Organic Raw Maca Root Powder by Nature’s Superfoods

Organic Raw Maca Root Powder by Nature's Superfoods

Brand: Nature’s Superfoods

Attributes: Organic, Vegan

Description: Known as the Ginseng from the Andes, maca contains high level of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to strengthen your immune system, combat mental and physical fatigue, and to balance your overall diet. Maca also helps to enhance brain power and slow down the aging process, and hence known as “the fountain of youth”.

Ingredients: 100% organic sun-dried raw maca root powder.

Gluten-free. Vegan. Kosher.

Nature’s Superfoods is an organic foods brand created by Actspand Pte Ltd, and is committed to distributing high-quality, 100% natural and organic whole foods.

Nature’s Superfoods products are distributed by BGO and can be bought from their website.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 3 stars based on 5 points in the following 3 criteria (updated on 8 Oct 2012):

Materials and Waste

16. Is the product grown in a sustainable manner?

The product is grown usually organic farming and is certified organic.

17. Is there conservation of the habitat or protection of the biodiversity where the product is grown?

The product is certified organic by European Union, and is required to be grown in an area which protects the biodiversity and the environment.

Chemicals and Health

23. Does the product or service use natural ingredients or use no harmful chemicals?

This product is made of 100% natural and organic sun-dried raw maca root without any additives.

24. Is the product or service certified organic and have a credible third party certification or label?

The product has received organic certifications from USDA and EU.

The United States Department of Agriculture awards its seal to products whose total contents are 100% certified organic, or whose total contents are 95% certified organic where the remaining 5% of contents are drawn from a small, select number of ingredients that are not organically grown, and pose no known risk to health or environment.

Equivalent to the USDA standards, European Union certifies products which contain at least 95% of organic produce, comply with the rules of the official inspection scheme, come directly from the producer in a sealed package, and bear the name of the producer, the preparer or vendor and the name or code of the inspection body. Conventional farmers must also undergo a conversion period of a minimum two years before starting to produce organic agricultural goods.

Social and Ethical

27. Does the company have a corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy?

The company is committed to support organic growers/farmers through promoting foods of sustainable agriculture, and to uphold integrity, honesty, respect and good relations in their commercial dealings with suppliers, partners and clients.

In its effort to promote social development and social entrepreneurship among underprivileged children and youths, the company has an agreement with Generation ACTS Club International to help with social entrepreneurship and volunteer program in its project countries.

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Amalaki by ORGANIC INDIA

Amalaki by ORGANIC INDIA

Brand: ORGANIC INDIA

Attributes: Organic

Description: A traditional fruit of India, Amalaki is rich in vitamin C, helps to detoxify and rejuvenate the digestive system, and reduces acidity. Amalaki is also a good antioxidant and helps support the immune system.

Ingredients: Amalaki/Amla (Emblica officinalis/Phyllanthus emblica) fruit pulp 500mg with polyphenols including ascorbic acid, bioflavanoids, ellagic acid and other tannins.

ORGANIC INDIA commits to promote holistic sustainable development through organic products which are produced in ethical and sustainable ways that harms none and benefits all, while also helping agricultural communities in India.

ORGANIC INDIA products are distributed by AzwA and can be bought from their website.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 4 stars based on 8 points in the following 5 criteria (updated on 24 September 2012):

Business Sustainability

2. Does the company have a sustainability policy or publish a sustainability report?

The company is committed to be a sustainable business which supports natural and sustainable organic agriculture.

5. Has the company, product or service won any environmental or sustainability awards?

The company received a “Steward of Our Future” Award in Earth Guardians’ 2011 Annual Earth Guardian Fundraiser for their effort in organic agriculture and sustainable consciousness.

Materials and Waste

16. Is the product grown in a sustainable manner?

The product is grown using organic farming which uses crop rotation, organic fertilizers, and plant-based pesticides to maintain soil productivity. The company also adopts biodynamic agriculture which helps to restore balance to the ecosystem.

17. Is there conservation of the habitat or protection of the biodiversity where the product is grown?

The company adopts ethical wildcrafting to harvest plants from the wild as so not to damage the habitat and to maintain the balance of the ecosystem. Crop rotation, harvesting and dehydration methods are also operated to preserve the quality of the crops and the soil.

Water

22. Has the company taken steps to reduce the water usage or wastewater generated in the production of the product or service?

The company is certified under the National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP), and according to the standards, it is not allowed to exploit and deplete water resources and is required to avoid water pollution in its manufacturing process.

The NPOP implemented by the Indian government provides national standards of organic certified products, and evaluates and promotes organic agriculture and processing in India.

Chemicals and Health

23. Does the product or service use natural ingredients or use no harmful chemicals?

The product is made of natural and organic ingredients with no additional chemicals.

25. Has the company taken steps to reduce the chemicals used in the product or service?

The company grows natural and organic ingredients with no additional chemicals.

Social and Ethical

27. Does the company have a corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy?

Besides its sustainability efforts in organic agricultural practices, the company is committed to support the livelihood and well-being of farmers and tribal wild crafters in rural India.

“A natural supplement! Just like when I take any other supplements, I would be lying if I say that it has direct felt benefits towards my body (and no side effects either). But since it is naturally derived from Amalaki fruits, that would be much better than those chemical alternatives, wouldn’t it?”

Isabela Clarissa

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