The topic of animal testing is a difficult one to discuss for most people. The struggle is not that people desire to hurt animals, rather it is the unclear haze that people seem to be in. How do you know if a company does not test their products on animals? What does it mean when they do test on animals?
First, I would like to establish that I will not be preaching to the heavens in this article, nor will I endorse or attack any one company. I am here to give suggestions, and maybe shed some light on a commonly misunderstood idea.
According to the Humane Society International, “The term ‘animal testing’ refers to procedures performed on living animals for purposes of research into basic biology and diseases, assessing the effectiveness of new medicinal products, and testing the human health and/or environmental safety of consumer and industry products such as cosmetics, household cleaners, food additives, pharmaceuticals and industrial/agro-chemicals.”
Those animals can range from smaller specimens, such as mice, fish, rats, rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters. Up to larger animals, like birds, cats, dogs, and mini-pigs.
If you want to understand further about just what happens when animals are tested on; I would suggest visiting the Humane Society International page about animal testing.
Now, to the good part. PETA has put together a list on their website that constantly updates which companies test on animals, and which do not. The list is quite lengthy, so we thought it would be helpful to give you a list of some of the more common beauty and home products that do not test on animals. PETA’s Cruelty-Free Product Shopping page:
* Method is suggested as a dish washer, but if you go on their website they also have several other alternatives for cleaning your household. The prices of certain cleaners will depend on which product you buy.
* Another good company to check out is Mrs. Meyers.
* Ecos by Earth Friendly for laundry detergent, you can check out their products on their website.
* Citrus Magic is great for air fresheners. Check out their products here.
* Biokleen, for bleach. You can buy their products at their website
* Kiss My Face’s is great for bar soaps or shaving cream. Check out their products on their website.
* Yes to Carrots has you covered in the face cleanser, body lotion and shower gel department. They have many other great products so definitely check out their website for all of their great products.
* Tom of Maine is perfect for oral care. Check out their website for all your dental needs.
* CertainDri is the best place for all your deodorant needs. Their website not only has products, but also some information on sweating and deodorant in general!
* Dr. Bronner has hand sanitizer for those who do not feel like getting sick this year! Their products can be bought on their website.
You can check out the full list on PETA’s website under PETA’s Cruelty-Free Product Shopping page.
Wow! A lot more alternatives than I thought. Of course, it is understandable that leaving your favorite products may be hard, but why not try out these alternatives when you run out of your original product? Who knows, maybe you will find that you like these brands even more. Plus, you are saving animals in the process, so is that not a win-win?
Hopefully learning about this will lead you to a new lifestyle where you do not only help yourself, but the rest of the world too!