Now that Christmas 2008 is a thing of the past, retailers can start looking ahead to a better year in 2009. With the new administration in Washington, D. C., focused on a cleaner, greener environment, among many other issues, retailers might want to renew their emphasis on greening up their stores.
Emily Lambert wrote a thorough piece about green products in a recent issue of Green Retailer magazine, clarifying what makes a product organic vs. natural. A few points from her article:
- Only two types of products can carry the USDA Organic seal: Products made entirely with certified organic ingredients and methods, which can be labeled “100 percent organic” and products with at least 95 percent organic ingredients, which can be labeled “organic.”
- A third category of products, containing a minimum 70 percent organic ingredients, can be labeled “made with organic ingredients.” Products in this category cannot carry the USDA seal.
- “Natural” products are those made with ingredients derived from nature. Some products, such as soap, can be “nearly natural,” made with many natural ingredients but using chemical stabilizers.
Lambert’s article is most informative. Read it here.