I am happily suprised by the white Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens in B, 1.5 and C. Last week I stumbled upon the set containing those three and a black pen in S. A couple of years ago I bought the big white pen with the rounded tip, but it was just too big to do highlights and I didn’t know there were other ones as well. I really do like the 1.5 for highlights. Not to bash the other two, because I like B and C very much . On my doodle below you can see all the white Faber-Castell pens and pencils on black paper. You can layer them to bring them out even more. I’d pick them over gel pens any day; they can be layered, they don’t scratch of, they go on top of coloured pencils, etc. (without giving up), they apply evenly, they are more reliable (my comparison: white uni ball signo gel pen).
Kuretake does not test on animals but it looks different for their raw material suppliers. They do not have the information about those. Suppliers could test on animals for the purpose of material safety.
Source: mail contact
Unfortunately the mail I sent last thursday did not reach the person at Kuretake JP – the address couldn’t be located in their system (maybe the person doesn’t work there any more).
So I just filled out the online form on their Kuretake JP site, and I got a confirmation mail that they received it. I wonder whether I will be contacted by Kuretake UK (now Pirika UK) again, because in the form it was required to enter your country. If that is going to be the case, there will very probably be no further information about the cruelty-free part.
I am not very optimistic, but we’ll see.
Source: mail contact
Over the last year till February of this year, I had correspondence with Kuretake UK. The UK team are pretty terrific, always wrote back and passed my inquiries and information sheet along to the Japan Headquarters.( I just looked them up again, and they are no longer Kuretake UK, but Pirika UK).
I initially was assured that Kuretake was a cruelty-free company, but then they weren’t certain about it any longer. This was cited to probably be because of a language barrier. And the Japan Headquarters never replied since my last mail in February.
I consequently had to take the company of my list again, without this vital part of information.
I now contacted Kuretake JP directly and hope I will receive a clear reply for us all.
I sent out my inquiry to Arteza today. I first tried it in March, but at the time they were busy and asked me to try later in a couple of months. So here we go again.
Hope we get some good news.
Yesterday I received a Canson mail, which seemed very odd, titled “IMPORTANT DOC” in all caps, and told me about a change of agreements and I should head to their cloud and download the document. They really tried to make it like a real Canson Mail, with website links to click on etc., but the email address was so long, repeating “Canson” and a Name over and over again (like a sentence long). I clicked on the adress to see more information. Suddenly it was a very short email adress, without “Canson” in the adress at all. I copied the short adress and pasted it into google. It was an address connected to a factory in Bangladesh.
So I wrote real Canson via their real website, that I think they got hacked and the content of the fake mail. Today they replied that this is correct, there has been a hacking incident, YOU MUSTN’T CLICK ON THE LINK and DELETE THE MESSAGE. So if you receive a weird Canson mail, or a Canson Mail out of the blue, just delete it!
About graphite pencils:
Listed in my compendium are two companies with vegan-friendly graphite products:
- Faber Castell: all graphite pencils, including mechanical pencil leads and watersoluble graphite pencils
- Derwent: all Graphitint and Graphitone pencils, Graphite Blocks and XL Blocks ; and following Graphite Pencils B, HB, F, H, 2H, 3H, 4H, 5H, 6H, 7H, 8H, -> B is the softest vegan-friendly here; softer leads are not vegan-friendly
I know some of you are probably wondering about other brands. Staedtler cannot guarantee that raw materials aren’t contaminated with animal sources and although they do not do and do not commission animal testing, raw material suppliers could, if they (the suppliers) have to by law; also some Staedtler products contain beeswax.
- Viarco (Art Graf): I had a correspondence with Viarco last year for a couple of months and sent them my vegan-friendly information sheet this year. Although in last year’s reply I got the information that all the graphite products and watersoluble products are free of the ingredients I asked about, which were following:
- Bone Black Pigment PBk 9 from burnt animal bones
- ox gall/bile,
(coloured pencils do contain beeswax); they can’t however guarantee that their raw material suppliers don’t test on animals. The suppliers are big companies and they don’t think they are in the position to ask this information of them.
If you are wondering about Lyra; last year Lyra replied to me for Canson (both belong the the FILA group; so Fila might be a distributor of Canson in my country). This was a bit confusing. I did not get a reply for their own brand (I did write to them as well) but for Canson, they stated following: – all “their” papers are free of animal ingredients, except Ingres Vidalon and Mi Teintes; -they do not know about components supplied to them such as glue and packaging ; – certain dyes/colourants are tested on rabbits; they “can’t certify their products as vegan”.
I can’t give you any information on Lyra itself, because I did never receive a reply concerning their own brand.
Source: Mail contact
So I have taken some companies off the list.
Royal Talens- why: I wrote to them last year about Ecoline brush pens and inks; I got the information about the products not being tested on animals and no animal ingredients in the products. But why not say “we don’t test on animals” and not just” these products weren’t tested on animals”. So I would have to contact them again for a clearer response; in the meantime I took them off the list. I hope I get a reply though, when I’ll write to them again, because I got no response for my Sakura inquiries this year and in the past. (Royal Talens is the European distributor of Sakura and belongs to Sakura since 1991). Overall I got the vibe that they aren’t interested in offering vegan-friendly art supplies.
Kuretake, why: First I was assured that Kuretake is cruelty-free but then later, I was informed there is a problem due to a language barrier in understanding what cruelty-free/animal testing is and they had to look into this matter. A considerable amount of time has passed and I am none the wiser. So I had to take them off the list; it does not mean they do but, again no clear answer here.
Schmincke: They wrote that they have no information about animal testing through suppliers/ sub-suppliers&raw material suppliers. Although most ingredients used in art supplies have already been tested decades ago, and might not be tested again, this is not certain. Therefore, I decided to take them down.
I always struggle with how far I should go with my definition or whether I should adapt more. In our daily life we come into contact with non-vegan-friendly things and things that might be tested on animals all the time and we don’t even know. I am not talking about medical treatment but things we haven’t thought about, like keyboards, remote controls, cutlery, clothing (the dye used; the pesticides used for cotton)…, basically everything. We just strive to the best of our knowledge, but nobody can be 100% (maybe a hermits, making their own clothes, gathering food, making their own clothes, …)
I don’t always know how to evaluate the information I get. Is it too much to ask for raw-materials not to be tested on animals by suppliers? Some companies (not listed) have no idea on the stance of their suppliers concerning this issue and some even wrote they would contact their suppliers now for the information; others have the knowledge of theirs that they don’t. My inquiry form hasn’t changed, I only structured it better with my information sheet a couple of months ago, but it contains the same definition including animal testing through suppliers.
If materials have already been tested decades ago on animals, why should it be done again today, if the information is already available? I think “no animal testing through suppliers” has to stay part of my inquiry and information sheet.
I just don’t have an explanation why some companies have this knowledge about their suppliers and others, even if they are small businesses, don’t. Do they ask no questions about where the raw materials come from and if they use the safety data sheets from their suppliers, don’t they wonder how the data is collected? Is it the easy way out to say they don’t know, instead of asking questions? Or do they know and don’t want costumers to know? Is it really about not having enough resources to check?
But we have to ask companies those questions, so they start to ask themselves those questions and they have to turn to their suppliers to address this matter.
Source: Mail contact
Here is an update on inquiries sent out:
- Boesner, Feb 26th, 2018: no reply yet; also did not reply a year ago,
- Amaco, Feb 26th, 2018: first reply: I should just read their safety data sheets (which I did before even writing to them) and contact another department, which I did, but no reply
- Art Spectrum Manufacturing Company, March 7th, 2018: no reply yet
- Arteza, March 7th, 2018: same day response; they are busy at the moment, I should contact them again in a couple of months
- B&B Etching Products, March 7th,2018: Etchall https://www.veganartstuff.info/2018/03/08/etchall-vegan-friendly-products-etching-glass/
- Zebra Pen Corp., March 7th, 2018: no reply yet
- Bigger Ltd /Culture Hustle, March 7th, 2018: vegan-friendly acrylics https://www.veganartstuff.info/2018/03/08/culture-hustle-potions-powders/
- Blockx, March 7th, 2018: no reply yet
- C.Kreul for paper and canvas, March 7th,2018 : https://www.veganartstuff.info/2018/03/15/c-kreul-canvas-and-paper/
- Ceramica collet S.A., March 8th, 2018: no reply yet
- Charvin, March 8th, 2018; unfortunately not suitable https://www.veganartstuff.info/2018/03/23/charvin-not-vegan-friendly/
- Chroma Acrylics, March 8th, 2018: no reply yet
- Cranfield Colours, April 3rd, 2018: https://www.veganartstuff.info/2018/04/13/cranfield-colours/
- Creative Mark , April 3rd, 2018: no reply yet
- Creative Paperclay, April 3rd, 2018: no reply yet
- Qor Watercolors (Golden Paints), April 3rd 2018: https://www.veganartstuff.info/2018/04/05/qor-watercolors-except-bone-black/
- Muji, April 4th, 2018: no reply yet
- Ikea, April 4th, 2018: customer support can’t answer my inquiry, I should telephone their main switchboard; I am going to leave it at this point and not pursue it any further;
- Liquitex for the cadium-free colors:, April 17th, 2018: https://www.veganartstuff.info/2018/04/18/liquitex-cadmium-free-colors-vegan/
- Crown Ball Pen, April 17th, 2018:
- DecoArt (2nd try for a more detailed reply), April 17th, 2018: (las years reply: “Our products are not tested on animals and do not contain animal products”)
- Demco EnCouleurs, April 17th,2018:
- Derivan, April 17th,2018: https://www.veganartstuff.info/2018/04/19/derivan-vegan-friendly-products/
Here is my compendium : https://www.veganartstuff.info/compendium/
Source: Mail contact
This is my most recent information sheet that I am sending out to companies as of April 2018.