I’m all for living an easy life. So when an organisation makes it super easy for me to shop for everyday stuff, like shampoo and soap, that are guaranteed to not be tested on animals, I’m all for it!
Now, in the European Union it has been illegal to test cosmetics and toiletries on animals and sell the products in the EU since March 2013. But, here’s the big but, it is still allowed in many countries outside of the EU, as they say:
“Even now the European ban [on animal testing for cosmetic and toiletry products and ingredients] has come into force, the Leaping Bunny continues to be the only way consumers can be sure they are buying truly ‘cruelty-free’ beauty products. The ban means that companies are unable to animal test new cosmetic products and ingredients on sale in the EU. However, companies can still carry on animal testing cosmetics outside the EU where these cosmetics are also sold outside the EU. Before new products can go on sale in China, they must be submitted for testing to the Chinese authorities, which normally involves a range of animal tests.”
So what does that mean for us in the UK?
For example, in the UK you might buy a bottle of shampoo produced by a global company who manufactures and sells that shampoo inside and outside the EU. The shampoo that you purchase won’t have been tested on animals, as it’s against EU law, but the same shampoo, and other products, from the same company could be tested on animals outside the EU and sold to consumers outside the EU. If you’re on holiday in America or Asia the toiletries you buy could have been animal tested.
Cruelty Free International tells us that the Leaping Bunny logo (as shown above) is a global standard and applies to all of the operations and sales of companies, not just those for the EU. So if your shampoo, or other toiletries, cosmetics or household products, displays the Leaping Bunny logo on the packaging, you can be sure that the product was safely tested without the involvement of any animals anywhere in the world.
So how do I find out about the brands I buy?
On the Go Cruelty Free website you can search for your favourite brands, to see if they’re certified. You can also download their Little Book of Cruelty Free as a pdf or request a copy of the booklet to be posted to you. It really is a little book, I keep mine in my wallet so I can whip it out to check a brand before I buy.
You’ll be pleased to know that buying cruelty-free doesn’t mean spending more. There are several supermarkets, high street retailers and brands who are certified, so if you purchase their own brand products you know you’re choosing cruelty-free, such as:
The Body Shop
I hope you’ve found this post useful, I have no affiliation with Cruelty Free International or any of the brands mentioned, I just think this is a super useful resource and wanted to share it with you.
I’d love to know what you think so feel free to leave a comment below!