Are you familiar with terms such as cruelty-free, organic and natural, and vegetarianism? Aren’t these words often mentioned in the beauty industry today? Different tooth whitening brands have also devoted themselves to this new field.
Is the brand behind these actions purely to obtain certification and logos to enhance the brand image? Or to contribute to the animals and the environment? What we can do is to recognize the meaning of the label and make smart choices.
CRUELTY-FREE means “no animal testing”, so the name implies that these products must have never been tested on animals before being launched on the market. Can you imagine humans harming weak animals without interruption in order to produce beauty products?
Animals such as rabbits, mice, and guinea pigs were forcibly fed with chemicals or applied cosmetics to their skin, eyes, and ears to observe the allergic reactions. Under long-term torture, these animals will only be used up and discarded directly. They were killed and the internal organs were dissected to examine the effect of the material composition on their internal organs; the process of animal testing alone is horrifying.
I want to tell the process of the establishment of CRUELTY-FREE. This concept has been proposed in 1957. A book at that time, “Principles of Humane Experimental Technology”, mentioned the concept of 3R to reduce animal experiments. The three Rs are REPLACEMENT substitution and REDUCTION. Reduction and refinement refinement.
The action to protect the rights of animals has never stopped. Since 2004, the EU has banned animal testing of manufactured products. In 2013, the EU banned the import of animal-tested teeth whitening products, making more people value and support products that meet ethical standards. Everyone should believe that every choice of a product is also a certification of personal behavior and attitude towards life. We absolutely have the right to choose to reduce harm to animals.
ORGANIC = NATURAL?
The word ORGANIC means “organic”. Many people may equate “organic” and “natural”, but the two words have different meanings.
“Natural” is not necessarily organic, because “natural” only means that its ingredients are derived from plants and have no chemical substances. However, chemical fertilizers or pesticides can be used in the cultivation process, and chemical solvents can also be used for extraction. Therefore, “natural” “It does not mean the principle of being in harmony with nature.
However, “organic” requires plants to be grown in an environment that is non-toxic, pesticide-free, antibiotics, and growth hormones. In the end, to believe these statements or labels is not just the application of the words on the product, but to choose products that have undergone strict supervision and obtained organic certification, which is the most comforting.
Speaking of VEGAN veganism, do you only think of pure food culture, but in fact, VEGANism is not only limited to the dietary level, but also applied to life attitudes, including our daily use of dental care products.
First of all, VEGAN’s starting point is to care for animals. The concept is not to eat any animal-related products. The “related products” referred to are not only the animals themselves, but also products containing animal ingredients, such as dairy products and peak honey.
This concept is also applied to beauty products. In the beauty industry, VEGAN means that it does not contain animal-derived ingredients, such as beeswax, honey, lanolin, so if you are a supporter of CRUELTY-FREE, you may wish to pay more attention to the development of VEGAN BEAUTY.