Here at CrueltyFreeStuff.com, we’re passionate about two things – living a more sustainable life and being kind to animals. That’s why we only use cruelty free products in our home. But what does ‘cruelty free’ mean? And why is it important?
Cruelty free products are not tested on animals, they’re often better for the environment, and they often contain more natural ingredients. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of choosing cruelty free products.
There are many reasons to choose cruelty free products!
Perhaps you’re an animal lover and you don’t want to support companies that test on animals. Maybe you’re concerned about the environment, and you want to avoid products that have been tested on animals in order to be more sustainable. Or perhaps you’re interested in natural health, and you want to avoid putting chemicals on your skin that have been tested on animals. Whatever your reasons, choosing cruelty free products is a great way to make a positive impact on the world around us!
One of the main reasons we choose cruelty free products is because we believe that all creatures have a right to live a life free from harm. Animals used in testing are often subjected to cruel and inhumane treatment, and we don’t believe that this is necessary in order for us to create safe and effective products. There are now many alternatives to animal testing that are just as effective, so there’s no excuse for companies to continue harming animals in the name of science.
Another reason we choose cruelty free products is because we care about the environment. The production of animal-tested products often involves harmful chemicals and pollutants that can damage our delicate ecosystems. By choosing cruelty free products, we can help reduce the amount of pollution and chemicals released into the environment each year.
Also, animals used by humans for food, leather, and other products are often given antibiotics regularly due to their cramped and unnatural living conditions that can lead to disease transmission and infections. Giving these animals massive amounts of antibiotics worldwide decreases the effectiveness of life saving antibiotics for humans, (and animals), due to overuse in these crowded factory farm environments. These practices can also breed “superbugs,” which are drug resistant bacteria.
Read more about this here: “Stop the Spread of Superbugs” at NIH.gov
Finally, we choose cruelty free products because they’re often better for our health. Many of the chemicals used in animal testing are known to be harmful to human health, so by avoiding them we can help protect ourselves from potentially dangerous substances. Natural health enthusiasts will also be interested to know that many cruelty free products are made with natural ingredients, which can be better for our skin and overall health. Always read the fine print though, because lots of vegan products still contain unhealthy ingredients.
Here are three reasons why you should always choose cruelty free products:
1. Because We Can Prevent Animals from Suffering with our Shopping Choices
One of the main reasons to choose cruelty free products is that they have not been tested on animals and do not use animal ingredients.
Animal testing is cruel and inhumane. Animals in experiments are often subjected to force feeding, deprivation, burns, and more. They spend their lives in small cages and are never able to live a normal life. When the experiment is over, they are often killed. Animals used for testing include mice, bunnies, cats, dogs, primates and many more.
When animals are used for testing, they are subjected to a variety of cruel and inhumane procedures. These can include everything from being force-fed chemicals, being forced to swim until they cannot anymore and finally give up, to having cosmetics or other chemicals sprayed or rubbed into their eyes, as well as thousands of other cruel and unnecessary procedures. Animals in laboratories typically live in small, lonely cages and are never given the opportunity to live a normal, natural life with any form of mental or physical comforts.
There are many alternative methods of testing products that do not involve animals and can give us the same information about a product. In vitro methods use human cells and tissues instead of whole animals. Computer models can also be used to predict how a product will affect humans.
2. Because It’s Better for the Environment
Cruelty free products are often made with natural ingredients that are better for the environment. They may also be packaged in recycled or biodegradable materials. Choosing cruelty free products is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and do your part to protect the planet. Many products that are tested on animals or made with animal ingredients contain chemicals that can pollute the air and water. Leather manufacturing, for example, not only pollutes the environment but often uses child labor to work with dangerous chemicals.
Read more about this here: “Bangladesh: Billion Dollar Leather Industry Has a Problem with Child Labor and Toxic Chemicals” at PulitzerCenter.org
Be sure not to be tricked by “green-washing/green-sheen” or “vegan-washing,” which is when companies use deceptive marketing to persuade the public that their products, company philosophy, and policies are environmentally friendly or animal friendly when they are not.
3. Because They’re Better for You
Many cruelty free products are made with natural ingredients that are actually good for your skin, hair, and nails, and free of toxic ingredients commonly found in other personal care products as well as food and clothing. So when you choose your products careful, not only are you doing something good for the animals and the environment when you choose cruelty free products, you’re also doing something good for yourself!
Often, though not always, companies who care about animals and the environment also take steps to make their manufacturing process more sustainable. Their products and packaging are manufactured with renewable resources, rather than fossil fuels. Using renewable resources in the manufacturing process helps reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and protects the environment. Using natural ingredients helps reduce the amount of forever chemicals put into the environment, and protects human health.
With so many different products on the market, it can be hard to know which ones to choose. This website is dedicated to helping find and personally test cruelty-free products to save you time!
We believe there are many good reasons to choose cruelty free products over those that have been tested on animals. We also believe that all creatures have a right to live a life free from harm, and that testing on animals is cruel and unnecessary.
Choosing cruelty free products is a great way to help protect animals and our environment, and can often be better for our health too!
Next time you go shopping, look for the cruelty free label for a compassionate choice for animals, the environment, and a healthier you!
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