The most important thing ๐Ÿ˜‚๐ŸŒฟโœจ
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(via @kevinfarzad)

The most important thing ๐Ÿ˜‚๐ŸŒฟโœจ...

vegan & ethical at-home manicure essentials featuring some of my favorite colors from @kesterblack ๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿป๐ŸŒฟ
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From left to right:
๐˜˜๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ป - Greyed Purple Nail Polish
๐˜—๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ข - Sandy Pale Pink Nail Polish
๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ - Blush Pink Nail Polish
๐˜—๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ - Hazy Blush Nail Polish
๐˜•๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜•๐˜ถ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ - Rose Nude Nail Polish
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๐ŸŒธ Kester Black is a high-performing, ethical & sustainable beauty brand! All of their products are:
๐Ÿ’— 100% vegan + cruelty-free
๐Ÿ’— 10-Free nail polish formula
๐Ÿ’— water permeable & breathable nail polish
๐Ÿ’— beautiful & thoughtful packaging using recyclable materials
๐Ÿ’— manufactured in small batches to minimize wastage
๐Ÿ’— the first beauty brand in the world to be B Corp certified
๐Ÿ’— all products are manufactured in Australia
๐Ÿ’— office uses renewable energy and is paperless
๐Ÿ’— carbon-neutral; carbon footprint is zero! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป
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#kesterblack #kesterblackcolour #mykesterblack #gifted

vegan & ethical at-home manicure...

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...

Which Cruelty Free Bunny Logos Can We Trust?

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Not all bunny logosย are the same.ย I always like to remind caring consumers toย be aware of which cruelty free bunny logos to trust. There are unofficial bunny logos that hold no credibility or legitimacy as they’re regulated by the same people who are trying to sell you their products.

Then there are certified cruelty-free bunny logos where a third party organization regulates who gets to use them and the standards they must meet. But each certification has their unique set of standards, application process, and monitoring systems in place.

This is frustrating because it leads us to wonder who can we really trust? This comparison guide will help clarify the differences so that you can better understand who to trust.ย Comparing the different certified cruelty free bunny logos and asking who can we really trust?

I compareย the three most common certified cruelty-free bunny logos found in Canada and the U.S: Leaping Bunny, PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies, and Choose Cruelty Free.

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PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies

With over 1,900 brands certified by PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies Program, this makes it one of the most well-known cruelty-free programs. Applicants must fill out an 8 question, Q&A andย sign aย statement of assurance provided by PETA.

No testing or monitoring is performed, therefore the legitimacy of PETA’s cruelty-free logo depends on the honesty and accuracy of written statements. Companies also do not have to be re-accredited once they’re approvedย and PETA states in an email response, they “try to keep abreast of changes occurring within companiesย (e.g. if a company is acquired by a new parent company or starts selling in China).ย PETAโ€™s lists are updated frequently to reflect any additions, removals, or other changes.”

Limitations with PETA’s Cruelty-Free Standardsย 

However I have seen a number of brands that are certified cruelty-free by PETA but state in their animal testing policy that they do not test on animals, except when required by law.ย Animal testing isย notย required in Canada and the U.S. but in certain countries (like China) or in certain circumstances (to test for other concerns not related to cosmetics) testing on animals may be required.

For example.ย Smashboxย states on their website’s FAQย that theyย “donโ€™t test on animals, nor ask others to test on [their]ย behalf, except where required by law.”ย But Smashbox remains to be certified cruelty-free by PETA and listed under their ย ‘companies DO NOT test on animals’.

Another important note to make is that PETA claims their cruelty-free standards ensureย suppliers of certified companiesย do not conduct, commission, or pay for any tests on animals for ingredients, formulations, or finish products. However I have reviewed their application process and applicants only have to state an agreement existย with their suppliers that no animal testing is performed. But PETA does not require any proof of written statements, agreement, contract, or signed documentsย with their suppliers in order to be certified cruelty-free.

Suzi from Cruelty Free Kitty actually caught this discrepancy where a PETA certified brand blatantly told her that they cannot confirm that none of their suppliers test on animals.

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Leaping Bunny

Leaping Bunny is an internationally recognized certification program and what sets Leaping Bunny apart from other cruelty-free programs is their strict no animal testing standards, Supplier Monitoring System, and their mandatory audits.

Theirย Supplier Monitoring System requires companies to show and submit proof of documents that each of their suppliers comply with Leaping Bunny’s standards.

Leaping Bunny also does not allow applicants to distribute their products in foreign markets that require animal testing (such as China).ย Certified brands must also recommit annually and companies may require to be audited to ensure they meet Leaping Bunny’s standards.

However Leaping Bunny doesย certifyย brands that are owned by a parent company that tests on animals (e.g. Urban Decay, Tom’s of Maine) but they ensure that these brands “must promise to operate as stand-alone subsidiaries with their own supply chainsย and must continue to meet the requirements of the Leaping Bunny Standard in order to remain on our list” (Source: Leaping Bunny)

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Choose Cruelty Free

Choose Cruelty Free (CCF) is an independent, non-profit organization based in Australia but CCF accredited brands have an international presence so you may have seen the CCF bunny logo on a number of products in North America.

CCF currently hasย over 250 accredited brands and they have different standards compared to Leaping Bunny and PETA. Most notably, CCF does not accredit brands that are owned or related to a non-cruelty-free company and they have some restrictions on the use of certain animal ingredients.

CCF requires accredited brands to sign a legally binding contract to guarantee the statements made on their applications are true. Applicants must also provide written statements from their raw ingredient suppliersย that clearly statesย all ingredients they supply to the applicant is not tested on animals.

CCF does not conduct annual audits since they are too small of an organization (with one employee andย a small team of 6 volunteers!) however they do require companies to be re-accredited. There is no set timeframe for re-accreditation but they do this regularly as resources allow or when companies introduce new products.

Final Words

I want to make a point here that there isn’t a right or wrong wayย of going aboutย makingย cruelty-free and kinder choices. To each his own and if you feel comfortable with supporting PETA and their standards, then no one should convince you otherwise of doing what you feel is right for yourself.

I believe it’s important to know the difference between each of these certified cruelty-free standards and then making an informed decision thereafter! =)


Now that’s out of the way, let me know in the comments below which of these certified bunny logos and organizations do you trust?

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