My plan to run veganism began, as most people do, with food. In addition to the ethical and environmental incentives for the consumption of less animal products – recent research suggests that the production of animal products causes up to 78 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture – I noticed that the lower the consumption of meat and dairy products ate, the better I felt. When I started using the physical and ethical benefits of a predominantly herbal diet, I wanted to explore vegan alternatives in other aspects of my life. On a dime and so on.
Ever since I proudly wore my Body Shop T-Shirt "Against Animal Testing" for the first time (circa 1
While a brand can be cruel without them, the Leaping Bunny certification is the gold standard in the industry – with no loopholes for testing wherever it's "required by law," whether in China or elsewhere. Leaping Bunny certification is an ongoing commitment to maintaining a cruel supply chain, says Kim Paschen, program manager at Leaping Bunny, to SELF.
According to Paschen, companies have to choose a fixed chain from which they do not carry out any new animal testing, and they must also seek individual statements from their suppliers and ingredient manufacturers to demonstrate that they have Leaping Bunny certification they do not conduct any more animal experiments. "The company also has to commit to the program every year and provide updated information on new suppliers and / or manufacturers," says Paschen. In addition, companies wishing to maintain or maintain their certification must also comply with third-party audits.
But just because a product has a cruelty-free seal (from Leaping Bunny or elsewhere) does not necessarily mean that the product is free of animal products – only that it and the ingredients it contains are not Animals were tested. "Because the use of ingredients on labels is a legal requirement, Leaping Bunny is focused on making sure that companies are 100% animal-free," said Paschen. In other words, if you want your body wash or foundation to be vegan, you need to start reading the ingredient list.
Companies can join the Vegan Society's Vegan Trademark – the international standard for authentic vegan products. The Founding Members coined the term "vegan" in 1944 and today over 30,000 products in the US, Canada, Australia, Europe, India and other countries carry the trademark. Just as a company without certification by Leaping Bunny can be cruel, a product can also be vegan without the little sunflower logo on the packaging. So yes – read the ingredient list.
For example, common cosmetic ingredients such as lanolin (derived from sheep's wool), gelatin (often derived from animal bones), and glycerol (possibly derived from animal fat) are not vegan, but can sometimes be made from plant sources. Beeswax and honey, both natural animal by-products, are also not considered vegan by the Vegan Society.
The expansion of Leaping Bunny could be proof that our make-up and skin care products should be just like consumers Many of us want them to be ethical and affordable. "We are growing rapidly," says Paschen. "When I joined the company in 2010, we had fewer than 400 certified companies and the program was already 15 years old. We now have nearly 1,500 certified companies.
Will the beauty industry adapt to the demands of increasingly conscious, environmentally conscious consumers? "Cruelty Free" and "Vegan" used to be just labels for little indie brands, but the bigger players have noticed it, Virginia Bonofiglio, Deputy Chairman of the  Fashion Institute and Technology cosmetics and fragrance marketing program tells SELF.
"Animal testing may be a thing of the past if we continue to discover new and effective ways to test products for safety, especially those used in and around the eyes," says Bonofiglio. "All countries must be involved and safety testing procedures should be harmonized worldwide."
Bonofiglio points out that biochemists continue to seek ways to produce new molecules from vegan sources such as glycerine and glycerine Squalane Oil is derived from plant and vegetable rather than animal sources. Whether the industry can replace all the ingredients currently used is just one of many much bigger issues. "What will the new rules of beauty be and how will we define them? Will climate change force a completely new way of manufacturing products? ", She asked. "Discussions about the future have to start here."
There are already many brilliant products that are really cruel and / or vegan. Here are some of my favorites.
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