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Bite Toothpaste Bits is Cruelty-Free
Bite has confirmed they do not test their products or ingredients on animals or ask others to test on their behalf. Their suppliers also do not test on animals, nor do they allow their products to be tested on animals when required by law. And finally, their products are not sold in stores in mainland China or any other country that may require animal testing.
By our standards, we would consider Bite to be Cruelty-Free.
“As previously mentioned our Bits are vegan, cruelty free, palm oil free, and we do not test on animals nor we do ask others to test on our behalf.”
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
Bite has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.
“No. Our products are not available for sale in China, nor we plan to sell there.”
As of May 1, 2021, some imported ordinary cosmetics can be exempt from animal testing under certain conditions. However, for the most part, animal testing is still legally required for most imported cosmetics in 2022.
Note that there is no legal definition for the label ‘Cruelty-Free.’ It can mean different things to different people. But Cruelty-Free is generally used to imply no animal testing. More specifically, the ingredients, formulation, or finished product are not tested on animals at any stage of product development.
At ethical elephant, we always assess a company’s cruelty-free policy using our Cruelty-Free Checklist. This ensures no animal testing was performed by the brand itself, its suppliers, and by any third parties.
Also, note that Cruelty-Free and Vegan don’t always mean the same thing.
Bite is 100% Vegan
Bite has confirmed all of its products are vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
“We are also certified Vegan and Cruelty Free by PETA’s Beauty without Bunnies program.”
Some common animal products used in cosmetics include carmine, lanolin, snail mucus, beeswax, honey, pearl or silk-derived ingredients, animal-based glycerin, keratin, and squalene.
There are plant-based and synthetic alternatives to animal-derived ingredients. But it’s sometimes difficult to know with certainty whether a product is vegan just by reading the ingredient list.
So it’s best to ask the company and manufacturers to ensure the ingredients they’ve chosen to use were from non-animal sources.
Where are Bite’s products made?
Bite’s website states,
“Are your products made in the USA?
Our Toothpaste Bits, Mouthwash Bits, and Whitening Gel are made in California.
Our toothbrush is made of moso bamboo, which is wild grown in the mountains of China using little water and no pesticides and it is not contributing to the habitat loss of the Giant Panda. At this time, there are no bamboo toothbrush manufacturers in the US and even if we made the toothbrushes here, we would have to have the bamboo harvested and shipped from China as that is where it is naturally grown.
There are currently no manufacturers in the US that are producing vegan and plastic-free floss so we have sourced both our toothbrushes and floss from a US company that has people on the ground in China where they are manufactured. We have a close relationship with them and see them as a valued partner to us and our mission. Both the toothbrushes and floss are shipped to us in bulk by sea instead of air to minimize the carbon footprint as much as possible.”
I hope this article helped you to understand Bite Toothpaste Bits’s cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!