So you’ve decided to go cruelty-free - we’re so proud of you! Being cruelty-free is the first step in living a more ethical and conscientious lifestyle. However, cruelty-free living can often be a little overwhelming for newcomers. In that spirit, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite tips to help ease you into the transition.
One Step at a Time
Contrary to popular belief, deciding to make the switch to a cruelty-free lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to throw every single one of your products in the trash and start over. The more cost-effective and less stressful approach would be to replace your products with cruelty-free alternatives one-by-one as you finish them. Doing it this way not only gives you the time to do the appropriate research on the cruelty-free products that interest you, but it makes for a more gradual transition into the cruelty-free lifestyle. Making this a lifestyle change that’s more likely to last, which is the most important thing.
Consult these Shopping Guides
Once you’ve gone cruelty-free, shopping in stores becomes a more complex experience. What stores do I go to? How do I know which brands are cruelty-free and which aren’t? Does this product have a cruelty-free alternative? Questions like these can quickly turn a fun trip to the mall into a stressful one - which is why cruelty-free shopping guides exist. We love these cruelty-free guides by Logical Harmony - her drugstore guide is particularly helpful. Leaping Bunny and Peta, animal welfare organizations set on giving ethical brands vegan and cruelty-free certification, also have handy guides: we love the Leaping Bunny App while we’re on the go, and Peta’s easy to navigate lists are always helpful.
Don’t Forget About China
If you’re ever in doubt about a brand’s cruelty-free status, there is one golden rule that will surely help you clear things up. As of right now, in order to sell products in the Chinese market, it is legally required for them to undergo animal testing in order to be in accordance with Chinese law. Therefore, if a brand sells in China it’s safe to assume they are not a cruelty-free company.
Slowly but surely, countries around the world are making strides when it comes to outlawing animal testing. While we still have a long way to go, the progress we’ve made so far is a product of the choices made by you, the consumers. Every purchase you make is a vote, and your mindfulness inspires companies to make the change and gain your loyalty. We’re so proud to share the ethics that have inspired you to start your cruelty-free journey!