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Organic, Natural, Eco-Friendly, Green....what do all these different words mean?  Here are a few common terms you may hear thrown around along with a basic definition. 

All ingredients including the product itself and anything used in processing were grown and harvested according to USDA organic standards.

A USDA-accredited agency has confirmed that the farmer, company or business who raised or handled the product meets all USDA organic requirements.

A USDA-accredited agency that confirms that the farmer, company or business who raised or handled organic products meets all USDA organic requirements.

A technique or substance that is not organic. In terms of cotton - Typically seeds treated with fungicides or insecticides & use of GMO seeds for approx 70% of US grown cotton.  Applies synthetic fertilizers. May use insecticides or pesticides to for weed control.

Not harmful to the environment.

Certification that a product, such as banana, pineapple or coffee, was produced by farm workers who were given a living wage and safe working conditions. Fair trade farming methods must be sustainable, though not necessarily organic.

GMO- Genetically Modified Organism
A plant, animal, or microorganism that is transformed by genetic engineering. This results when DNA from different species is combined to develop new organisms and is prohibited in organic production.

GOTS Certified - The Global Organic Textile Standard
GOTS is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibers, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain.
A textile product carrying the GOTS label grade ‘organic’ must contain a minimum of 95% certified organic fibrers whereas a product with the label grade ‘made with organic’ must contain a minimum of 70% certified organic fibers

Having positive environmental attributes or the health impact we have on living things.

Must contain at least 70 percent organic ingredients.

Natural foods do not contain additives or preservatives but ingredients may have been grown using conventional farming methods or genetically engineered grain. Because natural products are not regulated, it is important not to confuse them with organic

Substances found in nature, such as cotton, wool and silk.

Refers to a way of growing and processing food and fibers that doesn’t involve the use of artificial ingredients, preservatives, synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, hormones, antibiotics or irradiation. Products labeled “organic” must contain at least 95 percent organic ingredients, according to USDA regulations. The name of the certifying agency must be displayed on the package.

Used to describe products that do not have parabens, which are chemical preservatives added to personal-care products for extending shelf life. They are suspected of presenting risks to the reproductive system. The four main parabens in use are methyl, ethyl, propyl, and butylparabens.

Identifies products that contain less than 70 percent organic ingredients.

Man-made materials from petroleum and carbon derivatives, such as acrylic, nylon and spandex.

Found on products that are at least 95 percent organic. Use of the seal is optional, so not all organic products contain it.

At we look for baby clothes made from organic cotton.  Occasionally a product with soy/organic cotton blend is also considered.  We carry paraben-free skin care lines that also contain 75% organic ingredients to fully USDA certified.  In our nursery section, you will find blankets and sheets made from organic cotton and a few hard good pieces such as furniture that fall under eco-friendly or recycled.  We also look for Made in USA products where possible.
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