Italian association AIAB, uniting manufacturers and distributors of organic cosmetics, and ICEA is one of leading Institutes for ethical and ecological certification in Italy and Europe have elaborated a set of rules Bio Eco Cosmesi, which ensures and guarantees biological and ecological purity of the cosmetics.
According to Bio Eco Cosmesi AIAB standards, components of plant origin are used as cosmetic materials. Plants should be grown without use of harmful agricultural chemicals by means of organic agriculture or grow in a wild ecological area. Only sparing methods of raw materials recycling are allowed without using any machinery or chemical solvents. The method of organic manufacture must correspond to international specified standards CE 834/07, NOP, JAS or IFOAM. It is prohibited to use artificial colorants, aromatizers, refined products, silicones, polymers, GMO and dead vertebrates products (example: mink oil, marmot fat, animal fat, glycerin, animal collagen, elastine, hyaluronic acid).
The exceptions are the ingredients that are produced without animal abuse and are certified organic (organic honey, milk). Animal testing is prohibited. Biotechnological methods of bacteria fermentation are allowed. Production process and packages must correspond to ecological standards.
BDIH is the non-profit Association of Industries and Trading Firms for pharmaceuticals, health care products, food supplements and personal hygiene products. The Association, located in Mannheim, Germany, has organized over 440 producers and distributors of Cosmetics and Natural Cosmetics, Food Supplements, Nutritonal Foods, Over-the-counter Medications and Medical Devices.
In 1996, working together with leading natural cosmetics producers, the BDIH developed comprehensive guidelines for certified natural cosmetics, keeping in mind the expectations of consumers. On the basis of these guidelines, an independent institute has tested more than 2.000 products for their contents and production methods.
Austria’s Bio Garantie is not only the market leader but is also active in Europe and increasing its activities beyond Europe. They are your partner for inspection and certification of organic products: together with their associated company agroVet Inc. they are able to offer services ranging from ORGANIC to GLOBALGAP offering and international certification from one group. In foreign countries they inspect and certify agricultural production, processing companies as well as wild collecting areas. They are increasingly active in Southeast Europe, such as Hungary, Croatia, Rumania, Serbia, Bosnia and Ukraine.
BioGro is New Zealand’s leading and most trusted organic certification agency. Over the last 30 years, their logo and brand has become synonymous with certified organics. The BioGro trademark appears on many well-known New Zealand brands and many of the retail products seen on shelves today.
In New Zealand, there is no current legislation around the word ‘organic.’ Therefore, anybody can label and promote their products as organic as long as it meets fair-trade requirements. The BioGro logo protects consumers by enabling them to identify genuine organic produce through their certification programs.
CCOF is more than just a certifier; they support and promote organic through certification, education, and advocacy. Buying organic is a direct investment in the future of our planet, so thry work to grow the organic market and their members’ businesses by educating consumers about this important relationship to our food.
This is a broad-based coalition, housed at the Breast Cancer Fund, working to clean up the beauty aisle through public advocacy and market campaigns designed to eliminate dangerous chemicals linked to cancer, reproductive harm and other adverse health impacts from cosmetics and personal care products.
Since the Campaign was launched in 2004, they have educated millions of people about the problem of toxic chemicals in cosmetics, which has markedly increased demand for safer products. Now hundreds of companies fully disclose ingredients and avoid the use of cancer-causing chemicals, reproductive toxicants and other unsafe chemicals, demonstrating these practices are not only possible, but profitable.
COSMEBIO® is the Professional Association for Natural, Ecological and Organic cosmetics. COSMEBIO® federates the professional players in the industry and brings together over 400 members in France and abroad. Since 2002, COSMEBIO® has been working to promote natural and ecological cosmetics made with ingredients from organic farming and developed using green technologies (green chemistry).
COSMOS (COSMetic Organic Standard) is a Europe-wide private standard that was developed by five charters members: BDIH (Germany), Cosmebio (France), Ecocert Greenlife SAS (France), ICEA (Italy) and the Soil Association (Great Britain). They were all combined under an AISBL (international non-profit organisation based in Brussels) the purpose of which was to set down minimum common requirements, harmonise organic and natural cosmetic certification rules, and lobby institutions in the sector's interests.
Cruelty Free International is the global campaign to end animal testing for cosmetics. Established by the BUAV, one of the world’s longest standing and most respected animal protection organisations, Cruelty Free International is head-quartered in London from where an international network of organisations are mobilised in a coordinated campaign. Animal testing for cosmetics still happens. Over 80% of the world still allows animals to be used in cruel and unnecessary cosmetics tests. People do not want animals to suffer and die for cosmetics and toiletries, and there are many safer and humane ways of testing products and ingredients. Cruelty Free International is the global campaign, calling on governments and regulators around the world to introduce a ban on the testing of animals for cosmetic products and ingredients.
Ecocert is an inspection and certification body established in France in 1991 by agronomists aware of the need to develop environmentally friendly agriculture and of the importance of offering some form of recognition to those committed to this method of production. From its creation, Ecocert is specialized in the certification of organic agricultural products. Ecocert contributed to the expansion of organic farming in the 1990s by helping to draw up French and European regulations. Still very involved in promoting organic farming, Ecocert today works with French and international institutions in supporting project development. By winning the confidence of professionals and consumers, Ecocert has become a benchmark in organic certification worldwide.
Fair Trade is an alternative to conventional trade based on partnerships between producers and consumers. Fair Trade standards are designed to support the sustainable development of small producer organizations and agricultural workers in the poorest countries in the world. At every step of the supply chain, producers are paid a living wage and work in safe, humane conditions. These standards ensure that producers receive prices that cover their average costs of sustainable production, facilitate long-term trading partnerships and enable greater producer control over the trading process. The conditions of production of Fair Trade products aim to be socially, economically fair and environmentally responsible.
Buying Fair Trade is a powerful way for consumers to reduce poverty through the everyday consumption of goods.
FSC is an international certification and labeling system dedicated to promoting responsible forest management of the world’s forests. This means that forests are evaluated to meet FSC’s strict environmental and social standards. Fibre from certified forests is then tracked all the way to the consumer through the FSC Chain of Custody system. FSC-certified wood, paper and other forest products are then sold with the FSC label by certified companies in the marketplace.
FSC enables businesses and consumers to make informed choices about the forest products they buy, and create positive change to keep our forests healthy for generations to come. The FSC logo is your guarantee that the wood and paper products you purchase come from responsible sources. The FSC ‘check-tree’ logo, the ‘FSC’ initials and the name ‘Forest Stewardship Council’ are registered trademarks and may only be used by FSC-certified companies as per the relevant standard.
To be G.O.T.S. certified, textile products must contain a minimum of 95% organic fibers. All inks, dyes and process chemicals used in the manufacturing must meet basic toxicity and biodegradability requirements. Heavy metals, formaldehyde, nickel and PVC are prohibited from the manufacturing process.
The Global Organic Textile Standard mission is the development, implementation, verification, protection and promotion of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). This standard stipulates requirements throughout the supply chain for both ecology and labour conditions in textile and apparel manufacturing using organically produced raw materials. Organic production is based on a system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility without the use of toxic, persistent pesticides and fertilizers. In addition, organic production relies on adequate animal husbandry and excludes genetic modification.
Green America is a not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1982. Their mission is to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. They work for a world where all people have enough, where all communities are healthy and safe, and where the bounty of the Earth is preserved for all the generations to come.
While some products carry labels claiming that their brand is ‘not tested on animals’ or is ‘against animal testing’, these are often confusing and do not guarantee that the product is actually free from animal testing. Products bearing the Leaping Bunny mark are certified ‘cruelty free’ under the internationally-recognised Humane Cosmetics or Humane Household Products Standards. These rigorous standards stipulate that no animal testing is conducted or commissioned for finished products or ingredients in any phase of product development by the company, its laboratories or its suppliers after a fixed cut-off date.
Formed in 1986, The National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia (NASAA) supports the education of industry and consumers on organic, biodynamic and sustainable agricultural practices. NASAA is committed to developing and maintaining organic standards; assisting operators in gaining organic certification; and conducting ongoing compliance supervision. The scope of NASAA's standard covers the organic supply chain – from input manufacturers to producers, processors to wholesale and retail operations - ensuring organic integrity 'from paddock to plate'.
Working out of Brussels, they are the International Natural and Organic Cosmetics association. Helping to protect and promote true Natural Cosmetics. Founded in 2007, NATRUE is an established worldwide cosmetics and skin care standard which is driven by a desire to promote integrity and transparency in the natural cosmetics marketplace. NATRUE is a non-profit initiative to identify products that are genuinely organic or truly as natural as they can be. The NATRUE logo assures you that products are genuinely as natural as possible.
Manufacturers, regulators and consumers look to NSF International for the development of public health standards and certification programs that help protect the world’s food, water, consumer products and environment. Their mission is to protect and improve global human health. As an independent, accredited organization, they develop standards, and test and certify products and systems. They provide auditing, education and risk management solutions for public health and the environment.
OCIA International is one of the world's oldest, largest and most trusted leaders in the organic certification industry. A nonprofit, member-owned, agricultural organization, OCIA is dedicated to providing the highest quality organic certification services and access to global organic markets. Today, OCIA is an industry leader and one of the world's largest organic certification agencies. OCIA has thousands of members in North, Central and South America, Africa, Europe and the Pacific Rim. From its humble beginnings, to locations all over the world, OCIA continues to be committed to providing members the highest quality organic certification, as well as access to global organic marketplace.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 3 million members and supporters.
PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the entertainment industry. They also work on a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of beavers, birds, and other “pests” as well as cruelty to domesticated animals.
PThe Soil Association was founded in 1946 by a group of scientists, doctors and naturalists, who were studying human interaction with nature. Soil Association has developed the first set of rules of human activities, not doing harm to the environment. In 1976 this association became the basis for the establishment of Soil Association Certification Ltd, being one of the authoritative certification of organic products, including cosmetics. According to Soil Association standards, producers must use mainly components of plant origin, moreover, they must be grown by means of organic agriculture or grow in natural conditions in ecological area and have an appropriate certification. Materials should be fresh and their processing must be done by mechanical, sparing methods without use of harmful chemicals. It is prohibited to use artificial colorants, aromatizers, refined products, silicones, polymers, GMO and dead vertebrates products (example: mink oil, marmot fat, animal fat, glycerin, animal collagen, elastin, hyaluronic acid). The exceptions are the ingredients that are produced without animal abuse and are certified organic. Animal testing is prohibited. All substances are tested for non-toxicity and biodegradability. Production process and packages must correspond to ecological standards. The manufacturer must make every effort to protect the natural resources of the planet and prevent pollution at all stages of production.
Products can be marked with the word “Organic” and have a Soil Association mark, if a product contains no less than 95% certified organic components (excluding water and mineral salts). Products can be marked “Made with Organic Ingredients” and have a Soil Association mark, if a product contains no less than 70% certified organic components (excluding water and mineral salts). In this case, the package must indicates the corresponding percentage of organic ingredients in the formula.
Did you know that the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) organic seal and certification is the gold standard in organic skincare? This is the only seal that ensures that skincare products are 95-100% organic, up to the standard of food rulings. The USDA does not differentiate between food or beauty products when inspecting products, so any product bearing its seal (whether food or skincare) must be made of 95-100% ingredients that were organically farmed with no pesticides or herbicides. The remaining 5% of contents are drawn from a small, select number of gentle ingredients (such as purified water) that are not organically grown, but which pose no risk to your health or the environment.
The UK based Vegan Society works to help more people become vegan with confidence, encourage more trusted Vegan Society Trademarked products to be available in shops, and take veganism to the mainstream. It provides information and guidance on various aspects of veganism for new and potential vegans, caterers, healthcare professionals, educators and the media. It also co-ordinates a variety of campaigns to raise awareness of the lifestyle. The Vegan Society is the oldest vegan organisation in the world and was founded in 1944. At the establishment of the Society, founder Donald Watson and his wife coined the term ‘vegan’ to describe the lifestyle of what were then called the non-dairy vegetarians. The word ‘vegan’ was created from the first and last letters of ‘vegetarian’.