Paper packaging, green imprints and fantasy seals that look as if everything in the packaging is particularly sustainable - product designers from conventional cosmetics sometimes get very creative to make a particularly "green" impression. What is contained in the product in terms of synthetic ingredients and harmful substances is then literally on a different piece of paper.

Sustainable natural cosmetics is a holistic concept:

  1. The best from nature, as many organically produced and obtained ingredients as possible.

  2. The avoidance of animal testing

  3. Fair working conditions throughout the production chain

We at UND GRETEL stand for "Gretel-up" with sustainable soul - controlled natural cosmetics made in Europe. Highly pigmented, opaque and long-lasting - what used to be unthinkable in natural cosmetics, UND GRETEL has achieved as a pioneer* in the industry. UND GRETEL is contemporary high-end make-up - with the best from nature and controlled with BDIH certificate. You can go directly to our blog entry "Certifications".

This means that every ingredient in all of our products is inspected, tested and certified with the BDIH seal under strict specifications by Cosmos Natural and Organic.

What is the BDIH - Seal?

BDIH stands for: The Federal Association of Industrial and Trading Companies for Medicinal Products, Health Food, Food Supplements and Cosmetic Products.

The BDIH seal is a test mark for controlled natural cosmetics based on ecological, health and social aspects. The criteria go beyond what is required by law and take into account the raw materials used, the manufacturing process and the final products.

The BDIH seal is therefore a strict natural cosmetics seal, which one summarizes and rigorously dictates: NO BAD STUFF! A requirement that is more of an attitude for us and has been anchored in the DNA of the UND GRETEL brand from the very beginning.

Here you will find everything about why natural cosmetics and sustainability simply belong together at UND GRETEL.

What is the Cosmos Standard Seal?

Cosmos sets the international standard for organic and natural cosmetics. It refers to various regional seals, such as our BDIH seal, but also international seals such as Cosmebio, ICEA or Soil Association.

In addition to the BDIH seal, our products are also marked with the Cosmos Standard seals!

The Cosmos-Standard seals differ in

  • Cosmos Organic - all products with this seal must contain at least 95% organic ingredients - i.e. have organically grown plants as the source for the natural ingredients

  • Cosmos Natural - all products with this seal must meet all standards of the seal (controlled natural cosmetics based on ecological, health and social aspects) - but do not exactly reach the minimum 95 percent ingredients based on organically grown natural substances

You want to know even more about the Cosmos and BDIH standard, then you can find more information here on our page about certification.

What is the FSC seal?

The FSC seal stands for the assurance of essential environmental and social standards in the forest.

It is an international seal for sustainable forestry!

The wood for our HOLT Eye Pencils comes from sustainable forestry and is also produced regionally in Germany.

But we also pay attention to sustainability in our packaging - so all our shipping boxes are produced to carry the FSC seal.

It is important to us that not only our products are produced sustainably, also our UND GRETEL Beauty Counter (presentation stand) is made from sustainable forestry and is produced by a manufactory in Southern Germany. All our UND GRETEL treasures are located on the counter and offers every customer the opportunity to test the products.

The FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) label on a wood or paper product is a clear indicator that the product comes from responsible forestry. This means that the forest area from which the wood used comes meets various sustainability criteria. These include, for example, the use of resource-conserving techniques in management, the avoidance of pesticides, the preservation and development of biodiversity, consideration of the forest as a habitat for people and entire population groups, and much more. Wood from a certified forest area that has been tested for sustainability and meets the C standard is thus one of the prerequisites for certification.

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