It's relieving to know that the products we are consuming are not being tested on animals, but have you ever wondered what these products are tested on? Thanks to modern technology and research, there is no need to test household products like cleaners and cosmetics on animals since cruelty-free testing can provide far more accurate results than animal testing.
Nowadays, there are innovative ways to effectively and harmlessly test products. We will talk about a few of the most common ones and how they work, but first, let's get into detail about what the claim "cruelty-free" actually is.
What Exactly Is Cruelty-Free?
"To be listed by PETA or carry the "Animal Test–Free" logo or the "PETA Approved Global Animal Test Policy" logo, companies and brands must commit never to conduct, commission, pay for, or allow tests on animals at any phase of development, for both ingredients and final products." - PETA
Although a bunny logo can be a good sign indicating that the product is cruelty-free, it isn't enough, as there are currently no FDA regulations on cruelty-free claims. You can only guarantee if a product is cruelty-free if certified by the Leaping Bunny, Beauty Without Bunnies or Animal Test-Free approved by cruelty-free certification programs like PETA, The Leaping Bunny, Cruelty-Free International, or others.
How Are Cruelty-Free Products Tested?
Cruelty-free testing on household products has advanced to the point that it has a minimum-to-no risk on any human volunteers involved, as experimenting on living humans is only made in well-controlled environments with minimal risk ingredients. Most Cruelty-free testing methods are done on lab-grown or virtual mediums, meaning there is no harm on any living creatures. Some of these safe testing methods are:
1. Human tissue testing:
Any human tissue (whether healthy or post-mortem) donated from human volunteers can be prepared for lab tests and experiments, avoiding any damage to living humans or animals. They use reconstituted human tissue made to mimic organs like the eyes and the skin, and there is now no need for irritation tests on living creatures like rabbits or mice.
2. Human volunteering in controlled environments:
With minor risk products like cosmetics and skincare, voluntary human testing can be safely done in controlled environments to measure efficacy and avoid possible irritation accurately.
3. Virtual experiments:
Digital mappings of the heart, brain, and other major organs are being done to replicate responses to materials based on pre-existing data and mathematical equations.
4. Cell cultures:
Almost all human and animal cells can be grown in labs: some cells are grown to mimic body parts like the lung, gut, kidneys, and more. By growing cell cultures in a lab, there is no harm to living creatures while also delivering maximum accuracy with testing.
Is Cruelty-Free Testing More Accurate?
Not only are cruelty-free alternatives to animal testing safer and more ethical, but most of them are much more accurate and efficient in delivering results.
- Chemistry and cell-based experiments can predict human reactions to substances by 90%, as opposed to 72% when tested on guinea pigs
- Reconstituted human tissue tests can be 86% accurate, while rabbit irritation tests are only 60% accurate.
- Testing on cell-based alternatives can be 100% accurate in detecting some chemicals, while testing pregnant rats is only 60% accurate.
- Thanks to analytical chemistry, shellfish toxin testing on live mice has been entirely replaced. [based on Cruelty-Free International's experts' studies]
So, cruelty-free testing is the safest and most low-risk method to test products and ensure all creatures' safety. Our vegan CleanClean products are Beauty Without Bunnies certified, guaranteeing the safety of all animals. Take a step to a greener life and planet by ensuring the products you buy and consume have cruelty-free certifications.