Whether you’re already a conscious consumer or you’re just learning about the world of healthy beauty, you’ve probably noticed that there are a whole lot of labels, tag lines and certification symbols that companies can slap on their products—even if those labels don’t really mean much. At Organic Bath Co., we want to be transparent about our choices, all the way down to how we source our organic ingredients.
That’s part of the reason we decided to get all of our Organic Bath Co. Body Scrubs Fair Trade certified. In the healthy beauty industry, this is one of only a few certifications that you as a consumer can trust because it comes from a third party organization with set standards that products are evaluated against. It’s not a label we’re allowed to use without going through a rigorous process to confirm that our ingredients have been ethically sourced.
From the Fair Trade USA website:
To earn a license from Fair Trade USA to use the Fair Trade Certified™ label on their products, companies must buy from certified farms and organizations, pay Fair Trade prices and premiums and submit to rigorous supply chain audits. This process entails a high level of transparency and traceability in their global supply chains.
We’ve always used Fair Trade sugar and coffee in our scrubs, but we wanted to go the extra step to get certified so we could really walk the walk. As a small business, we are constantly looking for ways to improve our supply chain and keep a high standard of integrity from start to finish, from where we source our ingredients, to the quality of the ingredients. With an official Fair Trade certification, we can point to the label and say, “Look! We really mean it.”
The third-party certification from Fair Trade USA assures you that the farmers and workers behind our ingredients can make a living, and fits perfectly with our mission of giving back. It’s more than a certification stamp and more than a seal of approval—it gives you confidence that your purchase is socially and environmentally responsible, as it’s the end result of a global inspection and monitoring system.
And yes, this means we had to pay for it. We see the upfront costs and the annual fees as an investment in our customers and in the planet. By putting our products through the Fair Trade certification process, we hope to communicate to you that we’re as concerned about your health and the health of our world as we are about creating beauty products.
We’ve also been working with other brands that have a Direct Trade Certified model. These brands work directly with farmers and pay above Fair Trade prices. Our goal is to follow their lead and work towards this model to source many of our ingredients as we grow Organic Bath Co.
Do you notice Fair Trade certified products? What labels and certifications are important to you?