Are "Organic" Beauty Products Worth the Hype?
Organic! Vegan! Gluten-free! You might feel virtuous buying products bearing these buzzwords, but what do they actually mean? We asked experts to define six of the trickiest terms in the book.
5. Fair Trade
A product is typically certified "fair trade" if it meets two criteria: Farms supplying fair trade ingredients must adhere to strict environmental, social, and economic standards that ensure safe, healthy working conditions, and the product's maker must directly invest in the farms' communities to address issues like healthcare and education, says Nora Pittenger, Fair Trade USA's senior manager for consumer packaged goods. To find out whether a beauty product contains fair trade ingredients, check for certification from a nonprofit like Fair Trade USA or Fairtrade International.
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