It is January and the world is over-run with messages of “a New Year, a New You”. Firstly, we think you’re already wonderful and secondly, if for whatever reason you want to start 2019 with a resolution or two, there’s no need to turn your life upside down. We suggest small, conscious lifestyles changes that can make a huge difference. One attainable choice would to be to ensure all the products you buy are cruelty-free.
Choosing to go vegan is a humane lifestyle choice you can make but for many this is not viable so it’s then about reducing. Swapping to 100% ethically made products can also be expensive but if you choose to consume animal-based products, cruelty-free means ensuring you know where they come from. It means looking at all the products we ‘consume’ including household products, personal products and baby products to name a few. But it also goes beyond what you do and don’t buy, it applies to our own emotional and personal lives and how we interact with those around us.
We’ve put together a few tips on how to consciously live cruelty-free.
The most important thing when being a cruelty-free shopper is information. If you do a little research and are informed as to where your consumables come from, you can easily avoid products that involve cruelty in their production. This includes free-range and cage-free products. Sadly though, reading the labels isn’t always enough as many companies are not entirely honest about their cruelty-free stance. For example, the finished product might not be tested on animals, but the ingredients may have been. Do a little homework and you’ll soon be armed with the tools to spot a cruelty-free product easily.
Reduce Waste & Recycle:
It takes a huge amount of energy and resources to manufacture and transport new products. Reducing our consumption and in turn our waste is an easy way to lessen our impact on the Earth. Single-use plastics are a huge problem and paying more attention to how this material is produced and how it is disposed of will naturally affect your consumption. Marine animals and birds are especially affected by the problem of plastic
Responsibly sourced ingredients:
It's becoming easier and easier to find products that are transparently made with responsibly sourced, cruelty-free ingredients. It’s hard to find a reason not to take responsibility as a consumer and demand more of the industries creating the products we consume. It comes back to reading labels and doing a bit of research to have the knowledge of what is cruelty-free and what isn’t.
Shout about it:
We have a wonderful tool called social media and when used positively it can be such an asset to our lives. If you are making attainable, positive lifestyle changes, share them with your network. It might help others make the change as well and in turn, we can make a huge difference.
How we’re proudly cruelty-free at Inlight:
We have always made a conscious decision to source our ingredients from responsible suppliers. It wouldn’t make sense to produce organic products with ingredients that weren’t 100% true to our ethos. We are meticulous about the ingredients we use and although they might have to travel a distance to reach us, we never compromise on quality. The only animal-based product we use is beeswax however the beeswax we use is certified organic. Each batch we purchase has its unique batch number and Organic certification which itself carries certain rigorous standards of processing and harvesting. Our primary supplier has been a UK market leader for over 100 years and is certified by both the UK Soil Association and European wide COSMOS for the distribution and supply of organic beeswax. Beeswax is secreted by worker bees for use in the construction of honeycomb and when removed from the hive, neither the bees nor the hive are harmed during the process.
So, we feel that our customers can rest assured that the products we supply are 100% cruelty-free, organic and trustworthy. We’ve even created a Vegan Friendly section on our website for those looking for 100% vegan products.
We hope this helps.