Organic cosmetic products are booming, with revenues of €450 million in France, but consumers struggle to decipher the labels. Women want natural beauty products, but with terms like “natural” “vegan” and “environmentally friendly”, confusion is an “organic” part of shopping. To bring some order to the shelves, a single standard was created for consumers last year: Cosmos (Cosmetic Organic Standard). But for manufacturers, the standards required to sell organic are still varied and drastic. For consumers, the guarantee of environmentally friendly manufacturing is key.
This international standard guarantees the “organic” classification of textiles and unbleached cotton, from harvesting of raw materials to responsible manufacturing.
This French label for organic agriculture certifies that the raw materials are produced locally with fair payment or involve fair trade practices with countries in the South.
This guarantees that products and textiles are free from chemical substances which could harm people or the environment.
The FSC organisation aims to promote eco-responsible forest management. Its label mainly concerns printing on paper and product labelling.
NORDIC SWAN ECOLABEL
This eco-label, specific to the Nordic countries, encourages sustainable design throughout the product’s life cycle, from raw materials to recycling of packaging!
FAIRTRADE / MAX HAVELAAR
This label is a way to highlight products made in equitable conditions. Led by the association Max Havelaar France, it gives support to small producers by buying their products at a fair price.