Yesterday (aka Tuesday if the long weekend has disgruntled your inner calendar), California made industry-disrupting history as the first state to officially ban animal-tested beauty products. As reported by Glamour, the legislative bill was first brought up back in February by Senator Cathleen Galgiani, and yesterday, the state legislature passed said bill to outlaw the sale of animal-tested beauty products, effective January 1, 2020.
A topic that’s been steeped in controversy and ethical issue for years, the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act represents the first substantial step the country has taken toward a 100% animal-free testing policy. A policy, mind you, that was similarily instated by the European Union more than five years ago, alongside 40 other countries worldwide who have already put a complete ban on product-related animal testing.
“This policy is tried and true, as the European Union implemented a similar law and the sky didn’t fall. Animals have been saved while companies have flourished and grown without cruelty as part of their business model,” explains Judie Mancuso, founder and president of Social Compassion in Legislation.
Galgiani also voiced her own hope in a statement reading, “Inaction at the federal level compels California to lead the way in ensuring a cruelty-free cosmetics market for its citizens by barring any new ingredients or cosmetics that are tested on animals.”
And while the FDA’s vantage point has remained stubborn on the topic (thus far advising cosmetic manufacturers “to employ whatever testing is appropriate and effective for substantiating the safety of their products”), California’s newest move represents a large-scale step in the country’s approach to cruelty-free beauty. Officially, the bill is co-sponsored by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Social Compassion in Legislation and supported by Cruelty Free International and Lush, stipulating that it will be illegal to “sell any cosmetic in California if the final product or any component of the product was knowingly tested on animals after January 1, 2020.” And considering California’s significance pertaining to the beauty market, (it’s a mecca for shopping, brands, red carpets, photo shoots, the like) the act will pretty much force any non-cruelty-free brands to change their tune, which would mark a notable benefit for shoppers countrywide.
Of course, since the law won’t actually affect for a little over a year (2019 is coming in hot, folks), there’s still some wait time. Until then, we’ve included 10 of our favorite products and brands (drugstore and beyond) that are already aboard the cruelty-free train. Keep scrolling!