The Importance of Cruelty-Free Products

The Importance of Cruelty-Free Products

May 2, 2014 | Apartment Lifestyle, Green Living

Makeup, moisturizers, facial cleansers and skin creams are just a few of the things we buy to help improve our appearance. Many people never wonder how the products get on the shelves and ready for sale. Buying cruelty-free products may take a little time, but it is well worth it in the long run for you and innocent animals.

Why it’s Important to Buy Cruelty-Free

Some companies test experimental chemicals on animals to prevent any kind of product from harming humans. This means that an animal is often subjected to potentially toxic materials that could prematurely end its life.

Rabbits, rats, dogs and cats are experimented on for months–in some cases even years–so that humans can enjoy the use of beauty and skin care products. The experiments are hardly a walk in the park for these animals.

Harsh irritants are rubbed into the skin where the fur and hair has been shaved off. Restraining animals when they thrash around violently often leads to broken bones. Chemicals damage their eyes and lethal fumes are forced into their lungs.

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However, there are more humane ways of testing beauty products that in turn create healthier alternatives for people. Buying cruelty-free toiletries says that you take a stand against animals living a life of suffering.

How to Shop for Cruelty-Free Products

If you are interested in buying cruelty-free products, there are a few things you should know. First, many large multi-national corporations, such as Johnson & Johnson, Ponds, Max Factor, Dial and L’Oreal, say they are eco-friendly, but test their chemicals on animals before putting the products in stores.

Make sure you know the difference between cruelty-free, all-natural and vegan toiletries. Cruelty-free is an umbrella term that companies can use that indicates that they do not use animals to test a product or a product’s ingredients.

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All natural means the ingredients used were grown or derived from nature—this does not ensure your products are cruelty-free. Vegan items don’t use animal products. The Coalition of Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC) puts its symbol, a bunny, on products to help consumers make cruelty-free choices on beauty and skin care items.

While large pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies insist on using animals to test their products, there are many smaller businesses that share your stance against animal mistreatment. Here are a few companies that offer cruelty-free products:

  • Lush

  • Afterglow Cosmetics

  • Alamo Organics

  • Alex and Ani

  • e.l.f.

  • Alba Botanica

  • Pin Up Girl

  • Ecco Bella

  • Afterglow Cosmetics

  • Hard Candy

  • Alamo Organics

If you’re unsure whether or not a company tests on animals, you can easily do a cruelty-free company search on the PETA website.

 

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