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I thought I would start a discussion on what all these terms really mean and how this might relate to soaps we make from our BDG.

Organic - For us to call our soaps organic, all of the oils used in the production of biodiesel would have to be certified organic as well as anything we were to add to our soap. Very few of us would be able to make this claim

Vegan - For us to call our soaps vegan all of the oils used in the production of biodiesel would have to be vegetable oils and only vegetables should have been cooked in the oil. One chicken wing and it's no longer vegan. Very few of us would be able to make that claim.

Natural - Natural is one of those terms that is used very loosely. Basically you claim natural and show evidence as to why you think your product is natural. This is a touchy area. Is NaOH or KOH natural? The common idea is that the ingredient occurs naturally without human intervention. Technically crude oil is natural. At best any soap can be said to use natural ingredients, but a claim of 100% natural ingredients would be almost impossible.

Synthetic - Synthetic, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemical_synthesis, is another term we try to avoid when we want to say our stuff is all natural. But our glycerin byproduct and our biodiesel are both synthetic products -- we produced them in a chemical reaction with a caustic. So already our BDG is a synthetic product. The soaps we product by further reacting our BDG with a caustic are also synthetic products produced in yet another chemical reaction. Some of the water in our soaps is also formed by the acid/base reaction so technically that water is synthetic. Our caustic is synthetic unless obtained from woodash. A claim that our soap is not synthetic or does not use any synthetic chemicals would be tough one to back up.

Green - Green is also somewhat subjective. Green in the end product means that nothing in that product when used will be harmful to the environment. But you have to also take into account the amount of energy that product took to produce.

Personally I strive to produce products that are "Green" products that are not harmful to the environment when used. Products that are produced in the "Greenest" way possible -- using the energy in the most efficient way possible.

Anyway... My thoughts on these product labeling buzzwords.


-Rick

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