For the past few months something has been in the back of my mind: animals. All kinds! Cute little kittens, chubby bunnies, and fluffy little ducklings. It started when I read a proposal request and learned about a faculty member’s research proposal that would involve animals.
I was bothered by it and I can’t quite place my finger on WHY I was bothered by it, but it just wasn’t sitting right with me.
Fast forward to last week. I’m a professor who is stuck in the snow, hasn’t seen her students in a week, and has nothing better to do than waste time on the Internet, do Yoga in the living room, and experiment with baking recipes. Surfing the net allows me to catch up with some amazing blogs and I immediately felt inspired by my fellow beauty and lifestyle community. To do what, exactly? To pledge to use only cruelty free cosmetics and household items. I can’t stop a faculty member from doing research that I don’t agree with, and I can’t overhaul the lives of everyone around me, but as a beauty product enthusiast, I can stand to look good while practicing some good old fashioned ethics. As I mentioned on Facebook, my lip gloss shouldn’t double as a torture device. didn’t sit right with me. I chalked it up to my humanities background (we don’t often use animals for ANYTHING involving our research interests) and let it lie. Until…that uncomfortable feeling started poking at my mind a few weeks later.
Because I’m often impulsive, I immediately overhauled my makeup and nail polish first. Thankfully, I had a lot of great cruelty free brands already in my possession! Turns out, too, that during the move a lot of my nail polish separated and got really icky. So, though a lot of my former products were thrown away, it wasn’t a complete waste. My train case is much more organized, my nail polish station in my office is looking great, and I’m having fun replacing household products with new, cruelty-free options as I need to replenish. (I refuse to throw out products that are half full like mousse and toothpaste since if there’s anything more unethical than animal testing for the sake of beauty, it’s WASTE!)
My animal friendly paper products are en route to the house (tissues, toilet paper, and paper towel), and I’m listing and researching household cleaners and laundry products to purchase once what we have runs out. I feel really good about my decision, though I know it’s going to be a challenge. Here’s to learning, looking good, and doing good!