Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Recently I made the decision to stop using cosmetics that have been test on animals. I didn't know that they were allowed to test cosmetics on animals until a few month ago so I started doing research - although technically it is illegal in Europe, there are a lot of loop holes. For example, British companies can have their products tested outside the EU, they can say their products aren’t tested on animals because they have the ingredients tested before it is put into the product. They can then have a 3rd party do the testing for them, so that they can say that they do not. It is also difficult to find companies that are safe, obviously you can go for the specialist vegan types but that isn't really me - I would just like to find a safe high street brand.
There is also a lot of conflicting opinions online so it becomes difficult to do research when one website is telling you one thing and another something else, then a message board full of people saying that every brand does. I decided to be sensible and not take everything people say as fact.

I came to the conclusion that both Boots and Body Shop was not safe despite a lot of people saying they are. I found a quote from boots saying “no animal testing of any kind is undertaken or commissioned by the Boots Company or its subsidiary businesses.' However, they do not have an FCOD, and are prepared to use ingredients that have been tested on animals by others.
Collection 2000 is a cheap and cheerful makeup brand, which I use, owned by Vivalis. “Vivalis Ltd, or any third party acting on our behalf, has never conducted any animal testing on any Vivalis brand products. Vivalis Ltd, or any third party acting on our behalf, will not in the future conduct animal tests on any Vivalis brand products. The product Safety Assessment we perform on all products we manufacture includes all relevant data (including human data) and does not require that we conduct or have conducted on our behalf, any animal tests on Vivalis brand products.”
Mac makeup is only brand I could find that people unanimously agree do not test on animals which was nice as I use Mac too.
I also trust Superdrug as saying they are against animal testing “We and our own brand
manufacturers do not commission animal testing on any Superdrug own brand products or
ingredients. Our own brand cosmetics, toiletry and household ranges have not been tested on animals by us or by our own brand manufacturers.”

This led me onto things I wouldn't have even thought about such as cleaning products; I shop at both Sainsbury’s and Tesco.
Tesco state: “Tesco do not conduct any testing on animals, nor do we commission
any tests, or allow our product manufacturers to conduct such tests on our behalf'. However, they do not have a FCOD, as they feel it is unnecessary given the above statement.”
However Sainsbury’s state “We do not commission any animal testing and
also do not allow our suppliers to commission animal testing ... on raw materials or finished products on our behalf'. However, they do not have a FCOD, as they wish to continue using new raw materials.”
So for me I will not be using cleaning products, etc. from Sainsbury’s but instead Tesco or the Co-op who have the best records on cruelty free products.
I have decided to purchase my tooth paste, deodorant, etc. from Superdrug (before I had
Colgate which is owned by GSK who are notorious for animal testing and state on their
website the animals they use are bred purely for testing.) I don’t really think that justifies it at all. Of course they do manufacture medicine too and I know you cannot avoid that one from being tested on animals.
In the past I used Sure Deodorant, however, upon visiting their website I read under animal testing “Unilever does not test finished products on animals, and uses human volunteers when testing is necessary.” This is carefully worded, when a company says that they do not test the final product, it usually means they test the ingredients.

It does of course depend on how far you wish to take it as a lot of the parent companies do test even if a particular brand doesn't. I am by no means vegan or an animal activist. However, I felt once I knew that I couldn't buy the products again knowing that they were tested on animals.
Hopefully if you are interested in this, then perhaps you will find it useful.

Websites I found useful:
http://www.animalaid.org.uk/h/n/CAMPAIGNS/experiments/ALL/303/
http://www.thevegetariansite.com/ethics_test.htm
http://www.astrostar.com/DO-NOT-Test.htm
www.gocrueltyfree.org