Wir sind PETA-zertifiziert

We care about the natural environment and all animals – that's why it’s important to us that all Mother Nature products are developed without any tests occurring on animals, and manufactured without animal products or by-products. Mother Nature Cosmetics are 100% vegan and cruelty-free. Our products carry the “beauty without bunnies” logo by PETA, awarded as all our vegan natural cosmetics are free from animal testing.

PETA – What is PETA?

PETA was established in 1980 and is now the largest organisation for animal rights worldwide. PETA stands for “People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals”, and is an international non-profit organisation funded exclusively by donations that campaigns for the rights of animals. The ethos of PETA is that all animals have a right to life, and to live without suffering.

PETA – Values and Principles

People sometimes forget that animals are not our property. They can feel pain and suffering and have an interest in living their own lives. PETA believes all beings – human and animal alike – have a right to be free from harm. The five core principles of PETA can be derived from this belief:

  1. Animals are not there for us to experiment on.
  2. Animals are not there for us to eat.
  3. Animals are not there for us to wear.
  4. Animals are not there for us to use as entertainment.
  5. Animals are not there for us to exploit or abuse in any other way.

It is our job as humans to stop the exploitation and abuse of animals whenever possible, and to work towards improving the welfare of animals. PETA focuses primarily on the four areas where large amounts of animals suffer intensely, namely in laboratories, factory farms, the clothing trade, and the entertainment industry.

PETA – Goals and Objectives

PETA’s areas of work include educating the public and policymakers about animal abuse and the kind treatment of animals, conducting investigations and detailed research into animal suffering, rescuing animals from unjust situations, and organising demonstrations and protects. Known for its uncompromising view on animal rights, the organisation is not afraid to stand up for their values in order to achieve the overall goal of the organisation is to stop animal cruelty worldwide.

„Beauty without bunnies“ –vegane und tierversuchsfreie Kosmetik

PETA’s cruelty-free bunny logo is displayed on products that are vegan, cruelty-free and in line with PETA’s values, and has been awarded to all products by Mother Nature Cosmetics. Cruelty-free means that the product was developed and produced without any testing on animals, while vegan refers to the fact that the product includes no animal products or by-products.

By purchasing cosmetics that feature the logo above, you can help save rabbits, mice, guinea pigs, and other animals from painful tests and a lifetime of suffering. If you’re searching for vegan and cruelty-free products, PETA’s searchable online database is a great place to start. Here you can find a list of all certified companies whose products are vegan and cruelty-free. Our Mother Nature Cosmetics products can be found in the database too.

Animal testing in this day and age is unnecessary and cruel. Product tests have been developed that are far more accurate, faster, and less costly than animal testing, which often involves blinding and poisoning animals. These so-called in vitro tests mimic the body’s natural response and thus are more effective in terms of testing potential reactions.

As a company, it’s important to us that our products are made without harming animals. Above all else, we see it as a necessity to eliminate animal suffering in these times, when there are so many opportunities and possibilities to make better choices. When we decide to protect animals and keep them from harm’s reach and invest only in companies that share our values, we can make the world a better, happier place.

It’s time for action. The bees are facing extinction! Here is what we are doing to protect the bees and their natural habitat

In the past 15 years, the population of wild bees, honey bees and other pollinators (e.g. butterflies) has declined considerably throughout Europe.

Honey bees produce, as their name implies, honey – they live and work as a group and live in colonies of to 70 000 individual bees. Wild bees, on the other hand, are not honey producers – they generally live solitary lives and only get together to mate. Their nests are built specifically for laying eggs.

Honey bees fly a distance of close to 150 000 km – that’s almost 4 times around the globe – to produce a single kilogram of honey. In that time, they must gather nectar from up to 15 million flowers. Although wild bees do not produce honey, their pollination services are essential for ecosystems globally. It would take 10 000 honey bees to pollinate a hectare of land with fruit trees, whereas only 500 wild bees would be able to pollinate the same area.

Pollination is vital to life and necessary for at least 30 percent of the world’s crops and almost all wild plants to flourish. The world’s food supply depends on pollinators, but to survive bee’s own food needs must be met – and that is no longer the case.

There’s no question - the bees need our help!

Intensive farming practices have transformed once blossoming meadows into dry barren land. Fruit orchards, wild vegetation, and meadows with floral diversity are no longer the norm. As a result, bee-friendly landscapes and the abundant sustenance for bees have almost disappeared. Many bee-keepers have even had to resort to feeding their bees with a sugar solution to ensure the survival of colonies. There is no question that we are facing a dire situation. While conventional agricultural practices, such as genetic engineering, the use of pesticides and insecticides, land consolidation and continuous monoculture carry part of the blame for this situation arising, there are also other factors at play.

Some beekeepers endanger their bees by focusing on achieving the maximum honey yield and disregarding the needs and nature of bees in the process. Natural processes, like swarming – a natural means of a colony’s reproduction – are prevented by clipping the wing of the queen bee. When mite infestations occur, Oxalic Acid is used within the hives. While effective in eradicating mites, the acid weakens the immune system of the bee colony and causes long-term damage. Fair beekeeping methods that aim to protect bee colonies at the expense of honey production are few and far between.

Another reason for the decline in bee populations is the widespread destruction and fragmentation of flowering natural habitats due to individual gardening practices. Gravel and even concrete covered front yards, as well as ornamental lawns with grass that is cut millimetre short, have transformed former bee habitats into barren landscapes.

Bees, who have thrived for millions of years in symbiosis with diverse flowering ecosystems, have suddenly been robbed of the means necessary for survival and are being forced into extinction. The death of bee colonies has been portrayed as little more than collateral damage due to ever-more-intensive farming practices and a side-effect of the use of pesticides and other toxic chemicals. While these poisons are not directed at the elimination of bees, bees come into contact with these chemicals through pollen, nectar and water supplies and are either killed immediately or face a slow painful death. They become disoriented, unable to take on sustenance and have difficulty controlling their bodies, resulting in violent spasm attacks.

The sad condition of bees and the decline in bee populations has slowly found its way into the collective consciousness, partly through media reports, but also through the extensive work of individual bee protectors. However, it is necessary for us all to call for change to happen!

We’re doing our part to save the bees – join us!

We are a proud sponsor of the initiative ‘Bienenschutzgarten’ – Bee Protection Gardens. Bienenschutzgarten is a long-term campaign that aims to create a network of bee-friendly garden spaces throughout Austria. This is not only of benefit to honey bees but also wild bees – who will be able to increase their territory, breed with bees in other regions and thereby improve their genetic material and ability to resist disease.

The maintenance of vibrant, sustainable ecosystems is essential for pollinators, people and the planet. By contributing to the death of bees, we are hurting ourselves and contributing to the collapse of entire ecosystems. To stop that from occurring, we need to act together, and we need to act now.

Direct help -  100% of our donations got to into local project work

Several times a year we sponsor and support aid projects in underprivileged regions. In order to ensure that our support actually arrives where it is needed, transparency is vital: We work together with small NPOs and are in constant contact with them, which means we can easily track the use of the funds at any time. We are currently supporting the planting of banana, avocado, mango and papaya trees in the Taita Hills region of Kenya.

The surplus fruit from the fruit trees planted there is sold at the nearby market. The proceeds are used to buy other food, e.g. oil and rice, for meals at the kindergarten. Together with the non-profit association Taita Hills Hilfe e.V. and your help we are trying to make the world a little better - starting in Mghondinyi.

Around 100 men, women and children live in the village of Mghondinyi in the Taita Hills and struggle to support themselves every day. Up to 10 family members live together in mud huts in the Taita Hills, in often very cramped conditions with no access to running water or electricity. The men can only find work in Mombasa, Kenya's second largest seaport, which is 3.5 hours away by bus. The people of Taita Hills mainly survive by growing fruit and vegetables, which are then sold by the women at the market. The dry season is between the "great rainy season", which lasts from the beginning of March until the end of May, and the "small rainy season", which lasts from the beginning of November until the middle of December. Absolutely no rain falls during the dry season, and as it is so vital for the harvest, this often causes dramatic crop failures. The weak infrastructure and difficult weather conditions make life in Taita Hills a constant challenge for all the families living there. The charitable association Taita Hills Hilfe e.V. has therefore set itself the goal of enabling families to achieve an adequate degree of independence and self-sufficiency in the long term. In previous years, a solar pump was successfully installed, and the construction of a larger cooking place completed. Goats were purchased, providing the kindergarten children with not only a daily supply of milk but also with filling and nourishing Uji, a porridge cooked with maize flour and milk.

With your help, we can make sustainable and long-term changes in the living conditions of the people of Taita Hills. By purchasing our products, you, in cooperation with Taita Hills Hilfe e.V., are helping to make lasting improvements in the living conditions of the people of Mghondinyi.

The road to a fairer world is long – let’s walk a part of the way together.