Thursday, March 13, 2008

Organic And Its Many Certifications

Organic Standards

Yes It’s Organic makes it easy for you to understand the Organic labels in our store. We only use the terms “Organic” and “Certified Organic.”

When Is It Certified Organic?
There are many organizations that certify “organic” growing and/or processing conditions around the world. These organizations are independent of any companies involved in any part of the processes for growing crops or manufacturing products. They’ve developed guidelines by which they certify products as being “Organic.”

When Is It Organic?
Yes It’s Organic manufacturers either own their manufacturing facilities or use contract manufacturing companies to conduct the actual manufacturing processes. In either situation, they may use independent organic certifying organizations or use their own organic guidelines and inspections that are similar to those used by the independent certifying organizations. The primary reason a manufacturer may not show “Certified Organic” on their products is that the certifying organizations may only certify certain crops.

When Does Yes It’s Organic Use the Terms “Organic” and “Certified Organic”?
At Yes It’s Organic we make it easy for you so you only have to understand:

1) In our store, the term “Organic” means that the products have been verified by the manufacturer through their own internal standards and processes.

2) In our store, the term “Certified Organic” means that the products have been verified by any of the certifying organizations for Organic.

All products on Yes It’s Organic containing cotton use Certified Organic Cotton.

All products on Yes It’s Organic containing wool use Certified Organic Wool.

Why Is It Hard to Find Certified Organic Hemp and Bamboo?
Hemp and Bamboo are naturally pest and weed resistant and don’t require the use of conventional pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. We verify with our suppliers that these crops are grown and processed Organically. They are highly renewable. Hemp actually enriches the soil in which it’s grown. We also verify that the Bamboo is not the variety eaten by Pandas and therefore not taken from Panda food sources.

Certified Organic Standards

For explanations of some of the differences between Certified Organic standards including the following ones, see our full article titled "Organic and Its Many Certifications."

GOTS - Global Organic Textile Standard

SKAL Certified Organic as designated by the EKO symbol

EKO Sustainable Textile: Certified Organic

Oeko-Tex Standard 100

European Union

USDA Certified Organic