Animal-friendly products in 2023: Your handy guide to ethical choices at home

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Sustainability in the household: a short blog about household products without animal suffering, with an emphasis on animal-friendly products.

Animal-friendly products are products that have not been tested on animals in any way and where no animal ingredients are used.

Do people test products on animals?

Yes, in some cases products are still tested on animals, although there is a growing awareness and stricter regulation around the world to reduce animal testing and replace it with alternative testing methods.

Is vegan always cruelty free?

Although vegan products do not contain any animal ingredients, this does not automatically mean that they are not tested on animals. Veganism refers to the absence of animal products while cruelty-free refers to the fact that the product has not been tested on animals. Second Nature's household products , discover our selection of ethical products

How is makeup tested on animals?

Traditionally, makeup products were tested on animals by applying them to the skin or eyes of animals to assess possible side effects. However, this practice is increasingly being replaced by alternative testing methods, such as the use of advanced in vitro testing and computer modelling.

Which products are not tested on animals?

Some products, especially those from major brands, may still test on animals or use ingredients that have been tested on animals. It is important to check specific brands and products for their animal testing policies and certifications.

What are the pros and cons of animal testing?

Animal experiments have historically contributed to medical advancements and safety testing, but they also raise ethical concerns and alternative methods are available. The debate about the pros and cons of animal testing is complex and subject to ongoing discussion and development.

Are the Hema, Etos, Kruidvat, Colgate, Garnier, Rituals, Maybelline, Nivea and Loreal own brands free of animal testing?

Hema, Etos, Kruidvat and Rituals have indicated that they offer animal testing-free products and do not carry out animal testing. Colgate, Garnier, Maybelline, Nivea and Loreal are larger brands and in some cases have conducted animal testing or use ingredients known to have been tested on animals. It is important to consult individual brands for their specific animal testing policies.


Animal-friendly products are gaining in popularity as consumers place increasing importance on ethical and animal-friendly choices. Although there is a growing awareness worldwide to reduce animal testing, some products are still tested on animals. It is important to check specific brands and products for their animal testing policies and certifications. Fortunately, more and more animal-friendly alternatives are available, both in the cosmetics and personal care industry and in other sectors. By consciously choosing animal-friendly products, we can contribute to a more ethical and sustainable world.

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