Many of us would like to adopt a more organic lifestyle, but it may appear too costly or burdensome. A limited budget or a lack of information about where to begin or what to prioritize can hold us back.
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As a company, we value the use of organic components in our goods and promote product certification as organic.
As a family, we want the best for our children, ourselves, and the planet’s health.
That said, we’re also realists who recognize that, as much as we’d love to make a complete overhaul, altering everything we eat, drink, and apply to our skin to be 100 percent certified organic, it’s not always practical.
- Changing one food group at a time is a good idea
Start with veggies, wheat-based goods (bread, pasta, etc. ), or dairy, for example. You could want to start with what you eat the most of what concerns you the most. Families with small children, according to a dietician we spoke with recently, should start by switching to organic dairy products. Dairy is commonly consumed by children, and cows are frequently intensively farmed and pumped full of antibiotics, so it may be a good place to start.
- Purchase directly from the manufacturer
Organic food does not have to be more expensive. It depends a lot on where you shop, in our opinion. Purchasing directly from organic farms or a local produce market might be significantly less expensive than purchasing from a store.
Producers that sell in markets may or may not have organic certification, but they may still use organic methods in their production. Get to know your local growers and ask them about their production practices.
Certified organic vegetable box delivery services are quite popular in the United Kingdom. We look forward to getting our weekly package of fresh, organic fruit and vegetables delivered to our house.
Another common option is community-supported agriculture (CSA), as many CSAs will subscribe to organic agricultural methods even if they do not have the certification.
“A CSA is a farmer-to-consumer cooperative… [Consumers] provide assistance that extends beyond the simple exchange of money for commodities in the marketplace. This involvement can take the form of farm or business ownership or investment, sharing production costs, accepting a piece of the produce, or giving labor.”
- Consider whether you want to be certified or not
How can a buyer tell what is actually organic or not when so many products claim to be organic and the term “organic” is used freely and without regulation?
‘Greenwashing’ is rampant in the beauty business, in particular.
“Packaging can fool us by using phrases like ‘organic,’ ‘eco,’ ‘botanic,’ ‘pure,’ and ‘natural,’ while carrying almost no substances to back up that claim,” the Soil Association says.
This is where certification simplifies things for consumers. Organic certifying agencies have severe rules that producers must follow, and they only offer certification and the use of their mark to those that do.
USDA National Organic Program (USA), Soil Association (UK), and Australian Certified Organic are some examples.
Consumers can buy with confidence and trust after receiving certification.
We believe in the aim and mission of organic certifying agencies. We even make a yearly donation to the Soil Association as an entity.
However, for some companies or small-scale artisan makers, the cost of certification may be exorbitant. If you buy direct, as indicated above, you might be pleased with hearing directly about the techniques employed and purchasing products without a certification logo.
- Produce your own
You may have the time, space, and expertise to cultivate a large amount of your own food (in which case, we envy you!). However, you might not be able to. Even so, you can begin by growing herbs, salad leaves, or sprouting seeds at home. Consider growing small plants that have a huge impact, such as fragrant mint, thyme, or basil, which may completely change the flavor of a dish.
- Choosing between organic leave-on and rinse-off skincare
A leave-on skincare product’s objective is to be left on the skin for as long as possible before being absorbed. Moisturizers such as creams, lotions, butter, and oils are examples of leave-on products.
The objective of a rinse-off product is to rinse it off, as the name implies. Yes, it will come into contact with your skin, but only for a little moment, so it will absorb less. Body wash, shower gel, and hand soap are examples of rinse-off goods.
If you’re on a tight budget but still want to buy organic skincare, start with leave-on products that are more likely to be absorbed by your skin.
- Purchase artisanal cosmetics
Because the expense of organic certification is expensive in the early phases of a business, smaller-scale artisan or independent skincare producers (like some of our students) may not carry it. However, many of them continue to use a significant percentage of organic components. Talk to the proprietors of the brands and find out what goes into their products.
- Make your own skincare items
Making your own will almost certainly be less expensive than purchasing organic products! Read our 9 reasons to make your own skincare here, then get started by reading our blog or enrolling in one of our courses.
- Get outside and enjoy the scenery!
We think that living an organic lifestyle includes not just what we eat and apply to our bodies, but also our environment and our way of life. Getting some real fresh air is even more necessary now since many of us live in polluted cities. Take a walk through a park or a forest, go to the beach, or volunteer at an organic garden. The combination of light movement, fresh air, and sunshine will undoubtedly make you feel energized. Being outside in nature is also beneficial to our mental well-being.
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