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IFRA Releases "Green Definitions" Document

Posted: October 21, 2010

The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) released its IFRA Green Definitions Document to assist in explaining green terminology for the fragrance industry. The report addresses the confusion over definitions of terms such as “natural” and “organic;” however, it is not intended as a green label or certification, according to IRRA director of communication Stephen Weller.

The document defines “natural” as meaning that it exists in or is produced by nature. “Organic” materials are defined as elements created with natural raw ingredients that are “guaranteed organic” and are grown without using conventional pesticides or artificial fertilizers. Additionally, Weller commented on the definition of “biodegradability,” noting that there is no regulatory definition in regard to biodegradability for cosmetics but that it should be based on the biodegradability of a fragrance’s individual constituents.