Cosmetics in Europe
Testing cosmetics on animals in the beauty industry has always been a highly debated topic. Nowadays, it’s not only vegan companies opting for the “cruelty-free” route. A number of global cosmetic brands are opting for the eco-friendly label on their products. In 2009, the European Union banned testing ingredients on animals within the EU. In 2013, a full ban came into effect whereby it is illegal to sell any finished product or ingredient that have been tested on animals. Any company found distributing cosmetics which are tested on animals can be prosecuted. So, what other guarantees does this label bring to the consumer?
China and testing on animals
China, the world’s 2nd largest cosmetic market after the United States, has made significant efforts in moving away from testing; however, their overall technical infrastructure remains weak. Opponents of the ban argue that testing should be mandatory for certain cosmetic products. To this day, the government requires testing imported cosmetics on animals, which means cosmetic manufacturers exporting to China are still confined by these laws. Even a European brand with a certified organic label sold could have been tested on animals before sold to consumers in China. There is good news on the horizon, however, as China plans to lift this rule by January 1, 2020.
What does cruelty-free represent?
Of all the cruelty-free labels on the market, Leaping Bunny and Cruelty-Free from PETA are, by far, the most stringent. These labels ensure that the brand prohibits exportation to China and no ingredient or finished product has been tested on animals.
What does cruelty-free guarantee?
- No finished product or ingredient has ever been tested on animals
- Suppliers do not carry out experimental testing on animals
- The brand agrees to random checks at any time by an independent body
Buying vegan cosmetics
Hairborist is a Belgian company that is 100% committed to no testing of any kind on animals. Our vegan cosmetics range is manufactured in Belgium and exported to the surrounding countries including the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. Under no circumstance do we trade with China, ensuring that no animal testing will ever be carried out on our products. Our entire product range is vegan, except for our wax, which contains natural beeswax. Finally, we have selected to work with the accredited organic label Ecogarantie, which also prohibits testing on animals.