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Hey,<br><br><br><br>
I know shellac is an animal product, and therefore not vegan. However... how is it produced?? Is it like bees...?<br><br><br><br>
Because I read that it is deposited in tree branches by the bugs, then scraped off... are the bugs actually harmed? And are the bred to do it... or do people just literally go and harvest it from the forest / where ever???<br><br><br><br>
I just want to see where I stand ethically on this one...<br><br><br><br>
Saz x
 

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"Lac (Laccifer Lacca) are scale insects (insects that attach themselves in great numbers to plants and trees) which drain the sap from the bark of their host tree, allowing them to secrete lac resin which is scraped off and manufactured into shellac. To produce just 1kg of lac resin, around 300,000 insects lose their tiny lives."<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.vegansociety.com/html/animals/exploitation/shellac.php" target="_blank">http://www.vegansociety.com/html/ani...on/shellac.php</a>
 

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Campari is coloured with crimson which is derived out of another scale insect: cochineal.
 
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