First, we take our petition to the UN with lots of our animal-loving friends. We’ll then talk to as many decision-makers at the UN as we can. We want to win their support and work with them to create an international agreement to end animal testing in cosmetics across the globe. Finally, we lobby and campaign in different countries to ensure that this law is adopted and enforced everywhere.
We think so. We’ve had an incredible response to our campaign so far. Animal testing in cosmetics has been banned in the EU for five years now, and market research indicates that vegan and cruelty-free are two of the biggest issues for customers in 2018. We’ve also seen rapid innovation in science and technology, so that non-animal testing can quickly become the mainstream. There’s never been a better time to call for an end to animal testing in cosmetics!
We’re heading to the UN before the end of 2018 with our petition. With Cruelty Free International, we’ll be working hard to reach an agreement. International decision-making can take time, but your signatures prove people want action now. We are already seeing more and more countries, like Canada, Brazil and Australia, move towards ending animal testing in cosmetics. We expect this momentum to continue. That means it’s really important to create a unified framework, so that all countries have the same laws to finally end it for good.
- In-silico (computer-based) analysis uses readily available, existing data which will help us to assess the suitability of similar materials through a process of extrapolation of this information
- Laboratory-produced skin is grown from human skin cells and allows us to conduct safety checks on cells that react in virtually the same way as human skin without harming any people or animals.
- Finally, to ensure good tolerance on people we will often test our products using patch testing, which involves placing a very small amount of product on person's skin to ensure that it is safe and effective, usually at the final stage of testing a new formulation.
- We will also carry out controlled user trials where people test our products for both skin compatibility and cosmetic effectiveness, under the supervision of medical experts when required.
SO HOW DO WE TEST?
Our The Body Shop products undergo extensive testing to ensure they are safe and effective for use, while remaining cruelty-free. We use three main testing methods involving computer data, laboratory-created tissues and people:
We will also carry out controlled user trials where people test our products for both skin compatibility and cosmetic effectiveness, under the supervision of medical experts when required.
A HISTORY OF FIGHTING FOR WHAT'S RIGHT
The Body Shop started campaigning to end animal testing in cosmetics, the first global cosmetics company to do so.
Following our sustained campaign, the UK government banned animal testing of cosmetic products and ingredients.
Campaigning by The Body Shop and BUAV (British Union for the Abolition)
Campaigning by The Body Shop and BUAV (British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, now Cruelty Free International) contributed to a European Union ban on animal testing in cosmetic products.
The European Union implements its ban on animal testing in cosmetic ingredients.
We celebrate history. The sale and import of animal tested products and ingredients is banned, completing the EU ban. Our campaign with Cruelty Free International collects 1 million signatures.
Influencing significant progress across the world as South Korea, New Zealand and India now have a variety of bans in place. Australia is set to follow with a ban promised by July 2017 as is Taiwan in 2019. Cruelty Free International have trained scientists in Vietnam and are now discussing with Thailand and other governments the possibility of a ban across ASEAN.
We reach 3 million signatures in our petition with Cruelty Free International.
We reach 8 million signatures in our petition with Cruelty Free International. We take our petition to the United Nations to ban animal testing in cosmetic worldwide.