Certifications

Dr Bronner's, Bambu

Certifying as a B Corporation goes beyond product- or service-level certification. B Corp Certification is the only certification that measures a company’s entire social and environmental performance. The B Impact Assessment evaluates how your company’s operations and business model impact your workers, community, environment, and customers. From your supply chain and input materials to your charitable giving and employee benefits, B Corp Certification proves your business is meeting the highest standards of verified performance.

Bambu, The Market Bags

1% for the Planet was founded on the model of our business membership program: responsible businesses giving back to environmental nonprofits to create a healthier planet. Here’s how it works: • Join: Business members join our network, committing to donate the equivalent of 1% of gross sales through a combination of monetary, in-kind and approved promotional support directly to environmental nonprofits.
 • Advise: 1% for the Planet provides partnership advising, pairing members with environmental nonprofits that align with their values, their brand and that make the biggest impact possible.
 • Donate: Business members support their nonprofit partner(s) directly—no intermediary necessary! In fact, we will help you forge meaningful relationships with your partners.
 • Certify: 1% for the Planet certifies all member donations—legitimizing members’ commitment by reviewing and confirming sales and donation details annually.
 It’s that easy—and also incredibly effective. To date, our members have invested over $250 million in environmental nonprofit solutions through the 1% for the Planet network. Easy, effective and…accessible! We believe that everyone has a 1%. We offer flexible giving options to ensure feasibility for members.

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By 1996, 'cruelty-free' shopping had become popular, but it was also confusing, sometimes misleading, and ultimately frustrating. Companies had begun designing their own bunny logos, abiding by their own definition of 'cruelty-free' or 'animal friendly' without the participation of animal protection groups. In response, eight national animal protection groups banded together to form the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC). The CCIC promotes a single comprehensive standard and an internationally recognized Leaping Bunny Logo. We work with companies to help make shopping for animal-friendly products easier and more trustworthy.

Earthology, La Petite Leonne, The Market Bags, Natra Care

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is recognised as the world's leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres. It defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliance with social criteria as well. Only textile products that contain a minimum of 70% organic fibres can become GOTS certified. All chemical inputs such as dyestuffs and auxiliaries used must meet certain environmental and toxicological criteria. The choice of accessories is limited in accordance with ecological aspects as well. A functional waste water treatment plant is mandatory for any wet-processing unit involved and all processors must comply with social criteria.

The aim of the standard is to define world-wide recognized requirements that ensure organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labelling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer.
Textile processors and manufacturers are enabled to export their organic fabrics and garments with one certification accepted in all major markets.

Cheeks Ahoy

If a textile article carries the STANDARD 100 label, you can be certain that every component of this article, i.e. every thread, button and other accessories, has been tested for harmful substances and that the article therefore is harmless for human health. The test is conducted by our independent OEKO-TEX® partner institutes on the basis of our extensive OEKO-TEX® criteria catalog. In the test they take into account numerous regulated and non-regulated substances, which may be harmful to human health. In many cases the limit values for the STANDARD 100 go beyond national and international requirements. The criteria catalog is updated at least once a year and expanded with new scientific knowledge or statutory requirements. It is not easy for manufacturers and customers to keep an overview of the legal situation concerning harmful substances every day. Our experts from the OEKO-TEX® institutes do this for you.

Brush With Bamboo

CERES offers certification for organic farming and food processing, for organic textiles, for Good Agricultural and Good Manufacturing Practices in the food industry, and also certification according to several agricultural sustainability standards: Organic Farming and Food Processing Inputs (materials) for organic farming GLOBALG.A.P. (Good agricultural practice) UTZ CERTIFIED (Sustainable coffee, cocoa and tea production) C.A.F.E. Practices (Sustainable coffee production for Starbucks) GOTS/OCS/BEST (Sustainable Textile Production) Bird Friendly® Coffee Rainforest Alliance Additional Standards

Bambu

The National Organic Program (NOP) develops the rules & regulations for the production, handling, labeling, and enforcement of all USDA organic products. This process, referred to as rulemaking, involves input from the National Organic Standards Board (a Federal Advisory Committee made up of fifteen members of the public) and the public. The NOP also maintains a Handbook that includes guidance, instructions, policy memos, and other documents that communicate the organic standards. How to Become Certified Organic Certifiers are responsible for making sure that USDA organic products meet all organic standards. There are five basic steps to organic certification: The farm or business adopts organic practices, selects a USDA-accredited certifying agent, and submits an application and fees to the certifying agent. The certifying agent reviews the application to verify that practices comply with USDA organic regulations. An inspector conducts an on-site inspection of the applicant’s operation. The certifying agent reviews the application and the inspector’s report to determine if the applicant complies with the USDA organic regulations. The certifying agent issues organic certificate. To maintain organic certification, your certified organic farm or business will go through an annual review and inspection process. If your operation is not located in the U.S., see our International Trade page to learn about your options for organic certification.

Brush With Bamboo

The USDA Certified Biobased Product label is designed to provide useful information to consumers about the biobased content of the product. The label assures a consumer that the product contains a USDA-verified amount of renewable biological ingredients. Biobased products are derived from plants and other renewable agricultural, marine, and forestry materials. Biobased products provide an alternative to conventional petroleum derived products and include a diverse range of offerings such as construction, janitorial, and grounds-keeping products specified and purchased by Federal agencies, to personal care and packaging products used by consumers every day.

Natra Care

The Vegetarian Society Approved trademarks are only licensed to products that meet our strict criteria. This isn’t done on a self-certification basis (after all, even manufacturers in the know can get it wrong occasionally). The Vegetarian Society Approved trademark accreditation involves independent ingredient and production method checking by our experts here at the Vegetarian Society. By displaying our vegetarian and vegan trademarks, not only are you reassuring your customers they can trust your products, but as a client of the Vegetarian Society Approved trademark scheme you also have the credibility of being permitted to display the most long-standing and well-established trademark of its type – and you have the peace of mind that you can be certain your products are suitable for your vegetarian or vegan target market. We don’t just license our trademarks to food products – they are displayed on food, drink, alcoholic drinks, cosmetics and beauty products, household and cleaning products, health products, things for the baby, pet foods, restaurants, pubs and a whole lot more! What is the process? In order for your product to be licensed to carry either of our trademarks, it must meet our strict criteria. We check your ingredient lists and specification sheets, and if they meet our criteria (once you have paid the licence fee) you can display the relevant trademark. Of course, if you want to display our trademark, but your products or production methods do not yet meet our criteria, we’re very happy to work with you to bring them up to our required standards. The criteria The criteria for the two Vegetarian Society Approved vegetarian and vegan trademarks are as follows. Any product displaying the Vegetarian Society Approved vegetarian trademark has met these criteria: Free from any ingredient resulting from slaughter Only free-range eggs are used No cross-contamination during production GMO-free No animal testing carried out or commissioned Any product displaying the Vegetarian Society Approved vegan trademark has met these criteria: Free from animal-derived ingredients No cross-contamination during production GMO-free No animal testing carried out or commissioned

EcoCoconut

Not all wood is the same. Laws alone are not enough to protect wildlife habitat, limit use of hazardous chemicals, and protect rivers, lakes and streams from harmful effects of destructive forestry. As an architect, builder or developer, how can you know that the wood you use comes from a forest that is managed responsibly? ​ The Forest Stewardship Council provides independent assurance that the wood you buy supports forests managed to the highest standards. FSC balances the needs of all forest stakeholders – economic, social and environmental - through an open, member-led democracy. ​ The world’s most reputable environmental organizations - including the World Wildlife Fund, Greenpeace, NRDC, National Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club, and The Nature Conservancy - plus countless corporate partners and governments - recognize FSC as the most trusted certification system for forest management.

Bambu

LETIS audits and certifies compliance with standards, protocols and quality systems, such as: Standards for Organic Production of Argentina, United States, European Union, Switzerland, Canada and Japan; Supermarkets Quality Standard GLOBALG.A.P.; international Standard for organic textiles, GOTS; and HACCP systems; among others.

Natra Care

The official ecolabel of the Nordic countries, the Nordic Swan Ecolabel creates sustainable solutions based on a life cycle assessment and an overall goal to reduce the environmental impact from production and consumption of goods. Tough requirements in all phases of a products life cycle and continuously tightening of these requirements to create a sustainable development is the foundation of the Nordic Swan Ecolabel, and what distinguishes the label from other labels – as well as being an official, independent and 3rd party certification.

Natra Care

MADE SAFE® is America’s first nontoxic seal for products we use every day, from baby to personal care to household and beyond. We certify that products you use on your body, with your family, and in your home are made with safe ingredients not known or suspected to harm human health. Our goal is to change the way products are made in this country for the healthier.

Natra Care

An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is an independently verified and registered document that communicates transparent and comparable information about the life-cycle environmental impact of products. As a voluntary declaration of the life-cycle environmental impact, having an EPD for a product does not imply that the declared product is environmentally superior to alternatives. The International EPD® System is a global programme for type III environmental declarations operating in accordance with ISO 14025. Via our General Programme Instructions, we operate a system to verify and register EPDs and maintain a publicly-available library of EPDs and PCRs. For construction products in Europe, the programme additionally aligns with the European standard EN 15804, and we are a founding member of the ECO Platform. The programme is open for companies and organisations in any country.

Natra Care

ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization with a membership of 165 national standards bodies. Through its members, it brings together experts to share knowledge and develop voluntary, consensus-based, market relevant International Standards that support innovation and provide solutions to global challenges.