"Natural", "Ecological" or "Organic"?

16 July 2020

Did you ever wonder what the difference between “organic, “ecological” and “natural” is? We do. Every day. Today we found this article which, although written a while ago, goes right to the point: http://makeitlast.se/2014/09/30/ask-the-expert-ecological-organic-and-natural/

In short, natural is something that has been created without a human interference. Like the cherries on a tree at grandma’s place. They’ve been there for ages and it doesn’t seem there’s going to be a cherry jam free summer  any time soon ;)

Growing something ecologically means taking into account “the entire ecosystem, acting only in accordance with the natural life cycle. For instance, an ecological farmer will use compost originating from waste. Among the examples of measures taken by ecological farmers are: the minimization of waste production; the recycling of any waste produced (organic waste is placed on the compost pile); the planting of vegetation around crops that increases the welfare of bees, woodland birds, et cetera.” Source: https://www.baconline.co.uk/knowledge-centre/blog/3776-what-is-the-difference-between-organic-and-ecological-farming

“In contrast, the concept organic is a more formal term. It is used for products that have met certain formal or legally defined criteria, which have been set up by a responsible authority”. Source: http://makeitlast.se/2014/09/30/ask-the-expert-ecological-organic-and-natural/

For example, we knit fabrics from organic wool and organic cotton, their blends and we have certain certificates to prove that our wool and our cotton really are organic. The most internationally acclaimed certificate of this kind is GOTS. “It defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliance with social criteria as well.” Source: 

https://www.global-standard.org/