HAND IN HAND fair-trade

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HAND IN HAND fair-trade coffee grower from Peru.
Hand-in-Hand Fair-trade Programme logo

Hand-in-Hand Fair-trade Programme logo

Organic Times fair-trade products – a selection


Our Story

When you think Organic Times, think certified organic and delicious! 

organic times family and friends sweet charcuterie board
Organic Times is here to offer you the most delicious, all-natural treats and pantry that are ethically made from premium organic ingredients.

Organic Times is an Australian-owned ethically-driven business based in Melbourne, Victoria. We bring you the best in certified organic products since 1999, including:

  • Fair-trade couverture chocolate
  • Artisan hand-made cookies
  • Feel-good confectionery
  • Ethically-sourced pantry staples
  • Grass-fed butter, ghee and milk powder

We focus on creating and providing really delicious products you can trust are ethically sourced using quality, natural ingredients.

Organic Times array of pantry items, chocolate and cookie products

Organic certification ensures our products are grown and produced without synthetic chemicals (such as artificial pesticides and fertilisers), no use of GMOs, or exposure to irradiation. Animal welfare and environmental sustainability go hand-in-hand.

Know that when you are choosing Organic Times, you will receive premium products that we stand by and love. Our 100% certified organic products are crafted using only the finest ingredients, made without palm-oil and hand-packed by our team with care.

Organic Times array of chocolate medley gift boxes

Organic Times is for the ethically and environmentally conscious consumer. People and businesses who seek great tasting wholesome products that don’t compromise their health or our planet.

We source Australian and international organic ingredients from ethical farmers and producers. We all share the same standards and ethos. We’ve established lasting relationships over time with hard-work, respect and loyalty.

Supported by our team of dedicated and customer-focused staff, our operations include: manufacturing, contract manufacturing, ingredient sourcing, wholesale distribution and an online store.  

Organic Times was established in 1999 by cousins, Lawrence and KC, back in a time when organic products were only found in health-food stores or the health-food aisle of the supermarket.
Historical images of Organic Times owners, logo and packaging
ORGANIC TIMES EST. 1999

Growing up in inner-city North Melbourne, they spent most of their youth at the Queen Victoria Market and their family’s grocery store, wherein sparked their passion for quality food. 

They then held senior positions in a leading Australian health food company, which gave them insight into the industry. They learnt the benefits and necessity of eating organic foods and desired to focus on an ethical, sustainable business.

With their knowledge and passion for quality food, it only seemed natural to venture out on their own. They established a trusted household brand known for making organic products for everyday people like us, who are mindful of the environment and good health. Organic Times values food as one of life’s great privileges and pleasures; where sustainable food and amazing flavour is paramount.

We dreamt of bringing a more natural, organic alternative to the confectionary market. With just enough capital and loads of passion, that dream came true.
Hand-in-Hand Fair-trade Programme logo
HAND-IN-HAND FAIR-TRADE

Ever since inception in 1999, it has been our mission to provide a premium quality, better-for-you version of your favourite pantry staples and indulgent yummy treats. We all enjoy sweets from time-to-time, and we want you to enjoy the simple pleasures of food without harmful chemicals, GMOs and artificial preservatives and additives. 

In providing quality pantry and treats, we believe in building lasting relationships while engaging in environmentally sustainable practices. The farmers and producers we work with, both locally and our international fair-trade partners, care about natural cycles and use true, sustainable farming and production methods to work in harmony with nature.

Organic agriculture and production is not just healthy for you, it’s vital and environmentally beneficial to the natural eco-system of our planet. 

Take a look at our ethical, sustainable, natural and delicious range!

Conservation Support

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We provide conservation support to numerous organisations dedicated to helping our environment and animal welfare. These include World Wildlife Fund (WWF – Australia) and The Orangutan Project (TOP). 

 

Supporting WWF – Australia.

yellow fish swimming in Great Barrier Reef coral

Organic Times have been members of the WWF Australia since 1999. We have been providing a monthly donation for more than 19 years, to support WWF’s global mission to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment.  Our conservation support goes to helping WWF achieve the following:

  • Prevent dangerous climate change by reducing our ecological footprint
  • Protecting Australian threatened species and their habitats
  • Build national network of marine life sanctuaries and parks
  • Saving iconic creatures like the orangutan, tiger and giant panda.

According to WWF Australia, the demand for palm oil plantation has destroyed vast swathes of rich, green rainforest. This threatens the habitats of endangered species like orangutans, elephants, rhinos and tigers and robs Indigenous people of their land and livelihoods.  Other environmental fall-out include: air, soil and water pollution, soil erosion and climate change.

     

    The Orangutan Project (TOP)

      Jojo the orangutan being rescued by The Orangutan ProjectOrganic Times currently supports 2 programs run by The Orangutan Project: 

              • Adopt an Orangutan
              • Save Forest

      We have proudly added two members to our OT family by adopting 2 orangutans within TOP’s Adopt an Orangutan Program.  Our guardianship supports jungle school training, food and medical costs and intensive post. Also release monitoring to ensure they are both free, safe and thriving in their jungle home.

        By donating to the Save Forest Program, we are helping to save the orangutan species by saving their remaining forest habitat. The program provides Wildlife Protection Units, Orangutan Rescue Units and Wardens who patrol the forest and keep it protected from illegal loggers and poachers.
        For every single ranger employed, over 20 orangutans can be protected each year.
        Our monthly donations of conservation support help to protect 4km² and six orangutans’ habitat.

           

          Orangutan and her baby hanging in a treeAccording to TOP every hour 300 football fields of precious remaining forest is being ploughed to the ground. In the last 20 years, over 3.5 million hectares of Indonesian and Malaysian forest have been destroyed to make way for palm oil. Due to this, almost 80% of orangutan habitat has disappeared in the last 20 years.  We are losing over 6,000 orangutans a year and there are now only 400 Sumatran tigers left in the world.

            Read our blog article to discover more about why Organic Times products are Palm-oil free and POI approved.

              Please take the time to check out the great work done by WWF Australia and The Orangutan Project.

                   

                   

                  About Sam & Cupcake

                  Organic Times' adopted oragutans Sam and CupcakeIn 2013, female orangutan Sam was rescued from appalling conditions in a Malaysian zoo. After initial care at the SOCP Orangutan Quarantine Centre in North Sumatra, she was soon transferred to the Bukit Tigapuluh (BTP) rehabilitation and release program in Jambi.

                  Despite her tough start in life, we wanted to give Sam every chance to live in the jungle. We knew this would be a long journey since she had spent her whole life in captivity. Sam was housed in a pre-release enclosure and began her rehabilitation journey. This included being given forest foods such as fruits, leaves and termites to eat and foliage to learn how to build a nest. She could also watch and learn from other orangutans nearby climbing in the canopy and foraging as they participated in forest school outings.

                  We were surprised and excited in 2015 to discover that Sam was pregnant to a released and now wild orangutan named Rocky. However, Sam’s pregnancy changed everything. Despite her progress and plans to release her in the near future, Sam would be too vulnerable to return to the wild while pregnant and for some time after the baby’s birth.

                  Little Cupcake was born in June 2015 and Sam has been a devoted and attentive mother. She has successfully nursed baby Cupcake and introduced him to solid food. Firstly by chewing it and then passing it to Cupcake to eat. Cupcake is an active, cheeky and adventurous little boy! The pair have been working towards freedom and a new life. Learning the skills they’ll need for independence and survival in the wild.

                  This information is courtesy of The Orangutan Project.

                    Palm-Oil Free & Approved

                    Orangtuan image on POI logo

                    Palm Oil Investigations Certification LogoOrganic Times products have always been palm-oil free. We are proud to say we are POI approved.

                    Wildlife Conservation is certainly important to us, therefore we aim to only bring you sustainable and ethical products. We promise that we never use palm oil. We have high ethical standards and a love for the welfare of animals. The palm-oil industry is linked to major issues such as; deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change, animal cruelty and indigenous rights.

                    Being POI approved means:

                    • We passed POI’s stringent ingredient checks  for our products to be verified as completely palm oil free.
                    • POI monitor our products to ensure our we remain completely palm oil free.
                    • We support the initiatives of POI and in partnership work to provide ethical, palm-oil free products.

                    The effects and usage of Palm Oil

                    Indonesia is being deforested faster than any other country in the world. This has everything to do with palm oil. Large areas of tropical forests and other ecosystems have been cleared to make room for palm oil plantations. As a result, killing the biodiversity of the ecosystems that they replace.

                    Palm Oil is used in around 50% of products consumers purchase and used daily. Known as fractions of the oil, the derivatives of palm oil are used in pre-packaged food, cosmetics, cleaning products, hair care, soaps and more. Candles are manufactured with Palm Wax.

                    The food industry is responsible for 72% worldwide usage of palm oil.

                    Clearing rain forests has taken a heavy toll on local communities and has become a critical factor in climate change. Also as a result, it has destroyed natural habitats for endangered species. Replacing natural forests with palm oil plantations vastly diminishes vegetation to capture and store carbon dioxide. Therefore, it is estimated that deforestation contributes up to 20 percent of global warming.

                    About Palm Oil Investigations (POI)

                    Baby orangutanFounded in 2013 POI is a voluntary not-for-profit organisation focused on raising awareness. They provide education on the impacts of unregulated Palm Oil production and how often it is used in every day household products. The aim of the organisation is to educate consumers on how to identify palm oil content in products and about the certification status used in such products. POI is helping us to make better choices by investigating and exposing products that hide palm oil as an ingredient to consumers.

                    To find out more about POI and the amazing work they do, go to their website.

                    To read more about who we support, see our Conservation Support blog.

                    Fair Trade

                    Two hands shaking in fair-trade logo
                    Hand in Hand fair trade logo

                    What is Fair Trade?

                    Fair Trade is a partnership based on transparency and respect that seeks justness in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions and rights to producers and workers. As a consumer, you can make a difference through your buying choices. Your demand for will extend the reach to marginalised producers in earning a fair and sustainable livelihood.

                    It is fair way to buy and sell produce, from ‘developing’ countries. This allows farmers to earn what they deserve for their labour, under suitable working conditions. When chocolate companies pay fair prices for cacao/cocoa, this helps eliminate child labour. As a result, workers are treated well and children aren’t forced to work and can go to school.

                    Fair trade is about:

                    • Better Prices
                    • Decent working conditions
                    • Enriching communities
                    • Local sustainability
                    • And fair terms of trade for farmers and workers

                    Organic Times products are certified

                    Our chocolate, rapadura sugar, and any relative products are fair-trade. The Hand in Hand programme works collaboratively with local partners who look after farm workers’ rights and well-being through education and support. As a result, this creates economic self-sufficiency while protecting the natural ecosystem and encouraging biodiversity. Organic production and fair-trade are inextricably linked: what’s better for the planet has to be better for the people living and working on it.

                    Learn more about our products and commitment, go to our blog page – Fair-trade Easter Chocolate

                    If you’re interested in further reading, the World Fair Trade Organisation (WTFOhas developed 10 fair trade principles that must be followed to ensure accountability.

                    Certified Organic

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                    Organic Times is 100% Certified Organic

                    Since 1999, Organic Times has been providing products that are organic, sustainable, high quality, tasty and ethical. In our commitment to providing the market with trusted organic produce, we have been certified organic by NASAA since inception. Organic certification subjects our practices and processes to routine checks scrutinised by NASAA. Certification gives us the confidence that we are providing organic products to the world with integrity.

                    On our packaging you’ll find NASAA‘s logo, with our certification identification. This allows consumers to buy with the confidence that Organic Times complies with strict organic standards. Rest-assured, there are no nasties such as synthetic herbicides, artificial pesticides and fertiliers, synthetic chemicals, added hormones or genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our products.

                    Organic Standards

                    NASAA has a set of rules and regulations called ‘Organic Standards’ that we must follow. This handbook outlines operating under certification and includes labelling requirements, list of prohibited products, etc.

                    An Operational Handling Plan (OHP) outlines our processes and activities ensuring we adhere to NASAA‘s Organic Standards; we are required to complete an OHP, annually. We must also engage in audits and allow physical inspections of our operations, products and ingredients. There is ongoing record keeping and compliance data to provide throughout the year. If we wish to launch new products, use new ingredients, or create new recipes or packaging, we must have pre-approval by NASAA. NASAA periodically runs tests on products on retail shelves too.

                    NASAA provides its operators with resources to help with our business and keep us informed. Refer to their website for more info.

                    Organic Farming

                    Mono-cropping is the practice of planting large plots of land, year after year, with the same crop. This practice leaves the soil lacking in natural minerals and nutrients, as there is no natural diversity of plant life. To counteract soil issues, farmers use chemical fertilisers. Crops also make plants more susceptible to pests, therefore farmers become reliant on synthetic pesticides. These synthetic chemicals are ingested by the farmers who mange the crops and eventually by you, too. They also leach into the natural environment creating havoc on natural eco-systems.

                    Conventionally, cacao trees are grown in open mono-crops and known to be one of the most highly sprayed crops, as they’re very susceptible to pests. However, organic cacao trees are not grown in open crops but within their natural ecosystem using no chemicals. Organic farming begins with nourishing the soil which leads to the nourishment of the plant and ultimately the flavour and goodness of the nourished food. Natural growing conditions promotes biodiversity and decreases the incidence of disease.

                    Food choices you make now will impact on future generations’ health. View our range of organic chocolates, cookies, pantry ingredients and more here.