ECOCERT Organic

Norwex cares about a healthy environment and the personal well-being of our customers.  Our products contain organic, not synthetic ingredients that are purer, safe for the environment, and gentle on your skin.  We choose ingredients that promote a better quality of life and reduce the damaging effects of toxins.

We offer innovative products with ECOCERT® certified organic ingredients to revolutionize skin care.  We are proud to be one of the first companies in Canada marketing organic personal care ECOCERT® certified products!

There are many definition and criteria used to define natural and organic products and this can make it difficult for consumers to distinguish truly natural cosmetic products.  ECOCERT® is considered the most important organization in Europe for setting the standards for natural and organic cosmetics for consumers.

To be considered a “natural cosmetic” ECOCERT® mandates a minimum of 5% of the total ingredients must be certified organic and at least 50% must be of vegetable/plant origin.

To be considered an “organic cosmetic” ECOCERT® mandates a minimum of 10% of the total ingredients must be certified organic and at least 95% of the ingredients must be of vegetable/plant origin.

There is an allowance for the product to contain up to a maximum of 5% synthetic products, but none of these must be included on the negative list.  Being ECOCERT® certified means that Norwex organic personal care products are free from:

•Mineral oil and silicon

•Synthetic emulsifiers like PEG (polyethylene glycol)

•Viscosity controlling agents like carbomer

•Preservatives such as phenoxyethanol, parabens or formaldehyde releasers

•Synthetic perfumes

•Synthetic dyes

•Synthetic solvents like propylene glycol

ALL of the Norwex Organic Personal Care products supplied from Israel and Italy comply with and exceed the requirements for organic cosmetics!

With regards to the products produced in Israel (Enriched Hand Cream, Organic Day Cream, Organic Night Cream, Organic Shea Butter).

•Only certified and top quality ingredients from European suppliers are used.

•Organic plant extracts are certified by Bio Suisse and ECOCERT®

•Organic oils are certified by CSI, German.  The Shea Butter is certified by Suolo e Salute, Italy and the Organic Aloe Vera carries the USDA (NOP) / IFOAM Organic certification, (USA).  (NOP – National Organic Program; IFOAM – International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements).

•Natural emulsifier is derived from olive oil certified by ECOCERT®

In addition to the final products being certified organic by ECOERT®, all Swiss alpine plants used by our producer from Israel are also certified organic by Bio Suisse.  Bio Suisse is an association of more than 30 organic farming organizations and about 6300 farms engaging in organic production in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

Bio Suisse is committed to a form of agriculture with a promising future and Swiss agricultural policy is responsive to the market and pays due regard to the needs of species and the environment.

Switzerland is truly a pioneer country in organic farming.  About 11% of its farmland is already cultivated to Bio Suisse standards.

The Bio Suisse quality seal, “the bud”, is by far the most important seal for organic products in Switzerland.  All operations in the production chain must be Bio Suisse approved in order to receive Bio Suisse approval; these are stricter than the minimum requirements of the EU in several important respects including:

•The whole farm operation must be converted to organic production.  If animals are kept on the farm, these must comply with organic standards (EU or IFOAM) even if not marketed as organic.

•The minimum conversion period to receive organic certification is two complete calendar years.  No reduction or retrospective approval of the conversion period is possible.  Even operators who have been organic for several years my, in some cases, only be recognized as being “in conversion” by Bio Suisse.

•Farm operations must set aside at least 7% of their agricultural area to enhance biodiversity.

•There are stringent limits regarding the use of fertilizers and copper products.

•Requirements regarding crop rotation are defined in detail.

•Bio Suisse defines processing standards for different products.  Additives and processing aids are only allowed if listed in the Bio Suisse Standard.

•Bio Suisse products may not be exported by air plane.

•All operators in the production chain must be Bio Suisse approved (every supplying farm, any processor) and the Bio Suisse approved products must be kept strictly separate from any other “organic-only” products.

All operators certified according to Bio Suisse standards are inspected at least once a year.  Inspection services recognized by Bio Suisse monitor the cultivation and the processing of Bud products, including the flow of goods, the recipes, the processing methods, the storage and the labeling.  Organic farms and processing and trading companies only receive the Bud-approval after a thorough inspection and the examination of the report by Bio Suisse.

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