A vegetarian or vegan diet is becoming increasingly popular. While it’s always a matter of personal preference to go vegan, many people simply switch to a vegetarian diet because they want to minimize their impact on animals and Mother Nature. Using vegan-friendly cosmetics is another way to show concern for animals and the environment. In case you’re curious about the current regulations on cosmetics animal testing, or how to identify a vegan-friendly beauty product, here are 8 facts you need to know:
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1. Strictly speaking, a non animal-tested product means there’s no testing by the company or a third party on animals not only using the finished product but also the ingredients and formulation.
2. The European Union, Norway, Israel, and India have already banned cosmetics animal testing and the sale or import of newly animal-tested beauty products. Korea has passed a bill to ban cosmetics animal testing by 2018.
3. BUAV, originally the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, but now known as Cruelty Free International, certifies cruelty-free products with the symbol of a leaping bunny. You can search for these brands with BUAV’s search engines HERE or HERE.
The Leaping Bunny logo
Above: PETA’s original Beauty Without Bunnies logos
Below: PETA’s new Beauty Without Bunnies logos since 2015
CCF (Choose Cruelty Free) from Australia also attributes vegan-friendly companies with a bunny logo
5. KARA (Korea Animal Rights Advocates) offers a list of vegan-friendly Korean beauty brands HERE:
3 stars = no animal testing, no animal ingredients, not sold in China
2 stars (top) = no animal testing, not sold in China
2 stars (bottom) = no animal testing, no animal ingredients
1 star = no animal testing
Korean beauty brands that do not test on animals
6. Alternatives to animal testing include using ingredients that are already proven safe, or conducting cosmetics tests using tissue cultures and the remains of animals slaughtered for the meat industry.
7. Being vegan-friendly or cruelty-free is not only limited to refusing animal-tested products but also extends to showing support for other fair trade and vegan products. A vegan product means it is void of any animal ingredient, including milk, egg, honey, beeswax, etc. You can also choose to use makeup brushes made from synthetic fur instead of real animal fur.
8. PETA offers a list of animal ingredients that you may wish to avoid. However, the organization has also pointed out the following:
“Being vegan is about helping animals, not maintaining personal purity. Boycotting products that may contain trace amounts of animal products can actually be harmful to animals in the long run. For example, by refusing to eat a veggie burger from a restaurant because the bun may contain traces of milk or eggs, you are discouraging that restaurant from offering vegan options because it seems too difficult a task.”
Shop for cruelty-free beauty products HERE.