The EU and India became the first in the world to ban animal testing and the marketing of animal-tested cosmetics, but what about cleaning products? Some are still tested on animals, although it can be hard to tell. To help you make cruelty-free choices, we have put together a list of our top 10 animal-friendly products. Are there any brands you love that we've missed? We'd love to know in the comments below.
Bio-D is an ethically motivated company dedicated to promoting the use of hypoallergenic, environmentally-responsible detergents. From the manufacturing process to their use in our home, all Bio-D products are designed to have minimal impact on the environment. All raw materials are free from genetically modified ingredients and animal by-products, and no Bio-D products are tested on animals. In fact, they are subject to scrutiny and approval by The Vegan Society, Naturewatch Trust, Cruelty Free International and The World Wildlife Fund.
Allegra Natura is a young and dynamic company that produces eco-friendly and organic detergents. They use plant-based surfactants in their products and they contain no animal-based ingredients or derivatives, so they are all Vegan Society certified. Furthermore, Allegra Natura work to reduce the use of plastic by using recycled plastic whenever possible.
Faith In Nature
Faith in Nature has been producing wonderful products for over 40 years. They believe in harnessing the healing powers of nature, but not abusing it. All products include naturally derived, cruelty-free ingredients and are ethical, cruelty-free, vegan-friendly and organic.
Earth Friendly Products
Earth Friendly Products is one of the largest manufacturers of plant-derived eco cleaning and laundry products worldwide. It was founded in 1967 and the range now contains over 150 sustainable, pure, plant-based products, with 30 distributed within the UK. There is a product for everything, from helping with your household chores, to cleaning up after babies and pets and meeting your professional and industrial cleaning needs.
Sonett is one of the biggest producers of ecological laundry detergents and cleaners. The products are available in almost every European country and carry Vegan Society certification. All raw materials are biodegradable and free of synthetic fragrances, dyestuffs and preservatives. They don’t contain any enzymes, petrochemical surfactants or bleaching agents, and all oils used originate from certified organic cultivation. No genetic engineering or nanotechnology is used.
Ahead of its time, Ecover was born in 1979 before people were using words like ‘sustainability’ and ‘eco-friendly’. Its founders noticed that chemicals like phosphates, in washing powder and dishwashing products, were polluting water systems and harming aquatic life. So, they produced an alternative – a phosphate-free washing powder. Since then, the range of plant-based cleaning products has grown, and they are now Leaping Bunny certified.
Ecozone is a British company that was established in 2000. Their aim is to reduce the number of toxic chemicals found in our homes and to cut down on household CO2 emissions. They have a range of over 60 successful products available. The company is also an advocate against animal testing and therefore all Ecozone products are free from animal bi-products.
Astonish, which carries a wide range of cleaning products, believes that cleaning products do not need to be tested on animals or contain any animal-derived ingredients. They are proud to be approved by Cruelty Free International and the Vegetarian Society as well as being Vegan Society registered.
Lily's Echo Clean
Lilly’s Eco Clean was established in 2003 and has been growing ever since. All their products are biodegradable, sustainably sourced and use only renewable plant-based ingredients along with some basic kitchen cupboard staples. The bottles are 50% re-used plastic and all the ingredients used are vegan and environmentally friendly.