Safe Cosmetics Pledge
Indicates the manufacturer of this product has signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, pledging to meet or exceed the formulation standards and deadlines set by the European Union cosmetics directive to be free of chemicals that are known or strongly suspected of causing cancer, mutation or birth defects. Companies also pledge to implement substitution plans that replace hazardous materials with safer alternatives within three years and publicly report their progress in meeting these goals. (www.safecosmetics.org)
Coming Clean Campaign Endorsement Status
Indicates the manufacturer of this product has endorsed the Organic Consumers Association Coming Clean Campaign. The Coming Clean Campaign encourages the USDA and the personal care product industry “to adopt strict national organic standards for body care products.” These standards include that the “toxicity of each ingredient in the product is minimal, ordinary water is not counted in any shape or form as contributing to organic content, Certified Organic agricultural raw materials are utilized exclusively, versus petroleum or conventional vegetable feed-stocks, in the manufacture of the key basic cleansing and conditioning ingredients, and the manufacture of such ingredients is ecological.” (www.organicconsumers.org)
Leaping Bunny Certified
Indicates that the manufacturer of this product has been certified as cruelty-free by The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC). CCIC's certification, indicated by the Leaping Bunny logo, provides "assurance that no new animal testing is used in any phase of product development by the company, its laboratories, or suppliers." To be certified, companies must agree to the Leaping Bunny Corporate Standard of Compassion for Animals, a voluntary pledge that "cosmetic, personal care, and/or household product companies make to clear animal testing from all stages of product development. The company's ingredient suppliers make the same pledge and the result is a product guaranteed to be 100 percent free of new animal testing. All Leaping Bunny companies must be open to independent audits, and commitments are renewed on an annual basis." For more information, visit www.leapingbunny.org.
PETA Animal Treatment Assessment
Indicates the manufacturer of this product is on the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) "Does Not Test on Animals” List. According to PETA, this list includes companies that have stated they do not “conduct any animal tests that are not required by law,” either by signing PETA’s statement of assurance or provided a “statement verifying that they do not conduct or commission any non-required animal tests on ingredients, formulations, or finished products and that they pledge not to do so in the future.”
Certified USDA Organic
Indicates that this product is produced using organic methods or made with organic ingredients. Organic farming systems rely on ecologically based practices such as cultural and biological pest management, exclusion of all synthetic chemicals, antibiotics, and hormones in crop and livestock production. Certification is conducted by entities that have been approved by the US Department of Agriculture, using national standards that define organic production.
Green America Seal of Approval - Gold Level
Green America, formerly Co-op America, is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to harnessing the economic power of consumers, investors and businesses to promote social justice and environmental sustainability. Green America's Seal of Approval assures you that the business behind this product operates in ways that solve, rather than cause, both environmental and social problems. The certification program recognizes businesses as they make greater progress by awarding Bronze, Silver, and Gold levels of the Seal of Approval. These businesses adopt principles, policies, and practices that improve the quality of life for their customers, their employees, communities, and the environment. Pioneering businesses who show leadership in their industry and embed social responsibility into the DNA of their company earn Gold level certification. For more information, visit www.greenamerica.org
IMO Social Responsibility Certification
This indicates that the company has earned the IMO Social Responsibility Certification. Which confirms that workers enjoy good working conditions and that producer groups have well working, accountable internal structures. Some companies may have earned the IMO Social and Fair Trade certification, which means long-term and trustful cooperation between partners, transparent price setting, open negotiations and prices that allow for social development of the concerned communities. For more information, visit: www.fairforlife.net
Compact for Safe Cosmetics: Champion
Each of these companies the Campaign worked with have achieved Champion status by meeting all the goals of the Compact for Safe Cosmetics (Compact), a pledge to avoid chemicals banned by health agencies outside the U.S. and to fully disclose product ingredients – a pioneering practice in the cosmetics industry.