Making kind choices in your everyday life.

Laundry

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 in Not tested on animals - cleaning etc | 2 comments

“I cannot do all the good that the world needs. But the world needs all the good that I can do” – Jana Stanfield

 

laundry

 

 

There is a two fold purpose for this not very scintillating sounding blog topic.

1. Public humiliation in order to make me clean up our disgrace of a laundry.

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Before……horror scene !

 

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1 hour later !!!!

2. To promote some animal and environmentally friendly laundry options (as well as demonising some of the well known brands who still test on animals).

Many of us make an effort to ensure our shampoos and make up have not been tested on animals but forget that the many items that we use around the house are also often tested on animals and / or are harmful for the environment. I hope that the following guide helps you to source a kind product and reward the companies who are doing the right thing with your patronage and avoid those who aren’t.

This page from the Shop Ethical guide is very easy to follow and points out the good, the bad and the in between clearly. This page from Animals Australia names and shames well known companies who still test their products on animals.

My household has been using the Australian made Earth Choice brand for a while which is very affordable, can be bought in bulk and easily sourced at Coles and Woolies. I like the fact that they also appear on the Choose Cruelty Free list and they are animal product free.

If you prefer to avoid the big supermarkets, Tri Nature ticks all the environmentally and animal friendly credentials. As do the products sold by the lovely company Ethikool who are passionate about raising awareness and funds for the orangutans in Borneo (who are losing their forests and lives to the devastating palm oil plantations). All their products are staunchly palm oil free and they have some great deals if you buy in bulk.

As for the well known companies to AVOID, don’t give your money to :

* Drive, Omo, Comfort and Surf owned by Unilever who get a big, black cross from reliable sources including the Ethical Shopping Guide and PETA’s Cruelty Free Guide for a range of issues, including animal testing and worker exploitation.

* Cold Power, Spree, Dynamo, Fab and Fluffy owned by Colgate-Palmolive are criticised by the Ethical Shopping Guide for animal testing (however they are reported by PETA’s Cruelty Free Guide as “working for a regulatory change” which means they only test on animals when required by law.)

Regrettably, in my mega laundry clean up I found some of these products (Comfort) in our cupboards. The great thing about this blog is that I am learning as I go too.

A rather gross fact that I did learn during my research was that Di Hydrogenated Tallow Dimethyl Ammoium Choride is a fan-dangled name for horse / sheep fat often found in fabric softner. I much prefer the Spotless crew’s (Shannon Lush and Jennifer Fleming) alternative suggestion of putting equal parts bicarb soda and vinegar in with your rinse water for your towels and sheets. I also like their tip of adding lemon juice to rinse water to  whiten whites. Much less toxic sounding option than bleach.

How do your laundry products stack up in the kindness stakes ?

If you want to learn more about animal testing – the suffering it involves, why it is unnecessary and what you can do to help combat it, visit the informative Humane Research Australia site.

 

 

 

 

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  1. andy

    we do earth choice in the kitchen.. ..we gotta check out the laundry now! why i ever
    read these blogs!! ..keep em coming xx

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