I won't set foot in Primark or GAP. Lucky that I don't live near one, but I have become very aware in recent years of some schops/clothing lines that exploit 3rd world communitiries. Yes some shops (Primark, Tesco etc) get clothes/accessories REALLY cheaply but at what price?
Within make-up and beauty products, some one the companies openly test on animals. Thankfully a lot of that has been banned in the UK, but several companies still test on animals- notably French companies can still test on animals and some companies are fighting a proposed ban in favour of testing products on animals.
I am not as on the ball as I feel I should be- yes I love my eye make-up remover, but is it really worth abusing animals to find out if it will hurt me??
On the flip side of this little note, in this climate can the consumer still afford to vote with their money? Money is so tight in many households and people generally reach for the cheapest item.
It is a controversal subject and one that I don't know a lot about. It is one that I do think about quite a lot though, and think that a lot of people seem to ignore and think it doesnt affect them (as long as they look good!)
I know that I like bodyshop products (and they don't test on animals)- but (I think) they are owned by L'oreal (who are french and do test on animals?) and L'oreal is owned by Lacome.. It gets complicated.
I found these lists today.
Companies that do not test include Avon, Almay (Revlon), Aramis (Estee Lauder), Avalon, Aveda, Bobbi Brown, Botanics, Bodyshop, Clarins, Clinique, Christian Doir, Chanel, Crabtree and Evelyn, Dermalogica, Estee Lauder, Garnier, Joico, Liz Clainbourne, MAC, Nivea, Prestige, Sebastian (Wella), St. Ives, Urban Decay, Yves Rocher, Wella, Redken, Woods of Windsor.
Full list is available here http://www.astrostar.com/DO-NOT-Test.htm (and updated from PETA)
For ones that DO TEST see http://www.caringconsumer.com/pdfs/companiesDoTest.pdf although some of these are larger companies that have certain arms tht don't. It is very confusing.
I have been glad to read that most of my makeup and products are from animal free companies.
Now it is YOUR TURN. Have a glance at the lists (or do an internet search to find the most up to date lists) and see roughly how many products you own that come from animal testing companies.
I would do the same thing for ethical clothing, but I think we would all be VERY depressed.
If you can suggest any brand or have any thoughts then post them here.
I stress that this is just my obsevations so it is possible that I could be very wrong with my information- i reserve the right to retract it!