Why and How the products that we sell are certified organic!
As humans, we are exposed to toxins every single day. Cigarette smoke, chemicals, high sun exposure, to name a few, can all lead to free radicals. In order to make sure that we do not optionally take in any more toxins than we are already exposed to organic produce is really important. Many people probably do not realise the copious amount of chemicals and toxins contained in the fresh non organic produce they buy from the store or products they use on their body daily. At The Big Natural Company we make it our business to transparently tell you which of our products are organic and who certified them as organic, so you can be sure you are choosing the most natural and organic way of life.
Below you will find a short introduction of each certification body and an option to shop for products certified by them!
Soil Association Organic Standard
The Soil Association is the UK’s largest, most trusted and widely used organic certification body. The Soil Association symbol highlights foods that have been produced to the highest environmental, sustainability, quality and animal welfare standards. Further, their standards include fewer pesticides, no artificial additives or preservatives & no GM. The Soil Association provides organic certification to organic food, farming, textiles and beauty products across the UK. The Soil Association are a non profit organisation and give any excess income to develop and raise awareness of organics. Ingredients must be organic (or unavailable in organic form) natural and not tested on animals to be classed as organic under the Soil Association.
Australian Certified Organic
Australian Certified Organic (ACO) is Australia’s largest certifier of organic and biodynamic produce, ensuring ‘compliance with national production standards and allows trace back of all products to their origin.’ ACO requires strict and high standards before allowing organic producers to become certified under the ACO. These standards meet the standards of the EU for wine and livestock export and include at least three (3) years of organically managed land, and five (5) years or more shall elapse where GMO contamination has occurred before meeting the standard. Other standards include no products from genetic engineering (GE) practices or treatment with ionising radiation, no use of GMOs, artificial pesticides, fertilisers or herbicides. The ACO aims to protect producers and consumer confidence in trade and production of organic produce.
BDIH Certified Natural Cosmetics
The BDIH is a non for profit organisation for pharmaceuticals, food supplements, health care and personal hygiene products. The BDIH Certified Natural Cosmetics seal ensures use of only natural raw materials such as:
- – Plant oils, fats and waxes
- – Herbal extracts
- – Essential oils
- – Aromatic materials
and consideration of the ecological impact and biological cultivation. Since its initiation it has become a respected body in the organic and natural cosmetic industry. Strict guidelines set high standards for manufacturers to meet in order to obtain and use the BDIH seal. The BDIH asses product ingredients and don’t certify products containing synthetic dyes, fragrances, silicones, paraffin, petroleum products or ionising rays.
Ecocert is one of the largest organic certification bodies conducting inspections in over 80 countries. In order to recognise people who worked in developing environmentally friendly agriculture, a group of agronomists (people who work on the science and technology of growing plants for food, land reclamation, fibre and fuels) founded Ecocert. Since the start Ecocert has helped create European regulations through their expertise in certifying organic agricultural products, contributing to the growth of organic farming and ability to asses natural and organic products. The Ecocert logo is only given if high criterion and standards are met, these criterion include the absence of:
- Synthetic perfumes & dyes
- Animal-derived ingredients (unless naturally produced: milk, honey etc)
Ecocert also looks to the biodegradable or recyclable nature of products’ packaging and that 95%, at minimum, of the total ingredients come from natural origin.
For over 30 years Bioagricert has been working to promote organic culture, ensure that the agricultural system operates as naturally as possible and minimise the environmental impacts by developing certification standards. Bioagricert, as an approved certification body, inspects and exercises quality control within organic agriculture in accordance with the EU regulations. Inspections occur at least once a year in order to ensure that rules and standards are met within the supply chain, in order for products to uphold their eligibility for Bioagricert certification.
NaTrue aims to protect and promote natural & organic cosmetics and ensures the product contains only natural, organic, derived natural and nature-identical ingredients and the manufacturing process was environmentally-friendly. Nothing artificial or manmade has been used in products with this certification. NaTrue has 3 classes of certification:
- Natural cosmetics;
- Natural cosmetics with an organic portion ( 70% of ingredients are organically produced and or produced from a controlled wild collection); and
- Organic cosmetics (95% of ingredients are organically produced and or produced from a controlled wild collection).
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
The USDA organic regulations set standards for farmers and processors to conform to before they can claim their products to be “organic”. Within these standards no synthetic fertilisers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering may be used. Once they give out certification they inspect every year for prohibited substances. Organic seeds & planting stock must be used when available and land must not have had any prohibited substances for 3 years before the harvest of an organic crop.
Organic Food Chain Australia