Are Vegan and Cruelty-Free the Same Thing?

Are Vegan and Cruelty-Free the Same Thing?

By Karin Shoup, Designer and Founder of Sportschic

We live in an interesting time when there are all kinds of words used to describe products that often do not have clear meaning like cruelty-free and vegan. It is important to distinguish between cruelty-free and vegan products because while it is common for people to use these two terms interchangeably, there are several key differences. Products that are vegan may not necessarily be cruelty-free and vice versa. The cruelty-free label only guarantees that the final product and ingredients are not tested on animals, but the product can still contain animal derived ingredients.
Similarly, the vegan label only guarantees that the product does not contain animal ingredients but may still have been tested on animals. Many vegans consider both labels to be required before buying a product.

When you hear that a product is vegan and free of animal byproducts, you’d also think it is cruelty-free, right?  Not necessarily. While vegan beauty means the absence of animal ingredients, cruelty-free simply refers to products and ingredients that have not been tested on animals. Going cruelty-free should sound like a no-brainer then, right? Who wants to harm innocent animals?

Unfortunately, animal testing is still the norm for the vast majority of beauty companies who sell their products in store. The reason? Though animal 
testing is banned in many countries around the world, including the United 
Kingdom and the European Union it is prevalent around the world.

Fun Fact: California recently became the first U.S. state to ban the sale of 
cosmetics tested on animals!


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