Refresh Your Shopping List – A guide to buying affordable, cruelty-free and eco-friendly products

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As concerns about climate change and planet preservation increase, much of the world has become passionate about restocking their shelves with products sold by companies that cater to the environment and its needs.

Kristi Pollum and Robin Smith, two seniors in the Residential College of Arts and Humanities (RCAH) program, have long been conscious of their purchases regarding animals and the environment. In high school, they realized that the goods and services they spent their money on sent a message to the companies that provided them.

The two changed their diets to exclude meat and began to put their money where their mouths were; they decided to buy cruelty-free and eco-friendly. 

In collaboration with Pollum and Smith, ing Magazine has created your new wish list: a compilation of hygiene and household items that fulfill your needs, but more importantly, the needs of the Earth and its many creatures. 

Skin Care

Yes To offers optimal options for almost any skin type. Their ingredients say it all; the brand is natural. The brand also has a line of products for men, including natural shaving creams and facial soaps. 

Oxy provides powerful cleansers, wipes and other products that not only fight acne, but animal testing too. Their products still boast dermatologist testing and top ingredients, but their affordability sets them apart from competitors.

Hair Care

Lush is the inventor of the shampoo bar, a unique soap that saves water and energy with each use. Promoting eco-friendly practices is part of their business motto; 89 percent of their packaging is recycled, and they provide discounts for those who bring their empty packages back to the store. 


Not Your Mother’s only has three products that aren’t vegan. Smith loves their award-winning curly hair products, and dry shampoo has become a staple in many girls’ haircare routines. 


Though Smith said that Wet n Wild Beauty “used to be the first makeup you bought just to mess around with in middle school,” their quality has increased in the past few years. The brand has remained true to its philosophy of providing affordable and cruelty-free products.

Urban Decay is a major favorite of both Pollum and Smith, though they acknowledged how controversial the brand has become following its purchase by L’oreal, who does test on animals.

Laundry & Cleaning Supplies

Method is on a “cruelty-free mission” and they sell “naturally-derived, biodegradable, non-toxic household cleaners, laundry supplies, personal care and soap.” Method sells a unique, concentrated laundry detergent that allows you to use less soap with each wash. 

Seventh Generation believes that “every day is a new opportunity to care for the next seven generations.” Pollum recommended their scent-free laundry detergent for those who have allergies, but the brand sells a wide array of green household products. 

For a more complete list of cruelty-free and eco-friendly products, refer to PETA’s search engine on


Danielle Schwartz is a junior studying English and professional writing. When she’s not writing or taking pictures of her dog, you can usually find her eating a veggie burger or drinking English Breakfast tea. See her dog pics on Instagram at @danielleeilleen.