Bite Beauty is now officially 100% vegan! 🌱✨ @bitebeauty recently reformulated all of their products and has removed all animal-derived ingredients and by-products (like lanolin, beeswax, and carmine) from their entire collection. 🙌🏻
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However, it should be noted that their Lip Lab is not completely vegan, yet! They’re working on making it vegan in the near future. 🌿💖
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Bite Beauty's Vegan Statement:
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"Yes, Bite Beauty products are vegan.
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Our reason to go vegan was simple-we’ve evolved. We can create high-performance formulas without ingredients that come from animals. As we’ve been innovating with superfoods, we’ve learned we can get amazing results that perform on par with-if not better than-formulas that contain animal byproducts.
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Further, we wanted to create products everyone can love-including people who crave clean, cruelty-free and vegan beauty."
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📸 via @bitebeauty

Bite Beauty is now officially...

I just finished reading ‘Slave to Fashion’ by @safia_minney 📚 and it has completely changed my perspective on the true cost of cheap clothes. ✨ Definitely a must-read to understanding modern slavery in the fashion industry and the need to support fair trade and ethical brands that are transparent about how their products are made with respect for people and the planet. 🌍🌿
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"Today, a whole generation of shoppers expect to be able to buy cheap clothing - but these low prices are only possible because of the slavery and exploitation that exist in the fashion supply chain.
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The price of clothes does not reflect the true cost to the farmers, spinners and weavers, tailors, finishers, quality-control teams and packers who are underpaid and overworked in the race to get the latest fashion items into our stores.
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Many of them are forced to live and work in shocking conditions.
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Workers in developing countries are often left helpless by a lack of workplace representation and unions that could speak up for their rights. As a result, we are witnessing a global 'race to the bottom', with developing countries competing against each other to supply the cheapest labor in a bid to attract brands to their factories."

I just finished reading ‘Slave...

So accurate 👌🏻😂✨ (via @vegan.meme)

So accurate 👌🏻😂✨ (via @vegan.meme)

So-called “Cruelty-free” products have become increasingly popular in the last couple of years, but let’s take a step back and ask, what exactly does it mean when cosmetics, personal care, and household cleaning products are labeled as “cruelty-free”?
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Products that are labeled as “Cruelty-Free” generally means they weren’t tested on animals, however, there is no standard or legal definition as to what is and isn’t allowed to be labeled as “cruelty-free”. So companies can call themselves and their products “cruelty-free” and it can mean whatever THEY want.
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Misleading? — Yes.
Illegal? — No.
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The FDA, responsible for regulating cosmetics labeling in the US, states on its website, “Consumers sometimes ask about use of claims such as “Cruelty-Free” or “Not Tested on Animals” on cosmetic labeling. Some cosmetic companies promote their products with claims of this kind in their labeling or advertising. The unrestricted use of these phrases by cosmetic companies is possible because there are no legal definitions for these terms.”
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Unrestricted Use. No Legal Definition. — “Cruelty-Free” is now being used as a buzzword by marketers wanting to cash in on the trend.
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But not ALL cruelty-free companies are liars and imposters. Some brands are genuinely committed to not testing their finished products and ingredients on animals, anywhere in the world.
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But HOW do we know which cosmetic brands are telling the truth and are truly cruelty-free in 2020?
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❶ Ask brands if their products or ingredients are tested on animals either by the company, their ingredient suppliers or commissioned to a third party and if they allow animal testing when required by law.
❷ Look for @leapingbunnyprogram brands --the most trusted cruelty-free certification program available!
❸ Check @ethicalelephant’s Cruelty-Free Brand Directory List where we have verified each and every brand's cruelty-free status before we list them (link in bio!)
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 Together, we can end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!
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Thank you for choosing cruelty-free! 🐘 💕

So-called “Cruelty-free” products have become...

Lazy Sundays 💖 Laying in bed and wondering why you haven’t gone cruelty-free in 2020 yet 🤔✨
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(📸 via @niu.body)

Lazy Sundays 💖 Laying in...

I love you all for going vegan! ✨ Happy Valentine’s Day! 💕 (via @sassyspudshop)

I love you all for...

What can I say..? I’m just a hopeless ramen-tic! 🍜
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(📸 via @vegan.meme)

What can I say..? I’m...

THIS. 🙌🏻
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“It’s not about being perfect! And we don’t know any vegans who walk around saying that they are, or that they cause zero harm. Veganism doesn’t mean causing ZERO harm (that would be delusional)... but it definitely means causing a lot less of it!! And causing LESS harm than before (before being vegan) is definitely worth celebrating and continuing to advocate for.

Don’t let the vegan haters get you down. Usually the people pointing their fingers and trying to find a flaw in veganism are the ones who simply don’t understand it or don’t know what it takes to stand for something.” (Words by @vegan_boss, 📸 via @unmeatfuture)

THIS. 🙌🏻 . “It’s not...

Show your love & support for vegan businesses in the comments by @ tagging some of your fave brands so we can follow and discover them too! 💚 (📸 via @brightzine)

Show your love & support...

Cruelty-free is the only way to be!🐇✨

Cruelty-free is the only way...

An Ethical & Vegan Father’s Day Gift Guide for 2019

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Father’s Day is just right around the corner on Sunday, June 16th, 2019 and if you’re looking for some Father’s Day gift ideas for the eco-warrior and vegan father figure in your life then I’ve got just the ethical gift guide for you!

I usually have quite a good idea about what to get my dad for Father’s Day. Last year I got him a grooming kit and made sure he used this ear trimmer because he looked like he had cotton coming out of his ears! However, I know that it can be hard to both think of a present AND make sure it’s vegan so I’ve rounded up some of my favorite ethical vegan products that would be perfect for gifting this Father’s Day 2019.

As always, all of the products mentioned on ethical elephant are 100% vegan, meaning they do not contain any animal products, ingredients, or animal testing.

Ethical Vegan Father’s Day Gift Ideas

1. CLEAN – Reserve Amber Saffron ($98) – I know the struggle of trying to find a high-end cologne that’s also vegan and made with clean, safe ingredients all too well. That’s why I highly recommend CLEAN perfume and cologne, they’re all 100% vegan. Amber Saffron is a warm woody and spicy scent with notes of bergamot armoise, rose, and crafted with eco-conscious and sustainably sourced mandarin oil.

MATT & NAT – OAK Black Sneakers

2. MATT & NAT – OAK Black Sneakers ($120) – Sneakers that can be dressed up or down. Versatile yet comfortable because dad deserves both. These men’s classic lace-up runners feature a classic sport outer sole and a toe cap detail. The black vegan leather adds a touch of luxury, but without harming animals.

3. ASOBU® Cafe Compact BF22 Black ($25) – “Asobu® COFFEE COMPACT Mug is brilliant in its simplicity. A no-frills, yet sleek and classy look makes this the perfect coffee cup. What makes this cup unique is the compact size that is big enough to hold your morning cup of joe but easily fits under the Keurig coffee makers and into standard car cup holder. Now that is a perfect travel mug!”

von Holzhausen – The Credit Card Holder

4. von Holzhausen – The Credit Card Holder ($55) – This vegan leather card holder wallet is perfect for the eco-warrior because it’s made with Technik Leather which is 100% vegan, water-resistant, lightweight, and made with a low carbon footprint without formaldehyde, chromium, or toxic by-products. “This holder is the perfect size for an American Express Credit Card and has 4 slots for card plus one open pocket in the center for folded bills. Made in the USA.”

MATT & NAT – HANKA Pack Waist Pack

5. MATT & NAT – HANKA Pack Waist Pack ($110) – Fanny packs are no longer reserved just for dad bods, they’re practical AF while keeping him hands-free so that he can take on the world. This vegan leather one from MATT & NAT is a luxurious upgrade so that dad doesn’t need to keep sporting the same one from the 90s. Available in other colors.

6. SUNSKI – Moraga 47mm Polarized Sunglasses ($58) – Shades that’ll make dad look and feel great! SUNSKI sunglasses are made from recycled plastic and have a lifetime warranty so you know they will last. “SuperLight recycled resin is stronger, lighter, and more comfortable than anything on the market. Sourced locally and saved from a US landfill.”

7. ANDALOU naturals MEN Get Going Kit ($12.63) – Perfect for traveling or upgrading dad’s skincare game, this kit features 4 of ANDALOU naturals’ MEN care products: Refreshing Face Wash, Smooth Glide Shave Cream, Invigorating 3 in 1 Body Wash, and their Energizing 3 in 1 Body Lotion. “All of these products are formulated especially for men with CannaCell® antioxidants, organic hemp seed oil, and nourishing botanical butters to smooth, soften, and enhance manageability for a well-groomed appearance.”

Bulldog Skincare – Vegan Beard Care Kit

8. Bulldog Skincare – Vegan Beard Care Kit ($14.20) – This is a great gift set for under $15! It includes Bulldog’s vegan beard shampoo and conditioner to cleanse and condition the beard and Bulldog’s vegan beard oil to soften and tame even the straggliest beard. Along with a wooden beard comb.

9. Hurtig Lane – Moderno Vegan Leather Watch ($165) – An elegant, luxurious vegan watch to perfectly accessorize dad this Father’s Day. “The Moderno range was designed for the fashion conscious minimalist. Elegant and sophisticated yet highly fashionable it can be worn in any setting, with any outfit. Its versatility and style make it the perfect watch for any occasion.” Use Coupon Code: ‘ETHICALELEPHANT15′ to receive 15% OFF your Hurtig Lane order.

Threads for Thought – Colt Hooded Half-Zip

10. Threads for Thought – Colt Hooded Half-Zip ($98) – To wear out to brunch, to the gym, or run errands, this is a comfortable yet versatile sustainably and ethically made sweater that’ll keep him stylishly warm. “Made from our durable-yet-comfortable knit twill fabric, the Colt Hooded Half-Zip is sure to withstand the cold weather and keep you looking stylish at the same time. We guarantee that this raglan hoodie will be your favorite new addition to your wardrobe.”

11. Doshi – Vegan Leather Belts ($35) – If dad needs a new and upgraded leather belt, I recommend one of Doshi’s quality vegan leather belts, available in multiple styles and colors. They’re all versatile and will go with both dress or casual wear. Doshi also gives 5% of revenue to charities benefiting animals, people and the environment! Use Coupon Code: ‘ETHICALELEPHANT10′ to receive 10% OFF your Doshi order over $50

Native Shoes – Pool Slide Spencer LX

12. Native Shoes – Pool Slide Spencer LX ($25) – Get him ready for the Summer, vacation, or pool-side! “Prepare the presidential suite, the Spencer LX is rolling into town with a posh set of features. Available in your choice of EVA or Liteknit this season, both slides feature an ultra-lite rubber insert to keep you stationed in the sand. It’s an all-access pass to a higher class.” Available in multiple colors.

Vegan Father’s Day Card by The Punky Bunny

13. Vegan Father’s Day Card by The Punky Bunny ($4) – Just so that he can have it in writing. Printed and packaged on 100% recycled and biodegradable materials.

Doshi – Barrel Backpack

14. Doshi – Barrel Backpack ($159) – I often recommend a vegan leather briefcase or laptop bag to gift for Father’s Day but a durable and functional backpack is just as essential! “Simple, clean and smart. For the modern professional to take to work or on the road. Clean on the outside, smart on the inside. Vegan luggage with a slim profile and sporting demeanor.” Use Coupon Code: ‘ETHICALELEPHANT10′ to receive 10% OFF your Doshi order over $50

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