoenix-organics-organic-cola-330ml--179. It's quite nice, and you shouldn't have a problem finding it. It's everywhere in Melbourne. xD
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PurpleFae PurpleFae NSW Posts: 283
3 19 Jan 2012
Technically, the ingredients in Coca-Cola products are vegan.

However, if you're become vegan to reduce suffering to all sentiment beings and environmental destruction, my suggestion is to come off the coke (which is something I'm trying to do but it is hard so I totally understand the 'addiction').

I highly recommend you read 'Belching Out The Devil: Global Adventures with Coca-Cola' by Mark Thomas. It's pretty easy reading and humorous but a quick way to learn the history of Coca-Cola and why from a ethical stand point, you should try to boycott them.

At the end of the day, any product you need or small luxury you like to have at least has some probability of having a negative impact resulting in something else suffering out of no choice of them own somewhere along the line. It's up to you, you only, to decide where you draw the line.
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AllyCat AllyCat SA Posts: 497
4 19 Jan 2012
Evil company? Whats makes them evil?
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PurpleFae PurpleFae NSW Posts: 283
5 19 Jan 2012
AllyCat said:
Evil company? Whats makes them evil?
This website has a list of articles regarding disputes that have occurred over the years where Coca-Cola has violated human rights or caused negative impacts on the environment:

http://www.greenamerica.org/programs/responsibleshopper/company.cfm?id=204

This website also includes a page on alternative beverages:
http://www.greenamerica.org/programs/responsibleshopper/live/beverage.cfm
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Beemo Beemo United States Posts: 1259
6 19 Jan 2012
Coca Cola Australia is fine. But according to the ethical consumer guide "they pay licencing fees to, and are 30% owned by, the Coca-Cola Company (US)."

More info about Coke here:
http://www.ethical.org.au/company/?company=183

Though as said above, it comes down to where you decide to draw the line. Personally I don't go out of my way to avoid coke, but I don't regularly drink it either. There are many different things we can do to reduce the suffering of living beings, this being just one of them. So don't worry too much if you don't give up drinking Coke, there are still plenty of other ways you can, and already are contributing.
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jack jack VIC Posts: 1463
7 19 Jan 2012
coke is my addiction as well...
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jack jack VIC Posts: 1463
8 19 Jan 2012
phoenix organic cola is awesome.... but lets be honest it tastes nothing like coca cola hahah.
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TheSixthStitch TheSixthStitch Aruba Posts: 988
9 19 Jan 2012
oh right, the drink.
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JayT JayT VIC Posts: 525
10 19 Jan 2012
TheSixthStitch said:
oh right, the drink.
LOL!
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