Organic Non-Food Goods Regulation (download pdf)

The Organics Council ® recognises that it is not possible for all non-food products to be completely natural or chemical-free. However, given the wide range of non-food products and services that can be made and delivered in accordance with the three organic principles, these may also be labelled as ‘organic’.

The Organics Council ® claims that a product cannot be truly organic if only one element of the production is regulated by organic production principles. Our Organic Non-Food Goods Regulation therefore requires businesses to use natural ingredients and processes wherever feasible, while ensuring safety and sustainability for both humans and the planet at all times. Anything less is a compromise at the expense of the health of the environment and future generations.

The Organics Council ® aims at removing vagueness and filling the safety gaps in current statutory regulations. As a business, by following the Organics Council ® regulations, you are doing more than just ‘ticking a box’; you are actively protecting both the public and planet, behaving more responsibly and ethically.

There are two parts to making circular economy happen and producing truly organic goods:

1. Using only substances that are on the Organics Council ® Approved Substance List, which have been thoroughly tested for safety, for both humans and the planet;
2. Ensuring the product does not add to the waste in landfills or biodegrades within a single generation lifetime; goods are designed with a full life cycle in mind.

Leading the way

The Organics Council ® is leading the way globally in terms of non-food goods safety regulations, particularly in the field of food contact materials (e.g. inks, paper and adhesives), which are currently neither regulated nor fully safety-tested by national governments. We are working towards setting a clear blueprint for socially responsible businesses.