Charvin not vegan-friendly

Unfortunately the brand Charvin is not vegan-friendly. After an initial short reply implying that the oils could be vegan, I asked about more details and highlighted parts in my information sheet about what vegan-friendly and cruelty-free are. After this I got the  reply that  they meant to say “they can’t be”. The reply does not hold the clue  to what it applied; to the vegan part or the cruelty-free part or both. I think they probably read the information sheet more properly after my second inquiry and then had to say no.  Nevertheless they did reply, which I  appreciate even if it is just to know that their products are not suitable for vegan-friendly minded people.

I contacted more companies, but haven’t heard back yet and it is probably fair to say, they won’t reply at all. If brands I contacted already over a year ago and now for a second time over a month + ago show no response, they just won’t.

I fill you in with the new batch of companies I wrote to in the next post and in the meantime will contact more companies.

 

Source: Mail contact

 

C.Kreul: Canvas and Paper

Company: C.Kreul

I’ve already listed C.Kreul with products in the compendium and here https://www.veganartstuff.info/2017/04/18/products-by-c-kreul/  . In the list weren’t any paper or canvas products  so far, but now I have the information about several. They are all free of any animal derived sources,which also applies to the glue used.

Here are the new additions: 

PAPER:

  • Kreul Paper Water Color
  • Kreul Paper Mixed Media
  • Kreul Paper Sketching
  • Solo Goya Paper Sketching
  • Solo Goya Paper Water Color
  • Solo Goya Paper Oil Color
  • Solo Goya Triton Acrylic Pad

CANVAS

  • Kreul Canvas Board
  • Kreul Stretched Canvas
  • Solo Goya Stretched Canvas Basic Line
  • Solo Goya Stretched Canvas Premium Line

The paint products:

Vegan-friendly:

  • Javana fabric paints
  • Javana Textil Potch
  • Javana texi mäx glitter, opak and sunny
  • Javana Phantom Pen
  • Javana Laundry Marker
  • Kreul Textil Liner
  • Hobby Line Acrylic Gloss, Satin and Matt Varnish
  • Hobby Line Art Potch (Varnish & Glue)
  • Hobby Line Foto Transfer Potch
  • Hobby Line Gemstone Glue
  • Solo Goya Glossy Varnish (Picture Varnish; Gemäldefirnis)
  • Solo Goya Matt Varnish (Picture Varnish; Gemäldefirnis)
  • Solo Goya Fixative
  • Solo Goya Acrylic Paints
  • Solo Goya Art Acryl Basic
  • Solo Goya Triton Acrylic Paint Marker
  • Kreul Pic Tixx Pens, with the exception of Pic Tixx Candle Pens, those are vegetarian friendly

And Following products are vegetarian-friendly:

  • Kreul Pic Tixx Candle pens
  • Chalky chalk paint
  • Solo Goya Triton Acylic Paints (several colours are only vegetarian-friendly)

Compendium

https://c-kreul.de/KREUL-Farben-fuer-Kuenstler.1440.0.html?&L=1

Source: Mail contact

dizzy+ new inquiries sent out

Dramatized reenactment of how I feel right now by Teddy Boo (he was happily dreaming here)

Very dizzy and a bit disheartened is how I feel right now. The dizziness  does not come from writing inquiries , though.      

It is bothersome and disheartening, if companies do not read past the first paragraph of my mail. I did often encounter this in the last weeks . So I changed the layout and thought it would be easier to read through. The definition of vegan-friendly art supplies and a cruelty-free company  (two different things), which you can find in my last entry ,(https://www.veganartstuff.info/2018/02/21/definition-update-whats-cruelty-free-vegan-friendly/) I put at the bottom of my letter and attach more often  the PDF as well.    Unfortunately, many do not read past the small first paragraph, to find the option out in the second paragraph. I give a sentence to copy and paste, if they are not interested in this whole vegan/cruelty-free issue, they don’t even have to write the reply out, just: copy, reply, paste, send (4 mouse clicks; takes not more than 5secs). I also thought it would be better for me to ask about specific products and not the whole range they offer. I go through all the products, read the Safety sheets, read the company’s FAQs and then I contact them. So when I ask about certain items, to get the reply to just read the safety sheets, which I already did and which do not say anything about what kind of e.g. colour pigments are used (PBk9- bone black ), nor the production itself (for example dispersion of pigments with animal fats and oil).  On top of my definition stating examples of animal derivatives such as Bone Black, I wrote this next to the product I inquired about: Acrylics (it can contain PBk9), only for the person handling my inquiry to explain to me what bone black was. Also naming other products I did not inquire about because I read the data sheets: that their beeswax pellets contain beeswax. What companies often also do not think about is the manufacturing process or the supply chain. In the production process animal derivatives can be used and a supplier can test the (raw)material on animals or commission it. I think I was allowed to rant about this, if you put so much time and effort into this. And I always double-check, so I went through the data sheets twice. And when they respond, which is first of all fantastic, because a lot of companies don’t even bother with that, I have to explain what means what, basically all of the attached definition again. And my intention with the definition was for them also to safe time and to get all information needed, but you can’t help them, if they don’t (want to) read your explanation.

I have started my way through the ACMI (art and creative materials insitute) members list; send some companies I had correspondence last year  my information sheet (not mentioned in the list below) and I wrote to other companies I discovered or you wrote to me about. Holbein US also contacted me, I think I mentioned it in my last inquiry update. So here are some results and companies I wrote to:

  • Holbein US: they were suprised about animal fats/ oil being used for dispersing pigments; they were not informed about this before by the Holbein Japan and in March they will talk about this issue on their trip to Japan; also neither the Japanese customer service last year nor Holbein US this year gave me information about their cruelty-free status. This does mean necessarily they aren’t. It is just unknown and hopefully will swing our way.
  • Gamblin Feb 8th, 2018: they potentially have vegan-friendly products but they have no information about the supplier chain and the supplies being cruelty-free. And the material testing (->their SDS Safety Data Sheets)  is done by the suppliers. It will take some time to go through all the suppliers, but they thankfully started to inquiry about this matter.
  • Prima Marketing February 5th,2018: written to two given adresses – no reply yet (thank you for mention it to me, also thought about  contacting them previously but scrapped the started letter)
  • Nevsakya Palitra Feb 5th, 2018: written to two given adresses, no reply yet (thanky for telling me about this company)
  • Tritart– Feb 5th, 2018: had correspondence, told me all their products (except their animal hair brushes) are vegan-friendly but did not answer about the cruelty-free status; did not reply to my last mail about this. To be fair, it was apperent they did not really read my message properly, just “is … vegan-friendly” and not further, so their company status just remains unkown for now.
  • Shuttle Art– Feb 6th, 2018: filled out the online form twice, also tried another mentioned adress, did not work
  • Castle Art Supplies Feb 5th, 2018: no reply yet
  • Maimeri Feb 5th, 2018: no reply (thanks for telling me about this one)
  • Ohuhu Feb 5th, 2018: Trojan Virus infected website-can’t go on the website (tried it twice)
  • Vallejo Feb 8th, 2018: no reply yet
  • Pébéo Feb 25th, 2018 (wrote partly in French; as if writing in a company’s location’s native language would make a positive effect on giving a reply)
  • Maimeri Feb 25th, 2018: second try contacting them , this time in rusty Italian and English mix
  • Sakura Feb 25th, 2018: tried multiple times the contact form on their Japan site, which did not work, guessed an email adress (might have worked) and also contacted Sakura EU/ Royal Talens (did you know Royal Talens belongs to Sakura?)
  • Kugasabe Feb 25th : (thank you for telling about this one)
  • Home Lobby by 3l– Feb 26th: multiple tries contacting them through their EU site failed, so I tried the US one in the end
  • Above Ground Enterprises Feb 26th, 2018
  • Abralux Colori / Tommy Art Feb 26th, 2018
  • Aida Chemical Industries/ Art Clay Feb 26th, 2018 (I know the first name does not sound too good for a vegan-friendly product, but I hope for the best)
  • Alpha Art Materials: couldn’t contact them, did not find an adress
  • Alvin Feb 26th, 2018
  • American Art Clay Company /amaco – Feb 26th: First of all I got an immediate reponse but a short reply telling me to contact the marketing department (which I did immediately) and telling me to have a look at the Safety Data Sheets (SDS; which I did beforehand); I do mention this in the new mail to marketing, so I’ll see how they take my mail
  • Art & Frame of Sarasota Feb 26th, 2018
  • Boesner Feb 26th,2018 : they did not reply last year, so I hope now they will, I drastically reduced the products, I inquired about.

This is all from dizzy cranky old me right now. If you haven’t found information about a specific brand your looking for let my know (after having a go with the search box)

Here is my information sheet: definition_cruelty-free_vegan_veganartstuff_feb2018

Source: Mail contact

 

Definition update: what’s cruelty-free and vegan-friendly to me

Here is an update of my definition for cruelty-free companies and vegan-friendly art supplies:

  • A product can be considered vegan-friendly, if the entire product itself does not contain animal ingredients, byproducts/ derivatives and none of those are used in the manufacturing process, g. the use of animal derived oils and fats in surfactants for the dispersion of pigments and animal oils and fats are not used to form the tips of brushes; kieselguhr/diatomite is not used for filtration.
  • For a vegan-friendly product, the “entire product” has to be free of any animal derived ingredients; This includes all that contains the art supply, e.g. pans, paint tubes, the body and nibs of a marker, a pencil’s wooden body as well as lacquer, adhesive used for binding of paper pads, books, brushes and envelopes.
  • The manufacturer does not test on animals or commissions other parties to do so and do not use material data collected through animal testing done or commissioned by others such as parent-/ sister-/ affiliate companies, other partners as well as suppliers.
  • (Raw) Material used in the products and the production process may not be tested on animals by the company’s (raw) material suppliers and sub-suppliers, nor be commissioned by those.
  • There is no animal testing done/commissioned abroad for products to be sold abroad. This applies to the company and the company’s distributors.

Everything which comes from an animal origin/source, everything what is part of the animal and its anatomy and what the animal produces (beeswax, honey, milk, eggs) is unsuitable for vegans.

 Definition of the term “animal”:

  • All Vertebrates:
    • Fish
    • Amphibians
    • Reptiles
    • Birds
    • Mammals
  • All Invertebrates, e.g. sea urchins, sponges, sea stars, jellyfish, squid, lobsters, crawfish, crabs, earthworms, spiders, snails, slugs, clams, insects, sea anemones, sea gooseberries, sea urchins, corals, …

Animal derived ingredients are e.g.:

  • Beeswax, Honey
  • Charred Bones, Bone Ash, Bone Flour, Pigment PBk9
  • Bone Charcoal
  • Casein
  • Gelatine
  • Squalene
  • Squid Ink, Sepia Ink, all ink from squids and cuttlefish
  • Sepia
  • Silk
  • Tallow
  • Animal Oils, Animal Fats, Animal derived Wax (used e.g. for dispersing pigments; shaping brush tips)
  • Ox Gall, Ox Bile
  • Gall and Bile
  • Cochineal
  • Rabbit skin, e.g. rabbit skin glue, animal skin
  • Any Kind of Glue made by animal parts
  • Shellac
  • Kieselguhr/Diatomite (used e.g. for filtrating inks)
  • Natural sponge
  • Natural animal derived Hair and Bristles, e.g. of sable, marten, squirrel, mongoose, horsehair, hair from animal snouts and ears (for example Ox), pig bristles

 

The criteria that apply to vegan-friendly art supplies apply also to vegetarian-friendly art supplies, with the exception that beeswax-, milk- and egg-derived ingredients may be part of the product itself and used in the manufacturing process.

For vegan-friendly art supplies, neither the product itself may contain animal-derived products nor may they be used in the production process.

A Cruelty-free company does not test on animals nor commissions others to do so and does not use data provided through animal testing by other facilities or affiliate companies. Not only the production of the product and the finished product must be free of animal testing but also the supply chain. The (raw) materials and chemicals used may not be tested on animals by the supplier nor may the supplier commission animal testing for the material.

Note: I am  aware that once (most) raw materials and chemicals were tested /had to be tested on animals (several decades ago)

PDF of my definition: definition_cruelty-free_vegan_veganartstuff_feb2018

 

Zest-It NOPE/ companies’ negative views on veganism

Zest-It is not vegan-friendly. Although the owner first stated so, which led me to buying pencil solvent products, after further questions, it is not so. My product questions were: whether cruelty-free was included in vegan-friendly and whether the applied solvent changes the lightfastness and waterproofness of the used coloured pencils. First of all, what company and person does not like to hear back from a customer that they like the product and have additional questions to the product, for which there is no information on the company’s website? Apparently Zest-It does. The final response was that I should not contact them again and that my questions were not relevant to the company and their products.

I always offer the statement “we are generally/momentarily not interested in the vegan art sector” in my inquiry to use for them. Companies can just copy this sentence, and all is well. It is not the first time I stumbled upon such a rude, grumpy, immature human being (Rohrer&Klingner incident), but it is always sad to learn about the people behind a brand, being such crude individuals.                                          Many have a problem with the word “vegan”. I mean, the alarm bells are ringing. Many do not reply at all, others react aggressive. They stigmatize veganism. They see it as something negative and bad.

I also communicated with a couple of companies, which offer vegan-friendly products and are cruelty-free, but they did not want to be mentioned on my list, because of how the world overall sees veganism. Generally you should be happy and proud, that as a company you offer vegan-friendly products and that no animal was tortured for it, right?

Are they annoyed by “fake, pretentious- in your face- vegans” seeking public attention with this stunt and “lecturing-all people they meet- vegans” and just apply that image to all of us?

Do they see us all as violent animal rights activists, who don’t shy away from physical aggression? Nobody really learns from history, do they? (Of course they don’t, they keep doing it over and over again, until there is nothing left from this planet). Does anybody remember suffragettes? Not all of them were throwing stones and burning down places. Not all vegans and people who stand for a correct treatment of animals are like that. Most of us are not, but they lump us together with the smallest fraction that consists of those kind of people. Another possibility is, especially for art materials, that companies think, they have to hide being cruelty-free, because people want to buy safe products that have been tested to the utmost including animal testing, because “only” through that you truly know if it is safe to use.

People have to stop frowning upon veganism and vegans. It is not a crime. Respecting and protecting other species, not only the human kind, is the opposite of a crime. This planet and all its inhabitants matter to us. When has it become a bad thing to care? Have industrial progress and materialism pushed caring about others faraway and dictated for it to be shunned?

 

I hope companies change their view on veganism and more will start to label vegan-friendly products on their websites.

I found this labeling only with Colors of Nature (all-vegan company) https://www.colorsofnature.com   and Derwent started to label new products https://www.derwentart.com/en/gb/7797/procolour-pencils .

 

 

Source: Mail contact

Update: modelling clay -new inquiries sent out

For Modelling clay I contacted following companies:

  • Jovi
  • Chavant
  • Clay & Paint Factory (the Cernit people), 2nd try
  • Beck Plastilin
  • Morocolor (-> Primo)
  • Flair Leisure Products PLC (Plasticine)

 

I did not contact G.Lalo- J.Herbin for Plastiline, because they already stated previously that they are not interested in vegan art supplies at the moment.

There are about +six more modelling clay companies on my list that I will contact soon.

 

Source: Mail Contact

Update: new inquiries sent out

I recently sent out inquiries to following companies:

  • Faber Castell, about their new water reservoir brush and their new inks
  • Kuretake, about the products in their Cartoonist inking set
  • Canon, about ink cartridges, toners and paper
  • Epson, about ink cartridges, toners and paper
  • Speedball Art, about dip pen holder and nibs, oblique holder and inks
  • William Mitchell, about dip pens, pen holders, nibs and inks
  • Leonardt for Hiro Leonardt calligraphy nibs and holders

Hopefully there will be some news soon.

Following calligraphy product companies  are momentarily not interested in catering to vegans or simply did never reply:

  • G.Lalo and Brause – no interest
  • Clairefontaine – no reply
  • Honsell Art – no reply
  • J.Herbin – no interest
  • Manuscript – no reply
  • Pilot – no reply
  • Cretacolor – no interest

 

Following companies are working on vegan friendly product lists: Lefranc&Bourgeois, Koh-I-Noor

 

If there are other calligraphy brands or printer ink ( and ink brand subsitutes) and paper brands out there, you are using or/and you want to know about their vegan friendly status, please let me know so I can contact them.                                                                     I am also happy to hear from you about every other art/crafting related brand you want to know this about, whether they produce your typical art supplies, paper, glue, varnish, … .

 

 

Source: mail contact

Company update: Copic

Company: Too Marker Products inc. (for Copic Alcohol Markers and Paper)

Too Marker Products answered my inquiry only partially and I would have had to ask further questions, but they also wrote, that the information is not for public disclosure.   The conclusion : the Copic Markers will not be added to my vegan-friendly list.

 

Source: Mail contact