Organic and Natural Enterprise Group (or ONE Group Organics) is based in Australia and formulates and manufactures the world's first Certified Organic skin care, hair care, personal care, health care and cosmetic products. ONE Group's range of products stand in a class of their own by being independently certified to international food grade standards by some of the world's most respected organic certifying organizations, namely, Australian Certified Organic (ACO), the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agricultural Manufacturers - Europe).
Did You Know? Australia has more certified organic land than any other country in the world.
There are thousands of manufacturers of skin care, hair care, personal care, health care and cosmetic products, all claiming that their products are "natural" or "organic", but when you look behind the scenes to their manufacturing operations, ingredients (if you can find the list of ingredients), packaging or distribution, the truth is revealed. Very few companies legitimately offer products that do not contain harmful chemical, despite their marketing claims.
Unfortunately, there are no regulations or standards for the beauty or personal care market, so words like "natural" and "organic" become marketing ploys to make you think their products are safe. That is not the case with ONE Group, as you can see by reading below.
Currently, body care products are not required to comply with the stringent organic food standards maintained by certification bodies such as the BFA and NASAA in Australia and the USDA in America, hence the plethora of so many "organic" body care products now on the market.
Since water is the primary ingredient in many cosmetics, some manufacturers are claiming to use organic hydrosols, or floral water, to green wash their products and make organic label claims while using the same synthetic toxic ingredients that would NEVER be allowed in organic food products. ONE Group believes this practice has the potential to destroy the integrity of the organic name.
Miessence is currently the only skin care product on the planet that has submitted to, and complies with, the rigorous processing and labeling requirements for certified organic food products. There are two levels of certification for organic food products that Miessence skin care products comply with:
Unfortunately, there are many beauty and personal care product companies making claims that their products are "natural" or "organic." But one needs only to read the list of ingredients to know their claims are false. There are hundreds of harmful ingredients in your cosmetics and personal care products, which have been linked to cancer, birth defects, neurological problems, allergic reaction and other health problems. Education is your best weapon against the deception.
Organic and Natural Enterprise Group chose to be third party certified organic to the highest international standards. ONE Group's brand Miessence is the first skin care product range on the planet to be submitted and comply with, the rigorous processing and labeling requirements for certified organic food products.
The benefits of certified organic products go much further than the products themselves. This approach effectively removes chemicals from the agricultural practices of growing our ingredients, as well as removing the manufacture of synthetic chemicals, and their by-products, that would otherwise go into equivalent conventional commercial products. In addition, it removes chemical exposure of our customers when using these products and of the environment when some of these products are washed down drains or disposed of, after use.
Certified organic products not only promote organic farming, health and public awareness of environmental ethics, they also create a more sustainable supply chain. For a product to be organic, there are conditions from the grower all the way through transportation, processing and packaging, so that all stakeholders in this supply chain make a business of becoming more green. All ONE Group suppliers must meet international organic standards. In the case of ONE Group, they are the processor and distributor of Miessence products and continue to find ways to make all aspects of their business practices greener.
In promoting product integrity, ONE Group not only uses certified organic ingredients wherever it is available and possible, but they also meet organic food standards. ONE Group continues to support this high standard at a time where other companies are just beginning to attempt this or are lobbying for changed and lowered standards for non-food products such as skin care.
The following statements apply to all products ONE Group manufactures:
Energy of Certified Organic Ingredients
- Clean and potent plant extracts of high vitality!
- More vitamins, nutrients and cancer-fighting anti-oxidants!
Revolutionary Bioactive Cold Formulation
- Superior quality active ingredients.
- Significant quantities of bio-available nutrients to literally feed your skin.
100% Beneficial Ingredients
- Every ingredient in every product must be beneficial.
- All ingredients are active.
- No synthetic functional ingredients (e.g., pH adjusters, colors, pearlizers, consistency modifiers, preservatives).
Unique Emulsification and Preservative Systems
- No chemical emulsifiers - unique all-natural emulsion.
- No chemical preservatives - tested and proven.
- All-natural shelf life.
ONE Group Miessence products cover a broad range of beauty, personal care, supplement and household products, including:
Our passion for organic products translates into a devotion to ethical and sustainable business practices that support the environment. We achieve this through an internal focus on eco-friendly business practices and by following innovative and ecological business ideas. We practice a genuine cradle-to-grave approach to sustainable manufacturing and invite like-minded suppliers and partners to share in this work with us.
As the worlds first certified organic skin care, personal care and nutritional products company to achieve carbon negative status, it is our established policy to be committed to and responsible for the environmental legacy of our company. To achieve this goal we engage in the following activities:
Miessence has finalized plans to become the worlds first certified organic skin care, personal care and nutritional products company to be carbon negative. As the debate on climate change and carbon emissions continues, Miessence believes that responsible companies shouldnt stop at simply reducing their own carbon emissions -- something Miessence has been doing for years - but take action to move towards a carbon neutral world.
Now with every purchase of Miessence products, youll actually be helping the environment by taking excess carbon out of the atmosphere. To accomplish this important work, Miessence has extended their partnership with Greenfleet, a leading conservation organization in Australia that provides practical ways for people, businesses and organizations to prevent and minimize the greenhouse gases they produce. Greenfleet works to create forests in areas of environmental concern, putting back (where possible) the mix of native species that would have been present in the local area prior to land clearing, and now has in excess of 6 million trees growing to capture carbon on behalf of its supporters. Thats news worthy to be shouted from the mountain tops!
ONE Group packaging materials fall under the organic certification standards for their products (i.e., PVC plastic is not permitted as dioxin is a by-product of its production) and have been using both glass and bio-degradable plastics made from starches such as corn and potatoes that would breakdown in landfill and therefore be part of the world's waste problems solutions.
After extensive research into alternatives to petro-chemical plastic, ONE Group found polypropylene, which is leaner, cleaner and greener. Feature of polypropylene include:
In other words, polypropylene has none of the pitfalls of conventional plastic, and it offers the strength and stability of glass, without the weight and large carbon footprint of glass. Even more exciting was the discovery of airless (vacuum technology) packaging, which solved the problem of wasted product. [Editor's Note: I can certainly appreciate this effort as I use a scrapper to get every last drop of the precious Miessence elixirs out of the containers.] Airless packaging dispenses in any position (even upside down!), its leak proof, has no metal parts (no corrosion, 100% recyclable) and has a pump with automatic self-closing valves that protect the product from oxidation and prevents dry-out (those pesky dried product plugs in the end of your pump).
No product oxidation, no contamination, no product wastage, no leaking product, no frustrated customers! And they look good too. Many of the Miessence products have already been converted to the new airless packaging, and all products will be converted to the new, leaner, cleaner, greener packaging over the next few months.
True to One Group's mission statement since 2001 of being: an outstanding enterprise of inspiration, conviction, and integrity that is a force for change towards ethical and ecological business practices while making a positive difference in the lives of our Independent Representatives, customers, employees, and their families throughout the world, ONEgroup has just achieved environmental Gold Certification through GreenBizCheck!
GreenBizCheck is a global technology-based environmental certification program for any company with an office. Office buildings and associated activities are responsible for nearly 35% of all carbon emissions. Their program helps companies to quickly implement sustainable environmental practices which save money, conserve energy, water, resources, and minimize waste. The criteria is rigorous, like training to compete in the Olympics, and so worth it when you win. In this case winning their gold certification means others benefit too.
Here are just a few of the things that ONEgroup has accomplished:
A concern is the amount of greenhouse gases emitted as ONE Group delivers many products worldwide to customers homes and retail outlets. As a company that has firmly put their principles into practice with their products, they decided during 2006 to engage the not-for-profit organization Greenfleet to calculate their freight emissions and in turn provide the service of planting trees on their behalf, which would offset their impact on the environment. Science shows that 17 mixed native species of trees will help create a forest. As they grow while absorbing greenhouse gases, these trees will also help tackle salinity, improve water quality and provide habitat for native species.
The same CO2 pollution applies for ONE Group's production facility. To counter this they now pay a premium and source wind-powered electricity through the grid. This is made possible through their local energy provider. By using electric forklifts and machinery run on compressors that all run off this green renewable energy, they can claim zero emissions from their manufacturing.
While ONE Group has goals for greener premises in the future, they currently offsets their plant and offices, as well as their events and promotional tours with tree planting to make their day to day business activity carbon neutral. Conscientious use of recycled materials and use of electricity are promoted and observed throughout their operations.
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