TAG: Labels

The Truth About “Cruelty-Free” Cosmetics

Cosmetics

While Europe has recently banned animal testing for the manufacturing of human vanity – with Israel now following suite – the U.S. and Asia, both large cosmetic markets, continue to subject animals to testing. Law does not require companies to test products on animals, and in vitro alternatives do exist. Yet, 80 percent of the world’s cosmetics are still tested on animals, and 89 percent of cosmetic ingredients have undetectable origins. Because of this, most compassion-conscious citizens choose products labelled “Cruelty-Free” and “Not Tested on Animals”, as they appear be ethical stamps of approval. However, they can be misleading. Many… read more

Toxic Tubes

Lead in lipsticks

Are you a label reader? If you use lipstick, this might not do you any good. Animal byproducts, heavy metals and lead can be found in lipsticks. Lead, even in slight amounts accumulate in the body and is known to cause health, developmental and behavioral issues. Despite that, lead as a component is not required for lipstick labels. So, even if you avidly scour ingredient labels you will not see it, along with some other harmful contenders, listed. Extremely high levels of lead in lipstick can be found worldwide. A recent study conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration… read more

Fake ‘Healthy Food’ Labels

Food labelling

Some food producers have noticed that camouflaging simple snacks with a healthier label will help them sale, particularly producers of processed foods. They have figured out that adding certain healthy sounding or looking labels to their products might make them seem more nutritious than they actually are. Most companies have become so deceptive that the average shopper does not know the difference. Grist.org put together a list of some of the most deceptive labels that might seem like they are advertising a healthy product, but in fact, aren’t. Here are some things to keep an eye out for: Enriched: The… read more