Last Updated: January 17, 2022

How Ethical Is Playa?

Make a positive impact by supporting companies with the same values and ethics as what matters most to you. To navigate and find ethical brands, here's a summary of Playa's ethics and initiatives.

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Ethical Analysis

Is Playa cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Playa’s policies.
Playa is cruelty-free. None of Playa’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.
Not all of Playa’s products are vegan but they have some vegan options.
Currently, the only sustainability initiative I could find that Playa is implementing is a recycling program where customers can mail in their empty containers to be responsibly recycled by them.
Playa products come in recyclable plastic or glass packaging. Playa also offers a recycling program to help customers easily recycle their empties.

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Playa is Cruelty-Free

Playa 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 Playa to be Cruelty-Free.

Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Playa’s website about its animal testing policy:

Is Playa Cruelty-Free?

What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?

Playa has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.

“We currently do not sell our products in China and have no plans to at this time.”

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.

Cruelty-Free Policies

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.

Playa is 100% Vegan

Playa has confirmed all of its products are vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.

The following is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Playa’s website about its vegan claims:

Is Playa Vegan?

Vegan Policies

Similar to ‘Cruelty-Free,’ there is no standard or legal definition for the label ‘Vegan.’ But it usually means no animal-derived ingredients or animal by-products.

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 Playa’s products made?

Playa states on its website:

Where is Playa made?
Playa products are made with love in Venice Beach, California, and manufactured in USA.”

I hope this article helped you to understand Playa’s cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!

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