Hanging in there ๐ŸŒฟ and I hope you are too. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโœจ #alonetogether
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๐šƒ๐š’๐š–๐šŽ๐šœ ๐š–๐šŠ๐šข ๐š‹๐šŽ ๐š๐š˜๐šž๐š๐š‘, ๐š‹๐šž๐š ๐šœ๐š˜ ๐šŠ๐š›๐šŽ ๐šข๐š˜๐šž.
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(๐Ÿ“ธ via @theeverygirl)

Hanging in there ๐ŸŒฟ and...

๐•–๐•’๐•ฅ ๐•„๐•†โ„๐”ผ ๐•ก๐•๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•ฅ๐•ค ๐Ÿฅฌ ใ€ฐ๏ธ (๐Ÿ“ธ via @gabbois)
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I actually wouldn't be surprised if they started making vegan ice cream out of cauliflower soon! ๐Ÿ˜ฌโœจ๐ŸŒฑ

๐•–๐•’๐•ฅ ๐•„๐•†โ„๐”ผ ๐•ก๐•๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•ฅ๐•ค ๐Ÿฅฌ ใ€ฐ๏ธ...

โœฆ ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ซ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™œ, ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ก๐™™, ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™˜๐™ง๐™ช๐™š๐™ก๐™ฉ๐™ฎ-๐™›๐™ง๐™š๐™š โœฆ
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(๐Ÿ“ท via @theveggiest)

โœฆ ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ซ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™œ, ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ก๐™™, ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™...

If youโ€™re new to vegan beauty or makeup, I highly recommend giving a seasonal subscription service, like @vegancuts Makeup Box a try! ๐Ÿ’„๐ŸŒปโœจ
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Every 3 months, youโ€™ll receive a box full of vegan makeup delivered right to your doorstep ๐Ÿ“ฆ
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Reasons to subscribe to #VegancutsMakeupBox:
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๐ŸŒผ you get to experiment and try new vegan products and brands!
๐ŸŒผ itโ€™s cheaper than buying each product on their own โ€” you get full-size products (not dinky samples), usually over $100+ in value but you only pay $37-$55. The price depends on where itโ€™s being shipped to (US, Canada, or International) and the length of the subscription.
๐ŸŒผ in addition to all of the products being cruelty-free and vegan, theyโ€™re also natural and non-toxic.
๐ŸŒผ you get to customize the box and pick colors that suit you best!
๐ŸŒผ itโ€™s a seasonal subscription so youโ€™ll be sent products that go with the change in season and weather.
๐ŸŒผ do good while looking good โ€” partial proceeds from each Vegancuts Spring Makeup Box goes towards Wildlife Victoria rescue in Australia to help animals affected by the horrific bush fires.
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๐ŸŒฟ Use #Vegancuts Coupon Code: 'ETHICALELEPHANT' to receive $5 OFF your order.

If youโ€™re new to vegan...

Sunday mood ใ€ฐ๏ธ๐ŸŒฟ Got any recommendations for low or zero-waste + vegan skincare brands? โœจ
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(illustration ๐ŸŽจ via @nicolajanecreative)

Sunday mood ใ€ฐ๏ธ๐ŸŒฟ Got any...

You are not alone ใ€ฐ๏ธ Weโ€™re in this together ๐Ÿ’– (๐Ÿ“ธ via @glitterguide)

You are not alone ใ€ฐ๏ธ...

โšก๏ธŽ ๐™Ž๐™๐™‹๐™‹๐™Š๐™๐™ ๐™‘๐™€๐™‚๐˜ผ๐™‰ ๐˜ฝ๐™๐™Ž๐™„๐™‰๐™€๐™Ž๐™Ž โœง Now more than ever, they need our support. You can always show your support without spending๐Ÿ’ฒby leaving them a review, liking, commenting, sharing their posts, or just simply sending them an encouraging note during these uncertain times. ๐ŸŒฟ Show some of your vegan businesses some love by TAGGING @ them in the comments! โฌ‡๏ธ
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Some of my cherished vegan businesses ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป @siennabyronbay @nclabeauty @motd_cosmetics @nolaskinsentials @kesterblack @inikaorganic @elatecosmetics
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๐Ÿ“ธ Also, be sure to check out ใ€ฐ๏ธ @brightzine ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป
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Community is everything, and in these uncertain times, we need it more than ever. Thatโ€™s why we have launched the Support Vegan Business Hub; a space to help vegan businesses with key information, news and resources to safeguard their businesses through this pandemic. Weโ€™ll be sharing resources to help businesses, as well as ways that we can all support our vegan traders at this time. Stay tuned for lots of information as this progresses over on thebrightclub.co โšก๏ธ

โšก๏ธŽ ๐™Ž๐™๐™‹๐™‹๐™Š๐™๐™ ๐™‘๐™€๐™‚๐˜ผ๐™‰ ๐˜ฝ๐™๐™Ž๐™„๐™‰๐™€๐™Ž๐™Ž โœง...

Please read till the end ๐ŸŒฟ I recently bought these plant-based scour pads from @fullcircle, they're made from walnut shells and non-toxic materials ๐Ÿงฝ They work almost as good as plastic/synthetic scour pads and does the job of gently removing most dirt while not scratching my pans โญ๏ธ They were also made in Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ and Full Circle is certified B Corporation with a commitment to reduce their environmental impact, claiming their products use less energy and emit fewer greenhouse gases in production. ๐ŸŒฑ This all sounded great, which was why I bought them as I wanted a plastic-free and compostable alternative -- BUT, upon further research.. their website states their walnut shell scour pads are made of: Walnut shells AND recycled plastic! ๐Ÿ˜” Making them actually NOT compostable.
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Ahh yes, I should have done more research before buying and also, why wasn't recycled plastic listed on their packaging!?
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On the surface, these may be a better option than other synthetic scour pads or sponges on the market as it's made from *recycled* plastic but I totally fell for the greenwashing here. Yes -- I, too make mistakes! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ I'm posting this mishap of mine to show you that living sustainably is a journey, and lessons will be learned along the way. This has taught me to do more research than just reading the product's packaging or an online retailer's product description before buying... And now that I know better, I can do better! ๐ŸŒฟ
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๐ŸŒป What eco-friendly or plastic-free sponges do u recommend?

Please read till the end...

Some grocery stores have temporarily banned the use of reusable bags fear of the potential risk of further spreading the virus. Instead, stores will be handing out plastic bags to customers, free of charge.
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โœง Totally understandable given our current situation, so this is a great time to make sure all of our reusable bags are washed and if needed, repaired ๐ŸŒฟ
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โœง แด‡แด„แด-แด›ษชแด˜: For bigger and bulkier items, I always like to use boxes (the grocery stores always have these on hand and they're totally free!) and when I forget to bring my reusable bags, I try to limit the number of items I buy to however many I can carry in my hands and out the store.
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โœง Buying produce (like leafy greens ๐Ÿฅฌ) without a bag is another story... Iโ€™d love to know, do you have any tips or tricks for reducing our plastic consumption while buying produce during these times?
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๐Ÿ“ธ via @pureosophy

Some grocery stores have temporarily...

๐šŒ๐šž๐š›๐š›๐šŽ๐š—๐š๐š•๐šข ๐š›๐šŽ๐šŠ๐š๐š’๐š—๐š ใ€ฐ๏ธ I've been reading a number of books about sustainable and ethical fashion including #ThisIsaGoodGuide by @mariekeeyskoot. It's full of digestible information and helpful tips on making more ethical and sustainable consumer choices along with endless examples and guides to help you start on your sustainable journey immediately.

๐šŒ๐šž๐š›๐š›๐šŽ๐š—๐š๐š•๐šข ๐š๐š˜๐š’๐š—๐š ใ€ฐ๏ธ I'm working on updating all of my vegan fashion guides that I've made in the past 5 years since starting my blog. Not only do I want to promote vegan and cruelty-free brands, but I also want to highlight those that care about the people who made their clothes and those making an effort to use eco-friendly dyes and sustainable materials. I just updated my list of vegan t-shirts and activism apparel, btw! โœจ

๐šŒ๐šž๐š›๐š›๐šŽ๐š—๐š๐š•๐šข ๐š๐š‘๐š’๐š—๐š”๐š’๐š—๐š ใ€ฐ๏ธ I'd love to know... besides being cruelty-free + vegan, what else matters to you when you decide which brands to support or product to buy?

๐šŒ๐šž๐š›๐š›๐šŽ๐š—๐š๐š•๐šข ๐š›๐šŽ๐šŠ๐š๐š’๐š—๐š ใ€ฐ๏ธ I've been...

Can Cosmetics Sold in China be Cruelty-Free?

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China-Animal-Testing

There was an interesting article in Huffington Post explaining how it’s nearly impossible to be 100% sure that cosmetics sold in China are cruelty-free and do not undergo any new animal tests.

Just as we thought China was making some progress to ending their animal testing requirements, it now sounds like caring consumers need to be even more careful of how some cruelty-free brands are distributing and selling their products in foreign markets, particularly, in China.

As of right now, there are a number of instances where a cruelty-free company can sell to their customers in China without having to test their products on animals. But as the Huffington Post article explains, we can’t be 100% certain..

“a company cannot provide a 100% assurance of no new animal testing for the Chinese market. New animal testing can still be required or undertaken for new ingredient notification, and/or post-market surveillance by provincial [Food and Drug Administrations] or related authorities, who will conduct sampling inspection including animal testing randomly, no matter [whether] the submitted data is animal test reports or safety assessment reports.”

1. Selling in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is part of China but Hong Kong has their own political system. In the case of animal testing for cosmetics, Hong Kong does not follow the same animal testing laws as mainland China. It is not required for cosmetics sold within Hong Kong to be tested on animals.

Some cruelty-free companies sell in China but only in Hong Kong.

Here is a statement from ATTITUDE, a vegan-friendly skincare and household cleaning brand.

“We don’t import our products directly in China but our products are available in China. It is true that China requires animal testing for personal care products and cosmetics before being registered by the government. Therefore, none of our products was registered in China. However, when importing products in Hong Kong, this process is not required. When Chinese distributors are interesting in buying and selling ATTITUDE products, they will buy them from our Hong Kong import agency.”

2. Selling Online Directly to Customers

Customers in China can purchase products from an online retailer where the products will be shipped directly to the customer. In this case, the products do not have to be registered in China and therefore are not required by China’s laws to be tested on animals. Those who wish to sell their products directly to customers must state on their retail product packaging whether or not their products are cruelty-free in accordance with the law in China.

This also extends to some online retailers operating in China. Here are two real life examples and responses I received from brands:

Wet N Wild is certified cruelty-free by PETA and I noticed they had a link to a Chinese consumer website at the top right of Wet N Wild’s website. When I asked them about this, they said:

“We don’t sell in stores in China but there are some websites that offer our products there.”

Wet-N-Wild-China

I noticed a similar example with Yarok, a Leaping Bunny certified brand, where they had several distributors in China. When I asked them about this, they said:

“We sell directly to five online accounts and because they can prove that they purchased small amounts online and then sell Yarok only online and in China, no animal testing is required, they can’t sell it in an actual shops except in Hong Kong.”

Yarok-China

3. Domestically Produced Ordinary Products

Last year, China changed their animal testing requirements where domestically produced ordinary cosmetics are no longer required by law to be tested on animals.

Within the same year, Cruelty-Free International welcomed BA YAN KA LA, the first Chinese company to achieve the Leaping Bunny certification.

BA YAN KA LA actually reached out to me and were kind enough to answer and cooperate in explaining how they have managed to avoid testing their products on animals when operating in mainland China.

“To answer your question about how we ensure our ingredients and products are at all stages does not conduct animal testing, we have gone through the whole process of auditing with our suppliers, from raw material supplier to factories which produced our products. Auditing includes checking their factories and face-to-face meetings with our suppliers with formal signed agreement to ensure our suppliers will not at any stage conduct animal testing.

Our brand began in 2007, and immediately we established the issue about not testing on animal to all our suppliers. This issue has come to our attention since the very beginning when we form the brand, not because it’s a hype or a trend. And in addition, I’d like to clarify the regulation of animal testing in China.

By law, it is necessary for foreign brands who wish to establish their retail presence on mainland China to test on animals. Mainland-produced brands are not legally bound to conduct animal testing and we chose not to do it.

The whole process of us being allowed by the Chinese FDA to put our products on the market includes us providing all relevant information, product and ingredient background to demonstrate the absence of risk and therefore allowing us to not test on animals. Please be reminded that the new BA YAN KA LA products are formulated between 95.8-100% plant extract. Once we have obtained FDA approval and all products and manufacture has been audited there is no further random check and testing to our knowledge. If you have relevant legal sources from the Chinese government or Chinese FDA describing such a process we would be delighted to look into it and provide further information.

Final Thoughts

Even in these 3 cases where a company can bypass China’s current animal testing laws, we still can’t be 100% sure that no new animal tests occurred, especially when it comes to post-market surveillance testing where the Chinese authorities can simply just take a product off of a store shelf and test it on animals without the company’s knowledge or consent.

It’s sad to say that as caring consumers, we have to yet again be on the look-out of how brands are doing business elsewhere in the world in order to verify their cruelty-free standing.

I’m curious to know, what are some concerns or issues you have with cruelty-free companies selling in China? Do you believe it’s possible for a cruelty-free company to sell to customers in China?

What do you think?

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4 Comments
  • Kerri
    June 2, 2016

    Good info! I didn’t know that about Hong Kong. Do you know if Bourjois is cruelty-free? I really want to try one of their lipsticks but only if I can verify its cf status.

    • Chori
      June 3, 2016

      They don’t seem to be clear about it, which is on and by itself suspicious. The best practice to avoid cruelty is not to buy from companies/brands with unclear policies. Remember: lipsticks are a commodity; no need for them at all, much less when it comes with animal abuse (we live in a very absurd world)

  • Caitlin
    June 2, 2016

    unfortunately, it is really unsafe for companies to sell their products in china if they want to remain cruelty-free. the only caviat is that companies can sell direct to consumer, meaning they ship the order from the us/canada/etc. directly to the doorstep of the consumer. china is continuing to tighten the reigns and any “loopholes” can change at any minute.

    • Vicky Ly
      June 2, 2016

      I know, it’s all really shady in my opinion! I have the same feelings as you. Unless a company is selling and shipping directly to the consumers that purchase from their website.. you really don’t know what goes on or who can get their hands on your products and what they will do with it!

โ€œMake ethical choices in what we buy, do, and watch. In a consumer-driven society our individual choices, used collectively for the good of animals and nature, can change the world faster than laws.โ€โ€• Marc Bekoff

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