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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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."

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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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Is Olay Cruelty-Free in 2019? | Does Olay Test on Animals?

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Olay is a popular American skincare brand, known for their “ageless” skincare and beauty products, but is Olay cruelty-free in 2019?

Is Olay Cruelty-Free?

Olay is not cruelty-free in 2019; Olay products are sold in China and are required by law to be tested on animals in 2019.

In addition, Olay is owned by P&G, a parent corporation that is not cruelty-free and tests on animals when required by law in 2019.

Olay Animal Testing Policy (2019)

On Olay’s website, it states that Olay does not test their products on animals and that in some countries where Olay is sold, they can be required by law to submit their products to labs that conduct animal testing. And this is the reason why Olay does not claim to be “cruelty-free”.

Below is a screenshot of what is currently stated on Olay’s website:

Olay Animal Testing Policy (2019)

Where Olay states in their animal testing policy, “in a few countries where Olay is sold, governments still mandate animal tests. In those cases, Olay can be required by law to submit our products to labs where we know animal tests are happening” implies that Olay products may be sold in-stores in mainland China where animal testing is required by law for all imported cosmetics.

Olay Sold in China?

Soon thereater, I discovered that Olay products are indeed sold in China through Olay’s Chinese website, confirming that Olay products are, unfortunately, tested on animals when required by law in 2019.

Below is a screenshot taken from olay.com.cn:

Olay products are sold in China, required by law to test on animals

Because of Olay’s decision to sell their products in-stores in mainland China, they must consent and pay the Chinese government to test their products on animals.

Olay claims that they “do not believe these tests are necessary to evaluate safety or performance. But today, they [China] won’t accept alternative non-animal testing methods. We remain steadfast and will continue to advocate for alternative methods to end animal tests in the industry.”

Although Olay may not be conducting these animal tests themselves and don’t believe these tests are necessary but at the same time, they are knowingly consenting the Chinese authorities to test their products on animals in order to sell in their country.

Many cruelty-free brands have chosen not to sell in China for this very reason or until China changes their animal testing requirements for imported cosmetics. Sadly, that isn’t the case for Olay.

Olay also claims they are working closely with the Chinese government to provide alternative research methods to eliminate animal testing in the skincare and beauty industry, as well as, partnering with Humane Society International’s #BeCrueltyFree campaign which aims to ban animal testing for cosmetics in all major global beauty markets by 2023.

In my opinion, I feel it’s hypocritical for Olay to claim they are trying to end animal testing for cosmetics but at the same time, their products are being tested on animals.

Verdict: Olay is Not Cruelty-Free!

Since Olay products are sold in China and are required by law to be tested on animals in 2019, we would not consider Olay to be cruelty-free.

Cruelty-Free Alternatives to Olay:

Looking for a cruelty-free alternative to Olay? We recommend the following cruelty-free brands:

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