Last Updated: October 12, 2022

How Ethical Is Saie?

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 Saie's ethics and initiatives.

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Ethical Analysis

Is Saie cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Saie’s policies.
Saie is cruelty-free. None of Saie’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals anywhere in the world.
Not all of Saie’s products are vegan, but they have some vegan options.
Saie is Climate Neutral Certified and has continuously offset its entire carbon footprint by investing in various carbon drawdown projects. Also, for every product Saie sells, the company contributes a percentage towards vetted impact programs that remove more plastic waste from the environment than they create in their packaging and operations.

Additionally, Saie is a member of 1% For The Planet and states its goal this year is to completely eliminate air freight and consolidate its ocean freight.
Saie claims their mica is ethically sourced without child labor. See their ethical mica mining policy here.
Saie states its goal is to eliminate plastic from its packaging. Currently, the brand uses either glass packaging, biodegradable packaging, post-consumer recycled packaging, or packaging that is able to be recycled appropriately through the proper channels.

In addition, Saie offers a recycling program in partnership with Terracycle and Pact where you can mail in your empty bottles to them to be responsibly recycled.

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Saie is Cruelty-Free

Saie 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 Saie to be Cruelty-Free.

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

What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?

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

“We do not sell our products in China.”

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, or any third parties.

Also, note that Cruelty-Free and Vegan don’t always mean the same thing.

Saie is Not 100% Vegan

‘Vegan’ in cosmetics can refer to an entire brand that is 100% Vegan or a specific product is vegan.

In the case of Saie, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.

How to know which of Saie products are vegan?

All of Saie’s vegan products are clearly marked on their website.

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

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 Saie’s products made?

Saie states on its website:

Where are your products made?
Made in the US, Canada, and Italy.”

Ethical Mica Mining Policy

Mica is a mineral that’s used in cosmetics to add a shimmery effect. But the mining of natural mica has been linked to child labor and human rights violations.

Unless the company discloses its mica mining policy, we have no way of knowing whether its mica is ethically sourced without child or forced labor.

Thankfully, Saie states on its website:

Where is your Mica from?
We understand this can be a red-flag ingredient, however, the mica we use in our formulas is sustainably & ethically sourced through the Ecocert process. It’s 100% free of child labor. Our suppliers unfortunately don’t disclose the exact locations of the mines, which is typical for the industry. We always hope to be as transparent as possible when sourcing our ingredients!”

I hope this article helped you to understand Saie’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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