What is in this article?:
- Labels decoded
- Organic certifiers
- USDA Certified Organic
- Fair Trade Certified
- Whole Grain
- Certified Biodynamic
- Certified Humane Raised and Handled
- Rainforest Alliance Certified
- MSC Certified
- Certified Naturally Grown
- Certified Vegan
- Certified Gluten-Free
- NSF Made with Organic
- Natural Products Association Certified
How do you know which labels you can really trust? Start with these 12, which have a clear purpose and process behind the certifications.
Natural Products Association Certified
Who’s behind it:
Natural Products Association (naturalproductsassoc.org), a nonprofit organization founded in 1936, representing retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors of natural products, including food, supplements, and health and beauty products.
What it means:
*The product contains 95 percent natural ingredients—ingredients from renewable/plentiful resources found in nature (flora, fauna, mineral).
*The product doesn’t contain petroleum compounds.
*Producers use minimal processing to keep ingredients close to their natural form.
*Third-party auditors review the manufacturers’ documentation and an Natural Products Association committee oversees usage of the seal.
Look for it on:
Personal care products.