So, another cruelty-free update. The last time I made a post dealing entirely with being cruelty-free was my announcement post last June. I’ve been asked a few times how I’ve been doing so I thought I’d let you know my next steps.First of all, I’d like to emphasize that I am not pushing anyone reading this to be cruelty-free. I’m just sharing what I’m currently doing and in no way do I look down on or judge people that aren’t cruelty-free.
For those of you that aren’t familiar, cruelty-free basically means not using any products that are tested on animals because the tests done are unethical. I started buying only cruelty-free products in May 2012, or at least I thought I was. I believe I messed up about two or three times. I wasn’t able to return the products so I just kept using them. I haven’t gotten rid of all of my non cruelty-free products because I don’t think that would be eco-friendly. As part of my Learning to Live Minimally resolution I’m slowly finishing up products and then recycling them.
To understand what I plan on doing next you need to understand how I view going cruelty-free. There is no real levels for being cruelty-free but this is just how I view it. Feel free to ignore this if you see it differently.
- The brand doesn’t test on animals
- The brand AND their suppliers don’t test on animals (by looking for Leaping Bunny logos).
- The brand, their supplier, and the PARENT COMPANY of the brand don’t tests on animals. See if a parent company tests using this list from My Beauty Bunny.
- None of the products in your home test on animals in any capacity and neither does the parent company (including household cleaning supplies and food products, not just beauty products).
Am I the only one that looks at being cruelty-free as different levels? I’m somewhere in between 1 and 2. I try not to use brands that buy ingredients from suppliers that test on animals but I can’t honestly say for sure because not all of the cruelty-free brands I support are Leaping Bunny certified.
As for level 3, it’s something I would like to do but not at the moment. I feel like I’m restricting myself so much already in terms of what I can buy and what I can’t. I was addicted to shopping before this and my Learning to Live Minimally resolution so my transition into thinking more about what I will and won’t buy has been very tough. I think once I phase out all of my makeup and hair products that have been tested (something I’m still faithfully working on with my Empties series) then I’ll try to start phasing out brands that are owned by companies that test. Some examples of cruelty-free brands that have parent companies that test are Urban Decay and Burt’s Bees. My two top favorite brands.
Getting to the point where I’ve phased out all of my tested products and then narrowing from there may take a year or more. I’ve got a long way to go. As for point 4, I plan on using only eco-friendly cleaning products when I move out so that may help minimize how many tested products accidentally end up in my home but I’ll tackle that when I get there. It seems like the majority of necessary household items are owned by P&G, a company that tests.
It’s a journey. It may seem easy for some people but I’m honestly having a hard time with it. As for my fiance, Chris is mostly cruelty-free. As he runs out of products I’ve been having him try substitutes from cruelty-free brands (most of them he has liked and accepted into his routine) but we haven’t found replacements for things like Axe products and his Old Spice deodorant.
Do you have any suggestions?