Moving to organic is one of the hottest topics everyone is talking about. With more evidence of climate change and the impact of our carbon foot print, going organic is becoming a survival skill rather than just a trend. More often we associate an organic lifestyle with our food, but we can also look at changing our clothing, cosmetics, and even cleaning supplies. So, let’s talk about how we can make the move!
Loving Ourselves with Food
Yes, food is one of the top ways to adapt to a more organic lifestyle. We would suggest that it would be the best place to start simply because it has such a profound effect on our health. Starting can be a little daunting but overall, you want to cut out all processed foods and look for produce, meats, dairy, and whole grains marked organic. A few other tips include:
- Shop and get to know the farmers at your local farmers’ market
- Switch from a chain grocery store to a local health food store
- Learn to grow your own garden with heirloom seeds
- If able, raise your own chickens
- Join community groups that teach about organic eating
Organic Beauty Products
Whether you adore your makeup or lust after the latest skin care products, our beauty products tend to be chock full of chemicals that are not all the great for us. Going organic is becoming very easy in this aspect of life. You can find more soaps, toothpastes, and shampoos to keep your carbon footprint down. When it comes down to skin care and makeup, the key is to look for natural products. Natural retinol is one key ingredient to help take care of your skin without using harmful ingredients. Testing is equally important. Do research all organic products to be sure that the items are tested in a humane way.
Clothe Yourself in Organics
Organic clothing has been around for about 20 years but has really been gaining steam as of late. In recent years, we have been buying more and more clothing. And throwing away almost as much as we are buying. Plenty of these items are sitting in a landfill and not decomposing naturally. Ideally, we would donate these clothes to organizations to clothe our neighbors, but it simply doesn’t happen in our society. This is where the draw to organic clothing comes in.
- Little to no dye run off that does not contaminate our soil
- Little to no chemical usage
- Natural decomposing
If you are worried about being fashion forward, look for companies like StyleSaint. They know what they consumer wants and are a direct-seller, thus cutting out the middle man and lowering their own carbon footprint.
Clean the Green Way
Cleaning in an all-natural way is a lot easier than you would think. Many people now look for green cleaning supplies in the stores. However, it’s also easy to create your own green cleaning supplies at home:
- 9 cups of warm water to 1 cup of vinegar makes a great all-purpose cleaner
- ¼ cup vinegar, ½ tsp of natural liquid soap, 2 cups of water are great for windows
- 10 drops pure lemon oil, 2 tbsp lemon juice, and a few drops of olive oil will help with dusting
Going organic can be a challenge if you try to do it all at once. Take one aspect of your life and make that change first. Once you have the hang of it, you can include all other aspects of your life until you are completely organic. Happy transitioning!