Anyone who has ever owned a pet knows how wonderful animals can be. The desire to no longer support animal testing has made many consumers turn to non-conventional companies because of the cruelty and wastefulness associated with the practice of making cosmetics. Finding cruelty-free cosmetics is now easy, thanks to the hundreds of companies who are all making the change to not using animal testing. In fact, cruelty-free companies have assured PETA in writing that they will not test their products on animals, so you won’t have to worry as much about whether or not your cosmetics have caused any animals pain.
The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ (CCIC) Leaping Bunny Program has developed a cruelty-free standard along with the internationally recognized Leaping Bunny logo for companies producing cruelty-free cosmetic, personal care and household products. The Leaping Bunny Program provides the best assurance that no new animal testing is used in any phase of product development by the company, its laboratories or suppliers. Look for this on labels when you are shopping.
The Leaping Bunny also offers a nice shopping guide for consumers on products and companies around the world who do not use animals in their product development. There is even a smaller guide available that can fit in a purse or pack. The guide has some ubiquitous brands that can be bought easily anywhere as well as more luxurious ones.Some favorites are the Burt’s Bees makeup, Aveda, Kiss My Face and lots more. Paul Mitchell products have always been recognized for their quality, but are also becoming more and more recognized for their cruelty-free status.
A division of PETA is another great resource for finding cruelty-free products by offering a search engine on their website which helps find products that are cruelty-free. You can also find cruelty-free pet care, cleaners and even office supplies.
When shopping for cruelty-free items, check for the Leaping Bunny mark.It is the symbol that that the product meets international standards for being kind to animals. The European Union has made animal testing a thing of the past and the US as well as Canada could choose to do the same. Your dollars act as a vote that the companies respond to. Make the votes count by only supporting ethical companies.
Another way you can just avoid this altogether is to make your own cosmetics. Not only is it eco-friendly, but it saves money and gives you the peace of mind of knowing exactly what is in them and how they were processed. Check out EnviroCitizen.org’s selection of cruelty-free cosmetics.