I had this whole thing planned out where I was gonna write about deodorant versus antiperspirant today. But something has come up in the cruelty free world that probably happens a lot, and it’s caused me to question the biggest certification organization there is, Leaping Bunny.
What happened? A major cruelty free company, Method and their parent company Ecover, has started testing on daphnia in the UK. What are daphnia? Water fleas. They are small crustaceans that live in fresh water. Apparently, testing on these tiny invertebrates is done to check “aquatic toxicity.” Logical Harmony did a very nice article explaining all of this and you can read it here.
This was a major bummer for me because I already had more than a few Method products in my house. I had just bought some of their new laundry detergent. I was looking forward to using other products by the company. It’s not a terribly big deal because Seventh Generation is still cruelty free and has been for years. I just thought it would be nice to have several companies to choose from at the grocery store as Method and Seventh Generation are about my only choices locally.
How does Leaping Bunny fit in? Well, this is where things got fuzzy for me. Leaping Bunny is a third party cruelty free certification organization. Method is Leaping Bunny certified. Method is claiming that they are still cruelty free because invertebrates are not animals and this testing in the UK is being done because it is law. Leaping Bunny is saying that Method will not be loosing their certification because daphnia are invertebrates and invertebrates are not animals.
Leaping Bunny’s stance on this has made me think that their little leaping bunny isn’t worth the labels it is printed on. Of course, this has made this journey even more confusing but I’ll keep going as best I can. I have a new list of soaps, cleaning products, and candles. Hopefully, I’ll be able to find it all locally.
Are you cruelty free? Have any thoughts on the topic or know of any brands? Leave a comment! Thanks.