Today I have an interesting post! I thought I would compile some tips for buying cruelty-free into a bit of an a to z guide! These are just a few encouraging tips that I find are helpful, and I hope they’re helpful to you too!
Here is my a to z of buying cruelty-free!
Allow yourself time to process this change. Changing to buying cruelty-free is a journey and it’s going to take time.
Buying cruelty-free is not about being perfect. It’s about trying to contribute to as little animal suffering as possible.
Companies sometimes use very vague language to make it seem like they’re cruelty-free. Unless they’re upfront and honest about their cruelty-free status, don’t trust that they’re cruelty-free.
Don’t dispose of your non-cruelty-free products — use them up first!
Email companies who test on animals to tell them that you’re not buying their products because they test on animals, and that you are choosing to support companies who are cruelty-free.
Follow cruelty-free bloggers and join an online community, if you’re interested. It can make things a bit easier.
Go at your own pace; start by replacing things you run out of with cruelty-free alternatives
Hope that things will change one day, but for now, do your part in choosing to support cruelty-free companies.
Inform your friends and family about the reasons you’re going cruelty-free; maybe they’d like to try it too!
Just because something is “natural”, “organic”, or “vegan” does not make it cruelty-free, so don’t be fooled.
Keep a list of cruelty-free brands on your phone or in your bag to easily refer to when you’re out shopping. You can also download free apps, which are sometimes helpful!
Logical Harmony, the Leaping Bunny Program, PETA, Cruelty-Free International, and Cruelty-Free Kitty are all excellent resources.
Make sure you check to see if ingredients used in certain products were tested on animals. Companies can get away with saying they’re cruelty-free because they may not have tested their finished products on animals, but the ingredient suppliers might have tested the ingredients on animals.
Never give up; it may seem overwhelming at first, but it gets easier!
Only buy when you know that something is 100% cruelty-free!
Policies can change, so make sure you’re staying up-to-date. Sometimes companies will change their cruelty-free status. They may not be doing the testing themselves, but others might on their behalf.
Question companies about their policies.
Research companies and brands constantly because you might find something you love!
Start on your cruelty-free journey today; it’s never too soon!
Try your best; even if you make mistakes, keep going!
Under China’s law, all products being sold have to be tested on animals. Even if a brand says it’s cruelty-free, if it’s sold in Mainland China, it’s tested on animals.
Verify cruelty-free claims on products with a reliable source, even if the product says “not tested on animals”. Sometimes it’s false advertising.
When proposed laws related to animal testing are introduced in your country/province/state, contact your officials to let them know it’s important to you. Even if there are no current bills, you can still contact your officials and tell them how important this issue is.
RelaX and know that you’re making a difference in the lives of animals by buying cruelty-free, even if you don’t feel like it. Whatever change you make helps make a difference! (Also, I know I cheated a bit here, but ‘x’ is a hard one!)
You’ll learn new things along the way!
Zone in on why companies choose to test on animals. It’s because they choose profits over ethics, and who wants to support a company like that?
I hope you enjoyed my little ‘a to z of buying cruelty-free’ and perhaps found it a bit helpful! Do you have any tips? I’d love to hear them!