Certifications can be very confusing and tricky to understand. Often we don’t have the time to spend to work out what they mean and how to use them.
A Certification or Ecolabel is a sign or seal used to indicate that a product has met certain environmental or social standards.
They come in many different forms, including seals, logos, symbols, claims and declarations, but they all serve to indicate an environmentally friendly or sustainable attribute of a company, its products or its services.
For organic products, for example, organic standards are formulated and overseen by the government in some countries. The United States, the European Union, Canada, Japan, Australia, and other countries have comprehensive organic legislation and the term "organic" may be used only by certified producers.
Being able to put the word "organic" on a food product is a valuable marketing advantage in today's consumer market, but does not guarantee the product is legitimately organic.
Certification is intended to protect consumers from misuse of the term, and make buying organics easy. However, in countries without organic laws, government guidelines may or may not exist while non-profit-organisations and private companies handle certification..
The following popular certification list is intended to make it easier for you to use labels to make quick, informed product choices that contribute to a Biotarian lifestyle.