Three Ships

Last Updated: January 17, 2022

How Ethical Is Three Ships?

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Ethical Analysis

Is Three Ships cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Three Ships’ policies.
Three Ships is cruelty-free. None of Three Ships’ ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.
All of Three Ships products are 100% vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
Three Ships does not claim or market itself as a sustainable company.
Three Ships products come in recyclable glass bottles with some plastic components. Their cardboard boxes and tubes are also recyclable.

About Three Ships

Three Ships is a natural skincare company challenging customers to look closer at the ingredients, products, and prices of the skincare they are using every day.
PRODUCTS: Skincare

Three Ships

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Three Ships is Cruelty-Free

Three Ships 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 Three Ships to be Cruelty-Free.

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

Is Three Ships Cruelty-Free?

What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?

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

“Our products are not sold in mainland 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.

Three Ships is 100% Vegan

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

The following is a snippet of the email response I received from Three Ships when I asked if all of their products are vegan:

“Our products are 100% certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny (no animal testing), as well as 100% vegan (no animal by-products)”

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 Three Ships’ products made?

Three Ships states on its FAQ page,

Where are your products made?
All of our products are made in Toronto, Canada.”

I hope this article helped you to understand Three Ships’ 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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