Friday, March 6, 2009

eco friendly Friday

The other day when Amber and I were at the local shelter Amber said “I just hate this place.”

A worker over heard us and she said “you get use to it.”

I immediately said “I could never get use to killing animals.”

That started a conversation that I never saw coming. I was suddenly explaining to Amber the difference between kill shelters and no kill shelters. That led to another conversation about testing products on animals.

So I started doing some research on animal testing and I was shocked at what I found. I shared with Amber some of the stuff that I learned and I asked her if she would like to see some videos. Amber said no.

I know that all sorts of stuff are tested on animals, but will someone please explain to me why bleach has to be tested on animals?

I have a confession to make. I love body butter. I love how thick it is. It works wonders on my dry fish like skin. I learned that lotion is tested on animals! I went to my stash of body butter and started looking for the bunny sign.
If you see this bunny then you know that your products were not tested on animals.

One of the things that really shocked me was the fact that bath and body works does test their stuff on animals. I will now have to ban that from our house. The girls have a ton of stuff from them. I guess it is an easy gift to buy, but I just can’t support a company that test’s their products on animals.

I am not only the plastic bag Nazi, but now I am going to be looking for the bunny on everything I buy.

Below are a few links. Please check them out. There are list of companies that do test on animals and a list of companies that do not.
Just as I vote with my wallet and choose to not buy eco friendly cleaners, I am now going to be voting with my wallet on whether or not I buy products that are tested on animals.

If a shampoo has such harsh ingredients that it has to be tested on animals, then why would I want to buy that product any way?

Here is a list of a few things I did this week to be green and to save a little green.

1. I reused a zip lock cheese bag to store some left over onion. I do not buy zip lock bags, being able to reuse a bag with a zip lock does save my fridge from smelling.
2. I turned my car off while I was sitting in a construction zone. I am not sure what that saved me, but I sat there for over 10 minutes!
3. I borrowed warm clothing for the kids to take to winter camp. This saved me a ton of money and time. It also saved me some gas because I did not have to go to the store.
4. I placed an ad on craigslist for free moving boxes. They were gone in five minutes. I just keep pulling boxes out of peoples recycling and I save them until I have a big stack. It is nice to see them being reused.


Missie said...

I agree with the testing on animals. There is no need!

Enjoy your week.

Paula said...

Hummm I didn't know that about the bunny mark. Thanks for keeping us informed.

a corgi said...

I thought of you when our neighbors moved in and had all their boxes out for the recyclers; I was going to go over and ask if I could have them but I got a bit shy

I'm going to start looking for the bunny sign; I don't think animals should be used for testing products like this either

hoping the kids are having a great time at camp; I hope Nikki shares with you about it and you feel comfortable sharing it in your journal


Indigo said...

You get used to it??? Good gravy why is she working in an animal shelter with that attitude. Oh hell no you don't get used to it. I have a new stray. Make that 3 in the past 2 weeks. This one is a huge puff ball literally, his fur is so long and puffed out all around him. To look at him he looks like a huge fat cat - he's nothing but fur. In reality he whines when he's given food, he's so hungry. His tail has been lobbed almost off, there is only a 3 inch stump hehind him. When you see those huge eyes looking at you pleading don't hurt me while he eats, your heart begins crying. You get used to it?? Like hell! (Hugs)Indigo

Traci said...

I can't imagine getting used to it! How sad. I like your eco friendly Fridays! I went to Goodwill and bought Emma three pairs of jeans and it only cost me $10 and change.

nancybrownowl said...

hi kelli, good to see your still got plenty of energy and its not going to waste glad you liked the dumpling lol, and its not getting tested on the animals (minnie and fergus) lol its human food plenty goodness in it took 6 hours to boil . take care god bless from nancybrownowl in scotlandxxxxx

Small Footprints said...

Excellent post! I hate the fact that innocent animals are used for testing. It's so unfair!

Thank you for the links and letting us know the reality of our products. I'll be looking for that bunny, too!

You did wonderful on your green efforts this week. Congrats! :)

Small Footprints

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