Though we have gone out of our way to make decisions to ensure that our recent and upcoming boxes are vegan by switching to vegan leather or other materials that are free of animal by-products, we have not made the public switch to being a vegan box yet.
Though we work extremely hard to source only vegan materials in the products we include in CAUSEBOX, we have been reluctant to promise that we will only source vegan products, because we don’t want to make a promise about the future that we cannot honor. Our primary goal at CAUSEBOX is to serve, support, and empower disadvantaged communities and people and there are times when this goal comes in conflict with our efforts to avoid the use of any animal products. In cases where the artisan groups that we are partnering with and supporting have a historical relationship with and tradition of using products like leather we generally elect to serve the communities by providing work opportunities and fair trade wages — while working with materials that they are most comfortable and capable of creating products with. In these instances, we do our best to ensure that the leather is scrap leather or by-product that would otherwise be thrown away — and we make an effort to ensure that it is treated and dyed using natural materials and processes. With the introduction of CAUSEBOX Custom (the ability for our Annual Members to customize their boxes), we expect that if we ever do include a non-vegan product in the future, we will provide an alternative choice for our vegan members.
Additionally, when partnering with skincare, body care, and consumables brands — one of our primary criterion for consideration is that partnering brands and products be cruelty-free and absent of animal products, just as we vet (as best we can) for the absence of toxins, chemicals, and other unnatural ingredients.