WHen you say organic- what do you mean?
The following definitions explain exactly how we label our products and why we call them organic, spray free, New Zealand made or fair trade. This is our fine print. You can also read more under our filter definitions.
This includes all certified organic products. In New Zealand the certifications are
- Organic Farm NZ
We support the Maori certification, Hua Parakore. This acts as a cloak over any of the New Zealand certifications to show they have been grown according to Maori tikanga (protocol).
We also accept certifications accepted by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM).
The definition of organic on our website also includes fruit and vegetables which are non verified organic and dry goods that are not certified, but contain a majority of organic ingredients. In our stores these products are defined as non verified organic and as part organic.
Non Verified Organic Produce
Non verified organic produce is
- produce from suppliers who have signed an affidavit that they are growing in accordance with one of the New Zealand certifications
- or produce which is vouched for by a third party who is certified organic
- We do not accept grower verification for their own produce.
Produce and the land in which it is grown may not, at any point in the production, be sprayed with any chemical insecticide, pesticide, herbicide or fungicide.
- Only applications approved by one of the NZ organic certifying agencies may be used.
- Growers must keep a spray diary which, in the case of disputes, they will be asked to produce.
All products that have a NZ symbol next to them represent a product that is made in New Zealand. This is our defintion of NZ made.
- For food, gardening supplies and books: This includes all NZ grown produce, processed foods and gardening supplies that are made with a majority of New Zealand ingredients.
- For cosmetics, health supplements and cleaning products: This includes products which are formulated in New Zealand by a New Zealand owned company.
Next to a fair trade product you will see a FT symbol. This represents a certified fair trade product.
These are the fair trade organisations that we support
- Fairtrade and all certifications accepted by the Fairtrade Labelling Organisation
- Products suppied by members of the World Fair Trade Organisation, especially Trade Aid.
- We also accept products certified Hand in Hand (Rapunzel products)
- Products labelled fair trade by Loving Earth.
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