4. Toilet Paper
Bounty, Charmin, Cottonelle, Kleenex, Puffs and Scott Tissue, along with a nearly all of the other major toilet paper brands test their products on animals. Avoid buying bleached or fragranced toilet paper and tissues and opt for unbleached, recycled and eco friendly instead. One company you know you can trust is Seventh Generation, who clearly state that they have never conducted or commissioned any animal testing of their products or ingredients.
Gillette, Schick, Braun, Bic, you name it, most manufacturers of razors conduct animal testing. While many of these major players make claims that can appear as though they have ditched animal experimentation, these claims often cannot be trusted as they are deceiving and the companies do in fact still continue to test on animals.
Bic, one of the largest manufacturers for disposable products such as lighters, magnets, ballpoint pens, printed paper products and razors, claim that they are currently observing a moratorium on animal testing, however they refuse to rule out future tests. Post-It and Scotch Tape owned by 3M are another company that may appear innocent but in fact test their products on animals.
7. Furniture Polish
Another unexpected product that’s tested on animals is your every day furniture polish, along with washing up liquid, air freshener and bleach. Tests involve giving animals high toxic doses of chemicals or rubbing irritants into their eyes or skin. Some ‘green’ cleaning products are equally at fault; while they might state that the finished product is not tested on animals, the ingredients still are.
Even though it can be overwhelming to live a cruelty-free lifestyle when so many of your favorite products are tested on animals, do not despair! There are no end of amazing resources out there to help you along the way.
The Leaping Bunny has a comprehensive list of those who do and don’t test on animals so you know who to trust and who to steer clear of when doing your shopping. Go Cruelty Free and PETA are also two other useful resources to utilize. Of course, one of the best ways to find out the truth and ensure you are making the most compassionate choice possible is to contact the company directly.
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