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The asthma allergy label

The asthma allergy label is your guarantee that a product does not contain perfume, parabens, dyes or formaldehyde. The content of products bearing the Asthma allergy label has been carefully assessed by an experienced toxicologist, who makes a risk assessment of the individual substances in relation to the risk of getting allergies. Pregnant women, breastfeeding women and people with an allergy are advised to choose products marked with the Asthma allergy label.

Australian Certified Organic

Australian Certified Organic is the Australian organic label on cosmetics and skin care. Australian Certified Organic-labeled products must contain min. 95% organic ingredients. Non-organic ingredients must be natural or naturally produced. Read more about the requirements for the Australian Certified Organic label at austorganic.com.

BDIH

BDIH is an industry association located in Germany that has developed extensive requirements for cosmetics and skin care in order to be characterized as natural. Products labeled with BDIH are made from natural ingredients; such as vegetable oils, fats and waxes, herbal extracts, essential oils and aromatic materials, all of which are required to have been grown without the use of pesticides. The BDIH brand can therefore be found on skin care products, face creams and makeup where the BDIH certificate gives you an assurance that what you get on your or your children's skin is natural and free of pesticides.

Biodegradable

Products marked as "Biodegradable" are required to be completely degradable within the time period of 1 year. Products that can go down the drain, such as shampoo and detergent, are considered biodegradable if they can be degraded in the treatment plant. Solid materials can be certified as biodegradable if they can decompose into small pieces within 1 year when left uncovered in sunlight. Products marked as "Biodegradable" give you an assurance that contents and packaging can be degraded without harm to nature. It is your opportunity to do your part to prevent pollution and protect our lovely mother earth.

BPA-free

BPA-free indicates that a product and its packaging do not contain Bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is suspected to be dangerous to humans. BPA is mainly found in billions of plastic products, including lunch boxes and water bottles for children, plastic buckets for storing food, toys and more. Products and packaging marked "BPA-free" give you an assurance that they do not contain the harmful substance BPA.

Cruelty Free

Cruelty-Free is an American brand that assures you as a consumer that the product, as well as the ingredients in the product, have not been tested on animals. All products marked with "Cruelty-Free" comply with the Leaping Bunny certificate or PETA standards, which means that no animal experiments have been used in any of the phases of product development. Products with the certificate "Cruelty-Free" means that the company behind the production has tested the product humanely and has refused to use ingredients from suppliers who test on animals.

Debio

Debio is the Norwegian organic brand. Debio-labeled products are manufactured according to the general requirements for organic products, which means that no pesticides are used in production - with a few exceptions (eg sulfur). The animals get no growth promoters and their feed must be 100% organic. Fertilizers, bone meal, irradiation and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are prohibited. More information can be found at www.debio.no.

Demeter

The Demeter mark means that the product is biodynamically produced. Biodynamic products are organic, but the requirements for cultivation are different and far stricter than those for commonly island-labeled products. Behind the Demeter brand are cultivation methods based on ancient wisdom about man, animals and nature and our impact on each other. There is a knowledge of the sunlight, the moon and the interactions of the planets and the effect on the growth and health of the plants. Foods grown in Demeter quality will therefore generally contain greater vitality and inner balance than products from other cultivation methods. Read more at www.biodynamisk.dk.

DfE - Design for Environment - an environmental protection label

Behind the DfE certificate is an American team dedicated to protecting the environment. DfE-labeled products guarantee that the ingredients in them have been screened for potential health and environmental effects, and contain only the ingredients that pose the least concern among chemicals in their class.

Ecocert

In order for food to bear the Ecocert label, at least 95% of the content must be organic, natural, non-toxic and degradable in nature.

Ecocert Organic Cosmetic

In Ecocert Organic Cosmetic-labeled skin care products, at least 10 percent of the total content including water must be organic. At least 95% of the substances that can be certified as organic must be so and at most 5% of the ingredients must be synthetic. Water, salts and minerals cannot be certified as organic. Synthetic perfumes and dyes, nanoparticles, parabens, etc. is not allowed in skin care products with the Ecocert Organic Cosmetic certificate.

Ecocert Natural Cosmetic

Ecocert Natural Cosmetic-labeled skin care products must contain at least five percent organic, and at least 50 percent of the substances that can be certified as organic must be so. Water, salts and minerals cannot be certified as organic. Synthetic perfumes and dyes, nanoparticles, parabens, etc. is not allowed in skin care products with the Ecocert Natural Cosmetic certificate.

ECO

The EKO label is the Dutch organic label. Products with the EKO label contain more than 95% organic ingredients and also comply with EU requirements for organic production. The ECO label is your guarantee that animal welfare has been taken into account during production and that no genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been used.

EU Ecolabel

EU Ecolabelled products must meet EU requirements for organic production. Foods with the EU Ecolabel must contain at least 95% organic agricultural ingredients. Behind the EU Ecolabel are requirements for environmental protection, high standards for animal welfare and biodiversity (conservation of endangered species, natural systems, natural cycles). EU-labeled products are manufactured as far as possible without the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Fair trade

Products marked "Fair Trade" are made in developing countries by farmers and craftsmen. Fair Trade certified products ensure that those who have manufactured the product have worked under good working conditions and received a decent wage for their labor. Fair Trade certification also promotes environmentally friendly farming methods and safe working conditions. When you choose products marked with the Fair Trade certificate, you are making a difference far out in the world, for many hard-working people who are guaranteed good terms and wages during their work. And you give them the opportunity to feed their families.

FSC - Forest Stewardship Council

FSC is a non-profit organization that promotes responsible forestry worldwide. The FSC sets strict standards for environmentally, socially and economically sustainable forestry. FSC certified products guarantee that they come from well-managed sources and that forest workers and wildlife are respected and protected during felling.

Reusable

The Recyclable label means that the packaging on the product can be recycled and must be handed in at your nearest recycling station. Products marked Recyclable have the most environmentally friendly packaging and protect nature from pollution.

Gluten free

The gluten-free label guarantees that a product contains less than 20 parts per million of gluten. Ie. that products labeled as gluten-free contain such a small amount of gluten that gluten allergy sufferers should be able to eat it without discomfort. Gluten is a protein found in various grains, including wheat, barley, rye, bulgur, kamut, Kasha, spelled and oats. If you have a gluten allergy, the intestinal system can be damaged and you can suffer from: fatigue, joint and muscle pain, nausea, eczema, large bloated stomach, constipation and diarrhea. Many people are not directly allergic to gluten, but are what is called intolerant to gluten. You may become gluten intolerant if you have ingested gluten-containing products in excessive amounts for too long. When you are intolerant to gluten, you will have many of the same symptoms as gluten allergy sufferers, the symptoms will simply be experienced in a milder form. Therefore, it is seen more and more often that people limit the intake of wheat and gluten-containing foods for a period of time to rebuild digestion and the gut.

GMO-free

The GMO-free certificate guarantees that a product is made from 100% non-GMO ingredients. The definition of GMO is: genetically modified organisms, and means that the genetic material of a crop plant has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. There are many elements in the process of genetically engineering a food and experts who have researched it, and made experiments, believe that when a food is genetically engineered, it can be harmful to the human organism, and affect our health in a direct negative direction. When you choose GMO-free foods, you are sure that what you eat is still in the same shape as nature has created them.

Requirement

Krav is the Swedish organic label. Requirements-labeled products are manufactured in accordance with the general requirements for organic products, which means that no pesticides are used in production - with a few exceptions (eg sulfur). The animals get no growth promoters and their feed must be 100% organic. Fertilizers, bone meal, irradiation and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are prohibited. In addition, Sweden's own, separate rules which can be read at www.krav.se.

Lactose free

Lactose-free means that the product does not contain any dairy products from the cow. Lactose is a sugar in cow's milk that some people are allergic to or intolerant to because they lack the enzyme lactase in the gut, which is supposed to break down lactose. The symptoms are farting, abdominal pain, changing and mucous stools and diarrhea. The symptoms occur because the undigested lactose remains in the colon, where the intestinal bacteria begin to burn it.

Leaping bunny

Behind the Leaping Bunny certificate is a company that has made a voluntary commitment to remove animal experiments from all phases of their product development. The company also does not have suppliers of ingredients that have been tested on animals. When you buy products with the Leaping Bunny certificate, you are therefore sure that no animal has suffered during the production of this particular product and you can do your part to reduce the incidence of animal experiments.

NaTrue

NaTrue is a European brand for natural skin care and cosmetics. NaTrue-labeled skin care must contain a minimum of 1% -90% natural substances, depending on the product in question. In soap, for example, the requirement is min. 1% and in oil, and anhydrous skin care products the requirement is 90%.

NaTrue with organic ingredients

The NaTrue with organic ingredients brand is a European brand for natural skin care and cosmetics. Behind the brand is the requirement that products must contain at least 15% natural substances and a maximum of 15% natural-like substances. Products with NaTrue with organic ingredients label contain 15-90% natural ingredients. At least 70% of the natural substances in the product must come from controlled, organic farming and / or from controlled game collection in accordance with the criteria laid down in the EU Ecology Regulation.

NaTrue organic

NaTrue Organic is a European brand for natural skin care and cosmetics. NaTrue Organic-labeled products must contain at least 20% natural substances and at most 15% natural-like substances. Products with the NaTrue organic label contain 20-90% natural ingredients and it is required that at least 95% of the natural substances come from controlled, organic farming and / or from controlled game collection in accordance with the criteria laid down in the EU Ecology Regulation.

Naturally labeled foods and supplements

means that the product is primarily made from natural ingredients with minimal processing. * Natural means content of natural ingredients which are extracted directly from plants or animal products, as opposed to being made synthetically.

Naturally labeled personal care, skin care, cosmetics, baby products and cleaning products

means that these products are primarily made from plant-based, pure essential oils, gentle preservatives and non-oily ingredients.

NPA - Natural Products Association

Behind the NPA certificate is a national, non-profit industry organization that represents the industry of natural products, with the requirement that they contain at least 95% natural ingredients. NPA works to avoid ingredients with health risks. No animal experiments have been used in the manufacture of products labeled NPA and the packaging includes a majority of biodegradable or recyclable materials.

Raw foods

When a food is RAW, it has not received heat treatment above 42 degrees. This is of great importance for the content of vitamins, enzymes and intact proteins. When the food is exposed to more than 42 degrees heat, a large part of the vitamins are destroyed, which results in the food becoming less nutritious and will not have the same health-promoting effect on the body as when the content of vitamins is still found in the food.

Soil Association

The Soil Association label guarantees that the products live up to the EU's ecological requirements and also live up to a separate extra set of rules, consisting of stricter requirements to protect the environment and the animals, as well as to promote sustainability. The manufacturers of Soil Association-labeled products undertake not to make use of child labor, to ensure proper working conditions and to avoid discrimination.

The Nordic Ecolabel

The Nordic Ecolabel is your guarantee that the product is among the least environmentally damaging in the product group in question. The Nordic Ecolabel sets limits for the discharge of toxic substances in nature and for the content of undesirable substances in the product that can be harmful to health.

USDA Organic

USDA Organic is the US certificate for organic products. USDA-labeled products consist of organic ingredients where no fertilizer or pesticides have been used in the manufacture. USDA Organic-labeled foods must not contain additives. Meat with the USDA Organic label may only come from animals that have not received genetically modified feed (GMO feed), antibiotics or other harmful substances. There are requirements for the cultivation methods of USDA Organic-labeled foods to ensure that the soil is not depleted, but that the soil's content of minerals and nutrients is good, which gives a better end product with greater nutritional value.

Vegetarian

Foods labeled Vegetarian mean that they do not contain meat, poultry, fish or seafood. Foods labeled Vegetarian may well contain dairy products or eggs.

Vegan

The Vegan brand can be translated as 100% vegetable. Foods or skin care branded Vegan contains no ingredients of animal origin, including: meat, fish, poultry, dairy products or eggs.

Organic (Island label)

The Danish Ø label is your guarantee that an organic product has been inspected by the Danish authorities. The requirements for a product marked with the Danish Ø label are stricter than the requirements for the EU Ecology label. Food with the Ø label means, among other things, that the product consists of 100% organic ingredients, where no artificial fertilizers and pesticides have been used in the production. Meat with the Ø label may only come from organic animals that have not received genetically modified feed (GMO feed). Island-labeled foods must not contain artificial sweeteners, flavor enhancers or colorings. There are also requirements for the cultivation methods, so that it is ensured that the soil is not depleted, but that the soil's content of minerals and nutrients is good, which gives a better end product with greater nutritional value.

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