At Brush On Block, we really love our animals, and that's why we are proud to announce that one year ago, we completed PETA's (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) certification as Animal Test Free and Vegan. This certification is your guarantee that not only do we take pride in using no animal-derived ingredients, but that we do not use ingredients that are animal-tested, either. (Of course, we never have and never will test our finished products on animals!) Every product you purchase from Brush On Block, from our brush-on mineral sunscreen SPF 30 to our Protective Lip Oil SPF 32 is cruelty-free and vegan. Peta is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with over 9 million supporters and members, dedicated to ending animal cruelty.
CEO and founder Andrea Wetsel says, “Since our founding, we have thoughtfully and strategically expanded our line to include new products to make sun protection easy and convenient, in keeping with our mission of providing natural, safe and sustainable products that are healthy for humans and the environment. Part of this includes doing our share to help the sunscreen and skin care industry make significant steps to eliminate animal suffering, such as helping to increase awareness and consciousness around the impact of our industry and its effect on animals. PETA is one of the most well-known third-party cruelty-free certifications, and I knew that this certification could be impactful as we strive to bring awareness to both the importance of no animal testing and placing restrictions on the use of animal-derived ingredients. We are excited to be recognized as PETA cruelty-free (animal test free) and vegan certified!”
Each year, an estimated 115 million animals are used in product testing around the world; approximately 100 million animals are tested in the United States alone. We strongly believe that it is important to provide consumers with a safe and effective sunscreen option that does not exploit animals. When looking for a cruelty-free option, avoid beeswax, elastin, and lanolin, and check the sources of collagen, stearin and stearic acid. And at Brush On Block, we take it one step further, by using mineral sunscreen actives rather than chemical sunscreen actives that have been tied to coral reef bleaching. Brush On Block products are reef-friendly!
Animal testing also has an impact on the environment. When animals are discarded, the chemicals, ingredients, and anything else that was tested on them end up in the environment, which can lead to them harming other animals or even humans. There is also concern that genetically modified animals will be released or escape into the wild, where there is a risk of them breeding with wild animals.
Brush On Block also participates in the Peta Business Friends organization, providing on-going funding to help stop animal abuse and suffering. It is never fun to talk about cruelty to animals, whether done by an individual or in the name of science. Our Peta Approval is your guarantee that when you purchase Brush On Block products, you are not contributing to any cruel treatment of animals. We have a large product selection, so there's something for everyone!