In March 2013 the EU banned the sale of cosmetic products that were developed using animal testing. But no such legislation exists for household products.
Yes, you read that correctly. Animal testing for cleaning products is still perfectly legal in the UK and the rest of Europe.
Don’t chemicals have to be tested to make sure they’re safe for us to use?
Yes, EU legislation requires the testing of new chemicals and re-testing of some substances including Optical Brightening Agents (OBA’s) and enzymes in biological laundry products; anti-microbial cleaning products and air fresheners to name a few.
But here’s the thing- there are lots of ways to perform these tests. For those companies still testing on animals, it is their conscious choice to continue to do so.
So take a look on your cupboards and see which of these “dirty dozen” products are lurking inside. I will admit that I have bought every single one of these at some point in the past.
1. Dettol (Reckitt Benckiser)
2. Flash (Procter & Gamble)
3. Mr Muscle (SC Johnson)
4. Vanish (Reckitt Benckiser)
5. Cif (Unilever)
6. Cillit Bang (Reckitt Benckiser)
7. Comfort (Unilever)
8. Duck (SC Johnson)
9. Fairy (Procter & Gamble)
10. Harpic (Reckitt Benckiser)
11. Febreze (Procter & Gamble)
12. Finish (Reckitt Benckiser)
Looking for replacements? Here are a few big brands that are guaranteed cruelty free. That ought to get you started.
Astonish, Co-op, Tesco, Aldi, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose.
Comment below if you have stopped or plan to stop using these products.
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