Just stop eating animals. 🐷🐣🐮🌱 (via @antieatmeatclub)

Just stop eating animals. 🐷🐣🐮🌱...

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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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)

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Is Origins Cruelty Free in 2019? | Does Origins Test on Animals?

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Is Origins Cruelty Free in 2019?
Is Origins Cruelty Free in 2019?

Origins is a US-based, natural skincare, makeup and bath & body brand founded by son of Estee Lauder, Leonard Lauder. We wanted to know, is Origins cruelty-free in 2019?

Is Origins Cruelty-Free?

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

In addition, Origins is owned by Estee Lauder, a parent corporation that is also not cruelty-free in 2019; Estee Lauder tests on animals when required by law.

Origins Animal Testing Policy (2019)

Origins’ website states that they don’t believe in testing on animals for product safety and claims “so we don’t do it.”

However, Origins admits that “some countries where Origins is sold require animal testing on all imported cosmetics as part of their regulator safety process.”

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

Origins Animal Testing Policy in 2019
Origins Animal Testing Policy in 2019

The disclaimer that “some countries where Origins is sold require animal testing” implies Origins may be selling their products in mainland China where animal testing is required by law for all imported cosmetics in 2019.

Origins Sold in China?

I found evidence of several stores and retailers throughout mainland China selling Origins products, confirming Origins’ statement that their products are required by law to be tested on animals in China.

Below are a couple screenshots from origins.com.cn website:

Origins sold in China; required by law to test on animals
Origins sold in China; required by law to test on animals
Origins sold in several stores in mainland China
Origins sold in several stores in mainland China

Because of Origins’ decision to sell their products in-stores in mainland China, they must consent and pay the Chinese government to test their products on animals as part of the registration process before they can sell in their country.

Origins states they do not agree with these procedures and they’re doing everything they can to put an end to animal testing worldwide through science, including their partnership with The Institute for In Vitro Sciences, but at the same time, Origins is knowingly agreeing to have their products tested on animals just so they can sell in China.

It sounds to me like Origins believes in making more money than ending animal testing for cosmetics.

Many cruelty-free companies have chosen not to sell in China for this very reason or until China changes their animal testing requirements for imported cosmetics, so why can’t Origins do the same if they feel so strongly that animal testing for cosmetics is unnecessary?

Unfortunately, we would not consider Origins to be cruelty-free because their products are sold in mainland China and required by law to be tested on animals.

Cruelty-Free Alternatives

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

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24 Comments
  • Kari
    October 9, 2019

    Thanks for the information. I can’t believe that anything is tested on animals in this day and age. I can’t imagine the ethics behind the person who actually does it. It’s easy to be ignorant when you are not in front of it, even as a company. I just don’t understand how an ‘ethical’ company would sell in a place where they know unethical things are happening.

  • Gail
    August 15, 2018

    I love the Origins Plantscriptions line, but now after learning they aren’t cruetly free, would like an alternative. Any suggestions? Thank you!

  • Nicole
    July 13, 2018

    Hi Vicky,

    I am shocked that origins is not cruelty free. I love the face cream with SPF.

    Do you have a recommendation for a cream similar to the origins products and with SPF?

    Where would I get it?

  • Sharon Rudyk
    July 1, 2018

    I love this sight, but am not taken in by ANY company that has any excuse for testing on animals EVER!! What, you do not make enough millions selling in countries who are more aware and understand that testing on animals has no relevance. This is why our world does not improve…you have to actually care….

“Make 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.”― Marc Bekoff

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