Sunday, May 1, 2011

Cruelty Free


I  wanted to talk about the term Cruelty Free, what it means, and how to know if the products that you war using fall under this term. Basically cruelty free is a term used to refer to the avoidance of products that are a result of cruelty to humans and animals. There are many data bases on the Internet that you can use to learn more about the practices of the companies whose products that you use. This is important because your money is your vote. If you spend your money on a product you, in turn, are directly supporting whatever practices that particular company uses. These practices could be negative (child labor, pollution, animal testing) or positive (fair wage, animal free, environmentally responsible).

If you want to live a crunchier lifestyle than it is your responsibility to ensure that the money that you are spending goes to an organization that commits to practices that are less harmful to humans, animals and the earth.

There a few ways that you can go about finding out the way that a company operates. The first one would be to contact the company. Find out if they test on animals or use animal byproducts. Find out where they make the products and if they use any renewable resources in the production of their products. If you do not get the answer you like, than write a letter to the company stating why they should switch their production to more humane practices. And get your friends and family to do so as well. Let that company know that you will not support them until they become more responsible. The second thing that you can do is to just do a basic Internet search. Find out if there are any reports about uncrunchy like behavior. If so than repeat step 1. Finally there are two websites that you can go to that keep a database of companies that do not test on animals and/or do not use any animal byproducts in their products. The first one would be the Leaping Bunny Program ( You can find their symbol on the back of numerous products. The second one would be PETA's website the Caring Consumer ( What is great about this site is that they will send you a free wallet sized guide that lists numerous companies that do not test on animals. You can use this guide when shopping if you are old school (like me) and do not have a phone with the Internet on it.
It is your responsibility to ensure that the money that you spend is going to support companies who are not practicing operations that harm humans, animals, or the environment. In this day and age our access to information is so great that there is no reason that you will not be able to find companies that adhere to the crunchy (and doctor's) code "Do no harm".
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