Every day, most women have their morning routines of, first, struggling to get out of bed and second, prepping their face and hair for the day ahead. The cosmetics you use every day, from your shampoo and conditioner, to your foundation and mascara, make the cosmetic industry worth millions.
But look over there, next to you, your little kitten, puppy, or bunny is watching you getting ready for the day ahead.
Some of the cosmetics you used to perfect your face and hair are tested on those cute little critters that you call friends. The sad truth is that the cosmetics industry is still testing those products that you love, on animals, for your use. There have been some pretty strong campaigns to keep people aware that this practice still continues (i.e. Lush Fighting Animal Testing, Peta, Humane Society International, BUAV, ext.) and the European Union banned the practice, but the reality is that there is still a long way to go for companies outside of the European Union.
It is easier than you think to be more cognizant of how your next cosmetic purchase is made ethically and cruelty free. Here are just a few steps to begin a lifestyle of cruelty free products.
Smart Phone – Smart App
One simple and easy way, especially when you are on the go and need to pick up a few items before you head home, is the Bunny Free App. This app, of course, was created by Peta so that consumers can quickly scan or search if an item is cruelty free as well as company policies on animal testing.
Also, if you want to go through the entire list of cosmetic companies that do, or do not test on animals, you can visit peta.com for more information.
Another helpful app that also features lists of companies who are cruelty free and that has a scanner, is the Leaping Bunny. Leaping Bunny is a program through The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC). Also when shopping, look for the Leaping Bunny logo on products and you are guaranteed that the product is cruelty free.
Checking the label may not be as easy as having a Smartphone app to help you find products that are cruelty free, but reading the label doesn’t hurt. Some companies do stress that they do not test on animals simply on their labels. But be careful, some companies may stress that they don’t test the PRODUCT on animals, but the ingredients may have been tested on animals either by that particular company or bought from a company that does.
Since the EU ban on animal testing on cosmetics and cleaning products back in 2013, the Leaping Bunny logo is the main indicator that you can be guaranteed that your product is 100% free from animal testing.
Where is the Product Sold?
Again, the UK bans products that are tested on animals, but be careful. If the product is sold outside of the EU to countries such as China, where animal testing on cosmetics is mandatory and the company has to pay for the mandatory animal testing, that product and company is not 100% cruelty free.