Little Acts of Kindness for Animals

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When it comes to helping animals, there are so many ways to help improve their lives by making simple changes, big or small. Although larger acts can be more effective over time, who’s to say small acts can’t gradually build up over time, too? If these small acts become routine or are something you already do, then props to you! You’re already helping animals and that’s great but we all can improve, can’t we? Usually when people talk about animal rights, it’s about the larger categories: animals for food, fur, or entertainment. Yes, these are all extremely important, but keep in mind that there are regions within all of these categories that can be broken down into small ideas. These ideas can turn into action for animals, starting small and going big.No matter how big or small the act of kindness you are doing, it all has such great, positive impact on an animal’s dear life! By simply being more aware of the choices you make everyday, you can make a difference. After all, you make these choices, don’t you? So why not choose more compassionately? Here are some great examples of how you can do just so:
Using toothpaste that doesn’t test on animals (details can be found here):Some examples of common companies that doCrest, Colgate, Aquafresh, Oral-B, and Sensodyne.Some examples of common companies that don’tTom’s of MaineJasonRembrandt, Burt’s BeesKiss My Face, and Nature’s Gate. One of my personal favorites is Desert Essence’s Natural Tea Tree Oil Toothpaste (Mint) and Dirt Toothpowder which you can read more about here.


Wearing faux leather or suede (thinner piece of hide) instead of real leather or suede (details can be found here):

Examples: computer chairs, jackets, shoes, belts, gloves, laptop cases, phone cases, guitar straps, camera straps, furniture, wallets, and even ballet slippers.

Wearing faux wool instead of real wool shoes or coats (details can be found here):

Examples: coats and boots.

Wearing faux fur instead of animal fur (details can be found here):

Examples: gloves, coat, and trimmings.

Here are some great example of places to find all of these (faux fur, faux wool, faux leather/pleather): 

Alternative Outfitters,Vaute CoutureHerbivore ClothingThe Vegan StoreMatt and NatCouch Guitar StrapsGot Nice ShoesMoo ShoesOkabashiVegan ChicNoah ShopMuso KoroniVegetarian ShoesCow Jones IndustrialsKuna PrintsFree RangersVegan WaresBourgeois BohemeEthical WaresCynthia King Dance StudioMelissa AustraliaBeyond SkinCri De CoeurForm and FaunaMohopNeuaura ShoesNoHarmNovacasOlsen HausElizabeth DetroitOlanthe, and Keep Company.

Also, check out these alternatives to animal leather made from:

BETTER “LEATHERS” 

1. Barkcloth

2. Cork

3. Recycled Ultrasuede

4. Glazed Cotton

5. Paper

6. Recycled PET Polyester

7. Degradable Polyurethane[separator]

Using perfume or cologne that doesn’t test on animals (details can be found here):

Some examples of common companies that do: Axe, Christina Aguilera Perfumes, Dunhill Fragrances, Escada Fragrances, Lacoste Fragrances, Old Spice, and Ralph Lauren Fragrances.

Some examples of common companies that don’tVictoria’s SecretPuigHerban CowboyAubrey (after shave), Le Labo,Caswell & MasseyBath & Body WorksBlack Phoenix Alchemical LaboratoryKlean SpaA Perfume OrganicLUSH,TerranovaEcco BellaPacificaLavanilla Laboratories, and Cocoa Pink.[separator]

Using deodorant that doesn’t test on animals (details can be found here):

Some examples of common companies that do: Axe, Dove, Degree, Dry Idea, Secret, and Speed Stick.

Some examples of common companies that don’tThe Body ShopAlba BotanicaDesert Essence, and Tom’s of Maine.

Using hand and body soap that doesn’t test on animals (details can be found here):

Some examples of common companies that do: Dial, Lux, and Purell.

Some examples of common companies that don’tBath & Body WorksBurt’s BeesThe Good Home Company, and Mrs. Meyers Clean Day.

Using cleaning products that don’t test on animals:

Some examples of common companies that do: Lysol, Clorox, Febreeze, Green Works, Mr. Clean, Oust, OxiClean, Pine- Sol, Pledge, and Scrubbing Bubbles.

Some examples of common companies that don’tThe Good Home Company, and Seventh Generation.

You can even make your own cleaning products at home that are cruelty-free at a fraction of the price: 

All-Purpose Cleaner

· Mix vinegar and salt to make a good surface cleaner.

· Pour some baking soda and vinegar on a damp sponge to clean and deodorize all kitchen and bathroom surfaces.

Deodorizer

· Place partially filled saucers of vinegar around the room.

· Boil one teaspoon of vinegar in one cup of water to eliminate unpleasant cooking odors.

· Baking soda is excellent for absorbing odors.

Removing Grease Spots

· Immediately pour salt on grease spots to absorb the grease and prevent stains.

Removing Scratches From Wood

· Mix equal parts of lemon juice and vegetable oil and rub into scratches with a soft cloth until they disappear.

Oven Cleaner

· While the oven is still warm, pour some salt on grimy areas. If the areas are dry, dampen with water before applying the salt. When the oven cools down, scrape the grime off and wash clean.

· Spray grimy areas with water or vinegar water and apply a layer of baking soda. Rub gently with fine steel wool and wipe off. Rinse with water and wipe dry.

Toilet-Bowl Cleaner

· Sprinkle baking soda into the bowl, then drizzle with vinegar and scour with a toilet brush. This combination both cleans and deodorizes. Note: Do NOT mix this combination with store-bought toilet cleaners. It will create toxic fumes.

Glass Cleaner

· Mix equal amounts of water and vinegar in a spray bottle. Wipe the glass with newspaper for a streak-free shine.

Drain Cleaner

· For a clogged drain, pour a handful of baking soda down the drain, add half a cup of vinegar, and close with a plug for 20 seconds. Rinse with hot water.

Using washing detergent & stain removers that don’t test on animals (details can be found here):

Some examples of common companies that do: Downy, Shout, and Tide.

Some examples of common companies that don’tThe Good Home CompanyMethod ProductsSeventh GenerationEarth Friendly Products, and Mrs. Meyers Clean Day.


Using sunscreen/suntan lotion that doesn’t test on animals 
(details can be found here):

Some examples of common companies that do: Coppertone, Hawaiian Tropics, Neutrogena, and Banana Boat.

Some examples of common companies that don’tOcean PotionBurt’s BeesKiss My FaceMalibu Sun, and Alba Botanica.

Of course these are not ALL the little things you can do to help animals, there are so many more that I hope to get to in the near future. 

Regardless of what you decide to do, we can all agree that a little act of kindness done by another or ourselves makes us feel good. A lot of us don’t take the time to consider these sorts of things because time doesn’t stop for us, so why stop for time? But, animal cruelty, whether it’s animal testing, using animals for food, or for clothing, its an important aspect on what keeps another’s fate on the line. Of course that’s the bad news, but the good news is that we can change this! If we don’t take a couple minutes to change our habits then an animal can lose its life! But if you take the time to change some of the simpler, smaller things in life like what sunscreen you buy or what shoes you buy, you can save an animal’s life without sacrificing style or quality and provide the greatest gift of all: a chance to live!

Don’t forget, change usually always seems difficult at first but if you keep an open mind and good reasoning in your heart, positive change has positive outcomes, not only for animals, but for yourself.

Also, be sure to check out the video below for some inspiration to make these changes for animals.

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