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Kopari is Cruelty-Free
Kopari 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 Kopari to be Cruelty-Free.
Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Kopari’s website about its animal testing policy:
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
Kopari has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.
“We also do not sell our products in mainland China or any other countries that require animal testing by law.”
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.
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.
Kopari 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 Kopari, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.
How to know which of Kopari products are vegan?
All of Kopari’s vegan products are clearly marked on their website. They also told me all of their products are vegan except for three which contain beeswax (see response below).
“Thanks for reaching out! All our products are vegan except our Coconut Balm, Coconut Face Cream, and Coconut Crush Scrub! These products are formulated with beeswax, but they are still cruelty-free.“
Similar to ‘Cruelty-Free,’ there is no standard or legal definition for the label ‘Vegan.’ But it’s usually used in the context to describe something that doesn’t contain any 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 Kopari’s products made?
I asked Kopari where their products are manufactured and they told me:
“All of our products are made with love and care within the USA.”
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 Kopari if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,
“I want to share that we ethically source mica from India, where it is mined and processed in the states of Jharkhand and Bihar.
Please note that in order to fight child labor in mica mining in India, our supplier has established direct business relationships with mica processing companies, and introduced control mechanisms that provide a comprehensive overview of the entire supply chain to safeguard the implementation of social standards.”
I hope this article helped you to understand Kopari’s cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!