No animal testing, never ever
Ricky Gervais made headlines recently, but not for the usual reason he gets in the news. The author of the hilarious Flanimals, comic darling of pop-queen Madonna and star of The Office, received a lot of press (and commendation) for condemning cosmetics companies that use exporting to China as a reason to continue testing cosmetics on animals.
How so? Chinese law requires most cosmetics products to be tested on animals. This policy is awful and speaks volumes for the potentially toxic ingredients still used in most ‘conventional’ skincare and toiletries. Large cosmetic houses are leveraging the situation to continue testing on animals according to The Humane Society International. But would you believe there’s a messy situation on animal-testing in the EU too, perpetuated by the same companies that Mr Gervais is quite rightly so angry at? ...
Since 2009 EU regulations have moved to ban animal testing altogether. From 2013 products sold and marketed in the EU (and their ingredients) are not allowed to be tested on animals at all. BUT there is still a huge loophole: The ban excludes ingredients which may have reproductive toxicity issues, which in effect is a pretty large group of cosmetic substances (including parabens). There are no alternative (non-animal) tests for these ingredients yet and so interested parties are pushing for the loophole to exist for sometime hence.
The second issue is that because of the new legislation, some EU countries (e.g. Sweden) no longer allow “not tested on animals” to be written on cosmetic packaging. This is massively unfair to those that don’t test on animals (as well as completely unclear for consumers). At which point we should point out of course that we don’t and never will test our products on anything other than human beings.
In fact, we won the RSPCA award in 2006 (small cosmetics business category) for our zero tolerance policy on animal testing. Animal-testing or use of dead animal products is also not allowed under Soil Association health and beauty standards which all Essential Care products meet.
If you want to make sure you’re other products follow a similar rigorous ethic, then have a look at the useful Compassionate Shopping Guide or look for the Bunny logos.