Worldwide, more and more consumers are concerned about ethical characteristics of everyday products, however, reality shows that these general concerns are often not translated into actual behaviour when it comes to spending their own money.
We all know that buying e.g. cheap clothes and skin care products come with a price. The clothes are often made with hazardous, chemical colouring agents in countries where little children are used for the production and are terribly underpaid and skin care products are very often tested on animals and are stuffed with mineral oils, synthetic preservatives and cancerous ingredients.
Sometimes people ask us why RINGANA hasn’t got an organic, fair trade or vegan label on their packaging and the answer is pretty clear: all these labels go for between 40-90 % while Andreas Wilfinger, founder and owner, says that his products go for a 100% so why should he pay for labels who go for less! It is not mandatory for cosmetics brands to have their products certified. However, it is often done because it is useful for the consumer and from a marketing point of view it is a smart move. A certification doesn’t come for free
When you start conducting research into organic cosmetics, you will undoubtedly have noticed that there are quite a few different quality labels which tell us that this particular product is really natural, organic, free of animal testing and fair trade. Having all these different labels though, can also be pretty confusing and what does that actually say about those products?
In 2017 five major European certification organisations joined forces to create one certification standard for cosmetics and personal care products.
ECOCERT-COSMOS® (COSMetic Organic Standard) is a Europe-wide independent, impartial and non-profit organisation that was developed by five major European certification organisations:
- Ecocert (France)
- BDIH (Germany)
- Cosmebio (France)
- ICEA (Italy)
- Soil Association (UK)
Their ultimate objective is ‘to safeguard, in the area of cosmetics, the welfare of the environment and of people. For this we want to stimulate the development of cosmetics that are ever more natural and organic. And we want to ensure consumers have clear and transparent information so that they can themselves be an actor for sustainable development. Therefore, the COSMOS-standard sets out innovative, challenging and progressive criteria for organic and natural cosmetics that consumers can trust, and that are clear for the industry and good for the environment.’
The COSMOS label excludes many controversial ingredients such as: PEGs (Polyethylene Glycol), silicones and paraffins and evaluates not only the ingredients but also the entire manufacturing process and packaging on the basis of sustainability criteria.
RINGANA is the first cosmetics manufacturer whose product has received this award in the cosmetics sector.
Read more about the quality Certificates for Cosmetics