Oh Dear Woolies
I don’t shop at Woolies. I should probably admit that right off the bat. I just don’t. I’m not a fan of massive clothing/personal care stores where you get lost thirty seconds after walking in the door (I hate Edgars even more – feel nauseous just walking past!). Most of Woolies’ clothing is a little uptight for my taste anyway and as far as their Food Section goes – well – I can’t afford it. I’m just little ol’ plebeian me, mostly scraping by on pennies.
Lately, however, I have really started to care about Cruelty Free products. It is something that I think is important and I try very hard to make cruelty free choices when it comes to personal care products. This is kind of harder than you would think because the availability of cruelty free products is not as common as I’d like. Suddenly I find myself asking all sorts of questions about the products I choose to spend my money on, and the answers I find tend to make me re-evaluate things a lot.
Anyway – Woolies personal care range has all sorts of Leaping Bunny approval, so naturally I should go to Woolies to do my toiletry shopping, right?
Well… I tried. And there are a whole bunch of wonderful smelling Woolies products that are cruelty free. They’re stacked up next to the mountains of Johnson&Johnson products.
So? So J&J is one of the most notoriously cruel companies out there. And I just think, why should I buy Woolies cruelty free products? If you are so happy to stock cruelty filled products in your store then you can’t really call yourself anti-cruelty.
If you are willing to support J&J by stocking their products then the fact that your products are cruelty free doesn’t really count.
I really wish, with all my heart, that some big company, like Woolies, would take a huge stand and refuse to stock any products that are sourced or created by infringing on the rights of anyone. Animals and humans alike.
Use your resources to offer the public a place to spend their money without ever having to check labels, confident that when they buy from your company, their money is being spent in the right place.
Does that seem so insane?
Because, you know what? Even though I can’t afford Woolies (or have told myself that I can’t) if I knew that Woolies had super strict ethical standards for what they sell in their stores I would probably change my mind about shopping there.