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Ask Your Favorite Restaurant to Use Cruelty-Free Cleaning Supplies | January 21, 2008

Recently Jenny and I were eating at a new vegan restaurant in Brooklyn.  When I went to use the restroom, I noticed that they had cleaning products made by Proctor and Gamble, as well as hand soaps that were tested on animals.  We both found it surprising that a restaurant that catered to vegans would use these products to clean up after us.  

We paid our bill and tip, and returned home.  Jenny sent an e-mail to the contact address listed on their website telling them how much we enjoyed their food and service, but that we found their choice of cleaning products a bit out of step.  She asked them to consider cruelty-free products, like those listed in this guide.  They quickly replied to say that they had not even considered the impact of the cleaning products they used but that they would make the change.  We stopped in for dinner a couple of weeks later and were pleased to find animal-friendly cleaning products in their restrooms. 

 It’s that easy, folks.  The next time you see Clorox, Ivory Soap, Scrubbing Bubbles, Arm & Hammer, or any other cleaners that you suspect may be tested on animals, send an e-mail, make a call, or speak directly to the manager and ask that they reconsider their choice of cleaning products.  If they haven’t made the switch by the next time you visit, wite or call back and let them know that they have lost your business. 

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Hello - we are Jenny and Ryan, a couple living in Brooklyn, New York. We are both busy with school and work but try to take time to do something every day to make the world a better place for animals. Occasionally we may link to outside websites for additional resources, but we do not necessarily endorse all policies of these organizations. Despite the title of our blog, the focus is not only on walruses. So what's with the title? We named this blog after our cat, Wally, aka The Walrus. We are the proud parents of two cats (Wally and Tito) and one dog (Luigi).

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