Many people love to say they like “Natural or organic”, yet they barely know the difference between them. In order to consider yourself a conscientious ”green” consumer or member of a “green” brand, one needs to be aware of the many issues and accreditations that give merit to a “green” product or brand.

Below are just a few seals, issues, and accreditations that one should be familiar with and understand their differences in order to be conscientious about the “green” industry!

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Surely you recognize this green-and-white label, and it means the exact same thing on beauty products as it does on food: 95 percent of the ingredients meet USDA National Organic Program standards. Although it may be the most familiar seal, it’s also the most difficult for beauty companies to earn because it was developed for foods and drinks.

This relatively new organic label was developed specifically for personal care products. It indicates that a product contains at least 70 percent organic content, including ingredients certified to European organic standards, which are now more consistent with U.S. standards. It allows for some chemical processes typical of personal care manufacturing that the USDA Organic certification does not.

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Natural certifications do exist for personal care products, unlike food. Products that earn the Natural Products Association Natural Seal contain at least 95 percent “truly natural” ingredients (derived from natural sources) and are free of ingredients with any suspected human health risks. It allows non-natural ingredients only with no speculated health issues and no viable natural alternatives.

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Do you care about the treatment of the farmers behind your products and about international social and economic development? Fair-trade-certified ingredients must meet various criteria focused on these issues. As part of Fair Trade USA’s composite program, fair-trade personal care products must include 20 percent fair-trade ingredients to obtain this label.

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You may be most familiar with Fair Trade USA’s label, but there’s another to look for: The Institute for Market-ecology (IMO) Fair for Life Fair Trade certification indicates that at least half of the product’s ingredients (excluding water) are non-aqueous, non-juice fair-trade ingredients. Products with at least 15 percent fair-trade elements are labeled “Made with Fair for Life Fair Trade Ingredients.”

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Developed by eight national animal protection groups that form the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics, this label indicates that a company uses no animal testing in any product development stage, including at the raw-ingredient level.

Reference http://newhope360.com/beauty/guide-personal-care-labels#slide-8-field_images-267561

 

Is there a difference between Organic and Natural? Are they safer than conventional beauty products?

We took a survey were 17 respondents answer the question whether or not they knew the difference between the word “Organic and Natural” in Beauty Care Products.
9 of the respondents knew the difference, 8 of the respondents said they would like more information to clarify the difference.

In a beauty industry filled with great marketing it is easy for a consumer to get confused when trying to purchase “green” products which many consider to be safer than conventional beauty products. However, choosing between Natural or Organic can be a complex task if one is not aware of the true meaning or significance of each word. And.. Are they safer for us than conventional products?

Below we have attached several links, one is to an informative article that does a nice job at comparing their differences.

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What is in your products?

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Pinkwashing of cosmetics!

It’s disturbing to think that many large cosmetic brands are deceiving consumers by “pinkwashing”!

How can any ethical brand claim to be helping support cancer awareness or research, while they use ingredients in their products that have been linked to cancer?

watch the you tube video on pinkwashing

Benefits of using organic ingredients and greener products on the environment and for climate change.

The world is crying!

What is global warming?

Global warming is when the earth heats up (the temperature rises). It happens when greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, water vapor, nitrous oxide, and methane) trap heat and light from the sun in the earth’s atmosphere, which increases the temperature. This hurts many people, animals, and plants.

What causes global warming?

Many things cause global warming. One thing that causes global warming is electrical pollution. This occurs in many ways, some worse than others. In most cases, fossil fuels are burned to create electricity. Fossil fuels are made of dead plants and animals. Some examples of fossil fuels are oil and petroleum. Many pollutants (chemicals that pollute the air, water, and land) are sent into the air when fossil fuels are burned. Some of these chemicals are called greenhouse gasses. Many of these are also found on your beauty products!

Garbage that is burned in landfills yields an enormous amount of greenhouse gasses into the air and makes global warming worse. Another thing that makes global warming worse is when people cut down trees. Trees and other plants collect carbon dioxide (CO2), which is a greenhouse gas. They absorb the CO2 and yield oxygen which makes it easier for us to breathe.

Common use Plastics (Resins) in beauty products!

A. Energy Consumption

Recycled HDPE and PET resin production consumes significantly less energy than does the production of non-recycled (virgin) HDPE and PET resins. Depending upon the resin, the recycled resins consume between 38-88% less energy during production than do comparable virgin resins.

B. Greenhouse Gas Emissions (CO2 Equivalents)

Recycled HDPE and PET resin production generates significantly fewer greenhouse gases than does the production of virgin HDPE and PET resins. Depending upon the resin, the recycled resins generate between 35-78% less greenhouse gases during production than do comparable virgin resins.

What can we do to help stop global warming?

  • Recycle
  • If you recycle, less trash goes to the dump, and less trash gets burned. As a result, there are fewer greenhouse gasses in our atmosphere.
  • Buy Greener Products
  • Many things, such as hairspray, shampoos, creams, soaps, and deodorant, now are made to have less of an impact on the atmosphere. Less greenhouse gasses will rise into the air, and global warming will slow down.
  • Look for Post Consumer recycled (PCR) or recyclable plastics
  • Postconsumer recycling of PET and HDPE resins has a positive impact on the overall environmental footprint associated with the production, use and disposal of these materials. Recycled HDPE and PET resin production consumes significantly less energy, generates significantly fewer greenhouse gases, and produces less solid waste than does the production of virgin HDPE and PET resins.
  • Use organic ingredients and products or plant based “Natural” surfactants (foam making cleaning agents)
  • Organic ingredients are free of toxic pesticides that when washed down into the water waste will biodegrade and not accumulate into a toxic byproduct.
  • Surfactants are produced from petroleum or plant materials. Petroleum-based surfactants have the disadvantage of contributing to the depletion of a non-renewable resource. Plant-based surfactants have the advantage of coming from renewable resources.
  • Cleansers (surfactants) can be plant based, which are non-toxic and biodegradable, or they can be petroleum based, which can be toxic to humans, animals and the planet. Petroleum based cleansers are typically not biodegradable. Petroleum based soaps are extracted from the earth, which is terrible for the environment. After they are used, they are washed down the drain and may never decompose. In addition to this, petroleum based soaps are very harsh on our skin, usually leading to dryness, dermatitis, or flaking. Read labels!!! Avoid those that do not list ingredients or those that contain petroleum-based surfactant such as Sulfates! Look for soaps, shampoos and detergents which contain surfactants originating from soy, coconut or palm.

Love your body, Absorb Organic!

Benefits of using organics video