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Organic Agriculture Seal

Agriculture Biologique is French for organic farming and is abbreviated AB on the seal. The seal is awarded by the French Ministry of Agriculture and is thus the official seal for organic products in France. The AB seal is the pedant to the German organic seal, which was replaced by the EU organic seal.

Forgiven: From the French Ministry of Agriculture in France

category: food and drink

Basic requirements

The aim of the AB seal is a consumer-oriented labelling of organic products according to EU standards:

no mineral fertilizers; only animal excrements from our own farm or other organic farms

no chemical-synthetic pesticides

do not grow genetically modified varieties

no irradiation or MCP for preservation

Organic feed; No performance enhancers

95% of a food must be organically grown in order to comply with the EC Organic Regulation

Similar seals

A similar seal is the ECOCERT seal, which also comes from France. Nature & Progres and BIOCONVERGENCE are also French seals that guarantee that the product comes from controlled organic farming in accordance with the European Organic Regulation.

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AMA seal

The AMA seal is a state seal of Austria and is one of the trademarks of Agrarmarkt Austria. It is a protected and independent seal of quality for organically produced foods that exceed legal requirements.

Forgiven: From Agrarmarkt Austria Marketing GesmbH in Austria

category: food and drink

Basic requirements

There are two versions of the AMA seal: The red and white seal with its indication of origin "Austria" stands for organically produced agricultural products from Austria. The black and white AMA seal does not bear any indication of origin; the origin of organic agricultural raw materials is not restricted here.

fodder from our own farm; produced exclusively organically

no mineral fertilizers

no chemical-synthetic pesticides

no preventive antibiotics for animals

GMO-free

no growth promoters

Product must consist of at least 95% organic agricultural raw materials

Similar seals

The Bio-Austria seal of the "Verein zur Förderungen des Biologischen Landbaus" is also an Austrian seal that goes beyond the legal requirements.

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EU organic label

(Also organic according to EC Organic Regulation, AT Organic, DE Organic, FR Organic, GR Organic, HU Organic, IT Organic, NL Organic Logo)

General:

The EU Organic Seal is one of the most widely used labels for food in the EU. Since 1 July 2010, anyone wishing to call their products "organic", "organic" or "from controlled organic farming" has been required to have this organic label. In general, the seal identifies products from organic farming that comply with EU organic farming legislation in their production.

Forgiven: In the EU from the European Union

category: Food and drink; meat products, milk, cheese, eggs, cereals, salad, fruit, spices

Basic requirements:

A product may only be called "organic" or "eco" if it can meet at least 95% of the following criteria:

Elimination of chemical pesticides and fertilizers

species-appropriate husbandry

maximum number of animals per hectare

organic feeds

Ban on antibiotics for reasons other than medicine

49% additives allowed (instead of 316 in conventional products)

Prohibition of genetic engineering

Since 2001, the "German Organic Seal" has been awarded to products that comply with the EU Organic Regulation. In 2010, however, the seal was replaced by the EU Organic Seal. Due to its high level of awareness, it is still often used. However, the "German organic seal no longer has an independent statement.

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BDIH - controlled natural cosmetics

Since January 2001, the "Bundesverband Deutscher Industrie- und Handelsunternehmen für Arzneimittel, Reformwaren, Nahrungsergänzungsmittel und Körperpflegemittel" has awarded the BDIH seal on the initiative of natural cosmetics manufacturers. The seal focuses on ecological, health and social aspects, while the criteria go beyond the legally prescribed minimum standards for natural cosmetics.

Forgiven: Worldwide by the "Federal Association of Industrial and Commercial Companies for Pharmaceuticals, Health Food, Dietary Supplements and Cosmetics e. V. "

category: Cosmetics and sanitation

Basic requirements:

The task of the BDIH seal is to define controlled natural cosmetics and thus create orientation. The standards require the following:

no artificial colors and fragrances, silicones, paraffins (or other petroleum products)

Raw materials from predominantly controlled organic cultivation

15 plant raw materials must always come from certified organic plants

Substances produced by animals are permitted

but: raw materials from dead vertebrates are prohibited (e.g. animal fats)

no animal testing during development, production and testing

Prohibition of genetic engineering

environmentally and resource-conserving

Packaging made of recyclable material

Apart from the 15 raw materials that must come from organic production, other raw materials need only come as far as possible from organic production. As soon as the product bears the word "organic" in its name, 95% of the ingredients must come from controlled organic cultivation.

Similar seals:

The natural cosmetics seals NaTrue and Ecocert have somewhat stricter requirements, but are comparable with the BDIH seal.

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Organic Austria Seal

The Bio-Austria seal is part of the "Association for the Promotion of Organic Farming", which is an organization of Austrian organic farmers. Bio Austria represents about 60% of organic farmers in Austria and is one of the largest organic associations in the EU.

Forgiven: Von Bio Austria - Association for the Promotion of Organic Agriculture in Austria

category: food and drink

Basic requirements

These 5 values were agreed upon by organic farmers in Austria after their merger:

ecology

Dignity of animals

Research and innovation

fair rates

"organic-rural-food-culture

The goal of Bio Austria is to ensure a sustainable development of organic agriculture and to secure the markets for organic food. The association also publishes a bimonthly journal: the journal for agriculture and ecology.

Similar seals

The AMA seal of "Agrarmarkt Austria Marketing GesmbH" in Austria is also committed to organic farming in Austria.

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Organic bud seal

The organic bud seal belongs to the association Bio Suisse, a merger of 33 cantonal and regional organisations organic agriculture in the Switzerland. More than 80 % of the plants marked with the bud certified products in Switzerland is processed.

Forgiven: From Bio Suisse - the umbrella organisation of Swiss organic farming organisations in Switzerland

category: food and drink

Basic requirements

The organic bud seal can be divided into two categories: the organic bud with the The Bio-Suisse label is applied to all products whose raw materials are at least 90 % derived from the Switzerland originate. More than 10 % of products that only bear the label "organic" will be labelled "organic". produced abroad. Criteria for licensing are:

ecology

transport distance

wrapper

retail price

consumer expectation

Bio Suisse's guidelines are stricter than those laid down by Swiss law. minimum requirements for organic farming.

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Bioagricert Seal

Bioagricert was founded in 1984 under the name Bioagricoop, from an association of experts to an independent certification organisation. Since 2002, the organisation has been certifying under the name Bioagricert with the permission of the Italian Ministry of Agriculture. Bioagricert is one of the first Italian organisations to promote organic farming outside Europe.

Forgiven: Von Bioagricert in Italy, but also works in Latin America, South-East Asia, Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean basin.

category: Food & Beverage; Textile; Cosmetics

Bioagricert also works with other companies, both nationally and internationally, to produce new certification standards. The merger of various national and international organisations to form Bioagricert has created an organisation which makes it possible to discuss together and internationally standards on guidelines for organic farming and to find new paths for the future.

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Biogarantie seal

Biogarantie is a Belgian organic seal designed over 20 years ago. At that time, the term "organic" was not yet protected in Belgium. The Biogarantie seal still exists today and is the only Belgian association with its own trademark.

Forgiven: From Biogarantie Association in Belgium and Europe

category: Food Drinking; Cosmetics; Cleaning products; Services

Biogarantie and Ökogarantie are administered by the umbrella associations Probila-Unitrab and BioForum Vlaanderen. Siegel emerged from a Belgian citizens' initiative that wanted to promote and enhance organic products. As two private labels, they are checked by recognised control bodies such as "Certisys".

Basic requirements

Biogarantie promotes, in addition to EU regulations:

fair pricing

Conservation of resources such as water, energy and biodiversity

Minimum transport, packaging and waste

the marketing of regional and seasonal products

Producers or processors whose products bear the Biogarantie label must adhere to the Charter on Sustainable Steps of the Biogarantie Organisation. At least 70% of the products sold at the point of sale of Biogarantie products must be certified organic products.

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Biokreis Seal

The organic farming association Biokreis was founded in 1979. It supports producers and marketers of organic food and promotes organic farming. Across Germany, about 900 food producers work under the conditions of Biokreis.

Forgiven: From Biokreis e.V. in Germany and Austria

category: food and drink

Basic requirements

In addition to awarding certificates for labelling organically produced food, Biokreis supports the interests of organic agriculture, carries out public relations work and develops advertising strategies. Requirements of Biokreis are:

Preservation and promotion of the natural fertility of the soil

Minimising the use of non-renewable resources

Preservation of animal health

observance of a high level of animal protection

Use of organic feed

Soil fertility and biological activity must be increased

All cultivation methods used must help to avoid or minimise environmental pollution

The association's own guidelines of Biokreis go far beyond the legal standards out.

Biokreis's Regional & Fair logo also guarantees that the product comes from the production of a regional organic farmer and that the production chain of the product takes place under fair conditions.

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Bioland

Bioland is the largest organic farming association in Germany. The aim is the sustainable management of soils so that their fertility is maintained in the long term. The association of the same name has awarded the seal since 1981.

Forgiven:In Germany of Bioland Association for Organic Organic Farming e. V.

category: Food and drink; meat products, cheese, milk, eggs, vegetables, salad, fruit, cereal products, spices, honey, plants, beer, wine, beverages

Basic requirements:

Bioland farms rely on a "closed cycle economy", i.e. the use of manure from their own livestock farming, for example, for the areas under cultivation. Bioland's ecological standards go beyond the legally prescribed criteria for the EU organic seal and are therefore stricter.

the entire business must be converted to organic

100% of the feed must be organic (50% from the own farm)

no chemical pesticides or fertilizers may be used

fewer poultry and pigs per hectare than required by EU criteria

Animal transports may last a maximum of 4 hours (or 200km)

fewer additives in processed products

Bioland also attaches great importance to regionality: Only farms in Germany and South Tyrol can be awarded the Bioland seal.

Similar seals:

With Demeter and Naturland, Bioland is one of the three largest German organic associations. These thus offer alternatives to the Bioland seal. The EU organic seal can also be found on all organic products.

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EU organic label

(Also organic according to EC Organic Regulation, AT Organic, DE Organic, FR Organic, GR Organic, HU Organic, IT Organic, NL Organic Logo)

General:

The EU Organic Seal is one of the most widely used labels for food in the EU. Since 1 July 2010, anyone wishing to call their products "organic", "organic" or "from controlled organic farming" has been required to have this organic label. In general, the seal identifies products from organic farming that comply with EU organic farming legislation in their production.

Forgiven: In the EU from the European Union

category: Food and drink; meat products, milk, cheese, eggs, cereals, salad, fruit, spices

Basic requirements:

A product may only be called "organic" or "eco" if it can meet at least 95% of the following criteria:

Elimination of chemical pesticides and fertilizers

species-appropriate husbandry

maximum number of animals per hectare

organic feeds

Ban on antibiotics for reasons other than medicine

49% additives allowed (instead of 316 in conventional products)

Prohibition of genetic engineering

Since 2001, the "German Organic Seal" has been awarded to products that comply with the EU Organic Regulation. In 2010, however, the seal was replaced by the EU Organic Seal. Due to its high level of awareness, it is still often used. However, the "German organic seal no longer has an independent statement.

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CCPB seal

CCPB is an inspection and certification organisation for agricultural and other products produced in an ecological process. CCPB is a partner of the organisations FOAM "International Federation of Organic Farming" and EOCC "European Organic Certifiers Council". Following the merger with the IMC "International Federation of Organic Farming", CCPB manages 5 different certification companies in the Mediterranean region.

Forgiven: CCPB approved by the Italian Ministry of Agriculture; authorized in the USA, Canada, Switzerland, Sweden and Japan. Inspection services are offered in Great Britain, France, Germany, Norway, Brazil and South Korea. The European Commission has recognised CCPB as an equivalent certification organisation in China, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, the Philippines, San Marino, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and Mali.

category: Agricultural and non-agricultural products

Basic requirements

The CCPB biodiversity logo is offered to individual companies that mainly produce agricultural products. Its aim is to restore biodiversity in the agricultural ecosystem.

Understanding of organic farming and how it works in all its facets

Protection of the interactive ecosystem of the planet

Companies commit themselves to the conservation of biodiversity After 25 years of work, CCPB is able to certify organic products on various international markets.

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COSEMBIO Seal

COSEMBIO was founded in 2002 as an association of experts from the cosmetics industry. The aim was to draw up a joint charter for natural cosmetics. Meanwhile more than 200 members worldwide belong to COSEMBIO.

Forgiven: From COSEMBIO in Europe, the USA, Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland

category: Cosmetics; Wellness

Grundsätzliche Anforderungen

COSEMBIO awards two seals: the Comsetique-Bio seal and the Cosmetique-Eco seal.

The COSEMBIO Charter has the following requirements:

natural ingredients, mainly from organic farming

Products must consist of at least 95% natural or naturally derived ingredients

95 % of the vegetable ingredients must be produced organically

no use of substances that are potentially hazardous to the environment or health Products certified with the Cosembio seal must undergo quality controls by independent inspection bodies. All information on the product packaging must be easy for the consumer to understand.

Cosembio has two certification bodies, Ecocert and Qualité France. If a company wants to carry the COSEMBIO seal, it must be certified by one of these bodies.

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demeter

The name of the organic farming association demeter is derived from the Greek goddess of fertility and agriculture. As a demanding label, demeter also demands sustainability aspects such as environmental services and fair trade partnerships. To obtain the demeter label, a product must be 95% organic and at least 90% demeter.

Forgiven: In Germany by Demeter e.V.

category: Food and beverages; cosmetics and sanitary products; meat products, cheese, milk, eggs, vegetables, salad, fruit, cereal products, spices; detergents, cream, body lotion, facial products, scented oils

Basic requirements:

Demeter is characterised by a biodynamic farming method that is regarded as one of the most sustainable forms of agriculture. Members must have a farm that is viable on its own. They also undertake to use preparations of medicinal herbs, minerals and cow dung on a regular basis.

the entire business must be converted to organic

there are strict requirements for the use of plant protection products

fewer additives in processed products

Animal transports may last a maximum of 2 hours (or 200km)

less poultry and pigs per hectare area

dehorning prohibited

The companies have to take part in annual development talks and several working groups.

Similar seals:

Demeter is one of the three largest German organic associations, along with Bioland and Naturland. These thus offer alternatives to the demeter seal. The EU organic seal is also available on of all organic products.

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SAFE Seal

SAFE is a control programme established in 1990 by the US Earth Island Institute (EII) to ensure that no dolphin lethal fishing methods are used in tuna fishing. In Germany, the programme of the seal is implemented by the "Gesellschaft zur Rettung der Delphine e.V.": They check importers and dealers whose tuna goods are to be sold in Germany.

Forgiven: From the "Gesellschaft zur Rettung der Delphine e.V." in Germany

category: Thunfisch

Basic requirements

The dolphin conservation programme is designed to prevent bycatch of marine mammals during tuna fishing. Certified fishing eggs must comply with by-catch reduction measures for non-target species, sea turtles and sharks. However, the sustainability and selectivity of the fishing method are irrelevant, so larger by-catches of marine organisms than dolphins may occur.

no hunting of dolphins

no use of drift nets

no killing or injury of dolphins while setting the net

no mixing of dolphin friendly or dolphin deadly caught fish In the case of fishing vessels exceeding 400 gross registered tonnes, compliance with the SAFE criteria shall be verified by an independent observer on board. The "Gesellschaft zur Rettung der Delfine e.V." provides the consumer with an online list of tuna importers and traders who have joined SAFE.

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ECARF Seal

ECARF stands for " European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation", a non-profit foundation based in Berlin. ECARF is active in the field of allergology through its headquarters at the Charité in Berlin and in cooperation with the Allergy Centre Charité.

Forgiven: From ECARF in Europe

category: Food and Beverage; Cosmetics, Detergents; Paints; Leather; Cars; Services

Basic requirements

The aim is to improve research and attention on allergies in Europe. The seal is intended to make it easier for consumers suffering from allergies to determine whether a product is suitable for them.

the product or service must demonstrably improve the quality of life of allergy sufferers

it is checked on a regular basis

The seal is awarded according to detailed requirements for the respective product. The requirements are developed and reviewed by ECARF's Scientific Advisory Board.

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The Leaping Bunny Seal

In 1996 the idea of buying products without animal suffering came into fashion for the first time. Many no longer wanted to accept cruelty to animals behind their consumed cosmetics and drugstore products. As a result, many companies designed their own logos to show rabbits and to show consumers that the products were made without the suffering of animals. To counteract this, 8 national animal welfare organisations founded the "Coalition of Consumer Information on Cosmetics" (CCIC). These introduced the symbol of the Leaping Bunny to identify products that were actually produced without animal torture.

Forgiven: Worldwide from CCIC

category: Cosmetics and household products

Basic requirements

The Leaping Bunny is the first international initiative for animal-free cosmetics. CCIC is headquartered in Philadelphia. The requirements for companies who want to have their products certified with the seal are:

the company must under no circumstances be linked in any way to animal testing

no ingredients may be used which may be linked to animal testing by any third party manufacturers

the company may also not permit animal testing by companies abroad

If an ingredient from a manufacturer's product does not meet the high requirements of Leaping Bunny, it must be immediately replaced by an acceptable ingredient.

Similar seals

The Hase with Protective Hand Label is a local alternative to the Leaping Bunny Seal, which also promotes animal rights and opposes animal testing.

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Ecocert Cosmos Organic

Ecocert is an independent inspection and certification association founded in France in 1991. Ecocert issues two guarantee marks for inspection and certification, each valid for only one year. Ecocert is one of the largest organic certification organisations in the world and controls 30% of organic farming worldwide.

Forgiven: In over 80 countries by Ecocert

category: Food and Beverage; Cosmetics; Wax; Perfumes; Textiles

Basic requirements

raw materials used must be permitted for organic farming

none: genetic engineering, parabens, nanoparticles, silicones, PEGs, synthetic perfumes,

no animal products unless they are naturally produced by them (milk, honey)

Traceability of production recording

Packaging must be recyclable and biodegradable

The two guarantee signs of Ecocert are:

Ecocert ecological natural cosmetics:

At least 95% of all vegetable ingredients and at least 10% of all total ingredients must come from organic farming; at least 95% of all ingredients of natural origin

ECOCERT natural cosmetics:

At least 50% of the ingredients are organic; 95% of the ingredients are of natural origin

Ecocoert Cosmos Organic is a Europe-wide standard which is intended to determine the minimum of compliance with the requirements of natural cosmetics certifiers. Cosmos uses the principles of the Ecocert Standard.

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Ecocert Equitable

Ecocert is an independent inspection and certification association founded in France in 1991. Ecocert issues two guarantee marks for inspection and certification, each valid for only one year. Ecocert is one of the largest organic certification organisations in the world and controls 30% of organic farming worldwide.

Forgiven: In over 80 countries by Ecocert

category: Food and Beverage; Cosmetics; Wax; Perfumes; Textiles

Basic requirements

raw materials used must be permitted for organic farming

none: genetic engineering, parabens, nanoparticles, silicones, PEGs, synthetic perfumes,

no animal products unless they are naturally produced by them (milk, honey)

Traceability of production recording

Packaging must be recyclable and biodegradable

The two guarantee signs of Ecocert are:

Ecocert ecological natural cosmetics:

At least 95% of all vegetable ingredients and at least 10% of all total ingredients must come from organic farming; at least 95% of all ingredients of natural origin

ECOCERT Natural Cosmetics:

At least 50% of the ingredients are organic; 95% of the ingredients are of natural origin

Ecocoert Cosmos Organic is a Europe-wide standard which is intended to determine the minimum of compliance with the requirements of natural cosmetics certifiers. Cosmos uses the principles of the Ecocert Standard.

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Eco Cert

Ecocert is an independent inspection and certification association founded in France in 1991. Ecocert issues two guarantee marks for inspection and certification, each valid for only one year. Ecocert is one of the largest organic certification organisations in the world and controls 30% of organic farming worldwide.

Forgiven: In over 80 countries by Ecocert

category: Food and Beverage; Cosmetics; Wax; Perfumes; Textiles

Basic requirements

raw materials used must be permitted for organic farming

none: genetic engineering, parabens, nanoparticles, silicones, PEGs, synthetic perfumes,

no animal products unless they are naturally produced by them (milk, honey)

Traceability of production recording

Packaging must be recyclable and biodegradable

The two guarantee signs of Ecocert are:

Ecocert ecological natural cosmetics:

At least 95% of all vegetable ingredients and at least 10% of all total ingredients must come from organic farming; at least 95% of all ingredients of natural origin

ECOCERT Natural Cosmetics:

At least 50% of the ingredients are organic; 95% of the ingredients are of natural origin

Ecocoert Cosmos Organic is a Europe-wide standard which is intended to determine the minimum of compliance with the requirements of natural cosmetics certifiers. Cosmos uses the principles of the Ecocert Standard.

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EcoControl seal

EcoControl is a certification organisation for organic cosmetics and other organic products (except food).

Forgiven: Von EcoControl international

category: Cosmetics and other products

Basic requirements

EcoControl does not have its own certification standards, as it believes that its own standards have a negative impact on the independence of its own organisation. EcoControl works in networks to support sustainable development and management using infrastructures and auditors from other certification organisations. requirements:

Use of local auditors

adequate pay for employees

fair and individual treatment of the customer

Standards certified by EcoControll should always be in the ecological and renewable sector.

EcoControl certifies brands such as NATRUE, demeter and standards such as the Natural Cosmetic Standard (NCS), a high standard for natural cosmetics, or raw materials from organic farming.

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ECO guarantee seal

The Belgian ECO guarantee seal was introduced in 2005. It certifies a wide range of cosmetic and detergent products. Ethical principles included in the ECO guarantee include the World Health Organization's health definition, respect for life cycle approaches, precautionary principles and accountability and transparency.

Forgiven: Von ECO-GARANTIE international

category: Cosmetics; detergents; cleaning agents

Basic requirements

Eco-guarantee is based on the principles of the World Commission on Environment and Development, established in 1987. Basic requirements are:

Agricultural products must be organically grown unless it can be shown that this is not possible

synthetic products are not used at all or only under strict conditions

the positive list of synthetic products only includes products for which no ecological or natural alternatives are yet available

Genetic engineering is strictly prohibited

Prohibition of animal testing

The processes that take place during production should respect and not endanger the environment and the health of humans and animals. Biodegradability and recyclable packaging play an important role here.

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Ecovin Seal
Ecovin e.V. is the Federal Association of Ecologically Working Wineries in Germany. It is the only German winegrowers' association to concentrate exclusively on organic winegrowing. Since 2005 Ecovin has been working with organic farming associations across Europe to establish standards for EU winery guidelines.

<Forgiven: From Ecovin e.V. in Germany

category: wine; grapes; grape juice; sparkling wine and brandy

Basic requirements

Ecovin has had 250 plants throughout Germany since 2014. guidelines are:

Preservation and increase of soil fertility

a synthetic chemical insecticide

Targeted greening measures to promote species diversity

largely closed production cycle

Reduction of water and soil pollution

no genetically modified plants

On 8 demonstration farms, winegrowers demonstrate their farms to consumers and thus ensure transparency on the farms.

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EKO seal
In 1985, the Dutch certification body Skal developed the EKO seal, which became one of the first organic seals in Europe.

Organic products that are to carry the EKO seal must first comply with the requirements of the EU directives of the organic seal.

<Forgiven: From Skal in the Netherlands

category: Eating and drinking

Basic requirements

Skal awards the EKO seal on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. The requirements of the EU organic seal must be met in order to be allowed to carry the EKO seal:

Limited use of pesticides, antibiotics, fertilizers and additives

Biodiversity, soil and water quality must be maintained

species-appropriate keeping of animals

Raw materials from products must be at least 95 % organically grown

no genetic engineering

In addition, the EKO seal requires:

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sustainable resource use

Compliance with social standards

CO2-neutrality

If you want to receive the EKO seal, you have to pass inspections by the Dutch registration office Skal.

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EU-Ecolabel

The EU eco-label is designed to help consumers identify products and services that have reduced negative impacts on the environment within their production chains.

As an officially recognised label in Europe, the EU eco-label is committed to environmentally friendly standards.

Forgiven: Products sold by the German Institute for Goods Security and Labelling (RAL) and the Federal Environment Agency to products sold within the EU (but may have been manufactured outside the EU)

category: cosmetics; cleaning agents; clothing; electronics; furniture; floors; household appliances; garden accessories; lubricants; paper products; holiday accommodation

Basic requirements

Under the EU eco-label, products are not only assessed according to their individual characteristics, but also according to their entire product life cycle, i.e. that both the environmental compatibility of production and disposal are checked. Only after a positive examination and the approval of the European Commission can a licence agreement be concluded and thus the EU eco-label awarded. In Germany the seal is awarded for a period of 3 years.

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Fair Regional

The organic farming association Biokreis was founded in 1979. It supports producers and marketers of organic food and promotes organic farming. Across Germany, about 900 food producers work under the conditions of Biokreis.

Forgiven: From Biokreis e.V. in Germany and Austria

category: food and drink

Basic requirements

In addition to awarding certificates for labelling organically produced food, Biokreis supports the interests of organic agriculture, carries out public relations work and develops advertising strategies. requirements of Biokreis:

Preservation and promotion of the natural fertility of the soil

Minimising the use of non-renewable resources

Preservation of animal health

observance of a high level of animal protection

Use of organic feed

Soil fertility and biological activity must be increased

All cultivation methods used must help to avoid or minimise environmental pollution

The association's own guidelines of Biokreis go far beyond the legal standards out.

Biokreis's Regional & Fair logo also guarantees that the product comes from the production of a regional organic farmer and that the production chain of the product takes place under fair conditions.

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Fair Wild

The FairWild seal was founded in 2008 to guarantee the sustainable use of endangered medicinal plants. The "International Standard for Sustainable Wild Collection of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants", which was co-developed by the WWF, serves as the basic certification system for the FairWild seal.

Forgiven: From FairWild Foundation in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, North America, South America

category: Food and Beverage; Medicine; Cosmetics; Services

Basic requirements

In order to receive the FairWild seal, the following standards must be observed:

Protection and conservation of wild plant resources

Prevention of negative environmental influences

fair contractual relations between buyers and collectors

fair working conditions

no child labour

Accounting for each contract product

The FairWild Foundation must be able to obtain information about suppliers, recipes and quality at all times. Controls are carried out by state-approved certification bodies.

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Fairtrade label

The Fairtrade seal is a social seal. Small farmers in particular benefit from Fairtrade because they receive a guaranteed cost-covering price for their goods. The additional Fairtrade premium invests in joint projects. Certain pesticides are banned and organic farming is rewarded, but not all Fairtrade products are organic. However, about 65% also bear the EU organic seal. The Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO) develops the standards for fair trade. Those who meet these requirements can have their product certified with the Fairtrade seal. Only products can have the seal, but not companies.

To distinguish:

"Fair trade products" and "Fairtrade products": The former are only products that originate from fair trade, e.g. Gepa fair+ or Naturland fair. The latter is a registered trademark.

Basic requirements
Social criteria:

Organization in democratic communities

Promotion of trade union organisations

regulated working conditions and prohibition of exploitative child labour and discrimination

Ecological criteria:

Protection of natural resources

Prohibition of dangerous pesticides and genetically modified seeds

promotes organic farming through organic surcharge

Economic criteria:

pays minimum prices

Fairtrade premiums

strives for transparent and long-term trade relations

quantity compensation:

Cocoa, fruit juice, sugar and tea are equalised in quantity. This means that fair and non-fair goods are mixed. This happens when ingredients are not available from fair sources. The proportion of all Fairtrade ingredients may not be less than 20%.

The Fairtrade programmes for cocoa, sugar and cotton aim to purchase raw materials fairly, with manufacturers committing to a firm purchase of certain quantities of Fairtrade raw materials.

The "TransFair e.V. - Association for the Promotion of Fair Trade in the One World" represents Fairtrade in Germany and is an initiative to promote fair trade.

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FairTSA seal

The Fair Trade Sustainability Alliance (FairTSA) Organisation specialises in fair trade, the development of social responsibility standards, the management of ethically correct supply chains and the development of sustainable social development.

Forgiven: Worldwide by Fair Trade Sustainability Alliance (FairTSA) Organization

category: Agricultural products; processed food; cosmetic products; handicrafts

Basic requirements:

The FairTSA standard includes:

fair rates

Rights of farm workers

Transparency & democratic development

social processes and ecological sustainability in production systems

Protection of valuable habitats and endangered species

Detailed descriptions of the control and certification processes ensure that the FairTSA standards are complied with.

FairTSA aims above all to enable less developed operations and organisations as well as small farms of private owners to enter the fair trade process and to increase the democratic, social, economic and labour aspects of their organisation or farm.

In setting its standards, FairTSA follows the standards of organisations such as the Fair Trade Labeling Organization (FLO), Social Accountability Standard SA 8000 and USDA National Organic Program (NOP).

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FSC label

The international organisation for sustainable forest management, Forest Stewardship Council, based in Bonn, awards the FSC seal. Sustainable forest management is to be achieved through globally uniform standards for forest management. FSC-certified forests have existed in 80 countries since 2012. 106 countries sell products made of FSC-certified material. Members of the organization are WWF, Greenpeace, Tetra Pak and others.

Forgiven: From Forest Stewardship Council international

category: Forest products from forest enterprises certified according to FSC criteria; resin; berries; mushrooms

Basic requirements:

Only products from an FSC-certified forest can bear the FSC seal. Criteria for the forests are:

Compliance with international laws and FSC principles

Possession claims must be proven

Respect for the rights of indigenous peoples

Forestry and the local population should benefit from forest management

regional economy must be supported

Biodiversity and natural resources must be preserved

sustainable management system

careful monitoring of the forest by foresters

Management of plantations through FSC principles

The FSC seal is awarded for a period of 5 years. Every year, the forest and the company that has had its products certified by the FSC are inspected.

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Protected Geographical Indication Seal

The Geographical Indication Label (PGI) is a logo developed by the European Commission to label traditional foods. At least one production step of such traditional goods must also take place at their place of origin in order to obtain the PGI label.

Forgiven: From the European Commission in Europe

category: food and drink

Basic requirements:

A product must be registered to carry the PGI seal. A product is only registered if it bears its place of origin in its name. The quality and reputation of the product must be linked to the region. If you want your product to be certified, you first have to contact the national authorities, if they are approved there, they have to contact the European Commission with their applications.

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Gluten-free seal

People suffering from celiac disease must not consume gluten. Because gluten is found in cereals such as spelt, rye, wheat and oats, it is also found in many processed products.

It is therefore often not easy to tell whether a product is gluten-free or not. The German Celiac Disease Society has therefore designed the gluten-free seal. The seal is intended to make everyday shopping easier for consumers with coeliac condition.

Forgiven:From the "German Celiac Society e.V." in Germany

category: Eating and drinking; Medicine

Basic requirements:

A product containing less than 2 mg gluten per 100 g may be labelled as gluten-free since 2007.

To obtain the gluten-free seal, the company must enter into a license agreement with the German Celiac Society e.V.

After a laboratory analysis that will show if the product meets the requirements, the seal can be awarded.

The AIC seal is the Italian counterpart to the German gluten-free seal. It is awarded by the "Associazione Italiana Celiachia" to gluten-free products that come from Italy.

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Gluten-free seal

People suffering from celiac disease must not consume gluten. Because gluten is found in cereals such as spelt, rye, wheat and oats, it is also found in many processed products.

It is therefore often not easy to tell whether a product is gluten-free or not. The German Celiac Disease Society has therefore designed the gluten-free seal. The seal is intended to make everyday shopping easier for consumers with coeliac condition.

Forgiven:From the "German Celiac Society e.V." in Germany

category: Eating and drinking; Medicine

Basic requirements:

A product containing less than 2 mg gluten per 100 g may be labelled as gluten-free since 2007.

In order to obtain the gluten-free seal, the company must conclude a licence agreement with Deutsche Zöliakie-Gesellschaft e.V. (German Celiac Disease Society).

After a laboratory analysis, which will show whether the product meets the requirements, the seal can be awarded.

The AIC seal is the Italian counterpart to the German gluten-free seal. It is awarded by the "Associazione Italiana Celiachia" to glutine-free products from Italy.

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ICADA seal

The ICADA seal is awarded to natural cosmetics manufacturers who comply with ICADA's strict guidelines.

Forgiven: Von ICADA international

category: Cosmetics; drugstore products

Basic requirements:

In order to be allowed to wear the ICADA seal, natural cosmetics manufacturers must adhere to the following guidelines, for example:

Orientation towards nature in company culture and product philosophy

simple, down-to-earth, no stars, levels, organic or natural classes, calculation methods that require explanation

easy comprehensibility for consumers

Transparency, honesty

Further development according to the latest research findings

at least 80% of products must comply with ICADA regulations A fluent introduction enables companies whose products do not comply with all ICADA guidelines to approach them.

The AIC seal is the Italian counterpart to the German gluten-free seal. It is awarded by the "Associazione Italiana Celiachia" to glutine-free products from Italy.

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ICEA seal

The ICEA, Environmental and Ethical Certification Institute controls and certifies companies that are committed to environmental protection and fair working conditions. It awards the ICEA seal.

Forgiven: Von ICEA, Istituto per la Certificazione Etica ed Ambientale (Institut für Umwelt- und Ethikzertifizierung) in Italien; auch international tätig

category: Eating and drinking; Cosmetics

Basic requirements:

To obtain the ICEA seal, products must meet the following requirements:

organic ingredients must be used

substances that may be harmful to the environment must not be used

no non-herbal products that could endanger health

Transparency, honesty

Packaging must be recyclable

The raw materials used in the products must also be selected according to certain criteria:

they must not be toxic or have any harmful effects on humans

must have little negative impact on the environment All products that are certified must pass an inspection by ICEA.

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IFOAM Seal

1972 the "International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements e.V. (IFOAM)" was founded. The IFOAM accreditation system is based on the framework guidelines for organic farming. The guidelines are checked and re-approved every 3 years by the members of the association.

Forgiven: From IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements e.V.) in over 100 countries worldwide

category: food and drink

Basic requirements:

More than 750 members from over 100 different countries jointly discuss the basic definitions of organic farming. This gives the guidelines a strong normative force and international credibility. The organic regulations of many countries (EU; USA) are based on the IFOAM framework guidelines.

IFOAM is a worldwide implementation of:

ecological

caring

socioeconomic

sustainable systems based on the principles of organic farming.

In Germany IFOAM is a registered non-profit association. Its members are organisations active in organic farming or the organic food industry.

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Hare-with-protective-hand label

Since 1979, the label has been awarded to products that comply with strict guidelines for the protection of animals. Cosmetic product manufacturers must fully comply with the requirements and will be subject to regular inspections.

Forgiven: From IHTK: International Association Against Animal Experiments in Cosmetics e.V.

category: beauty culture

Basic requirements:

The requirements for the "Hase-mit-schützender-Hand-Label" were defined by the Deutscher Tierschutzbund e.V., Bonn together with the international manufacturers' association against animal experiments in cosmetics e.V. (IHKT e.V.). The requirements take into account both the extraction and production of the ingredients and the end product.:

no animal testing

no raw materials which were tested in animal experiments for the first time after 01.01.1979

no raw materials obtained by cruelty to animals or the killing of animals

no economic dependence on companies that carry out or commission animal experiments

Manufacturers who wish to be certified with the label must disclose a detailed list of raw materials and supplier fees.

A complete indication of all ingredients of the products must be visibly displayed for the consumer on the packaging; if false information is deliberately provided, a high penalty payment is imminent.

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KRAV seal

The Krav seal is a Swedish organic seal which has been in use since 1985. KRAV stands for "Kontrollfören för alternativ odlig", which means control association for alternative cultivation.

Forgiven: In Sweden by KRAV - Kontrollfören För Alternativ Odlig

category: food and drink

Basic requirements::

The criteria for the KRAV seal include the guidelines for the EU organic seal and in some cases go further. The KRAV seal represents stricter guidelines, especially with regard to animal welfare regulations. The social and ecological guidelines that a company that wishes to bear the KRAV seal must comply with include:

no gene technology

fair working conditions

no chemical or synthetic pesticides

Preservation of soil fertility, biodiversity and water quality

organic animal feed

species-appropriate treatment of animals

Outlet in FSC criteria

Company must be able to demonstrate an environmental policy

eco-friendly packaging

Companies wishing to be certified by KRAV must pass inspections by independent inspection bodies to ensure that all EU and KRAV directives are complied with.

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The Marine Stuartship Seal

The Marine Stuartship Council (MSC) is an international non-profit organisation that has developed standards for sustainable fishing. The Council of the Organisation is composed of representatives of environmental associations, scientists from the fishing industry and representatives of industry and commerce.

Forgiven: Worldwide from certification organizations that are independent of the MSC.

category: Fish and seafood

Basic requirements:

The Marine Stuartship Seal is only awarded on condition that the following requirements are met:

the maintenance and restoration of healthy fish stocks is a top priority and is guaranteed in all cases

the marine ecosystem must also always be preserved in terms of structure, productivity, function and diversity

fisheries must be subject to a sustainable fisheries management system

local, national and international laws and guidelines must always be observed

sustainable use of all resources must be achieved

As a member of the International Social and Environmental Accreditation and Labelling Alliance (ISEAL-Alliance), the award of the Marine Stuartship Seal is under strict control.

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Myclimate Seal

Myclimate is an international and non-profit climate protection organisation originally from Switzerland. Myclimate is committed to climate protection worldwide by supporting education and advice on climate protection and by working on carbon offset projects to offset greenhouse gas emissions.

Forgiven: In Europe from Myclimate

category: Companies; public administrations; non-profit organisations; event organisations; private individuals

Basic requirements:

The goal of Myclimate is to develop a solution approach for environmentally compatible action. The three important levels for promoting climate protection are:

avoidance

reduction

indemnification

Myclimate's carbon offset projects are based on the internationally recognised guidelines of the Clean Development Mechanism and the Kyoto Protocol. If a project wants to be supported by Myclimate, it must meet the following criteria, among others:

Contribution to the sustainable development of ecology, society and economy

Reduction of emissions through the use of alternative energy sources

Reduction of air and water pollution

Improving the quality of life

job creation

Transfer of knowledge and technology

Compliance with the criteria is regularly checked by independent testing bodies.

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NATURE&PROGRES Seal

The NATURE ET PROGRES association was founded in 1964 by producers of organic food and consumers. The NATURE&PROGRES label is one of the French guarantee seals that guarantee that the product comes from controlled organic farming. The logo is awarded to products that meet the organic guidelines of the NATURE&PROGRESS seal.

Forgiven: In France by NATURE ET PROGRESS e.V.

category:Products and services; Food and beverage; Drugstore supplies; Fashion

Basic requirements:

The aim of NATURE ET PROGRES is to offer small farms a cheaper organic label than that of the EU. The criteria of the NATURE&PROGRES seal include:

Products must come from 100% organic farms and must contain only organic raw materials

restricted use of pesticides

species-appropriate keeping of animals

Conservation of biodiversity

no gene technology

no ionizing radiation

In the guidelines for cosmetic products, the NATURE&PROGRES seal even goes beyond the EU directives:

no synthetic colours, fragrances or preservatives

no silicones or petrochemicals

no animal testing

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NATURE&PROGRES Seal

1964 the association NATURE ET PROGRES was founded by Producers of organic food and consumers. The NATURE&PROGRES- Siegel is one of the French guarantee seals, which ensure that the product is made from controlled from organic farming. The logo is sent to products that comply with the organic guidelines of the NATURE&PROGRESS seal.

Forgiven: In France by NATURE ET PROGRESS e.V.

category: Products and services; Food and beverage; Drugstore supplies; Fashion

Basic requirements:

The goal of NATURE ET PROGRES is to provide small farms with a cheaper solution. organic seal as that of the EU. The criteria of the NATURE&PROGRES seal say, among other things:

Products must come from 100% organic farms and must contain only organic raw materials

restricted use of pesticides

species-appropriate keeping of animals

Conservation of biodiversity

no gene technology

no ionizing radiation

In the guidelines for cosmetic products, the NATURE&PROGRES seal is even awarded to beyond the EU Directives:

no synthetic colours, fragrances or preservatives

no silicones or petrochemicals

no animal testing

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land of nature

Naturland was founded in 1982 by farmers, scientists and consumers with the aim of expanding organic farming globally. Naturland is now one of the largest organic farming associations with over 53,000 members. In Germany alone, over 2,600 farms are certified.

Forgiven: Worldwide by Naturland - Association for Organic Agriculture e. V.

category: Food and drink; meat products, cheese, milk, eggs, fruit, salad, cereal products, spices

Basic requirements:

Cultivation and processing of the food must take place under high ecological standards. Naturland also takes social aspects into account, such as the protection of human rights and the exclusion of child labour.

the entire company must be converted to organic farming

at least 50% of the feed must come from the farm itself

less poultry and pigs per hectare area

Implementation of guidelines on social responsibility towards employees

"Naturland Fair" is a voluntary additional certification with 7 additional requirements:

social guidelines

Fair producer prices

Reliable trade relations

Joint quality assurance

Social Commitment

Regional raw material procurement

Corporate strategy and transparency

Naturland also has its own regulations on forest use and is committed to sustainable fishing with the label "Naturland Wildfisch".

Similar seals:

With Bioland and demeter, Naturland is one of the three largest German organic associations. These thus offer alternatives to the Naturland seal. The EU organic seal can also be found on all organic products.

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land of nature

Naturland was founded in 1982 by farmers, scientists and consumers with the aim of expanding organic farming globally. Naturland is now one of the largest organic farming associations with over 53,000 members. In Germany alone, over 2,600 farms are certified.

Forgiven: Worldwide by Naturland - Association for Organic Agriculture e. V.

category: Food and drink; meat products, cheese, milk, eggs, fruit, salad, cereal products, spices

Basic requirements:

Cultivation and processing of the food must take place under high ecological standards. Naturland also takes social aspects into account, such as the protection of human rights and the exclusion of child labour.

the entire company must be converted to organic farming

at least 50% of the feed must come from the farm itself

less poultry and pigs per hectare area

Implementation of guidelines on social responsibility towards employees

"Naturland Fair" is a voluntary additional certification with 7 additional requirements:

social guidelines

Fair producer prices

Reliable trade relations

Joint quality assurance

Social Commitment

Regional raw material procurement

Corporate strategy and transparency

Naturland also has its own regulations on forest use and is committed to sustainable fishing with the label "Naturland Wildfisch".

Similar seals:

With Bioland and demeter, Naturland is one of the three largest German organic associations. These thus offer alternatives to the Naturland seal. The EU organic seal can also be found on all organic products.

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neuform Seal of Quality

The health food store is a well-known company from the retail trade. It attaches great importance to the environmentally friendly manufacture of its products.

In 1930 the "neuform Vereinigung Deutscher Reformhäuser e.G." was founded as a cooperative of the owners of the health food store.

Forgiven: In Germany by the neuform Vereinigung Deutscher Reformhäuser e.G.

category: Food and drink; Natural remedies; Cosmetics

Basic requirements:

If a company wants to have its goods certified with the neuform seal of quality, it must meet the following requirements:

Raw materials must be natural, low in residues and of high quality

should primarily come from organic farming

species-appropriate keeping

no substances from dead animals (exception: gelatine, pussy powder)

no animal testing

Reduction of packaging waste

no chemical-synthetic additives in foodstuffs

no gene technology

Additionally the new form combination assigns the vegan new form quality seal. In addition, all ingredients, additives, auxiliary materials and additives must be free of animal products. Manufacturers must be able to guarantee that they have not commissioned animal testing for their products.

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neuform Seal of Quality

The health food store is a well-known company from the retail trade. It attaches great importance to the environmentally friendly manufacture of its products.

In 1930 the "neuform Vereinigung Deutscher Reformhäuser e.G." was founded as a cooperative of the owners of the health food store.

Forgiven: In Germany by the neuform Vereinigung Deutscher Reformhäuser e.G.

category: Food and drink; Natural remedies; Cosmetics

Basic requirements:

If a company wants to have its goods certified with the neuform seal of quality, it must meet the following requirements:

Raw materials must be natural, low in residues and of high quality

should primarily come from organic farming

species-appropriate keeping

no substances from dead animals (exception: gelatine, pussy powder)

no animal testing

Reduction of packaging waste

no chemical-synthetic additives in foodstuffs

no gene technology

Additionally the new form combination assigns the vegan new form quality seal. In addition, all ingredients, additives, auxiliary materials and additives must be free of animal products. Manufacturers must be able to guarantee that they have not commissioned animal testing for their products.

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STOP-CLIMATE-CHANGE Seal

The STOP-CLIMATE-CHANGE seal was developed in 2007 by "AGRA-TEG Agrar- und Umwelttechnik GmbH Göttingen". STOP CLIMATE CHANGE's guidelines are based on its own standard, which is adapted to market requirements in consideration of international standards for the creation of "carbon footprints" and is constantly updated.

Forgiven: From "AGRA-TEG Agrar- und Umwelttechnik GmbH Göttingen" in Germany

category: Products and Services

Basic requirements:

The aim of STOP CLIMATE CHANGE is to minimize and neutralize companies' greenhouse gas emissions. The greenhouse gases released in the production of a product are to be offset by the purchase of emission certificates.

To use the STOP-CLIMATE-CHANGE seal, the following requirements must be met:

Purchase of emission certificates

Collection of all data on the company's own greenhouse gas emissions

Audit of independent audit bodies

Plan to reduce own greenhouse gas emissions Only products that are considered carbon-neutral through the purchase of emission certificates may be awarded the seal.

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SHC seal

SOHISCERT is a Spanish certification organisation that distinguishes organically grown food. The seal includes the standards of the EU, the USDA and Bio Suisse. A company that is certified according to one of these standards by SHC receives the SHC seal.

Forgiven:From SOHISCERT in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, North America, South America

category: food and drink

Basic requirements:

The requirements for the product vary depending on which level of certification is sought. If the EU certification level is desired, the following requirements must be met:

95 % natural ingredients

Maintaining soil fertility

the use of pesticides and antibiotics must be greatly restricted

Animals have to grow up on organic farms

Animals must be kept in a species-appropriate manner and given organic feed

no gene technology

To participate in the SOHISCERT certification process, companies must disclose all necessary information and documents to show that they meet the criteria.

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Organic Standards Seal

The British Soil Association founded the Organic Standards Seal in 1946, which goes beyond the criteria and requirements of the EU Organic Seal. The seal is one of the most widely used organic seals in the UK.

Forgiven: In the United Kingdom by the Sol Association

category: Food and drink, clothing, cosmetics, wellness

Basic requirements:

Depending on which product group the desired product belongs to, which is to be certified, different requirements must be fulfilled. An excerpt from these criteria:

at least 95 % of the ingredients must have been produced organically

Preservation of ecological diversity and soil fertility

limited use of fertilizers and pesticides

species-appropriate keeping

no gene technology

Prohibition/ restriction of child labour

The seal is awarded by an independent certification body. An annual audit is carried out to ensure that the criteria continue to be met.

The Organic Standards Seal is currently applied to around 80% of England's organic products.

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The vegan flower

Identifying vegan food is not easy. Many products contain animal ingredients such as rennet, gelatine, milk powder or fish. Cosmetics that are tested on animals are also no alternative for vegans. The vegan flower of the Vegan Society, which was founded in 1944 by Donald Watson, is supposed to provide remedy: Since 1990 it has guaranteed to label vegan products.

Forgiven: Worldwide by the Vegan Society England

category: Food & Beverage; Cosmetics; Sanitary

Basic requirements:

Not only products, also restaurants can be certified with the vegan flower. Either all the dishes they sell must be vegan, or they must guarantee that their employees are familiar with vegan nutrition. The requirements of the seal include:

no animal ingredients or animal by-products

no raw materials derived from animals

no animal materials are used during production

no animal testing

Genetic modification must be labelled on the packaging Controls refer to the individual products, control visits to the manufacturers are possible. However, the vegan flower alone makes no statement as to whether a product is organic, Fairtrade or - in the case of cosmetics - natural cosmetics. Other organic seals should therefore be taken into account.

Similar seals

Although the vegan flower is the only seal that stands for vegan and for cosmetics without animal experiments, the V-label of the European Vegetarian Union (EVU) is an alternative.

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The V-Label

The European Vegetarian Union's European Vegetarian Label serves as a guide for vegetarian and vegan products. In 1996 the V-label was developed because there is no state label for vegetarian and vegan products.

Forgiven: In 24 European countries; In Germany by Vegetariern Deutschland e.V. (Vebu)

category: food and drink

Basic requirements:

Basically there is the V-label as vegetarian and vegan variant. The vegetarian variant can be divided into 3 categories:

ovo-lacto-vegetarian: With milk and eggs

ovo-vegetarian: With eggs, without milk

lacto-vegetarian: With milk, without eggs Besides the condition of the vegan label that no animal products may be used, the following requirements apply to all V-label variants:

no animal meat

no ingredients made from meat or bones

no animal fats (exception: butterfat)

no gelatine, aspic, gelling agents of animal origin

no eggs from caged chickens

no products containing ingredients from slaughterhouse waste

no genetically modified organisms

The label can also be awarded to vegetarian or vegan restaurants. Certified manufacturers must disclose all ingredients that their products contain for control purposes. The Vebu checks with random samples whether all criteria are met.

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