LUSH knows the score when it comes to looking good and looking out for our animal friends in both land and sea. LUSH contributes to Cool To Be Kind Part 2 with their steadfast commitment to cruelty-free glam.
1. LUSH is against animal testing, please tell me more.
At LUSH, we believe in buying ingredients only from companies that do not commission tests on animals and in testing our products on humans. Unfortunately, it’s become commonplace in the North American cosmetics industry to test products and their ingredients on animals in labs. Laboratory testing is done to substances that make up these cosmetic products, to see whether they are likely to harm people, or damage the environment when they are disposed of.
We’ve been against animal testing for over 30 years and will continue to inform, encourage and participate in the fight for animal rights. We’re proud to say that the founders of LUSH have been passionately fighting against animal testing during all of this time, long before LUSH was even an idea. Since the movement to stop animal testing started, policies have been created to work with cosmetics companies and raw materials suppliers to end animal cruelty.
While we have spoken out against animal testing for years, most of our efforts have been focused on our own strict policy and avoiding animal testing. But it is no longer enough for us to passively wait for animal testing to end. We decided to put our money where our mouth is and now offer the LUSH Prize, awarded annually. The £250,000 prize fund, the biggest prize in the alternative testing sector, focuses pressure on safety testing for consumer products in a way which complements projects which already address alternatives to the animal testing of medicines and awards prizes for Science, Training, Lobbying, Public Awareness, and Young Researchers. It is a way that everyone at LUSH, our customers, and the wider public can become involved in the fight to end animal testing.
2. Please tell me more about LUSH animal rights ethical campaigns.
Some recent campaigns in the area of animal rights are:
LUSH has partnered with United Conservationists to raise awareness of shark finning. We’ve partnered with Discovery
Channel’s Shark Week to spread the message and have also created the Shark Fin Soap to raise funds for United Conservationists efforts. (Shark Fin Soap is available at LUSH stores and lushusa.com
Fur Trim Is A Trap:
In December 2012, we turned all of our shops in Eastern Canada (25 shops in Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia) into campaign
centers where employees, customers and supporters came to sign postcards urging Dani Reiss, the CEO of Canada Goose, to stop using fur trim on his products. We also transformed our Queen Street location in Toronto into a live performance for 24 hours to share the brutal cruelty of the fur industry.
Check out more products from other companies who are also employ the cruelty-free philosophy:
The Badger sunscreen line is Leaping Bunny certified cruelty free in addition to being biodegradable and featuring 98% organic ingredients. The Active Broad Spectrum SPF 15 is now available unscented. The Active line, which is water resistant for 40 minutes, also is available in SPF 30 Lavender, SPF 34 Anti-Bug, SPF 30 Kids, and SPF 30 Baby. The Sport line is water resistant for 80 minutes and is available in SPF 35 Sunscreen cream and SPF 35 Face Stick Unscented. (Available at Whole Foods)
Pacifica is always cruelty free, 100% vegan, and their products are developed according to the strict Whole Foods guidelines. The new Aquarian Gaze Water Resistant Mascara builds volume and length and conditions with coconut oil and Vitamin B. The Charmed Eye Shadow Palette features mineral shadow in a rainbow of seven shades. The Golden Lotus Highlighting Powder is a pressed powder that highlights and brightens with antioxidants. (Available at Target)
Kiss My Face has been cruelty free for over 30 years. The New Kiss My Face Bare Naked Continuous Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 is a lightweight, air powered spray sunscreen that includes green tea, Vitamins C and E, aloe and cucumber to provide sun defense in hard to reach areas. (Available at Whole Foods)coconut oil and Vitamin B. The Charmed Eye Shadow Palette features mineral shadow in a rainbow of seven shades. The Golden Lotus Highlighting Powder is a pressed powder that highlights and brightens with antioxidants. (Available at Target)
Parissa hair removal products belong to the Leaping Bunny program. The Quick & Easy Wax Strips for Legs & Body quickly zips away large areas of hair and Quick & Easy Strips for Face & Bikini instantly removes hair from smaller areas. (Available at Walgreens)
Desert Essence has also been certified by Leaping Bunny along with being partnered with Renewable Choice. Their two new yummy scents, Italian Lemon and Island Mango, are featured in their Soap Bar and Hand & Body Lotion. The new Coconut Travel Essentials features Coconut Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash, and Body Lotion, all is 1.5 oz size and housed in 100% recyclable packaging. (Available at desertessence.com)
The new Green Tea Milk Wash from FarmHouse Fresh is an ultra-gentle, vitamin and antioxidant rich cleanser with coconut and green tea extract. It’s great for sensitive skin with it’s 97% vegan formula that’s gluten free and free of parabens, sulfates, and mineral oil. FarmHouse never tests on animals! (Available at farmhousefreshgoods.com)
The new Alba Botanica Very Emollient Sunscreen SPF 45 is offers broad UVA/UVB protection with botanically moisturizing ingredients such as Green Tea, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera, and Chamomile. It is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation. (Available at Whole Foods)