Cruelty-Free Shopping: 2nd Update

February 20, 2011

Animal Testing Cartoon

Back in July, LilSis and I made a commitment to ourselves and to the animals in testing labs that we would eliminate animal-tested products from our worlds.  We’ve had some easy instant successes and some challenges.

I talked about one of the biggest challenges in my first shopping update in September.  The problem?  Paper products!

I dare say most of us are UBER picky about the toilet tissue, paper towels and napkins that we buy.  I certainly am. I was completely loyal to Charmin toilet tissue, Puffs tissues, Viva paper towels and Bounty napkins…all animal tested.  Viva is a Kimberly-Clark brand, while Charmin, Puffs, and Bounty are part of the Procter & Gamble empire.

I first tried paper products from Seventh Generation; a brand that I really love because of their dedication to green cruelty-free products.  On a side note, their Free & Clear Natural 2X Concentrated Laundry Liquid is actually less expensive than Tide and is just as effective, in my opinion.  Plus it is non-toxic, biodegradable,  and is free of phosphates.

I also love their Automatic Dishwasher Gel.  I tried another natural dishwasher gel that did a horrible job.  Even after thoroughly rinsing dirty dishes, they still didn’t come clean with that product. Seventh Generation’s gel is just as effective as the animal-tested, chemical-filled products I used to use.

Now back to the paper problem.  I’m sorry to say that I didn’t fall in love with Seventh Generation’s line of paper goods.  I wanted to!  I really, really wanted to.  They were just a bit too natural, if you know what I mean.  I tried a few other natural brands and Whole Foods’ store brand, and had the same experience with them.  For me, they were just a little too rough and scratchy, and didn’t have the strength I was looking for.

I can haz TPNever fear though!  I have a solution that I’m happy about, and it comes from an unexpected source.  Did you know that Safeway products are not animal-tested?  I didn’t until I found that bit of news on PETA’s Caring Consumers site.

To my happy surprise, Safeway paper products are pretty good, and I’m now purchasing them regularly instead of experimenting with other brands.

In Texas, Safeway products are the store brand for Tom Thumb stores.  In other states, you may find them at Von’s, Genuardi’s, Carrs, Casa Ley, Dominick’s, Pak’n’Save, Randall’s, Pavilions, and Safeway stores.

If you don’t have one of these stores in your area, you might try the store brands for Trader Joe’s and Food Lion, since they are not animal-tested either.  I don’t have access to those stores, so I can’t vouch for their paper goods, but if you do, please let me know how it goes.

The bottom line for me…if I can find a more-than-ok replacement for Charmin, then this endeavor is totally doable.  Safeway is obviously not a vegan company, and they don’t have the same focus and natural-dedication as Seventh Generation and some other companies like Method.  But they do make a lot of products that give us options, and allow us to enjoy quality products without supporting animal testers like Procter & Gamble.

I just noticed that Safeway makes a duster refill that fits the Swiffer duster handle!  Swiffer is another Procter & Gamble product, so I was dreading the day that my last box of duster refills was depleted.  Worry no more, me!  Safeway to the rescue!

Animal Testing photo credit: AlBakker’s Flickr photostream

I can haz TP photo credit: ixmati’s Flickr photostream

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7 Comments so far

  1. Posted by Carol Manuel

    July 31, 20125:50 pm

    I found out that the grocery store Kroger’s based in Cincinnati, Ohio does not test on animals of their home brand products. Also, Meijer’s of Columbus and their home brand products, or the CVS drug store chain does not test on animals of their home brand products.

    For me this is a double edge sword. I am pretty attached to medications for seizures, head/heart problems etc. Now, I’m the first person to try and fix myself, however, I had to give in and go through traditional medicine. After checking with the stores I use the most………I was happy to find these three stores are animal friendly.

    Target stores are not animal friendly. Their name brand products still test on animals as of my last contact with them in 2011.

  2. Posted by BigSis

    August 5, 20126:01 pm

    Hi Carol, thanks so much for all that information. I hadn’t been able to tell whether Target’s store brand “Up” products were animal tested or not, so I have assumed they were. That’s a shame, since Target is a really cool store otherwise. I do shop at CVS and occasionally at Kroger, so I’m glad to know that their brands are ok. Thanks again for sharing your research! ~BigSis

  3. Posted by Clare

    August 28, 201210:45 pm

    WOW! Thanks for the update! I have been struggling for paper product alternatives and so lucky I found this post. Please continue your updates!

  4. Posted by BigSis

    September 3, 201212:53 pm

    You’re welcome, Clare. I’m glad the info was helpful to you! I’m happy to say that I’m still using Safeway brand paper products and really like them. I don’t buy a lot from Tom Thumb (my Safeway store) because they can be pricey, but I do make a special trip there for toilet paper, tissues, paper towels, paper plates and napkins. I also buy my trash bags there. We just got a Trader Joe’s here in North Texas this summer, so I’ll try their TP soon. I see lots of people buying it.

    I’ll definitely get a third cruelty-free shopping update done soon. Thanks for reminding me, and thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a comment!

  5. Posted by Tiffany

    August 6, 20131:48 pm

    Just an update on Target stores. Method brand, carried at Target stores are 100% animal cruelty free. The products and ingredients are NOT tested on animals.

  6. Posted by BigSis

    August 25, 20137:01 pm

    Thanks for the update, Tiffany! I love Method products.

  7. Posted by melissa

    November 22, 20149:27 pm

    Thank you guys. I wasn’t aware of the stores listed. Changing my shopping habits is my New Year’s resolution.

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