This time, I decided to keep the email I sent them to compare what questions they actually answered. (Just a hint here, Cargo answer maybe 3.)
Here’s my email:
“Could I please get an elaboration on Cargo’s animal testing policy? Does Cargo test any products or ingredients on animals? Can Cargo confirm and reference that their suppliers are cruelty-free? Would you be willing to name your suppliers? Can Cargo confirm and reference that at any time during the manufacture of any of your products, there is no animal testing whatsoever? Is it possible that Cargo’s products or ingredients are being tested on animals with or without (not asking a supplier for proof, for example) Cargo’s knowledge? Are Cargo cosmetics sold in China or any other country that mandates animal testing on cosmetics? Is Cargo currently (or plan) using any ingredients that are required, by law, to be tested on animals?
Thank you for your time and patience, I look forward to hearing from you.
And the response I got:
Thank you for your interest in our products.
You will be happy to know that Cargo Cosmetics does not participate in animal testing nor do we contract to 3rd parties that currently test on animals. We are not currently sold in China.
Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.
950 Third Avenue, 3rd Fl
New York, NY 10022
P 212.755.9300 x145
I don’t even know what to say to that. First of all, yes you can be of further assistance by actually answering my questions.
So they don’t sell in China, but there are other countries that have the same regulations and no mention of those countries. They also couldn’t state whether they would be willing to reference and state their suppliers (which I can understand in the view of competitors). Nor if they use chemicals or ingredients regulated for animal testing.
I am hoping this company doesn’t test on animals, as they were originally started in Toronto, Ontario. But, the fact they are multi-million dollar company still worries me.
Looking more into this, Cargo Cosmetics (among others) are current holdings of TPR Holdings LLC, who currently has relations with:
Shoppers Drug Mart
Most of the above companies/institutions sell products that DO test on animals. Not only that, but TPR Holdings LLC owns other brands that are tested on animals. So even though Cargo doesn’t test on animals, they are owned by a company that not only supports it, but also has investments in animal testing companies.
With this information, Cargo is staying off the cruelty-free list. Obviously to others (and most bloggers/website authors that have written about animal testing) Cargo cosmetics would be considered cruelty-free. To what extent you’re willing to go with it, is the difference, I suppose. So for me, Cargo Cosmetics is NOT a cruelty-free company and will remain one as long as they are in relations with TPR Holdings LLC.
Other Brands Owned by TPR Holdings:
fcuk (French Connection)
Freeze 24/7 Age-Less Skincare
Nicole Richie Fragrance
Oscar Blandi Hair Products
Reem Acra Fragrance
Zirh Men’s Skincare