Vegan or Organic Does Not Necessarily Mean Cruelty Free
Many well-meaning people believe that if a cosmetic or cleaning product is all natural, organic, or vegan, then it therefore automatically must be cruelty free. This belief is unfortunately, not always correct! Vegan or Organic Does Not Necessarily Mean Cruelty Free
Vegan Cosmetic Products Not Always Cruelty Free.
Consumers need to understand that while many finished products may indeed be vegan, this is no guarantee that the ingredients in these products have not recently been tested on animals.
Labels slashed across vegan products highlighting that the products are cruelty free and/or against animal testing, again holds little credible value.
Yes, generally most small, independent cosmetic manufacturers, may indeed be truly cruelty free, but in all honesty, unless the company has taken the time and effort to officially seek cruelty free accreditation from the non-profit organization, Choose Cruelty Free, here in Australia, there is again, no guarantee that all components of the company are completely cruelty free.
I have seen many independent vegan beauty bloggers, recommend on their blogs so-called ‘vegan cosmetics’, that in actual fact are not produced by cruelty free companies. Vegans need to be very aware of this issue!
Vegan consumers must not just read the ingredients labels, but also check to see if the company has been officially accredited cruelty free.
Certified Organic Cosmetics Are Not Always Cruelty Free.
There are actually quite a few certified organic brands that were unable to officially register for cruelty free accreditation and this can be for various reasons. One of the most common reasons is because they use in their certified organic products, animal ingredients where the animal has been specifically slaughtered for the purpose of manufacturing cosmetic products.
Other certified organic companies, may now be selling their products into China and have therefore have lost their accreditation with Choose Cruelty Free. One such company is Jurlique, who have agreed to sell their products into China, despite China’s law that all imported cosmetic products be tested on animals in their own country’s laboratories.
It Does Not Cost The Earth To Get Accredited Cruelty Free!
Many companies will tell consumers that they simply can’t afford to apply for cruelty free accreditation. This statement is either a lack of knowledge as to how Choose Cruelty Free runs, or they are trying to avoid filling in the very strict accreditation questionnaire.
Up until recently it was actually completely free to get cruelty free accreditation.
Mid 2015, Choose Cruelty Free introduced a once of administration fee of only $100. This really is peanuts and the money from the administration goes 100% back into running the non-profit organization and educating the public about animal testing and the importance of choosing cruelty free.
From then on in, all companies get complimentary listing on the official Choose Cruelty Free List and on the android and apple phone apps. They also get printed in the hard copy booklet for the duration of their time with Choose Cruelty Free. New companies also get a free promotional introduction on all the Choose Cruelty Free social media avenues and their newsletter.
So next time a company says they can’t afford to apply for cruelty free accreditation, please set them straight and point them to this link – here.
How To Ensure A Vegan Product Is Cruelty Free
Once again I enforce that the only way to be certain a vegan or organic cosmetic, personal care or cleaning product is truly cruelty free is if they are accredited officially by Choose Cruelty Free.
It really is so important that vegan consumers encourage ALL vegan companies to seek out cruelty free accreditation with Choose Cruelty Free, so that they can then shop with confidence that no animals are being inadvertently harmed.
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