With so many buzz words relating to our personal products, it can be difficult to decipher what is what. What is the difference between cruelty free and vegan? How can you find products that meet your standards? Let’s find out!
What does it mean to be cruelty free?
If you care about animals, you might have heard the term “cruelty free” being thrown around a lot lately. Perhaps you’ve noticed the uptick in beauty bloggers using cruelty free products, or maybe you’ve seen it printed on the packaging of your personal care. But what does it really mean to be cruelty free?
As there is not one nationally (or even globally) accepted definition, we decided to look to the experts. According to PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), cruelty free means that “a company or brand has taken the position that it won’t allow any tests on animals, including in its supply chain, for any reason.”
Cruelty free certification
Leaping Bunny is the internationally recognized certification organization for cruelty-free brands. It requires independent audits to verify the cruelty-free claims are true. It is considered the gold standard in cruelty-free certification for personal care and household product companies and indicates no animal testing at any stage of development.
What does it mean to be vegan?
The word “vegan” was initially coined in 1944 by Donald Watson, a founding member of the Vegan Society. At that time, vegan simply meant a diet free of animal products – meat, dairy, eggs and honey. It has since extended into other non-food products such as clothing, beauty and personal care products and even medicine.
The bottom line is: cruelty-free products are not always vegan, and vegan products are not always cruelty free. Confusing? It is important, as with anything, to check the labels.
U.S. companies can apply to become certified vegan through an organization called Vegan Action. “The Certified Vegan Logo is a registered trademark, similar in nature to the kosher mark, for products that do not contain animal products or byproducts and that have not been tested on animals.” You can find the certified vegan logo (which began in 1995) on thousands of products by over 1000 companies.
What if I don’t have time to do the research?
At Gone to Green Market, we love doing the research (so you don’t have to). Our goal is to help you find natural products from ethical, authentic suppliers, who provide clothing, personal care items, cosmetics, household, and lifestyle products. Our values uphold everything we do. We’re here to offer and recommend conscionable products that match what research tells us about health, animal safety and the environment. Gone to Green has taken its first step toward building a platform that will include a wide variety of products designed to enhance your life and your environment. Learn more about us and how we’re helping take the guesswork out of conscionable shopping.