Sustainability and Certifications

The Sustainable Grocer's core vision is to carry sustainable, healthy and eco-friendy products. In our time this gets more and more important as we see in todays' health and climate crisis the strong correlation to global supply chains and their impact.
Certifications and traceability systems are important and are giving proof that the production of the goods complies to certain standards. We will help to find your way through the sometimes confusing jungle of standards, labels and certifications.

 

Examples for Standards:

ASC - Aquaculture Stewardship Council
https://www.asc-aqua.org/about-us/

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council is an independent, international non-profit organisation that manages the world’s leading certification and labelling programme for responsible aquaculture. ASC works with aquaculture producers, seafood processors, retail and foodservice companies, scientists, conservation groups and consumers to transform aquaculture.

 

MSC - Marine Stewardship Council
https://www.msc.org/home
The Marine Stewardship Council is an international non-profit organisation. MSC recognises and rewards efforts to protect oceans and safeguard seafood supplies for the future. MSC wants future generations to be able to enjoy seafood and oceans full of life, forever. Its mission is to use MSC’s ecolabel and fishery certification program to contribute to the health of the world’s oceans by recognising and rewarding sustainable fishing practices, influencing the choices people make when buying seafood and working with our partners to transform the seafood market to a sustainable basis.

 

NATURLAND e.V.
https://www.naturland.de/en
Naturland farmers and processors have been ground-breaking global pioneers for over 30 years. The world’s first ever conversion to organic agriculture of tea gardens in Sri Lanka and India in the 1980s was the prelude to our successful work on an international scale. Currently 65,000 farmers in 58 countries manage an area of some 440,000 hectares according to the Naturland standards. To Naturland, organic agriculture means combining tradition with modern practices and experience with the courage to adopt new approaches.

 

EU organic logo now compulsory

EUROPEAN UNION ORGANIC
https://ec.europa.eu/info/food-farming-fisheries/farming/organic-farming/organics-glance/organic-logo_en
The EU organic logo gives a coherent visual identity to European Union produced organic products. This makes it easier for the consumers to identify organic products and helps farmers to market them across the entirety of the EU.
The organic logo can only be used on products that have been certified as organic by an authorised control agency or body. This means that they have fulfilled strict conditions on how they must be produced, processed, transported and stored. The logo can only be used on products when they contain at least 95% of organic ingredients and additionally respect further strict conditions for the remaining 5%. The same ingredient cannot be present in organic and non organic form.
Next to the EU organic logo, a code number of the control body must be displayed as well as the place where the agricultural raw materials composing the product have been farmed.

 

USDA ORGANIC
https://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/organic
The National Organic Program (NOP) develops the rules & regulations for the production, handling, labeling, and enforcement of all USDA organic products. This process, referred to as rulemaking, involves input from the National Organic Standards Board (a Federal Advisory Committee made up of fifteen members of the public) and the public. The NOP also maintains a Handbook that includes guidance, instructions, policy memos, and other documents that communicate the organic standards.

 

VEGAN AUSTRALIA CERTIFIED
https://www.veganaustralia.org.au/certification
The Vegan Australia Certified logo is a simple and reliable symbol for vegan products and services. The logo helps you choose products you can trust and will save you time. No more reading labels, interpreting ingredients or contacting the manufacturer. When you see a product with the Vegan Australia Certified logo, you can be sure it meets the high standards for vegan products set by Vegan Australia: free from animal products, not tested on animals and no animal products used in the production process. If the product has been made in a facility that also handles animal products, then the manufacturer will have taken all reasonable steps to avoid cross-contamination.