What’s the difference between Certified Organic, Organic and Natural
We thank Aimee from TOM Organic for allowing us to share her blog piece on this topic.
The health and beauty industry bombards us with words like ‘natural’, ‘green’, ‘mineral based’, ‘eco friendly’, ‘organic’ – but before we make our choices it’s important to know what these words really mean.
Natural: This is a problematic one, the Australian beauty market currently has no regulations around using the word ‘natural’ to describe a product, which means that the definition is broad and far reaching – generally speaking, as long as an ingredient is derived from a natural substance – then it can be called natural (you could even argue that EVERYTHING was derived from nature at some point!).
Organic: When is organic not ‘organic’? – The chemical definition of ‘organic’ is: any compound containing carbon – and since carbon is found in anything that ever lived, strictly speaking, that would make petroleum organic! In Australia for a product to be labelled organic it must use all ‘natural’ ingredients, be free from parabens, sodium lauryl sulphates, genetic modification and petroleum derivatives and contain between 70-95% of organic ingredients.
Certified Organic: There are many organic certifications bodies worldwide and each one has a different set of standards – with some permitting just 10% organic ingredients. The Australian Certified Organic organisation (ACO) is Australia’s most highly regarded certifier for organic food and products – and you can sleep soundly knowing that for a product to display the ACO label it must contain at least 95% organic content (and be free from all of the nasties mentioned above).
Choosing organic vegetables over heavily sprayed ‘natural’ ones is a no-brainer and given that the average woman will use over 12,000 in her lifetime there’s no reason that we shouldn’t apply these thought processes to choosing our tampons, pads and liners too.
Many women make a conscious choice to use ‘natural’ cotton tampons and pads over synthetics, for both health and environmental reasons – but what they may not realise is that this ‘natural’ alternative is in fact the most heavily sprayed crop in the world – the toxic chemicals and pesticides sprayed on cotton not only pose obvious health risks but also cause major environmental concern. So as a general rule – unless the cotton is certified organic – there’s no guarantee that it’s chemical free.
TOM are the first Australian Certified Organic (ACO) accredited organic cotton tampons and pads, all of our cotton is 100% certified organic!
For more information about TOM Organic and their inspiring story please visit their website.