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Organic Materials

Generally speaking, the term organic describes a product that is free of synthetic additives like pesticides, chemical fertilizers, dyes, and toxic chemicals typically used in conventional food or fiber production. In addition to meeting these production requirements, if you want to state that an item or its ingredients contain organic materials, your claim needs to be validated by a recognized certification body. Organic materials that have been certified by an authorized party will have a clear certification mark directly on the product or packaging.

The definition of organic is regulated by different standards and institutions around the world, and can change based on the market you serve. Though not exhaustive, regional resources on some of the recognized standards and certification marks issued by private or public institutions are listed below for guidance if you plan to list your items as organic. The standards and certifications for organic materials may differ for each country, and it’s up to you to ensure that you comply with all local laws and regulations for the markets you serve. We recommend you speak with a qualified expert for advice if you’re making any certification claims.

Resources

US
USDA Organic

  • This certification applies to food and agricultural products.

Canada
Canada Organic / Biologique Canada

  • This certification applies to food and agricultural products.

  • Read the CFIA regulations for more information on the use of Canada Organic/Biologique Canada logo.

Australia
Australian Certified Organic

  • This standard applies to food and drink, cosmetics, fiber products, and to farmers, processors, retailers, and manufacturers of certified organic ingredients.

EU
EU Law on Organic Production

  • This applies to food and agricultural products.

UK
Soil Association Organic

  • This standard applies to food, farming, catering, health and beauty, textiles, and forestry sectors.

France
Agriculture Biologique

  • This certification applies to food and agricultural products.

Germany
Bio-Siegel

  • This certification applies to food and agricultural products.

  • Read the Bio-Siegel requirements for more information on certification and labeling.

International
GOTS

  • This certification applies to textiles.

For guidance on other sustainability attributes you can disclose on Etsy, read more here.

Note: This article does not constitute legal advice and is for information purposes only. Etsy is not able to say with certainty that all third-party resources are up to date or accurate.

Last updated on Feb 1, 2018