There are many products that claim to be cruelty-free. However, this doesn’t mean they are animal friendly.
So, what does cruelty-free actually mean?
Cruelty-free refers to a product that has not been tested on animals at any point during its creation. Meaning, neither the ingredients used in the product, nor the finished product was tested on animals either by the creator of the product or any other company.
This can be confusing, as some countries do stipulate that in order for a product to be sold there, it must be tested on animals. So, if a product is cruelty-free here in Australia, it doesn’t necessarily mean the product is cruelty-free in another country.
However, many cruelty-free products do contain a variety of animal-derived ingredients. Check out our previous blog on animal-derived ingredients hiding in your beauty products. https://bondibeauty.com.au/beauty/might-want-switch-vegan-beauty-products-read/
How is that different to vegan products?
Vegan products contain no animal-derived ingredients whatsoever and are completely cruelty-free, as they do not test their product on animals.
And the benefits of choosing cruelty-free?
Most notably you are supporting the fight against animal testing when purchasing cruelty-free products. With so many available testing methods, along with safe chemicals companies can formulate their products with, there is no reason why you wouldn’t choose cruelty-free.
Secondly there are health benefits to choosing a product that hasn’t been tested on animals. Many cruelty-free brands already use ingredients with a proven safety record. Reducing the likelihood of using products that contain potentially harmful ingredients like; carcinogens, parabens and sulfates is always a good idea, as cruelty-free products are often made from 100% natural and organic ingredients which are free from chemicals.
If you’re thinking of making the change to cruelty-free or vegan beauty products, PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) is a great place to start.
PETA has developed a database listing more than 2000 companies that do and don’t test on animals. http://features.peta.org/cruelty-free-company-search/index.aspx
CCF (Chose Cruelty Free) is another organization providing a database similar to that of PETA. http://www.choosecrueltyfree.org.au/cruelty-free-list/
If you’re out shopping, check the labelling of your products. Many cruelty free companies and vegan brands print logos on their packaging, identifying they do not test on animals nor contain any animal-derived ingredients.
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