What do Product Labels Mean?
As product labels can be complex and mysterious, we aim to educate students about the meanings behind product labels. These labels teach us how ethical products can be, where they come from, and how the ingredients in certain products may affect specific skin types.
The Three Pillars.
When shopping, consider the three pillars contributing to sustainable products. The effect on the environment, source, and ingredients are critical variables in determining the sustainability of a product.
Common Labels .
Understanding Chemicals .
Parabens are preservatives commonly found in skincare. Studies have linked them to cancer and behavioral changes, and they have also been discovered in marine life due to pollution.
Sulfate is a chemical originally created to be used in detergent, but can now be found in many hair care products. Sulfate links to hair damage and a loss of color.
Vegan products are created without any animal products or byproducts of animal production development. Vegan products will not include honey, collagen, gelatin, and other substances such as keratin.
Vegetarian products are products without any animal meat used in creation and development. However, these products typically still contain dairy, collagen, gelatin, and other products made by animals.
Look at the ingredients list and labels on the product to see if it meets vegan and vegetarian standards.
A deeper look at ingredients.
Animal Abuse in products.
How Are Animals Affected by Testing?
Approximately 100,000 - 200,000 animals suffer and die just for cosmetics every year around the world. These are rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, and mice.
What is Animal Testing ?
Animal testing is when products are tested for safety and bio-compatibility with living and breathing life. Animals are typically kept in small, isolated environments without the ability to move past their width.
Why is it Bad?
Animal testing has many inhumane practices. While there remain legal guidelines about animal testing, it often does not control labs from abusing these animals.