Bio-September is here and offers a number of fabulous opportunities to dive deeper into the green world of nature and organic.
While I praise the importance of buying certified organic skin care products forever (read my previous post to find out why), I haven't really discussed the differences between the main organic accreditation standards.
The certification logos most likely to be found on organic products in the UK are those of the Soil Association and ECOCERT.
Each of these guidelines has its own guidelines for qualifying as “organic,” and the purity and “naturalness” of a product can vary widely, depending on the body it is certified by.
Soil Association (UK)
- At least 70% of the non-water component of a product must come from organic farming .
- If a selected ingredient can be obtained organically from anywhere in the world, it must be used.
- All non-organic ingredients must be non-toxic, biodegradable and have a non-genetically modified certificate.
- A product must not contain parabens, petrochemicals, propylene glycol and other potentially harmful plastics.
ECOCERT (UK / EU)
- So that a product can be labeled as " Bio ": At least 10% of ALL ingredients (by weight, including water) must come from organic farming . 95% of all herbal ingredients in the formula must come from organic farming.
- In order for a product to be labeled “ natural ”, at least 5% of ALL ingredients (by weight, including water) must come from organic farming. 50% of all herbal ingredients in the formula must come from organic farming.
- A product must not contain parabens, petrochemicals, phenoxyethanol and synthetic fragrances, and all ingredients need not be genetically modified.
The main problem with ECOCERT is that customers do not know that there is an “organic” as well as a separate “natural” standard because the logo is the same.
Even more confusing are the logos of authentic-looking "natural ingredients", "paraben-free" or "organic extracts" that are not actually connected to an organic body, but merely marketing tricks of brands to make their products more legitimate to appear !
Here are some examples:
The good news is that the Bodenverband, ECOCERT and a number of other European ones Combine organic standards into a harmonized certification standard called COSMOS.
This uniform standard should make things a lot easier for the organic consumer – I will blog in more detail later about COSMOS and its impact on the industry.
During the official launch, COSMOS will not be implemented until 2015. In the meantime, you can quickly and easily determine how organic your "biological" product is here.
An ingredient from organic cultivation must be clearly marked with an asterisk on an ingredient list. The more stars on the list, the higher the proportion of organic substances in the product.