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Beyoncé's mink eyelashes = not cool.
Who doesn't want longer, thicker eyelashes? It's a timeless symbol of beauty. Lately, everyone seems to be obsessed with eyelashes. Those who are unhappy with their natural eyelashes are turning to fake eyelashes, trying out everything from false lashes to eyelash extensions. But this beauty trend has a dark side. These fake eyelashes are made from cute furry animals called mink.
A mink's rich glossy coat in its wild state is brown and looks silky, but farm-bred mink can vary from white to almost black.
Minks don't have eyelashes. Yep. This small furry creature looks as confused as we are. Even if minks did have eyelashes, taking them to use on humans is weird, to say the least, and cruel. But what really happens is far worse. Minks are killed and their furs are turned into fake human eyelashes. It seems that marketing tactics have succeeded in depicting mink lashes as a luxury items. This practice is far removed from the reality of industrialized fur farming. Mink fur farms are inhumane and cruel. By buying mink lashes, you are killing cute minks in horrible, terrible ways.
The minks behind mink eyelashes are raised in captivity on fur farms. They live their entire lives encage, without the ability to move more than a few steps. They stand on grated cages that hurt their sensitive paws. Minks, like all living animals, are not meant to be kept in crowded confinement. In response to these tortuous conditions, minks sometimes self-mutilate or resort to cannibalizing one another.
Many people assume that producing lashes does not mandate that minks be killed; this is an insidious misconception. In fur farming, the only minks kept alive are those used as breeding stock; the rest are killed. Their fur is harvested to make clothes, mostly, but the oil, fat, and feces they produce are harvested as well. Purchasing mink lashes directly contributes to the growth of the mink farming industry as a whole. Thirty-one million minks are killed in the U.S. each year, making up approximately 90% of the total animals on fur farms.
Mink farming is also an environmental issue. Producing one kilogram of mink fur has five times the environmental impact of producing the next highest-scoring textile. For these reasons, it is vital that people be aware of the many existing alternatives to mink lashes.
VEGAN ALTERNATIVES TO MINK EYELASHES
Instead of: Mink False Lashes | Try: Vegan False Lashes
VEGAN ALTERNATIVES TO EYELASH GROWTH SERUM
Instead of: Lash Growth Serum | Try: Vegan Lash Growth Serum
Most vegan lash growth serums do not contain parabens or harsh chemicals that irritate your eyes. Another advantage is they do not contain prostaglandin, an ingredient derived from animal tissue found in common lash growth formulas, like Latisse. This ingredient is responsible for permanently darkening eyes colors.
VEGAN ALTERNATIVES TO SALON LASH TREATMENTS
Instead of: Salon Lash Treatment | Try: Vegan Keratin Lash Lift
If you're going to a salon for lash treatment, make sure it's vegan. Eyelash lift treatments use keratin, casein, and biotin which are normally derived from animals and are not vegan. Keratin can be derived from horse hooves, hair, feathers, and horns. Vegan keratin does exist, and it is made from plant amino acids, so be sure to ask your lash technician.
Cited: The Environmental Impact of Mink Fur Production, 2011, CE Delft | A Federal Ban on Fur Farming Across the United States: Long Overdue Legislation, 2013, Christine Sun, Seton Hall University Law School
Posted by Cayla (Unicorn Goods)
Unicorn Goods is the world's largest collection of animal free products. Our mission is to end animal cruelty by selling and promoting animal free apparel, home goods, and other products. We list 1600+ items from 200+ brands that meet our standards for animal rights, human rights, and sustainability. By helping people buy products in line with their ethics, we are saving animal lives, reducing environmental degradation, and combating human exploitation. We donate 1% of profits to pro-animal organizations and are a PETA-Approved Vegan vendor. Our goal is to reframe the discussion about veganism and make veganism a mainstream movement.
We do what we do because we believe in the power of people to do good. We believe that people want to do the right thing, but that they don't have knowledge or opportunities to act on that impulse. Here's our video explaining why we're devoting our time and energy to ending animal suffering, and join us in our campaign to help people do the right thing.
Hi, my name is Cayla Mackey, Co-founder and CEO of Unicorn Goods. Unicorn Goods is the world's largest selection of animal-free products. Our mission is to end animal cruelty by selling and promoting animal-free apparel, home goods, and other products.
Globally, about 35 billion animals are slaughtered annually for human consumption, 10 billion of those being in the United States. At the same time, veganism is on the rise. In the United States alone, .3% of the population, or about 1 million people, identify as vegan, and 2.5% of the population, or 7.5 million people, identify as vegan or vegetarian. These numbers have doubled in the past three years and are reflected globally.
The problem for vegans and vegetarians is that they not only try to not eat animal products, but they try not to buy animal products in general. This includes clothing. Specifically, it's really difficult to buy wool-free sweaters, down-free jackets, and leather-free shoes, let alone body products that don't contain animal products or makeup that isn't tested on animals.
We take the burden off of the vegan and vegetarian consumer and go ahead and filter out everything on the internet to find the most ethical versions of animal-free products. Everything on the site, including the 1600+ items from the 200+ brands already listed meets standards for animal rights, human rights, and sustainability.
We hope to expand the definition of social impact to include animal rights since animal rights is very underrepresented in social enterprise right now.
We know that if more people had access to ethical products, not only those who are vegans or vegetarians, that more people would make ethical decisions. 65% of people currently say that they want to make more ethical purchases but don't know how, citing knowledge and access as major barriers to entry.
We solve this problem by making it easier for people to buy things that in line with their ethics without having to sacrifice convenience, time, or style.
We want to change the world with Unicorn Goods, and we hope you join us.
- 35 billion land animals are killed globally for human consumption (most estimates place it around 60-70 billion) with 10 billion in the US alone (and these numbers are just land animals): Farm USA
- .3% of the US population (1 million people) are vegan, and 2.5% are vegetarian/vegan: The Rise of Veganism
- 65% of people want to buy more ethical products buy don't know how: Conscious Consumer Spending Index
- Unicorn Goods standards