Just stop eating animals. 🐷🐣🐮🌱 (via @antieatmeatclub)

Just stop eating animals. 🐷🐣🐮🌱...

Bite Beauty is now officially 100% vegan! 🌱✨ @bitebeauty recently reformulated all of their products and has removed all animal-derived ingredients and by-products (like lanolin, beeswax, and carmine) from their entire collection. 🙌🏻
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However, it should be noted that their Lip Lab is not completely vegan, yet! They’re working on making it vegan in the near future. 🌿💖
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Bite Beauty's Vegan Statement:
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"Yes, Bite Beauty products are vegan.
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Our reason to go vegan was simple-we’ve evolved. We can create high-performance formulas without ingredients that come from animals. As we’ve been innovating with superfoods, we’ve learned we can get amazing results that perform on par with-if not better than-formulas that contain animal byproducts.
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Further, we wanted to create products everyone can love-including people who crave clean, cruelty-free and vegan beauty."
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📸 via @bitebeauty

Bite Beauty is now officially...

I just finished reading ‘Slave to Fashion’ by @safia_minney 📚 and it has completely changed my perspective on the true cost of cheap clothes. ✨ Definitely a must-read to understanding modern slavery in the fashion industry and the need to support fair trade and ethical brands that are transparent about how their products are made with respect for people and the planet. 🌍🌿
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"Today, a whole generation of shoppers expect to be able to buy cheap clothing - but these low prices are only possible because of the slavery and exploitation that exist in the fashion supply chain.
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The price of clothes does not reflect the true cost to the farmers, spinners and weavers, tailors, finishers, quality-control teams and packers who are underpaid and overworked in the race to get the latest fashion items into our stores.
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Many of them are forced to live and work in shocking conditions.
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Workers in developing countries are often left helpless by a lack of workplace representation and unions that could speak up for their rights. As a result, we are witnessing a global 'race to the bottom', with developing countries competing against each other to supply the cheapest labor in a bid to attract brands to their factories."

I just finished reading ‘Slave...

So accurate 👌🏻😂✨ (via @vegan.meme)

So accurate 👌🏻😂✨ (via @vegan.meme)

So-called “Cruelty-free” products have become increasingly popular in the last couple of years, but let’s take a step back and ask, what exactly does it mean when cosmetics, personal care, and household cleaning products are labeled as “cruelty-free”?
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Products that are labeled as “Cruelty-Free” generally means they weren’t tested on animals, however, there is no standard or legal definition as to what is and isn’t allowed to be labeled as “cruelty-free”. So companies can call themselves and their products “cruelty-free” and it can mean whatever THEY want.
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Misleading? — Yes.
Illegal? — No.
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The FDA, responsible for regulating cosmetics labeling in the US, states on its website, “Consumers sometimes ask about use of claims such as “Cruelty-Free” or “Not Tested on Animals” on cosmetic labeling. Some cosmetic companies promote their products with claims of this kind in their labeling or advertising. The unrestricted use of these phrases by cosmetic companies is possible because there are no legal definitions for these terms.”
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Unrestricted Use. No Legal Definition. — “Cruelty-Free” is now being used as a buzzword by marketers wanting to cash in on the trend.
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But not ALL cruelty-free companies are liars and imposters. Some brands are genuinely committed to not testing their finished products and ingredients on animals, anywhere in the world.
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But HOW do we know which cosmetic brands are telling the truth and are truly cruelty-free in 2020?
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❶ Ask brands if their products or ingredients are tested on animals either by the company, their ingredient suppliers or commissioned to a third party and if they allow animal testing when required by law.
❷ Look for @leapingbunnyprogram brands --the most trusted cruelty-free certification program available!
❸ Check @ethicalelephant’s Cruelty-Free Brand Directory List where we have verified each and every brand's cruelty-free status before we list them (link in bio!)
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 Together, we can end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!
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Thank you for choosing cruelty-free! 🐘 💕

So-called “Cruelty-free” products have become...

Lazy Sundays 💖 Laying in bed and wondering why you haven’t gone cruelty-free in 2020 yet 🤔✨
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(📸 via @niu.body)

Lazy Sundays 💖 Laying in...

I love you all for going vegan! ✨ Happy Valentine’s Day! 💕 (via @sassyspudshop)

I love you all for...

What can I say..? I’m just a hopeless ramen-tic! 🍜
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(📸 via @vegan.meme)

What can I say..? I’m...

THIS. 🙌🏻
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“It’s not about being perfect! And we don’t know any vegans who walk around saying that they are, or that they cause zero harm. Veganism doesn’t mean causing ZERO harm (that would be delusional)... but it definitely means causing a lot less of it!! And causing LESS harm than before (before being vegan) is definitely worth celebrating and continuing to advocate for.

Don’t let the vegan haters get you down. Usually the people pointing their fingers and trying to find a flaw in veganism are the ones who simply don’t understand it or don’t know what it takes to stand for something.” (Words by @vegan_boss, 📸 via @unmeatfuture)

THIS. 🙌🏻 . “It’s not...

Show your love & support for vegan businesses in the comments by @ tagging some of your fave brands so we can follow and discover them too! 💚 (📸 via @brightzine)

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Vegan Fashion Certifications & Logos

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When it comes to vegan clothes, shoes, and fashion accessories, it’s pretty cut and dry in terms of defining what is considered vegan or not.

In fashion, the term “vegan” is generally used to mean that the materials and fabrics were made from any other material that wasn’t derived or sourced from an animal.

If it came from a living or dead animal, it’s not vegan.

Common materials used for clothes and shoes that are not vegan include fur, leather, wool, cashmere, shearling, angora, silk, and down.

I wanted to figure out if there are any Vegan Certifications for apparel, shoes, and fashion accessories and the legitimacy behind these certifications.

Vegan Certifications for Fashion

There are currently two vegan certifications for verifying clothes, shoes, and fashion accessories as being vegan.

PETA-Approved Vegan Logo

  • assigned by PETA (a US-based animal rights organization)
  • certifies individual products and/or entire companies
  • designed specifically for vegan clothing and accessory companies
  • costs $250 to apply and use trademark logo
  • does not require renewal once approved

PETA defines “vegan” as clothes, shoes, and accessories that contain no leather, fur, wool, skin, or exotic skins or any other animal-derived fabric.

PETA certifies brands by having them complete a short online questionnaire and a statement of assurance.

The PETA-Approved Vegan Logo applies to individual products and/or entire companies. It costs $250 for companies to apply and use the PETA-Approved Vegan logo.

Brands certified by PETA include Gunas, Matt & Nat, Melie Bianco, and Native Shoes.

Some of the limitations with the PETA-Approved Vegan logo is that PETA does nor perform any audits or require companies to submit any documents from their suppliers verifying the source of materials. Companies also do not need to renew their certification once approved.

Vegan Society Sunflower Logo

  • assigned by the Vegan Society (a UK-based registered charity)
  • certifies individual products, not companies
  • not just for clothing and accessories, they also certify and use the same logo for vegan food items, cosmetics, retailers, etc.
  • cost an annual fee to use their Vegan sunflower trademark logo
  • requires an annual renewal

You may have seen this sunflower Vegan logo on some other products like food and cosmetics but lesser known and interestingly, Vegan Society also certifies clothing, shoes, and accessories with the same Vegan Trademark logo.

The Vegan Society’s Vegan sunflower logo applies to individual products. To become Vegan certified by the Vegan Society, companies must ensure “the manufacture and/or development of the products, and where applicable its ingredients, must not involve, or have involved, the use of any animal product, by-product or derivative.”

Brands certified by Vegan Society include Beyond Skin, NOAH, RISORSE FUTURE, and Wills.

Does Vegan Certified Fashion Brands Have More Merit Than Non-Certified Brands?

In my opinion, I don’t think fashion brands that are certified vegan have more merit over non-certified vegan brands because the current process to become certified isn’t rigorous or more research intensive than simply asking the brand, are your products vegan?

It also isn’t clear whether PETA or Vegan Society verify if the glue is vegan or not before they approve products as being vegan. Some glue used in shoes and handbags may contain some animal ingredients so some consumers choose not to support or buy products that are not transparent about the source of their glue.

I think what these Vegan certification logos do well is providing a list of approved brands on their website and offering consumers a quick and easy way to distinguish at a glance between products that are vegan or not.

However, I wouldn’t personally choose a PETA-Approved Vegan product over a similar product that is vegan but isn’t certified.

What do you think about Vegan certified fashion brands/products vs. non-certified vegan?

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5 Comments
  • Jennifer
    November 1, 2018

    PETA Does charge $250 to use the PETA APPROVED LOGO
    https://www.peta.org/living/personal-care-fashion/peta-approved-vegan-logo/

    • Vicky Ly
      November 10, 2018

      Hey Jennifer,
      Wow, that’s interesting! I don’t think that was there before. They’ve updated the page since the publication of this post. Thanks for letting me know, I’ll make the changes to this post to include the new and updated info =)

  • Lii
    August 20, 2018

    Hi Vicky,
    How did you find out that neither of these companies does rigorous investigations or perform audits, as I cannot find that information anywhere?

    Thanks,
    Lii

  • Zoonibo
    July 9, 2018

    Hi Vicky! I think you are correct in the certification process has some way to go to being solid, but I think its great that some of the bigger brands like GNY etc are looking for that next step in accountability and transparency for their customers. They are one of the bigger brands we deal with and its harder to control accountability of the ethics of the smaller designers but I agree that it shouldn’t mean that you don’t purchase from their brands. A lot of the best vegan and designers with other ethics such as sustainability and eco-friendly manufacture are really small and when we’ve looked into the certification process for green, vegan or sustainable certifications we’ve found that there’s often a price tag attached that can be hard for small designers just starting out to justify.

“Make ethical choices in what we buy, do, and watch. In a consumer-driven society our individual choices, used collectively for the good of animals and nature, can change the world faster than laws.”― Marc Bekoff

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