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Forest Stewardship Council

FSC is an international non-governmental organization, non-profit organization that includes among its members, environmental and social groups, indigenous communities, consumer associations, forest owners, technicians, certification bodies, industry marketing and processing of wood. Created in 1993 in Canada, has developed a system of independent certification designed specifically to forest-based sector and internationally recognized.

The goal of FSC is to support worldwide (tropics, temperate and boreal) management of forests and plantations that is compatible with the environment, useful in terms of social rights of workers and local populations and at the same time affordable.

This by establishing a set of strict principles and criteria (standards) of good forest management established and approved by the FSC itself, through the participation and consent of the parties concerned.



  The Blue Angel (Blaue Engel)  

The Blue Angel is the first and oldest environmental certificate awarded to products and services worldwide. It was created in 1978 by the German Ministry of Environment. It is considered as a useful marketing tool to differentiate products and services with positive environmental characteristics.

The Blue Angel promotes environmental protection and consumer protection. And it is awarded to products and services whose the entire life cycle is characterized by a reduced environmental impact and compliance with high standards of health and work. To receive certification, the product must comply with all aspects of environmental protection (content of hazardous substances, emissions of pollutants, noise, energy saving, raw materials and water) and safety standards (health protection). The optimal use of raw materials during the production process, the long shelf life and the possibility of a sustainable disposal are the most important factors for receiving the Blue Angel certificate.

The Blue Angel was initially assigned to products such as recycled paper, bottles and spray without CFC until arriving today to identify about 4000 products divided in 60 different categories.

The Blue Angel certification for the paper states that it is made from 100% waste paper, without the use of chlorine and without addition of optical brightening agents.




ÖKOPAplus certification is a registered trademark of Venceremos, a company that works closely with the environmental organization Greenpeace.
Articles bearing the mark ÖKOPAplus are made of 100% recycled paper and thus contribute to reducing environmental impact. The production of paper products using recycled paper makes it possible to save enormous amount of energy, water and resources than producing virgin paper.
Furthermore, the use of waste paper reduces the load of waste.

The certified paper ÖKOPAplus must meet the following criteria:

• The paper should be made from 100 percent recycled paper.

• The paper must be bleached without using chlorine or chlorine compounds.

• The paper should not be chemically treated.

• The dye must be of vegetable matter and should not contain solvents.

• The card must be bleached with natural substances such as kaolin, latex, plaster or starch.

The criteria are similar to those of brand-label Blue Angel on recycled paper.
The mark ÖKOPAplus gives consumers a secure direction for the purchase of environmentally friendly paper products.




Oeko-Tex Standard 100 was created to ensure that textile and accessories do not contain or release harmful substances in quantities exceeding the requirements defined by the certification scheme.

The Oeko-Tex certificate, affixed to the fabric, means that the product is guaranteed by the human-ecological point of view and is safe for the health of the wearer. Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is an eco-label promoted by the International Oeko-Tex International, based in Zurich. The standard defines the requirements with which a product must comply to be permitted to use the certificate.The Association has also developed a scheme of environmental certification of the production site: the Oeko-Tex Standard 1000 scheme.

For the consumer, the label of products is increasingly a decisive factor of choice. The growth of ecological awareness and the increasing trend of a wealthy life have brought to it that the health aspects play an increasingly important role at the time of purchase. Oeko-Tex Standard 100 evaluates the quality and quantity of hazardous substances present on fabrics. The list of criteria for assessing the product is prepared in accordance with the provisions of law relating to hazardous substances and parameters for which the scientific assessment of these substances show negative effects for consumers. The aim of the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is therefore to sensitize all stakeholders in the textile and clothing for a careful choice, aware of basic dyes and chemicals and auxiliaries.

The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is now accepted internationally as a guideline for the entire textile chain, from production to distribution.

The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is not just a statement of commitment to manufacture products guaranteed by the human and ecological point of view, but an objective recognition obtained after laboratory tests for verification and compliance.



  Global Organic Textile Standard  

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain.

The aim of the standard is to define world-wide recognised requirements that ensure organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labelling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer. Textile processors and manufacturers are enabled to export their organic fabrics and garments with one certification accepted in all major markets.

The standard is valid for fibre products, yarns, fabrics and clothes and covers the production, processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, exportation, importation and distribution of all natural fibre products. The standard does not set criteria for leather products.



  The Soil Association  

The Soil Association organic symbol is the UK's largest and most recognisable trademark for organic produce. The Soil Association has probably the highest and most comprehensive standards for organic production and processing in the world. Our standards not only meet the UK government's minimum requirements but in many areas are higher. This is particularly true with animal welfare (e.g. pigs and poultry) and the use of pesticides.

The goal of the Soil Association is to promote the highest levels of organic integrity. The Soil Association has also developed standards for areas not covered by government or EU regulations. These include biodiversity conservation, fish farming, production of textiles and health and beauty products.



  Fear wear Foundation  

Our mission is to improve labour conditions in the garment industry.
Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) is an international verification initiative dedicated to enhancing workers’ lives all over the world. We work closely with a growing number of companies that produce clothing and other sewn products and that take responsibility for their supply chain.
FWF keeps track of the improvements made by the companies it works with. And through sharing expertise, social dialogue and strengthening industrial relations, FWF increases the effectiveness of the efforts made by companies.

Labour conditions that Fear Wear Foundation encourages and promotes are:

• employment is freely choosen
• no discrimination in employment
• no exploitation of child labour
• freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining
• payment of a living wage
• no excessive working hours
• safe and healthy working conditions
• legally binding employment relationship



  EU Organic Farming  

EU organic farming logo gives consumers the assurance regarding the origin and quality of food and beverages. The presence of the logo on products ensures compliance with the EU Regulation on organic agriculture.


  The Vegan Society  

Vegan logo is a trademark of The Vegan Society and is a symbol of Animal-Free Standards. It appears on thousands of products that do not use animal products or derivatives of animal origin.
The Vegan Society uses the word "animal" to refer to the whole animal kingdom, that all vertebrates and invertebrates all multicellular.

Today, companies must exceed the following criteria for eligibility for certification.

The manufacture and / or development of a product and eventually its ingredients, must not involve the use of any product or derivative product of animal origin.

Development and / or manufacture of the product, and possibly its ingredients, must not involve any kind of animal experiments conducted at the initiative of the manufacturer or on his behalf, or subjects on which the manufacturer has effective control.

Development and / or production of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) must not involve animal genes or animal products. The products presented for registration that contain or may contain GMOs should be labeled as such.




Co.Co.Nat. This association of producers,Controlled Natural Cosmetics, is headquartered in Villafalletto (Cuneo). The main objective of the association is to offer clarity in a sector where consumers find it difficult to navigate. It has been proposed an ecological certification in collaboration with Aiab / ICEA to ensure that products are manufactured without toxic ingredients, allergens or even carcinogenic. The founding companies - Verdesativa, Lakshmi / Maternatura, Satan / Remedia, Dymons Naturaerbe - drew up a specification and a list of ingredients allowed for natural cosmetic products. Admission to Co.Co.Nat is therefore subject to compliance with these guidelines



  AIAB Biological Detergent  

The pollution caused by detergents used in household is becoming an increasingly serious problem and costly solution. This can be remedied by first reconsidering the amount of product used, frequency of washing and type of appliances used, the other choosing cleaning products that minimize that impact. To this is added the protection of health of the skin that comes into contact with products during washing (the hands) and while using these products with detergent (clothes).

The specifications that a product must meet to use the mark Detergents Clean AIAB allow you to wash clean, respecting the environment and avoiding skin irritations and allergies at the same time providing a clean safe.

The mark AIAB then certifies environmentally friendly product, but also its cleaning performance and respect for people within a strict discipline that provides stringent washing and dermatological tests conducted by independent laboratories. Certification also ensures that the raw materials used in the formulation were approved individually and, as can be found on the market come from organic farms.



  Vegan OK  

The purpose of VeganOK certification is to “encourage a culture of respect for life and the environment even for people not vegan or vegetarian because we believe that these values should and can be the common heritage of all”. VeganOK is a certification defined in compliance with ISO 14021 of the 2nd type, namely "Eco-labels that show environmental self-declarations by manufacturers, importers or distributors of products, without any intervention of an independent certification.

In cosmetics and detergents certified Vegan OK any substance used to achieve them can be animal or may result in extraction and processing procedures that directly involve the exploitation of animals. Any substance used in the production process must come from certain physical and chemical processes described in detail in the specification for certification. For a complete list of authorized processes see also:



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