FAQ ~ Clean + Conscious Awards 2022

How do I enter the Awards?

To find out everything you need to know about our Awards, including entry fees, registration process and more, please take a look at our Information Pack on the Awards Home Page.

To submit a product for entry, please register your details HERE.

 

I’d like to enter but my category is missing. 

There are a few changes to the categories we are running this year – some are new and some left out. Please contact us on hello@cleanandconscious.com.au if you have any requests around this and if at any stage your category is introduced into the Awards, we’ll definitely be in touch.

How much does it cost to enter?

The 2022 entry fees are as follows:

Early-Bird entries: $315 (+GST) Initial product and $160 (+GST) subsequent products

Standard entries: $370 (+GST) Initial product and $210 (+GST) subsequent products

A Small Business Discount of $50 is offered to businesses of 2 employees or less

If you are a business in Australia and registered for GST, you are able to claim the GST payment component back from the ATO.

How are the Awards promoted/ marketed?

The Clean + Conscious Awards are promoted to our ever-growing community of conscious consumers across the Awards’ many marketing channels. This includes the Clean + Conscious website and blog, our email subscriber database (we have a very engaged audience of consumers seeking non-toxic & conscious products) and across the Awards social channels (organic and paid content) over a period of 6 months. The Awards are further promoted via PR and influencers via our Expert Panel. There’s also a huge push by finalists/winning brands promoting the Awards to their own audiences.

What is the reach of the Awards?

Our primary goal at the Awards is to inspire and educate consumers to shop more consciously and to purchase products that are better for their bodies, their families, and the planet.  

At the time of announcing 2021 winners, the Awards directory received more than 50,000 visits, our Instagram reach hit more than 121,000 and the combined social media reach of both our Expert Panel and winning brands reached more than 5 million users. The Awards currently has a very engaged audience with a subscriber database of over 8000 and a combined social media community of 11,000 and growing.

What questions are asked on the submission form?

  • Product name
  • Full Ingredients List (INCI): 
  • Recommended Retail Price
  • Product Description / Relevant Information
  • How do you embrace Ethical Practices? (This can include the choice of ingredients, assurances against child labour etc. Please include the country of manufacture.) Bullet point structure please.
  • How do you embrace Sustainability? (This can include details about your product and/or postal packaging. It may include details on your ingredients, ways of reducing your environmental footprint, etc.) Bullet point structure please 
  • How do your embrace your Social Responsibility? (This can include everything you are doing which could benefit your local and global communities, including supporting charities.) Bullet point structure please.

Whilst social responsibility is an important part of our judging criteria, it’s important to note that no business is doing it perfectly. We just don’t live in a world where that’s possible (not yet!)

So, when filling out the social responsibility sections of your entry form, please focus on what your business is doing well: whether that be steps you are taking to become carbon neutral, ethics of manufacture, sustainable farming practices, running a zero-waste office, biodegradable mailers or charities and/or initiatives your business supports.

For Fashion, Foundation, Apparel, Nappies , Sleeping bags and Bed Linen: how do I provide product samples?

Please see below for Sizing & Shades for the Initial Review Product.

 Activewear: Size 8,  Underwear: Size 10,  Basics: Size 8, Swimwear size 8

Kids Apparel: Size 7 if possible, otherwise size 5 (unisex colours preferred)

Baby Apparel: Size 0 if possible. (unisex colours preferred) Disposable Nappies: 16kg/ 4 year old,  Cloth Nappies: 9kg/ 6 month old,  Sleeping Bag: Size 6 months + 

Bed Linen – Only pillowcases are required for review

*Foundation Shade: Please contact hello@cleanandconscious.com.au to receive a photo to colour match your Foundation shade review product to.

I would like more information about Emily Fletcher and/ or the Expert panelists.

Emily Fletcher is the founder of the Clean + Conscious Awards, however started her career far removed from the wellness and sustainability industry. A practising Optometrist of 13 years and mother of two, Emily has postgraduate qualifications in Pharmacology and has studied Advanced Chemistry at university.

Emily began to document her journey of discovering truly healthy, non-toxic products for her home and family on her blog over six years ago. Emily’s in-depth, detailed, and well-researched guides to choosing safe products have gained her a large consumer following. Her ability to read scientific research papers, explain her findings clearly, and provide an independent voice without a brand association makes her a well-respected authority in the clean and conscious world.

Today, as Head of Research & Education at the Clean & Conscious Awards, Emily is more passionate than ever about educating consumers of the power they have to change the world, through supporting brands who prioritise the planet and its people.

Our 2022 Expert Panel will be announced at the same time as finalists are announced. Many of our experts return to our panel return year after year. Expect to see many familiar faces returning in 2022 plus a few new!

Our 2021 panel included over 45 panellists, including Sarah Berry (Lifestyle Editor for the SMH and The Age), Sigourney Cantelo (ex-Vogue and Beauticate Editor), Plastic-Free Mermaid (Zero Waste Influencer), Lille Madden (First Nations Director of Groundswell), Lindsay Miles (author & environmental activist),  Jade Woodd (food blogger – Panacea’s Pantry),  Brittanie Dreghorn (ethical fashion blogger – Britt’s List)….and many more!

To view the full list of 2021 experts please go HERE.

We’d like to enter more products. 

To enter more products, please log back into your My Account page and scroll to the bottom where you will find the ‘ENTER MORE PRODUCTS’ button. From here you will be able to pay for your additional entries. 

You then can continue to submit these as before through the ‘SUBMIT PRODUCTS NOW’ page.

Do I need to provide certifications?

The inclusion of certifications is optional. They may include lab tests, organic ingredient certifications or fair-trade certifications. They are much more relevant to certain categories than others (eg. Drink bottles proving they don’t contain lead.) Any uploaded information in this section is confidential.

What is your address for postage?

Emily Fletcher

Clean + Conscious Awards

Suite 325 

31 FOAMCREST AVENUE

NEWPORT BEACH NSW 2106

We ask that the postal packaging be consciously chosen and for biodegradable, recyclable or reused packaging be used.

How many products do I send initially for review?

Initially, you will only need to send one product for review. If selected as a finalist, depending on the category you have entered, you will be required to send 2 or 3 further non-returnable products for review by our Expert Panel. 

* The Kids Apparel, Baby Apparel, Sleeping Bag, Baby Sleep, Basics, Yoga and Activewear categories will only be required to send 2 more products for review after the initial entry product.

How will my product be judged?

All entries to our Awards are judged fairly and transparently. Initial entries are analysed by our Head of Research & Education, Emily Fletcher, and finalists are judged by our 2022 Expert Panel. 

During this process, your product will be judged on: ingredients/ materials, usability, packaging (including postal packing) and the answers supplied in your product submission form. 

For more information on the 2022 Awards judging process, please look at the T&C’s under Judging. 

Are there any additional costs?

There is no cost to win a Clean + Conscious Award. All Finalists & Winners will receive their submitted image with the superimposed rosette.

There is also the opportunity to purchase the Awards Rosette Licence which includes the Rosette Artwork with 3 logos for $300/ product. This rosette and logos can be used on packaging, correspondence, promotional and marketing materials, email signatures and (not limited to) social media artwork. The licence also includes a ‘Click to Buy’ link in the Awards Directory.

If you have a 10%+ commission affiliate program, you are eligible to receive a Rosette Artwork and ‘Click to Buy’ link without purchasing the Rosette Licence.

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