4 Tips for Embracing a Cruelty-Free Lifestyle

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People are choosing to embrace a cruelty-free lifestyle for many reasons. Most importantly is their love for animals. This affection convinces them to make the conscious decision that they do not want to use cosmetics or any other type of product where an animal has suffered in its creation.

Many believe that with modern technology there is no need to use animals as product testers and so they commit to using their custom to support brands who believe the same. A cruelty-free lifestyle isn't just about animal testing, however. There are brands out there working against the cruelty that can be meted out to other humans.

Where possible, a cruelty-free lifestyle also means supporting movements that, for example, work against human slavery or support the poorest people in our world. Here are my 4 tips for embracing a cruelty-free lifestyle.

1. When it comes to cosmetics a lot of the hard work has been done for you

Gone are the days when you need to lots of time researching different brands to find out if they use animal testing. Thanks to Cruelty Free International you can now see with a glance at the product whether or not it is linked to animal testing. The Leaping Bunny symbol really is the gold standard when it comes to cruelty-free shopping. Its presence on a product indicates that the company creating it are not involved in animal testing and that they have ensured any other manufacturers involved aren't either.

2. Think about human cruelty too

This might require a bit more work and research on your part but it's important to think about whether an item that you plan to purchase could be directly linked to human cruelty. Unfortunately, human slavery is endemic and is present in the supply chains of many products that we purchase. One way to combat this is to spend some time looking into the attitudes towards slavery of companies that you wish to purchase from. ASOS, for instance, run a training program for all their staff to help them identify and expose instances of modern slavery. This is the type of initiative that you should be supporting.

3. Shop Fair Trade

Where you can, shop Fair Trade. The products do tend to be more expensive and more difficult to source but where you see that label, you can be sure that the products have been produced in a cruelty-free way. The people behind the product would have the benefit of good working conditions, fair pay and money would have also been donated towards the betterment of the community surrounding the product. Much like the Leaping Bunny, the Fair Trade symbol denotes a product that is safe for you to buy if you are living cruelty-free.

4. Don't be afraid to contact a company

If you are unsure where a company stands ethically, either when it comes to animal testing or their stance on human cruelty, don't be afraid to contact them. In doing so, you can be sure of their intentions before you make the decision about whether to purchase from them or not, helping to set your mind at rest. It also lets a company know that these matters are important to their consumers. You never know, it might just be the communication they need to really convince them to make changes.


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  1. I love this! Especially "think about human cruelty too." Labor practices and other effects on human populations (especially more vulnerable groups) are essential to think about when we think about being more ethical in our buying choices.

  2. Thought provoking and timely. We tend to think about something like this one way. We need to look, think, and act from a 360" view point. Thank you for not just giving us great sewing tips, but, also for stirring our collective consciousness.

    Kimberly Wilkes


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