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Vegan cosmetics market grows

Rabbit being tested.

It’s not just what goes into your body that matters. It’s also what goes on it. Many people want cosmetics and skin care products that are not tested on animals and have no animal derived ingredients and if you’re one of them you’re not alone.

Vantage Market Research’s recent analysis of the Global Vegan Cosmetics Market finds that an increase in the popularity of “veg trends”, the rising consumer consciousness towards the source of origin of cosmetic products, and the high prevalence of many skin problems coupled with the growing health concerns regarding the negative impact of petroleum-based cosmetic ingredients are expected to result in a large growth of the animal free cosmetics market.

The Global Market revenue was valued at $15.1 Billion in 2021 and is forecasted to reach $21.5 Billion by 2028. This parallels the large growth in plant based food products which is expected to grow to $162 billion in the next decade. Buying animal free cosmetic and skin care products can make a big difference to the animals who supply the ingredients and especially the animals these products are tested on.

Animals are still suffering and dying to test shampoo, mascara and other cosmetic products. Terrified rabbits, guinea pigs and other animals have these products forced down their throats and dripped into their eyes before they are killed.

Testing cosmetics on animals is not only cruel it’s also unnecessary, because companies can already create innovative products using thousands of ingredients that have a history of safe use and do not require any additional testing. Plus, modern testing methods (such as human cell-based tests and sophisticated computer models) have replaced outdated animal tests with new non-animal methods that are often faster, less expensive and more reliable. Many countries and some US states have already banned animal testing for cosmetics.

We can help end cosmetics testing on animals by buying products that are not tested on animals or have animal derived ingredients.

Mexico bans testing cosmetics on animals

Mexico just became the 41st country in the world, and the first in North America, to ban the testing of cosmetics on animals, following a unanimous vote in the country’s Senate.  Not only are they banning any testing within Mexico, but also preventing the manufacture, import and marketing of products that have been tested on animals in any other country.  This comes as a result of a multi-year campaign by Humane Society International, and was embraced by many of the industry’s largest companies, including Proctor & Gamble, Avon, L’Oreal, and Unilever among others, who are all working to replace animal testing with more viable human-relevant testing methods.

Antón Aguilar, executive director of Humane Society International (HSI) in Mexico, said. “This is a monumental step forward for animals, consumers and science in Mexico, and this ground-breaking legislation leads the way for the Americas to become the next cruelty-free beauty market, and brings us one bunny-leap closer to a global ban.”

Mexico joins 40 other countries worldwide that have already banned animal testing.  Here in the US, California was the first state to pass a ban on cosmetic animal testing in 2018 and six additional states (Nevada, Illinois, Virginia, Maryland, Hawaii, and Maine) followed. Three additional states, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and New York, are expected to follow. At the federal level,  the Humane Cosmetics Act was introduced in 2019 by bipartisan politicians, including vegan Senator Cory Booker to ban cosmetic animal testing nationwide, as well as prohibit the import of cosmetics tested on animals from countries worldwide. Currently, more than 900 companies officially endorse the Humane Cosmetics Act.