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Organic, Local, Natural, and Ethical Food and Products

What Honest Weight promotes:

Below is an outline of what Honest Weight promotes. This and more about our buying policies can be found in our strict product guidelines. By following these guidelines, we can ensure that the products we offer not only support good nutrition and wellness care, but that they support local farmers and responsible businesses.

Whole and Minimally Processed Foods: As the basis for a healthy diet, these foods are
recommended by nutritionists.

Organically Grown, Biodynamic, and Certified Naturally Grown Foods: These foods are
produced without chemical fertilizers, hormones, antibiotics, synthetic pesticides, irradiation, or
genetically modified organisms; all of these have been shown to be harmful to humans, animals,
and the planet.

Not Certified Organic, but Locally Grown with Organic Principles: We understand that
the high cost of getting organic certification is not affordable for many small local farmers.

Ordering, Displaying, and Selling Food in Bulk: The HWFC has consistently invested
resources in maintaining a substantial volume of products in Bulk. Customers can reuse their own
clean and inspected containers, serve themselves, and avoid the use of pre-packaging. Bulk foods conserve natural resources and protect the environment from excessive packaging. Many bulk foods
are nutritious whole foods and are often less expensive than packaged foods.

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Local, Seasonal, and Small-Scale Farming: Foods grown locally on a smaller production
scale and sold in season offer several benefits;

  • Local produce has a shorter distance to travel, which reduces the amount of fossil fuels needed
    for transport.
  • The shorter transport time allows the produce to mature fully before being harvested and to
    retain higher nutritional value.
  • Small-scale farming focuses on diversity rather than mono-cropping. Biodiversity is better for the ecosystem and for the farmer. If one crop fails, the farm has many more to fall back on.
  • Sourcing from local small-scale farms promotes connections between consumers and farmers.

Local Producers: Local production strengthens the local economy. In addition to showcasing these producers, HWFC promotes Consumer Supported Agriculture (CSA).

Affordable Price: HWFC is committed to providing nutritious food at the lowest achievable price in accordance with HWFC principles.

Cooperative Organizations: HWFC embraces the idea that cooperative action enhances the ability of individuals to exert control over their social and economic lives, and promotes purchasing from other cooperatives.

Environmentally Sustainable Disposable Products and Cleaning Supplies: These products have a lighter environmental impact. Many are biodegradable, incorporate recycled materials, and use more environmentally friendly materials and production methods.

Fair Trade Certified and Companies Which Promote Fair Labor Practices: Fair trade products and fair labor practices offer producers and employees a living wage and humane working conditions.

Health and Nutrition Education: HWFC strives to empower customers to make better dietary and lifestyle choices by providing information related to our products and mission.

Pure, Simple, and Cruelty-Free Products: Personal care and household products made with few or no synthetics and minimal ingredients mean fewer health risks.

Minimal Packaging: HWFC promotes reuse and recycling of containers and seeks to limit singleserving and excessive packaging.

Shared Information: HWFC is committed to seeking multiple perspectives on complex issues and sharing verifiable information related to our mission.

Transparency: Products that have been certified to defined standards. Third-party certifications can be helpful in identifying minimum standards that consumers can use in making purchasing choices. For example, Green Seal is a non-profit organization whose mission is to work toward environmental sustainability by identifying and promoting environmentally responsible products, purchasing, and production. Manufacturers authorized to use the Green Seal Certification Mark on their products are subject to an ongoing program of testing, inspection, and enforcement. Most of the ingredients HWFC strives to avoid are prohibited under Green Seal Certification. Note that smaller manufacturers often find certification cost prohibitive and therefore forgo the certification process. Environmental Working Group (EWG) is another example of a non-profit organization engaged in research and identification of toxins in foods and consumer products. A free smartphone application is available that will identify a product’s toxicity by scanning its barcode. Seafood Watch recommendations help consumers to identify seafood that is fished or
farmed in ways that protect sea life and it’s habitats. A mobile application is available to view ratings of seafood toxicity and sourcing information.

Labeling at the Point of Display: Products will be prominently labeled so that customers can easily find what they are looking for and to successfully avoid what they do not want.

Humanely Raised and Cruelty-Free: The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics administers the Leaping Bunny program. Leaping Bunny has a cruelty-free standard for nearly 200 companies producing cosmetic, personal care, and household products. This assures that no animal testing is used in any phase of producer development by the company, its laboratories, or suppliers.

Animal Welfare Approved (AWA): Animal Welfare Approved has the most rigorous standards for farm animal welfare and environmental sustainability currently in use by any U.S. farm program. Their standards have been developed in collaboration with scientists, veterinarians, researchers, and farmers across the globe to maximize practicable, high-welfare farm management with the environment in mind. They are one of only two labels in the U.S. that require audited, highwelfare slaughter practices, and is the only label that requires pasture access for all animals.