According to the company Statista, it is expected that the cosmetics sector in Colombia which includes vegan products in its portfolio will grow by 10% by the end of 2023. This is because, in 2020, Colombia enacted Law 2047, which prohibits the testing, import, export, manufacture and marketing of cosmetic products and their ingredients that are tested on animals.

The era of ethical beauty has arrived in Colombia, where you can find various options of products that follow the vegan philosophy. The products of the vegan cosmetic industry are not only better for animal welfare but are also responsible for the environment. 

Beauty companies such as Essence and Catrice have pledged not to test on animals and to value harmless ingredients in projects that generate less waste. Catrice offers a line called Clean Beauty that includes products with at least 75% natural ingredients. These products are also characterized by shorter INCI ingredient lists and by not containing substances such as parabens, PEG, silicones, microplastics, mineral particles or raw materials of exotic origin.

The ban on the use of animals to test cosmetic products is spreading around the world. One of the last countries to follow this trend is Brazil. On 20th December 2022,  the Brazilian Senate unanimously approved the PLC 70/2014 bill that aimed to ban animal testing for the manufacture of cosmetics.

A 2022 study by HappyCow and Veganuary found that the five most vegan countries in Latin America are Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, and Chile. According to the Chilean foundation Vegetarianos Hoy, Colombia today ranks ninth in Latin America in vegan offers available in supermarkets. But, unfortunately, despite many attempts, the country has not yet banned bullfighting or coleos, so it still belongs to the group of nine countries in the world that still gives legitimacy to this type of public animal torture. 

Jordi Casamitjana
“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.