It’s so easy to take for granted, but our choice of cosmetics can impact not just our health but the environment and animals, too. A lot of us have shifted to organic and 100% natural beauty products, and I must admit it’s not easy. I’ve tried to go 100% natural, and I failed each time—there are just some chemicals that my hair and skin need to glow on.
However, whatever chemicals our preferred beauty products have, animals don’t need them. So we should really be concerned that a lot of beauty brands still test chemicals and products on animals—unbelievable that it’s 2017 and some brands are still doing this outdated, cruel practice! Do we really want it upon our conscience to be using products that have been tested on mice, rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, and hamsters?
The Body Shop products are not tested on animals and are 100% vegetarian.
The Body Shop’s campaign against animal-testing has been a huge eye-opener. The brand has always been against animal testing and has never tested its products on animals. All of the cruelty-free brand’s products are certified by Cruelty Free International as meeting their Humane Cosmetics Standard—the first company to be certified so with the Leaping Bunny logo, back in 1997.
The Leaping Bunny certification is the only internationally-recognized scheme that enables consumers to easily identify and purchase cosmetics and toiletries that have not been tested on animals. Make sure to look out for this certification whenever you buy beauty products.
With my blogger friends Nikki Tiu and Earth Rullan at The Body Shop’s #FAAT campaign launch in SM Megamall (photo courtesy of Nikki Tiu)
The Leaping Bunny logo is gradually being added to all of The Body Shop packaging. Some products may not have the logo on the packaging because there is not enough space, but it will contain the words “Against Animal Testing” instead. Rest assured all products are certified by Cruelty Free International.
This year, The Body Shop teamed up with Cruelty Free International to stop animal testing of beauty products through the new campaign Forever Against Animal Testing (#FAAT), which calls for a global ban. The campaign aims to get eight million signatures to convince the United Nations to pass an international convention that will end animal testing of cosmetic products and ingredients “everywhere and forever.” It will also help train countries like China, where animal testing is still enforced, to find more ethical and accurate methods of testing.
You can sign the petition online at foreveragainstanimaltesting.com and thebodyshop.com/ban-animal-testing or at any of The Body Shop’s 3,000 stores around the world. Post about the campaign on social media using the hashtag #ForeverAgainstAnimalTesting.
Celebrity animal lovers Marlon Stockinger, Janeena Chan, and Vanessa Matsunaga-Sunga are among the #FAATph ambassadors.
80% of countries worldwide are still legally allowed to conduct animal testing of cosmetic products and ingredients. The only way to make sure this practice ends is through a global ban, with the support of the highest authority, the United Nations. A harmonized global ban will end decades of animal suffering, ensure that customers everywhere can shop with the confidence that no animals were harmed for their cosmetics, create a level playing field for companies all over the world, and would mean that testing will not be moved from one country to another.
Cruelty Free International estimates more than 500,000 animals are used for testing every year. That’s 1,390 animals a day. The testing of just one ingredient for a deodorant, hair dye, or sunscreen could involve the death of around 1,400 animals.
Cosmetic ingredients and substances are dripped into animals’ eyes or smeared onto their skin; animals are also injected, force-fed, or made to inhale these substances. Animals are injured in the process or suffer the damaging results of the chemicals. Typical effects include inflamed organs, irritated noses and stomach linings, lethargy, breathing problems, stained fur, excessive salivation, and even convulsions and death. The information obtained from these cruel tests is then used in an attempt to demonstrate that a product is safe for human use, yet animal tests to predict human reactions are only 40-60 percent accurate! So really, what for?
Much progress has been made in establishing alternative non-animal testing methods, and these progressive alternatives are often cheaper, faster, and better at predicting human reactions. There are also thousands of already-approved ingredients and existing products available. Humane alternatives to animal tests can use simple organisms like bacteria as well as sophisticated computer models. Beauty brands should just use these options.
P.S. The Body Shop now accepts SM Advantage Card for points earning and redemption, as well as the SM and Sodexo Premium Pass in all 55 The Body Shop stores nationwide.