OK, we’ll be the first to admit that a massive corporation like Unilever still has a way to go when it comes to cleaning up their social, ethical and environmental footprint, but as we say here at The Vegan Company – every step towards a more compassionate world is a step in the right direction. And Unilever seems to be taking some pretty big leaps in that direction lately.
Is it happening fast enough? Not for some of our readers, we know that, but let’s face it, things just don’t happen overnight, especially when there are infrastructures that have been in place for 90 years.
So, we’re going to go out on a limb here and salute them for heading in the right direction – especially as in the last few months alone, we’ve seen the company implement some pretty big changes.
Firstly, there was the two vegan ice cream offerings. Lovers of cold confectionery across the globe squealed in collective delight with the almost simultaneous launch of the Vegan Magnum and Vegan Cornetto. And the sales spoke for themselves – they flew off the shelf and now, months later, they’re still pretty hard to find, they sell that quickly!
Then, there was the news skin care giant Dermalogica was transitioning its entire range to vegan (insert our link here). As a true skin care aficionado, I can’t even begin to tell you how stoked I was when I heard this news. While it will take a while, and no end-date has been officially set, the intention is there and it has been made loud and clear.
Currently, the top shelf beauty brand does all it can to be kind to animals, stating on its website: “We do not engage in animal testing, nor do our formulas contain animal-derived ingredients. We are recognised as cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Further, we have been recognized by the RSPO (Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil) for sourcing palm oil in a manner that does not negatively impact local wildlife.”
Well, we certainly aren’t going to argue with animal welfare groups with those credentials, in particular PETA.
And just last week here in Australia, Unilever launched to media its 100 per cent vegan, sustainable and environmentally conscious body and hair care brand, Love, Beauty and Planet – a completely chemical- and cruelty-free, plant-based range of body washes, body lotions and shampoo and conditioner that are quite frankly, just insanely beautiful to use.
The line-up includes five artisanal, divine smelling blends of nourishing shampoo and fast-rinse conditioner, four fragrant body washes and three indulgent body lotions, all made with responsibly sourced ingredients and ethically sourced essential oils.
The unique fast-rinse conditioner technologies are individually developed for specific hair types, meaning that these conditioners don’t just rehydrate and replenish your hair, they help you save water too, as they rinse away faster than conventional formulas.
With vegan formulations and bottles that are made of 100 per cent post-consumer recycled plastic and are also themselves 100 per cent recyclable, Love Beauty and Planet is a range that’s hard to resist. And with prices that range from $8.99 to $14.99, it’s well within everyone’s budget!
For more info, visit: Love Beauty and Planet
Main image courtesy of LoveBeautyandPlanet/Instagram
About the Author
After 30 years of working in Australian media, Shonagh is one of Australia’s busiest and most in-demand beauty, health, travel and lifestyle writers.
As a health and lifestyle journalist and consultant, Shonagh has worked closely with international wellness experts and icons, including Dr. Sandra Cabot, Therese Kerr and Miranda Kerr.
In other aspects of her work, she has travelled the world reviewing wellness retreats and luxe holiday destinations, and she has interviewed and written feature articles on some of the world’s best love celebrities, including Sting, Elle McPherson, Pamela Anderson, Simon Baker, Kylie Minogue, Gwen Stefani, Tina Arena, Heather Graham and many more.
She currently lives in the NSW Southern Highlands with her four dogs (three Siberian Huskies and one Maltese Cross), where she grows her own veggies and advocates ending Factory Farming and animal cruelty.
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