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The term “organic” is widely scattered across the various outlets of our media today and the purchase of organic products has also become increasingly popular. Why so? What exactly is it that makes a product able to be classified as organic and how is this process certified? What is it about organic baby products that makes them so desirable in Australia?
What is organic?
The definition of ‘organic’ means far more than simply producing a product in a chemical free manner. Organic by definition is a ‘whole systems approach’ which means every element of the product has been grown and handled in a natural way. For example, when it comes to food products, the holistic food system consists of soil, plants, animals, food, people and environment1. In order to be classified as organic, each of these elements would need to be managed in a natural way, not just the actual product itself, and this is also the case when it comes to organic baby products.
Certified organic products are grown and processed without the use of synthetic chemicals, fertilisers or genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) and are considered friendlier for the earth and for humans. This is why parents often select organic baby products for their children in Australia.
What does ‘certified’ organic mean?
Unfortunately in Australia, any manufacturer can lay claim to the fact their product is organic. However, only those that have been certified can truly be correctly claimed as being organic. There are various certifiers throughout the world and interestingly, Australia has one of the “most respected and rigorous standards in the world for organic production”2. There are seven different companies that provide organic certification in Australia.
When it comes to organic baby products, the majority of organic food sold in Australia carries the Australian Certified Organic BUD Logo. You will see the BUD logo on products ranging from apples to babyfood.
Clothing and textiles
Organic textiles can be made from cotton, wool or hemp4 and are often used in baby clothing in particular. The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is applied to organic clothing. This certification also applies to baby bedding products such as mattresses, sheets and blankets.
Skin care products are assessed by Australian Certified Organic (ACO) and ACO certifies organic skin care products under the Australian National Standard, National Organic Program (USDA), and COSMOS standards5. There are other independent certifiers, such as the Bio-dynamic Research Institute, who have been independently verified by the Australian Government through accreditation as an Organic Approved Certifying Organisation.
Organic certification of baby products in Australia assure you, as a parent, they’ll nourish and protect your child’s body whilst also minimising harmful impact on the environment around us. Contributing to caring for the world around us by the purchase and consumption of natural and organic products is a wonderful way to contribute to the future environment in which our children will mature and spread their wrings.