At Biome, we believe animals should not be harmed to make a product for us to use. We carry many certified cruelty-free products or have carefully checked with our suppliers before stocking skin care or cleaning products to ensure they are never tested on animals. We believe that is also important to check that cruelty-free products are made without environmentally degrading ingredients. See our certified cruelty-free, sustainable alternatives in the links below.
What is cruelty-free?
Cruelty-free is a movement that seeks to avoid all products of cruelty towards animals and encouraging animal rights. Cruelty-free groups are against the unnecessary use of animals by humans, and these uses can include: animal testing for cosmetics and household products, using animal fur or skin for clothing, using animals for food, or using animals for human entertainment (e.g. zoos and circuses).
How can I tell if a product is cruelty-free?
For cosmetics, personal care and household cleaning products (items conventionally tested on animals), the easiest way is to check is to see if product is certified cruelty-free by a reputable organisation (see below). Certification means that a company has submitted information and more often than not a registration fee to a cruelty-free certifying or accrediting organisation with proof that their products are cruelty-free. Once they are approved, they are able to use a trademark or logo so people can easily identify that a product is cruelty-free.
If you can’t find a product on a cruelty-free list from a reputable source like those below, check with the manufacturer or Australian distributor. Ask for answers to a few specific questions (for example: Do you test on animals? Are you owned or affiliated with any companies that test on animals? Are your ingredients tested on animals by a 3rd party or by the manufacturer?), and see if you feel you confident with the answers you get, rather than settling for a generic statement. Also, be sure to check back on these lists from time to time in case companies gain or lose certification.
For other cruelty-free lifestyle products, check out our vegan choices.
The Choose Cruelty Free bunny logo is from an Australian organisation that certifies cruelty-free products. Many of the products are vegan, but not all. However, they will not accredit any manufacturer if any of its products contain any ingredients: derived from animals killed specifically for that ingredient, extracted from an animal in a manner that caused any discomfort, from any wildlife, that are byproducts of the fur industry or slaughterhouse byproducts of commercially significant value. If you see this logo or a company claims they are certified by Choose Cruelty Free, check out their page of accredited cruelty-free companies.
At Biome, Choose Cruelty Free accredited companies and products include:
Buloke park Clean Conscience Ecostore Inika
Jack ‘n’ Jill Kosmea Logona Mokosh
MUSQ Pure & Green Sante Sanctum Suvana Tinderbox UV Natural Wild Soapnuts
The Leaping Bunny trademark is administered by BUAV. Products with the Leaping Bunny mark are certified cruelty-free under the international Humane Cosmetics or Humane Household Products Standards. These strict standards stipulate that no animal testing is conducted or commissioned for finished products or ingredients in any phase of product development by the company, its laboratories or its suppliers after a fixed cut-off date. The company must recommit to being cruelty-free each year with a full audit.
At Biome, companies and products carrying the Leaping Bunny trademark include:
All companies that are included on PETA’s “Don’t Test” list have signed PETA's statement of assurance or provided a statement verifying that neither they nor their ingredient suppliers conduct or commission any animal tests on ingredients, formulations, or finished products. Products verified as cruelty-free by PETA may not carry the above logo so be sure to check the above list. (By the way, be sure to check out PETA’s “Do Test” list which is an eye-opener).
At Biome, companies on PETA’s “Don’t Test” list include:
Crystal Ecostore EcoTools Eco-Dent Giovanni Inika Jack ‘n’ Jill Logona
MUSQ ONE Group (Miessence) Surya butter London
Sources: Choose Cruelty Free, ECEAE, Go Cruelty Free, PETA