B Corporation Certificaton:
"B Corp is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk.
B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.
Today, there is a growing community of more than 1,600 Certified B Corps from 42 countries and over 120 industries working together toward 1 unifying goal: to redefine success in business."
Fair Trade Certified:
"The term Fair Trade defines a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – especially in developing countries."
"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."
Low Heavy Metals Verified
"THE PROBLEM: Heavy metals are now being found in USDA certified organic foods, superfoods, vitamins, herbs and dietary supplements at alarming levels. Neither the USDA nor the FDA have set any limits on heavy metals in foods and organic foods, meaning that products can contain extremely toxic levels of mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, copper and even tungsten while still being legally sold across the USA.
THE EVIDENCE: The Natural News Forensic Food Lab, headed by food researcher Mike Adams (the Health Ranger) has tested over 1,000 products using ICP-MS atomic spectroscopy instrumentation. Some of these results have already been published at Labs.NaturalNews.com. These results show:
Over 500 ppb Mercury in dried cat treats
Over 10 ppm Tungsten in rice protein products
Over 5 ppm Lead in ginkgo herb products
Over 400 ppb Lead in cacao powders
Over 500 ppb Lead and over 2000 ppb Cadmium in rice proteins
Over 6 ppm Arsenic and over 1 ppm Lead in some spirulina products
Over 100 ppb Mercury in dog treats
Over 1,200 ppm Copper in children's multivitamins
Over 200 ppb Lead in brand-name mascara products
So much mercury contamination found in Maine lobster that the government halts fisheries.
(Note: 1,000 ppb = 1 ppm)"
Cruelty Free: "Cruelty Free International works to end animal experiments worldwide. We believe there is no ethical justification for using animals in experiments. For over 100 years, we have championed progressive, humane scientific research and cruelty free living."
"In order to become certified, farms must meet criteria set by the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN), a coalition of leading conservation groups that work to promote sustainability agriculture. The SAN standard encompasses all three pillars of sustainability—social, economic, and environmental. Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms are audited regularly to verify that farmers are complying with the SAN standard’s comprehensive guidelines, which require continual improvement on the journey to sustainable agriculture. The SAN standard is built on these important principles of sustainable farming:
Improved livelihoods and human wellbeing
Natural resource conservation
Effective planning and farm management systems"
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil:
"There is an ever urgent need and growing global concern that commodities are produced without causing harm to the environment or society. RSPO certification is an assurance to buyers of palm oil products that the standard of production is sustainable."
The Verified Non-GMO Project
"The Non-GMO Project is a mission-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to building and protecting a non-GMO food supply. We do this through consumer education and outreach programs; marketing support provided to Non-GMO Project Verified brands; and training resources and merchandising materials provided to retailers.
Non-GMO Project Verified remains the market leader for GMO avoidance and one of the fastest growing labels in the retail sector. We offer North America’s most trusted third-party verification for non-GMO food and products."
"USDA organic products have strict production and labeling requirements. Organic products must meet the following requirements:
Produced without excluded methods, (e.g., genetic engineering, ionizing radiation, or sewage sludge). Policy on genetically modified organisms (pdf)
Produced using allowed substances. View the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List).
Overseen by a USDA National Organic Program-authorized certifying agent, following all USDA organic regulations."
"...certified organic produce is grown on soil that has been free of prohibited substances for three years prior to harvest to ensure that the crops will not be contaminated. Focused on the use of renewable resources and conservation of soil and water, organic farmers enhance and sustain the environment for future generations."
"A vegan (pronounced VEE-gun) is someone who, for various reasons, chooses to avoid using or consuming animal products. While vegetarians choose not to use flesh foods, vegans also avoid dairy and eggs, as well as fur, leather, wool, down, and cosmetics or chemical products tested on animals.
Why vegan? Veganism, the natural extension of vegetarianism, is an integral component of a cruelty-free lifestyle. Living vegan provides numerous benefits to animals’ lives, to the environment, and to our own health–through a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Being vegan can save:
– about 200 animals a year
– 1.3 million gallons of water
– 1.5 tons of carbon dioxide emissions
Now that’s what we call having an impact!!!"
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