I’m not certified organic, even though I’ve considered and studied the requirements in my quest to make sure people who don’t know me and my company can trust that I’m not green washing.
I’d taken an in-depth look at certification and spoke with the companies I’d have to hire to oversee the auditing process. I discovered that organic certification for food is different than the one required for personal care. The plant-based organic ingredients I use aren’t considered food nor regulated under the USDA program. Essential oils – one of the mainstays of my products, are a good example.
Many of the products I use are sourced from small farms that grow their crops organically, yet can’t afford the certification process. Were we certified, we wouldn’t be allowed to purchase our ingredients from those farmers, who we’re determined to support.
Other important deterrents for me are the amount of paperwork needed, the lengthy process, which can take anywhere from 1-3 years, and the certification cost involved – a heavy financial burden for small companies. Also once one is certified, there’s a considerable annual renewal fee. The cost, without consideration of time investment, can reach tens of thousands of dollars. I prefer to spend that money on assuring the ingredients I purchase are of the highest quality, rather than fall into a bureaucratic abyss.
Lastly, I believe the USDA is corrupt. They take the money used to license organic ingredients and reward companies who proliferate the spread of GMO’s. The top four companies subsidized by the USDA are the largest producers of GMO corn, soy, and Canola oil. Paying into this system to support something I’m wholeheartedly against, makes no sense to me.
I’ve probably lost clients over the years, ones who understandably feel the need for the safety of a certification process. I understand that, but I also need to follow my own guidance. I believe that my clients can tell the quality and caring invested in my products. They trust in my knowledge and ethics. I’m Organic, certification or not.
Hope this helps answer some of your questions. Please do not hesitate to write with any questions you may have as you use Rosemira products.