CERTIFICATIONS

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Australian Certified Organic  

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What exactly does it mean when a cosmetic product is ‘Australian Certified Organic’?

ACO have as EU Organic Standard

Australian Certified Organic in accordance with the Australian Certified Organic Standard (ACOS 2010) means the organic cosmetic product contains a minimum 95% of organic ingredients excluding water and salt, with up to 5% natural ingredients/additives. Made with certifi ed organic ingredients: Contains 70%- 95% certifi ed organic ingredients (excluding salt and water) with the remainder from non organic sources (where unavailable in organic form). The Australian Organic Standard is the only national standard in the world that specifically covers organic cosmetics. Consumers need to be very careful when choosing organic cosmetic products, as ‘certified organic’ claims on these products can vary. For example, some private European standards allow a product to claim “certified organic” even when the product may contain just 10% organic ingredients, and some chemicals not allowed under the ACOS 2010 e.g. potential carcinogens.
Unfortunately, there is no regulation in Australia to stop such products coming into Australia, hence consumers may come across “certified organic” skin care products which don’t meet the high level of organic certification criteria of Australian certified products.

 

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US Department of Agriculture

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Products bearing the USDA logo (United States Department of Agriculture) meet all of the requirements of standards of the USDA National Organic Program (NOP).

The USDA National Organic Program accredits private businesses, organisations, and state agencies to certify producers and handlers of agricultural products according to NOP regulations. 

The ACO is an official certifier for the US Department of Agriculture and many of our products meet the USDA standards. 

“100% organic” – everything is organic (except water / salt)
“Organic” – 95% of the ingredients are organic
Labeled product with “Made with organic” to min. 70% being organic.
The rest of the ingredients must appear on an approved list (NOP), which is very restrictive!

Less than 70 percent organic ingredients – Products cannot use the term “organic”

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 Biological Farmers of Australia

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BFA Registered Products are mineral-based products with a small percentage of organic ingredients. These are non-agricultural substances (e.g., clay, bicarb soda, minerals), that are subject to strict processing criteria (e.g. absolutely no GMOs or synthetics chemicals). These products otherwise are natural, conform to the general stipulations of the organic standards of the world and are deemed the “best in their class”.

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International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements

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Products bearing the ACO/IFOAM logo (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements) meet all of the requirements of ACO certification in addition to the standards set by IFOAM. 

IFOAM is the worldwide umbrella organisation for the organic movement, uniting more than 750 member organisations in 108 countries. 

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You can be confident you are buying organic food and drink when you see the EU’s “leaf” logo on packaging.

Certification and confidence
The EU organic logo and labelling is a quick and simple way for consumers to recognise organic produce, and an important step in guaranteeing that organic produce is always of the same high standards.
Food quality – 90 % of Europeans believe that ‘organic’ by definition means ‘GMO-free’. Find out what restrictions exist on pesticides, fertilisers, and antibiotics and how organic farmers create good quality produce through crop rotations and cultivating in season.
Inspections and controls. Only half of Europeans know that all organic operators must be controlled at least once per year. Discover the control process from start to finish.
Short supply chain. Organic farming means that the time and distance from the farm to your kitchen is greatly reduced..
Environment
Organic production combines best environmental practices, a high level of biodiversity and the preservation of natural resources. It is a production method using natural substances and processes. Organic production delivers public goods contributing to the protection of the environment.

Animal welfare
The application of high animal welfare standards respecting species specific needs, is part of the principles of organic production. This includes the selection of appropriate breeds and husbandry practices as well as the maintenance of animal health by encouraging the natural immunological defence of the animal. The wellbeing of livestock must be ensured throughout the whole production process.

We encourage every “organic” company to become a real company and get a certificate! Exclusively Certification does guarantee the use of organic ingredients. Remember, the only certified organic products can have a logo organization issuing the certificate. No logo, means that it is “green PR.”
 
WHY CHOOSE CERTIFIED ORGANIC?
The only way customers can be assured that they are purchasing REAL ORGANIC products produced without the use of synthetic chemicals and GMO’s is to purchase products which have been organically certified with a leading independent certifying body such as the;

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5 Benefits of Choosing Certified Organic:

1. Good for the soil

Organic systems rely on a modern and scientific understanding of ecology and soil science, while also depending on traditional methods of crop rotations to ensure fertility and weed and pest control.

2. Good for the environment

Organic systems aim to reduce dependence on non-renewable resources. Organic production aims at all times towards sustainability whilst having best management of the environment and wildlife as a priority.

3. Good for people

Organic based ingredients have been shown in a number of studies to contain more vitamins, nutrients and cancer-fighting antioxidants than non-organic ingredients.

4.No synthetic chemicals

Organic systems prohibit the use of artificial chemicals, pesticides and fertilisers.

5. No GMO’s

Certified Organic products are produced without GMOs, which are prohibited in the standards for organic food and farming.

To be CERTIFIED organic is a quantum leap beyond ?made with organic ingredients?. CERTIFIED organic products, such as miessence® products produced by ONE Group, must pass stringent quality testing and standards. No synthetic chemicals may be used at any stage of the production chain, beginning with growing, harvesting, storage, transporting and processing, through to the final ready-for-market product. Where there is an ingredient that is essential for the product to function, (e.g. xanthan gum to thicken) and that ingredient is not yet available as organically grown, then, up to a maximum of 5% of non-organic ingredients may be used in the product, and only until that ingredient becomes available and organically grown. There are also strict criteria for the ‘permitted’ non-organic ingredients, such as: they must be naturally extracted plant products and they may not be genetically modified. So, the ONLY way to know whether a product is truly CERTIFIED organic is to look for the LOGO!

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