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Trust Comes Tough launches new vegan shirt

For those who are keen on straight-edge hardcore, you may have heard of Trust Comes Tough before. They are an Australian-based clothing company run by Luke Weber, who also runs Resist Records and used to play in ShotPointBlank.

Apart from straight-edge merchandise, Trust Comes Tough also sells a number of animal rights and vegan related shirts and stickers.

In the past they have collaborated with Sea Shepherd to produce an amazing shirt, and the proceeds went directly to the charity.

They have just released their latest in a long line of vegan shirts. The shirt shows a hand holding a wrench, with ‘VEGAN’ above it, and it is surrounded by the phrase ‘the battle for animal liberation begins today with you and I’.

The shirt is available online in small, medium, large, XL and XXL from Trust Comes Tough’s Bigcartel store for $25 (Australian dollars).

They also have a limited number of previous designs still left for sale (including the awesome ‘Meat Sucks’ t-shirt) so definitely check out the store. There’s some Meat is Murder stickers available too. If you live in the US, there’s a US store set-up selling shirts at $8 (plus P&P).

Avon, Estee Lauder and Mary Kay found to be testing on animals

Despite consistent claims that Avon, Estee Lauder, and Mary Kay have halted the use of animal testing in their product development, the three companies have been found to be doing first-hand testing on animals in China.

Chinese laws dictate that all cosmetics sold must pass a series of animal tests before they are to be marketed. The tests all have alternative non-animal methods available, and Mary Kay has been working with the Chinese government to take steps towards the acceptance of these tests. The company still accepted using animal testing.

Avon and Estee Lauder meanwhile didn’t even complain, and got straight to the business of torturing animals as if they’d never claimed otherwise.

We have highlighted before the extent to which companies will to try to cover up their use of animal testing, or their use of animal tested ingredients (a big thanks to Uncaged). However, this is a whole new level of deceit.

Despite having consistently benefitted off of animal tested ingredients, Estee Lauder and Avon have always been adamant that they have halted the use of animal testing for their own benefit.

However, with this latest discovery regarding their use of animal testing in China, Avon, Estee Lauder, and Mary Kay are guilty of straight-up lying to their customers. Anyone will tell you that deceiving customers is one of the most damaging things a business can do.

And why would these companies do this? Profits, plain and simple. China is a huge market which is irresistable, and the idea of extra profits has these companies walking straight over their integrity in order to get to a piece of the pie.

Avon has also routinely been utilising toxicity tests on animals and covering them up. They have explained that utilising toxicity tests has allowed them to bring new and innovative products onto the market. New products = more profit, and animals better not get in the way.

The deceit that goes on surrounding animal testing is disgusting. Customers very rarely approve of animal testing cosmetics. The result is that companies have to find elaborately worded sentences to cover up their usage. They hide their true intents behind semantics.

Anyone who’s ever emailed a company guilty for animal testing will know this. It’s not uncommon to receive an email that is several paragraphs long, which basically states ‘we don’t like animal testing, but we gotta do it!’

As Dr Dan Lyons of Uncaged quite rightly states:

‘Sadly, these large animal testing companies appear to have a policy of systematically misleading consumers rather than responding to their overwhelming opposition to gratuitous cruelty to animals. Given that a large majority of people are opposed to these tests, we believe that we are witnessing a multimillion pound fraud as consumers purchase products on the basis of deceptive claims about their provenance.

My advice is to stay safe. Don’t trust any company that says it doesn’t test on animals in a vaguely worded statement, or a company that’s response to the question ‘do you test on animals?’ is longer than the word ‘no.’

Look out for the BUAV bunny logo, or the vegan society logo to ensure a trustworthy company.

A sign you can trust

The plus-side to this is that hopefully this discovery will result in other companies coming clean about their exploits with animal abuse, such as L’Oreal, Chanel, and Clinique – all of whom thinly disguise animal testing.

The latest famous faces against animal testing

Leona Lewis, Ricky Gervais and one of the Mels from the Spice Girls (the sporty one) have all shown their support to the Humane Society International and their petition to get animal tested products banned in Europe by 2013.

There have been several plans to end selling animal tested cosmetics throughout Europe over the last couple of decades, with the ban originally scheduled for 1998 but being pushed back several times. The latest plan is to end testing by 2013, but there are now further plans to push this date back again. The HSI has had enough and has launched a large petition to gain support for the 2013 ban, with over 40,000 signatures so far. This petition is set to be handed over to EU officials at the end of this year.

This will hopefully lead to a ban on selling animal tested products in European stores, and will show negative feedback for the REACH initiative – a ridiculous procedure put into place by the EU in which every ingredient used in cosmetics (even those deemed entirely safe) will be tested on a mass-scale – nothing short of an animal holocaust.

So, long-term animal rights supporters Leona Lewis and Ricky Gervais, as well as, curiously, Mel C have all pledged allegiance to the HSI’s campaign by getting tattoos (albeit, temporary ones) of bunnies saying ‘End Animal Testing’. The shots of the different celebs showing off their tattoos can be seen on the HSI’s website.

Leona Lewis highlighted the importance of signing the petition by saying “if companies can’t sell their products, they’ll stop animal testing, and we’ll be one stop closer to the whole world being cruelty-free.”

Ricky Gervais said on the issue “It’s shocking to think that behind the glamorous advertising and glossy packaging, there can lurk the ugly truth of chemicals forced down an animal’s throat. It would be nice if companies would stop animal testing just because it’s the right thing to do. But in reality, for as long as they can sell their products, they’re unlikely to change. That’s why I’ve signed HSI’s Cruelty-Free 2013 petition calling for the sale of animal-tested cosmetics to be banned in the EU without delay.”

It’s about time the issue of animal testing was taken into consideration in a far more serious way. It’s something that nearly everyone opposes, as with fur, yet testing continues on a mass-scale everyday. To sign the HSI’s petition and register your support for the European ban of animal tested cosmetics, click here. But then, maybe avoid getting a Mel C face tattoo. I mean, respect for showing your support and all, but I’m not sure how long it’ll be before you regret that one…

If companies can’t sell their products, they’ll stop animal testing, and we’ll be one stop closer to the whole world being cruelty-free.

Vintage Fur

Yo Vegangstaz!

I’m not going to get into the vintage fashion industry and it’s current explosion in popularity here. I know there are people who love it to bits (quite literally with some vintage clothing) and there are others who abhor the very idea of it. I want to focus upon the issue of fur within vintage fashion.

Many have come to see vintage fur as ok (including vegetarians and even vegans), as the animal has not been killed recently and the garment would otherwise go to waste. However, by this token, surely it’s ok to eat a bacon sandwich that no one else wants? I feel any vegetarian/vegan with any integrity would say they wouldn’t eat that sandwich, so why has it become acceptable by many to wear vintage fur (and leather)?

My main difficulty with the stocking of real fur in vintage stores is not so much about seeing the fact that it is vintage as an excuse to wear it, but rather the effect the support of real fur has on the fashion industry. As mentioned previously, vintage seems to be one of the most prevalent forces in the fashion industry at the moment. However, it is worrying how aspects of the fashion industry can perpetuate other trends. Up until recently, fur was a huge no-no. However, there has been a constant battle by the fashion industry (with most major fashion labels in support of this) to reintroduce fur into fashion. Fortunately, their success was limited, until the recent arrival of the vintage trend. “The coming year is an extremely important one for the fur industry, with real fur being pushed back onto the high street using the vintage fashion craze. However, some top furriers have admitted that this is all a part of the plan to revitalise the fur trade and make their image appear acceptable. ” Essentially, vintage fur has set in motion the idea that fur is acceptable once again.

More worrying though is the lack of ‘vintage’ in vintage fur. To illustrate what is meant by this, I’m going to take the example of a vintage company which has stores in Brighton UK, London UK, and Sweden: Beyond Retro. The company has been under attack from its inception for its policy on stocking fur, but more recently has been uncovered to be stocking fur which is barely a few years old and is undoubtedly a product of the cruel Chinese fur industry. Beyond Retro have allegedly been taking in real fur items that are barely a few years old and selling them as vintage items which are a few decades old. By stocking fur that is relatively new, Beyond Retro are potentially selling cat and dog fur labelled as rabbit and mink, conning people who are buying it into believing that the fur is decades older than it actually is, and keeping a horrific industry alive.

Perhaps it’s time the vintage fashion industry washed its hands of such a difficult topic and helped bury fur altogether. And perhaps it’s time that anyone who is against fur (the vast majority thankfully) showed support for faux fur in fashion, highlighting to labels everywhere that designs don’t have to suffer just because animals won’t.

Urban Decay- cruelty free beauty (part 1)

Urban Decay

In my opinion, Urban decay are a bit of a rare breed of make-up company. They are not only one of the hippest make-up companies out there, constantly bringing about beauty with an edge and never failing in their attempts to put the fun back into your make-up bag, but they do this all with a strict cruelty free ethos. Thereby showing you it is possible to have it all without resorting to testing on animals. Furthermore, although not a vegan company they still find the time to appreciate and recognise their vegan clientèle by creating specific vegan make-up palettes and adding ‘Marley’s purple paw’ to their vegan products whereby making it easier for their vegan customers to shop their range. On their website (the US version), they have a specific vegan section which contains a printable list of all the vegan products in their range (which you can easily pop in  your handbag so you can always be sure you’re buying vegan) and a set of ‘Vegan looks’ you can create using these products. Check it out here.

It is also worth noting here that many people conscious of what they are spending their hard earned money on do not realise that companies routinely use animal hairs in their brushes. Good news though: Urban Decay are here to save the day, yet again, by creating a range of synthetic make-up brushes.

While you’re here why not check out our list of other cool, cruelty free companies here!

Superdrug and thoughts on animal testing

One year after Superdrug became animal testing free (in February 2010) I just felt the need to post in a few lines in order to declare my love for it. It seems not many people stroll off to the store when needing to stock up on their beauty must haves, but instead they head off for the slightly more pricey range of big name brands like Benefit, Max Factor and L’Oreal. But why? I don’t really know to be honest, because I don’t think there is much in it when it comes to the quality of the product itself, I only notice the huge difference on the price tag attached, and, of course, the cruelty inflicted upon animals.

I spot things in Superdrug that I didn’t actually know existed (maybe that’s down to me being naive, but I like to think otherwise…), whether it be a new type of shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash, face mask, soap, body lotion, hand cream, beauty gift, nail treatment – the list goes on, but the intention isn’t to bore you. They even claim to not test products that typically are, such as sun screens, hair dyes and shaving products. To top it all, items are suitable for vegetarians and nearly always vegans. And then I realise I have enough money left over from my other beauty bargains to purchase any newly spotted ones too! Yay!

I really can’t think of a better way to spend your money than on these well-priced, well-made, cruelty free products. Many people have the assumption that giving up brands that test on animals (seeing as the majority of them do) means sacrificing their looks in some way, but this definitely isn’t true and it’s time more people made the switch. Just because companies are too scared to give up animal testing and so try to mask it up, what happens behind those closed doors isn’t magic and doesn’t somehow transform the products into perfection – testing beauty products on animals isn’t a necessity as some brands like to make out. I’m also surprised by the number of people who don’t even consider it, because so many times has somebody had a quick ponder over the wider implications their purchase may have regarding animal welfare, then just said ‘Oh yeah, I didn’t really think of that’, before looking at what’s next on their shopping list. Fortunately, though, this isn’t true of everyone, and an increasing number of people are taking it into account. Anyway, I’m going on a bit of a rant now so should probably draw to a close here, but all I can say is that if you haven’t had a shop at Superdrug but are looking for more cruelty free places to go, then I definitely recommend it!

The cruelty free life

I’ve been a make-up lover since my early teens. Actually, it makes me cringe now when I think back to all those awful make-up looks I tried out all those years ago. But hey, you have to start somewhere right? It seems to have taken a while but I’ve finally found my make-up style for now  and I don’t think it’s so bad (I guess you could say it’s a sort of a pin-up style- muted eye shadows, simple eye liner, with the occasional red lipstick been thrown on every now and again). So hopefully when I look back at this period in my life I won’t be cringing quite as much. Here’s to hope!White Rabbit

Anyway, way back when I was first experimenting with the delights of make-up I never really thought about testing on animals. I didn’t understand that  by buying a certain product I might be contributing to a poor little bunny rabbit being blinded in the name of ‘science’. I’ve always loved animals and when I first discovered that this was happening I was devastated. The thing that gets to me most is that most people seem to be of the opinion that testing on animals for cosmetic purposes is outright wrong and shouldn’t be happening. However, when push comes to shove they still go out and buy products by companies who routinely test on innocent animals for no apparent purpose. After all, testing on animals does not make a product better, it merely informs you that you should avoid putting such a product in your eye… and should this happen accidentally you should wash out with warm water. Thanks for clearing that one up L’Oreal, without you testing your latest shampoo on that rabbit I would have no doubt poured said product into my eye to give them a good old clean. What an idiot I am.

I’m getting side-tracked here. I guess what I’m trying to say is that ignorance is bliss for some people. They still want to go out and buy that new product and wish to be kept in the dark about the things that happened to enable it to be considered ready for sale.  There are so many make-up companies I used to love before I made the connection of what my money was going to pay for, but having learned what goes on I can’t justify buying these products any more. I did some research online and was devastated to learn just how many top branded companies still test on animals. At first I was at a bit of a loss as to what to do and what to buy, but after a little more research I discovered that despite the number of companies that do still test there are a growing number of top companies that don’t. In order to live a cruelty free life you don’t have sacrifice on looking and feeling your best.

.::So let’s get down to business:

I’m going to give you a run down of just a few cosmetic companies that I have discovered are cruelty free. I will do further posts explaining each company in a little more detail as time goes by. Click the links, as they appear, to find out a little more about each company!

  • Badger balm
  • Barry M
  • Beauty without Cruelty
  • Bio-d
  • Bobby Brown
  • Crab tree and Evelyn
  • Dr Hausheka
  • Faith in nature
  • GOSH cosmetics
  • Green People
  • Hard Candy
  • Laura Geller
  • Laura Mercier
  • L’Occitane
  • Lush
  • MAC cosmetics
  • Neal’s Yard remedies
  • Philosophy
  • Smashbox
  • Too faced
  • Urban Decay

Shops and Supermarkets:

I thought I would group these together in a separate list for ease of use! Each of these shops and supermarkets produce a range of their products that are not testes on animals. The products are listed to next to the names.

  • Aldi          (own brand toiletries and household cleaning products)
  • Co-op      (all own brand products)
  • Marks and Spencer’s     (own brand make-up/ toiletries and household products)
  • Next          (own brand make-up/ toiletries)
  • Sainsbury’s     (own brand toiletries only)
  • Somerfield      (own brand toiletries)
  • Superdrug (all own brands)
  • Tesco                 (all own brands)
  • Waitrose           (own brand toiletries only)

 

Please note: This is by no means a complete list, and please feel free to inform me of any other companies you feel are of note as there are no doubt countless other cruelty free companies that I will have missed off. It is my aim to keep adding to this list as I learn and discover more. So please keep checking back!

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