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Thank you to everyone who commented on my blog and project. I really enjoyed doing all the research and learning about and becoming cruelty free. This project has changed my life. Everything I buy… everything, I consider if it is now cruelty free or not. My clothes, my hygiene products, my makeup and my cleaning products. They are all becoming cruelty free and I love it.
One of the best parts about doing this project is just knowing that I can make a difference and support companies who choose not to test on animals… they are sparing thousands of lives every year. I am also very pleased to inform you that my family has been reading all of my blogs and they are working to become cruelty free. The past week, my grandma has called me when shes shopping and has asked me if the product she is going to buy is cruelty free. She has also become very passionate about incorporating cruelty free products into her life. I just did a load of laundry at her house, and she bought some toxic free, biodegradable, cruelty free laundry soap. Yay! I was so pleased to see that she was really making changes to become cruelty free. She said she feels happy to know that she can help make a small difference by changing what brands she supports and what products she chooses to use. I feel the same way. My roommates have also asked me similar questions about brands they buy and use. If I don’t have the answer I just google it and maybe spend 5 minutes researching the brand online. Another thing is that the cleaning products I have incorporated into my lifestyle seem to be the most environmentally friendly… since they are biodegradable, made from palm oils (instead of crude oil, and they are cruelty free. Using these eco friendly, cruelty free products makes me happy! They are better for everyone! *not to mention they smell wayy better!* This lived experience will change the way I shop for the rest of my life, and I am so happy that I have influenced my family to do the same. I hope you also learned something from this project.
The cleaning products we own, may have been thr0ugh one hell of a mess, before they ended up under the kitchen sink. In this last week of incorporating a cruelty free lifestyle, I will be finding cruelty free alternatives to the cleaning products I use.
Cleaning Products I have been using that aren’t cruelty free:
- Tide Laundry Detergent
- Softsoap Antibacterial Hand Soap
- 409 Cleaner
- Palmolive Dish Soap
- Cascade Dishwasher Soap
I found that I can replace all these products easily with the brand “Method”, which is available at Target. ” All method products are biodegradable, made from natural ingredients, like soy, coconut oil, and palm oil, and packaged to be easily recyclable. Not only that, they’ll get your cleaning task done without being toxic or harmful to you or your animal companions”.
Also I can purchase “Seventh Generation” Products, some are available at Dillions in the Natural Foods section.
“Seventh Generation brand-name products include: non-chlorine bleached, 100% recycled paper towels, bathroom and facial tissues, and napkins; non-toxic, phosphate-free cleaning, dish and laundry products; plastic trash bags made from recycled plastic; chlorine-free baby diapers, training pants, and baby wipes; and chlorine-free feminine care products, including organic cotton tampons.”
Here is what Seventh Generation says about animal testing!
“When it comes to animal testing, we’ve got just one word: Nope. We don’t like it. We don’t do it. And we think those still engaged in this barbaric practice should stop immediately if not sooner. There are plenty of technologies we can and do use instead to verify the safety of our products, and there’s no excuse whatsoever for torturing bunnies and others in the name of commerce, or anything else for that matter. Frankly, when it comes to animal testing, we’ve got an attitude. And now we’ve got an award to show for it. In January 2006, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) awarded Seventh Generation its Trail Blazer Award for “for blazing the cruelty-free trail with safe, effective, and environmentally friendly products that make cleaning a joy for humans and animals.”
Click Here to see the ingredients in Seventh Generation Products! Also if you visit their site, you can get some coupons!
So not only are these brands cruelty free, but the ingredients they use in their products are environmentally friendly and they create them in the most sustainable way possible! We can get each of these brands locally here in Manhattan! I am very excited to incorporate these cruelty free products into my lifestyle. I told my roommates about all this and they said they will also try to support these Cruelty Free brands, and guess what… they aren’t any more expensive than the price of the other products I was using!!
Whether it’s a mouse, bird, bunny, or even a monkey… millions are tested on every year… millions die.
Another week has passed, and I have been incorporating cruelty free personal hygiene products into my lifestyle. I was scared to do this blog the most, because I figured most of my personal hygiene products weren’t cruelty free! Where to start… okay – lets go head to toe with personal hygiene products. Some products had print on the packaging or bottles etc that said “Not Tested on Animals”, others didn’t… but I learned just because the packaging didn’t say that, doesn’t mean they aren’t cruelty free! I will share what products I have been using, which are cruelty free, and which are not. Then I will discuss and share the alternatives to those products which are not cruelty free. Ready???
Shampoo: John Frieda *
Conditioner: John Frieda *
Face Wash: Neutrogena *, Biore*
Body Wash: St. Ives* Caress
Shaving Cream: Gillette shaving gel
Lotions: St. Ives*, Jergens* Aveeno face lotion, Burt’s Bees Foot Cream*
Deodorant: Ban *
Hairspray: John Frieda*
Toothpaste: Crest Pro Health
Mouthwash: Crest Whitening
* – indicates cruelty-free
I called John Frieda and Neutrogena’s customer service lines and I was pleasantly surprised with the friendly they were… then I asked if they tested their products on animals, and they both said NO! YAYYY!!! Then the nice Neutrogena customer service guy said he will send me samples and coupons for calling into today. Double YAY!! After that, I called the Ban Deodorant , was put on hold for a while, then talked to a friendly lady, who said Ban is a sister company of John Frieda, Jergens and Biore – AND none of them test on animals!! *do the happy dance*
Now as for Crest and Gillette (PROCTOR & GAMBLE company), they still test on animals, but try to use other alternatives first. They have invested over $190 million towards using and finding alternatives to animal testing! “We’re also working with the FDA and respected animal welfare groups, such as the Humane Society of the United States, to work on reforming regulations and validating alternative methods.” CLICK HERE to read more about their statement regarding animal testing… and Click Here for a list of all of Proctor & Gamble’s products.
So for my non cruelty free products (Aveeno lotion, Gillette shaving cream, Caress body wash, Crest toothpaste, and mouthwash) I was unsure of what alternatives to use. I will quit buying Aveeno lotion products, since they aren’t cruelty free, and buy a Neutrogena face lotion instead. Also, I will just discontinue to use Caress, and opt for more St. Ives products. My roommate suggested I try to just use some conditioner on a loofa to get some good shaving cream suds… and it worked wonderfully. So now for the toothpaste and mouthwash, I was really uneasy about switching to a new product, because I get cavities soo easily! I ordered some “Tom’s of Maine” oral care products, because like Crest and many other brands, it is accepted by the American Dental Association! I got it from drugstore.com – it was 4 bucks for the toothpaste and 5 for the mouthwash plus some shipping Then I saw that they had cruelty free shaving cream on here, however I think I’ll just stick to using soap/conditioner on my loofa and save that money for something else.
What I really learned this week, is that you never know until you ask!! I assumed that certain products I owned were tested on animals, because they hadn’t put “no animal testing” or “cruelty free” on the container, but that isn’t the case. Never hesitate to call that silly 1-800 number and ask the company about their products… I learned a lot!
Until recently I never considered that before a beauty product was put on the shelf for me to purchase, that perhaps it was tested over and over and over again on animals. Well this is my next blog, cruelty-free beauty and makeup products. I want makeup that doesn’t test on animals!
Is it worth it??
I started rummaging through cosmetics, started checking labels and reading about each brand online and found lists of companies that do and don’t test on animals! I was pleasantly surprised with how many of my cosmetics were cruelty free!!
Okay, so the following brands that I use I was happy to find out were not tested on animals!
- Bonnie Bell
- Burt’s Bees
- CO Bigelow Apothecaries
- Este’ Lauder
- Orly Nailpolish
- Too Faced Cosmetics
- Victoria’s Secret Makeup
Brands that I own that do test on animals are:
I have already stopped using the brands that test on animals and will continue to support these cruelty free companies. Although the majority of the cosmetics that I use aren’t vegan, I am going to allow myself to continue to use my non-vegan, cruelty-free cosmetics until I have the money to purchase vegan cosmetics!
Interested to find out what’s in your makeup bag? For a complete lists of companies that DO and DO NOT test on animals click HERE!
Okay, so I’ve already found out what brands I can support that are cruelty free, but as I was researching this, I found something else new that I never thought of! Make-up brushes….!!!!
“Makeup brushes are commonly made from squirrel, mink, sable, horse (sometimes called pony or camel), or goat hair. Every year, millions of animals are trapped, drowned, and beaten to death in the wild and strangled, gassed, electrocuted, or skinned alive on fur farms. Horse hair is commonly obtained from horses who are slaughtered for their flesh. Squirrels are hunted or trapped, and goats are shorn like sheep. Workers are often paid by volume, so they shear the goats quickly, which can result in serious injuries.”
L’Oreal (who still tests on animals) often uses squirrel hair for the brushes they include in their cosmetics! Sick! All I could think of is how cute they squirrels on campus are running around and eating nuts… then I was praying that I hadn’t been using this squirrels fur and hair to apply my makeup! CLICK HERE to read more about makeup applicators and for a list of cruelty free alternatives!! Luckily, all my brushes and applicators are synthetic, which I got from here! Is there a squirrel in your makeup bag??
If you even think that one person can’t make a difference, you’re wrong! Here is an ad I came across while surfing for cruelty free cosmetics. This ad ran in The New York Times and received national attention from consumers. In response to thousands of letters from concerned consumers, Revlon moved to stop using animal testing!
You can make a difference, we all can. Little steps everyday, that’s all it takes.
Did you ever think about where your clothes came from? That leather belt, wallet and I pod case. How about that wool scarf, a fur jacket or a lucky rabbit’s foot on your keychain… did you ever stop and think about it? The price of these items is millions of animal’s lives, and more. All of these items were taken literally off the backs of animals. A lot of people say, well the animal was already dead, so it isn’t bad. The animals are only killed due to demand for those products. When the demand decreases for these skins and furs, fewer animals will be killed. I think as consumers we all buy things without even thinking about the cost of it, the underlying costs, not the value of a dollar. The true costs of so many of our products are shameful. Child labor, extortion, war, death are some of the underlying costs that we often do not see or pay for. This is why many people do not think twice about buying a new leather purse or wallet. If you really knew what the cost of your new clothes and accessories were, would you still want it?
Well this is week two, and I have been scavenging the World Wide Web and some catalogs for cruelty-free/vegan clothing. I’ve already been eyeballing my credit card after finding a dozen fashionable and cruelty free items online. I want to talk about an item I have that I need to replace with a cruelty-free item. I have a wool jacket that I got for my birthday last year, and I really like it. First let’s define wool. “Wool may come from a sheep, goat, or Tibetan antelope. It may be called wool, mohair, pashmina, or cashmere. But no matter what you call it, it means bad news for the animal it came from.” Okay, back to my wool coat, its plaid and I love the style and it is really warm… but I bet the sheep was cuter and warmer before sharp sheers began stripping its hair and skin off. It is not a nice process, and isn’t friendly for the animals at all. Watch his video to learn more about the wool industry. http://www.petatv.com/tvpopup/video.asp?video=wool_pink&Player=wm
I think the harsh winter may be gone (but who knows we live in KS) but for next season I will plan on purchasing a cruelty-free coat so that I can be warm, and the animal can too! It isn’t hard to read the labels or search for a coat with no animals used in it.
Would you do this?? For this?
If you are interested, you can pledge to be fur free here: http://www.hsus.org/wildlife/fur_and_trapping/fur_free_activist_guide/
How does using animals for clothing effect the environment? “At every stage of production, from breeding sheep to moth-proofing garments, the wool industry threatens the land, air and water.” It is causing climate change, water pollution and land damage. Just like Factory Farming, there are Fur Factory Farms that practice inhumane and cruel methods.
This link is about the environmental impact of raising sheep for wool.
This link is about how many cruelty free products are earth friendly!
There are alternatives to those leather purses, wallets, boots, I-pod cases and belts too! Pleather anyone? All these items below are cruelty-free and vegan! Yay!!
Thankfully, most of my clothing and accessories are cruelty-free, and I didn’t even know it! Check out these links to find cruelty free/vegan clothes.
These aren’t the only cruelty-free/vegan clothing providers. I insist you Google it and surf the net and see what you come up with!
There will be no more animals in my closet… how about yours??
This is my first blog, I am excited and nervous.. here we go.
I am going to spend the next four weeks developing a more vegan and cruelty-free lifestyle. I am already a vegetarian, but not vegan, because although I avoid them, I do allow myself to eat products that may have been processed with milk/eggs (For example, if you bake me some delicious chocolate chip cookies and they contain eggs/milk… I’m totally gonna eat them, but a vegan would not). I think that someday I may go completely vegan in my diet, but for now I would like to focus on changing other aspects of my lifestyle into vegan and cruelty-free ways.
This will involve some research which I will blog about, and then I will also blog about how I plan to incorporate my research into my personal lifestyle. This is going to be a LIVED EXPERIENCE.
First.. to help everyone understand what I mean by vegan here is a funny definition I found online -
- “We don’t eat nothing that farts, or anything with a face, or anything from anything that farts or has a face. Basically, vegans avoid animal products to the greatest extent possible, with the overall goal of abolishing animal exploitation. No eggs, meat, dairy, honey, wool, leather, fur etc.”
Also, when I say cruelty free, these are the guidelines -
- Not tested on animals.
- Not derived from an animal killed specifically for the extraction of that ingredient;
- Not forcibly extracted from a live animal in a manner that occasioned pain or discomfort;
- Not derived from any wildlife;
- Not by-products of the fur industry; or slaughterhouse by-products of a commercially significant value.
So the products I that I will incorporate into my Lived Experience and will research for will meet the above guidelines. I plan to break up different areas of my lifestyle, and slowly incorporate them into my lifestyle one week at a time. I will do research and find alternatives.
- Blog/Week 1: cruelty-free/vegan clothing
- Blog/Week 2: cruelty-free/vegan make-up
- Blog/Week 3: cruelty-free/vegan personal hygiene products
- Blog/Week 4: cruelty-free/vegan household products/cleaners
I believe a more vegan lifestyle ties into our class because it is less damaging to the environment. There are often less harmful chemicals and ingredients in vegan/cruelty free products, as well as a variety of renewable resources. I will talk about this in more detail when I get to each specific blog. Also using products that are vegan/cruelty-free will save the lives millions of animals, who are being bred, bought, tested on and literally thrown away.
Here are some videos: just click, it will link you. These can be very hard to watch. I have watched and seen videos on animal cruelty/slaughter etc more times than I care to count, but it still always makes me a bit emotional when I see it.
I love animals, I wouldn’t want to test a new product on my pets or any other animal, so it only makes sense that I would do my best to not support or purchase products from companies that use animal ingredients and/or test on animals. I must admit, I am scared about all this. I am fearful to learn about the brands that I am using or have used that aren’t vegan/cruelty free. It makes me queezy… but now I have a chance change all that by finding alternatives and making my lifestyle more friendly for animals!