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Shampoo and Animals

June 11, 2011

This piece began as a product review. I’m impressed by Faith in Nature shampoo. Not just me: it’s an ethical consumer magazine BEST BUY.

Just to clear up a couple of things: no I don’t actually have ‘faith in nature’ as such. Why exactly shampoos (and this is not the only one) have to revitalise paganism as well as our hair I’m not sure. And of course on the hair point I am more pre- than post-op Wayne Rooney so I admit that I don’t need much hair product. This makes the £4.49 per 400ml price more paletable.

I was going to blog about how good it is that this product is endorsed by the BUAV for not being tested on animals. A brief bit of research, however, revealed that animal testing has been banned for 2 years (come to Breathe for up to date ethical consumer advice!). BUT the BUAV do explain:

…there is a catch. A ‘marketing’ ban that will ensure no animal tested cosmetics are sold in the EU is in jeopardy.

This marketing ban allows three types of animal tests to be carried out outside the EU for cosmetics sold within the EU until March 2013. The reason is to allow non-animal alternative tests to be developed and approved (‘validated’).

Now European Commission officials are considering whether non-animal alternatives will be ready in time for March 2013. Already, a report by scientists is recommending that the ban be delayed even longer – for up to 10 years in some cases.

If they get their way it could mean 10 more years during which thousands of rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and rats will be injected, gassed, or force-fed and killed worldwide for cosmetics sold in the EU.

If, like me, you think the cosmetics industry shouldn’t stink, visit this site to sign the petition.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Mike W permalink
    June 11, 2011 1:10 am

    Or just don’t use shampoo,
    your head balances out after a month or so and you can just use water

  2. pete permalink
    June 12, 2011 7:52 am

    You can also just use regular soap. Shampoo is a detergent which is harsh on your natural oils and necessitates all the fancy conditioners and whatnot. Again, after a bit your head will adjust and your hair will feel better for it.

  3. Mark permalink*
    June 14, 2011 11:44 pm

    Thanks guys, I’ll give this some thought. If I still had much hair the saving would be huge…!

  4. June 20, 2011 10:34 pm

    Thanks for this, and the links.. have signed and shared!

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