UNDERSTANDING 
LABELS

1.

Effect on the Environment 

How does this product affect the environment in production and after its used?

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2.

Product Source

Where, how, and by whom was this product created?

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3.

Ingredients 

What does this product contain? What benefits do some ingredients have?

      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 .

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ANIMAL WELFARE APPROVED

Animals raised humanely and in an environmentally friendly manner

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LEAPING BUNNY

Cruelty-free and no animal testing 

RAINFOREST ALLIANCE CERTIFIED

Product created sustainably with the least impact on the rainforest environment

FAIR TRADE CERTIFIED

 

Sustainable and fair trade, empowers farmers and workers in production

 

FOOD ALLIANCE CERTIFIED

 

Ethical animal practices, safe working environments, and protection of natural environments 

USDA ORGANIC CERTIFIED 

The products this label is found on reduce pesticide levels and limits synthetics

Understanding   Chemicals . 
 

1% FOR THE PLANET 

Donates 1% of income to sustainable energy and projects 

CERTIFIED B CORPORATION

The production and usage of this product is sustainable and verified by a third-party 

OEKO TEXTILES 

Found on linen and towel labels, indicates water efficiency and usage of sustainable materials 

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.  

Environmental
labels.
 

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. 

CERTIFIED VEGAN

Verified by Vegan Action, however has not been checked for legitimacy. 

CERTIFIED VEGAN AND CRUELTY FREE

Verified by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). 

VEGAN ORGANIC NETWORK

Avoids chemicals and animal remains from slaughterhouses.  

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Marine wildlife and habitat conservation movement.

A deeper look at ingredients.
 

 Mica

Coconut Trees

Palm oil

 
Animal Abuse in products.
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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. 

 

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