Organic products start with organic ingredients. But not just any organic ingredients — they must be certified by the USDA National Organic Program (NOP), grown and processed with organic farming methods, and grown without synthetic pesticides, bio-engineered genes, petroleum-based fertilizers or sewage sludge-based fertilizers.
How do I certify my products?
You’ll have a process to go through, where an organic certification agency will approve all packaging, artwork, sanitation, and chemical and pest control. You’ll also need a registration and business license, costing $2,600. Expect 12 to 16 weeks for the whole process.
What if not all my ingredients are organic?
Don’t worry, the USDA Organic seal allows for up to 5% non-organic ingredients (95% organic ingredients). In addition, ‘Made with Organic’ products require 70-94% organic ingredients.
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