Animals in Labs!
Sadly, this is still a real issue...in 2014. I'll only talk about personal care and household product testing here, as the US doesn't require it but yet companies do it anyway. (And if they don't test their finished products on animals, they can still use ingredients tested on animals in their product recipes.) Many of the animals used have very little legal protections regarding treatment or care and don't receive any pain medication. These animals can be rabbits, rats, cats, dogs and anyone else.
If you want to know how to tell if something is tested on animals, I have a pretty thorough post here called "What's That Bunny Saying?" that walks you through what all the animal testing labels mean - and don't mean. (This includes a vegan option as well, in the event you want to avoid ingredients that come from animals' bodies.)
The great news is that there are so many great products not tested on animals these days that you won't be hurting for options. Logical Harmony is a great blog where Tashina keeps an updated list of cruelty-free companies that either are totally vegan or have vegan options.
^ screenshot from Logical Harmony's guide ^
People in Factories!
Fashion Revolution Day was on the one year anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy. The platform asks you to be curious about where your clothes are made, find out and then do something. It seems to be a call for increased public awareness and action as folks find personally appropriate. (Their guide to get involved is here.) Lucy Siegle, who participated in Fashion Revolution Day, writes that focusing on fairly-made brands and slow fashion (less stuff, less manufacturing cycles) is her best advice. I find that advice sound.
For my personal ethical wardrobe plan, I'd add:
- purchase already-existing clothing where possible as well to divert it from the waste stream
- think about what you're really most likely to wear - focus on filling the holes in your wardrobe (staples)!
Her suggestions were:
- focus on fairly-made brands (and I'd say as eco-friendly as possible)
- focus on slow fashion (less stuff, buy into less manufacturing cycles)
While most of this rehashes stuff I've talked about on this blog before, it's always good to keep these conversations current because they're good reinforcement - for me, anyway.