5 Reasons to Choose Cruelty-Free Products

So you’ve decided to up your eco-warrior game. Starting now, you’re breaking free from plastic, buying a Kindle to save the forests from your voracious reading habit and you’re even adopting a more minimalist mindset because you’ve heard it can help the environment.

Your ‘greenie’ goals are on point (the world needs more of you!), but have you thought about the products you buy to clean your home and beautify yourself? If you really want to level things up you need to ‘vote’ with your dollar and spend more mindfully.

Gandhi famously said that the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. If we have to label products as cruelty-free and highlight companies that don’t test on animals, I think it’s safe to say we’re falling miserably short of that benchmark.

WHAT DOES CRUELTY-FREE REALLY MEAN?

Simply put, ‘cruelty-free’ means that a product (and its ingredients) was not tested on animals. However, PETA.org —the largest animal rights group in the world— takes it a step further. They will only give the ‘cruelty-free’ nod to companies that have signed their statement of assurance.

This ‘take no prisoners’ approach means they now have a global list of companies that do and that don’t test on animals. From cosmetics and personal-care products to household-cleaning products and even office supplies, you can search for it on their database.

Remember though, cruelty-free doesn’t necessarily mean a product is vegan. A product can be cruelty-free and still contain animal ingredients. PETA.org’s database features only brands that are both cruelty-free and vegan.

WHAT DOES ANIMAL TESTING ENTAIL?

According to the New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS), animal experimentation can include administering drugs, infecting with diseases, poisoning, burning skin, causing brain damage and much, much more.

In short, animals are traumatised, harmed and often killed simply to test the safety of drugs and products for humans. Ironically, studies have shown that animal testing is bad science and doesn’t work.

Not harming animals should be motivation enough to change to cruelty-free products, but there are some other benefits to choosing them, as well. Besides, with celebrity supporters like Hugh Jackman and Rachel Ward onboard, why wouldn’t you?

CRUELTY-FREE PRODUCTS ARE HEALTHIER

Cruelty-free products generally have less ingredients overall. They also tend to use fewer chemicals, too. Given how indecipherable most labels are nowadays, it’s a welcome change to be faced with a short list of recognizable easy-to-pronounce ingredients.

After all, you want to be sure that what you’re buying won’t cause an allergic reaction to you or your family. And even if you’re not prone to allergies, it’s nice to know you’re not covering your body with harmful toxins.

YOU’RE INVESTING IN MORE THAN A PRODUCT

When you support a company by purchasing their product you’re investing in their values whether you like it or not. Most of the big corporations are all about the bottom line and not much else. Wouldn’t you rather support a business whose values reflect your own—a brand that actually cares about the planet and its inhabitants?

YOU’LL FEEL GOOD

When you vote with your dollar and choose with your conscience you automatically feel good. How can you not when you know your purchase didn’t cause suffering or harm? It’s also a really good feeling knowing that your purchase is supporting the greater good of our planet.

Whether you spend one dollar or a thousand, it doesn’t matter. When they’re all added together, our individual actions create positive change in the world. Your cruelty-free purchase is part of that.

THERE’S PLENTY TO CHOOSE FROM

Maybe you’re thinking that cruelty-free products are made by hippies and contain nothing but hemp, vinegar and bicarb. Nobody wants to clean their bathroom with that, let alone slather it on their skin. I get that.

But those days are long gone. Do a little research and you’ll be surprised by how spoilt for choice you actually are. To ensure a product is cruelty-free, you can either research it on PETA’s database or look for the Leaping Bunny icon or the PETA-approved logo. These products are 100 percent cruelty-free.

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78 comments

Marie W
Marie W28 days ago

thanks

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John B
John B6 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Marija M
Marija M6 months ago

tks for sharing.

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Ben O
Ben O6 months ago

Give me ONE reason to do otherwise... : ~ (

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Virginia Miller
Virginia M6 months ago

Thanks for the info

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Leo C
Leo C6 months ago

Thank you for sharing!

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Janis K
Janis K6 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Jenny G
Jenny G6 months ago

When I had more time on my hands, I used to make my own face creams. I sure didn't test them on animals as every ingredient was natural.

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Marc P
Marc P6 months ago

thank you for sharing!

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Suzanne L
Suzanne L6 months ago

It has become more, not less difficult to evaluate whether a product is truly cruelty free. While the cosmetic company itself may not test its product on animals, such companies buy base ingredients from other sources which may conduct animal testing. As well, companies that had long ago dropped animal testing in response to North American and European demands, returned to animal testing at the demand of Chinese authorities once China opened up as a big market. The links in this article are helpful and probably the best bet for cruelty free are the small, North American companies that do not have global interests.

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