Last Updated: January 17, 2022

How Ethical Is tenoverten?

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Ethical Analysis

Is tenoverten cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on tenoverten’s policies.
tenoverten is cruelty-free. None of tenoverten’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.
All of tenoverten products are 100% vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
tenoverten claims they strive “for the most environmentally friendly packages possible thoughtfully choosing components that limit non-recyclable waste.” tenoverten also offers a recycling program in partnership with Chemwise where you can send in old polish bottles to be responsibly recycled or disposed of by them.

And tenoverten claims they pick production partners who manufacture in sustainable ways. But it’s not clear from their website, what their sustainability standards or sustainable manufacturing policies are.
tenoverten has been non-responsive when I asked if their mica is ethically-sourced without the use of child labor.
tenoverten packaging has some plastic components. But they offer a recycling program in partnership with Chemwise.

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tenoverten is Cruelty-Free

tenoverten 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 tenoverten to be Cruelty-Free.

“Thank you for reaching out and we are happy to answer your questions. No, we do not test our products on animals and our manuf. was required to provide us with an animal cruelty declaration that states none of their cosmetic products nor raw ingredients are tested on animals in compliance with the EU legislation on products. This is a signed declaration which is also supplied independently from each of our raw suppliers to support this claim. We do not sell our products in China nor will we if animal testing is required and our products are vegan as the colorants we use are synthetic and not animal based. This applies to all of our products.”

What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?

tenoverten 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 have retailers 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, and by any third parties.

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

tenoverten is 100% Vegan

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

“Yes, tenoverten products are 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 tenoverten’s products made?

“made in the USA in a factory”

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.

So I asked tenoverten if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor, but they never responded to any of my emails or messages.

I hope this article helped you to understand tenoverten’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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