Organic Eco-Trait

The Organic Eco-Trait applies generally to all products made organically or from organic material, spanning from organic foods to sunscreens containing organic materials.

Organic products can be a slippery items to shop for. The term “organic” is one of the most misused phrases involved with greenwashing foodstuffs and goods. Greenwashing is often categorized as the misuse of terms, such as organic, to describe items that violate accepted standards, or that do not conform to officially accepted terms of use. For example, calling wood blocks organic is greenwashing if the wood is harvest from trees that were artificially fertilized.

By definition, USDA Certified Organic food is "produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sledge; bioengineering’ or ionizing radiation. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones.”

While USDA Certified Organic products are a great place to start when shopping for organic products, that certification won't call out all of the products that contain organic material. That's why GreenCupboards came up with the Organic Eco-Trait. The Organic Eco-Trait is not a certification but is rather a tool to assists shoppers searching for organically made products. Aside from 100% Organic Certified foods, these can include items such as sunscreens made with trace amounts of organic ingredients, clothing made from organic fabrics and even mattresses filled with organic cotton. Think of the Organic Eco-Trait as your site guide to the entire spectrum of partial or all organic products we sell.

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