Many of us would like to adopt a more organic lifestyle, but it may appear too costly or burdensome. We can be held back by a limited budget or a lack of knowledge on where to start or what to prioritise.
Also Read: Healthy Organic Living
As a company, we value the use of organic components in our goods and promote product certification as organic.
We want the best for our children, ourselves, and the health of the earth as a family.
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.
1. It’s a good idea to switch up one food group at a time.
Start with veggies, wheat-based goods (bread, pasta, etc. ), or dairy, for example. Start with what you eat the most or what you’re most concerned about. Families with small children, according to a dietician we spoke with recently, should start by switching to organic dairy products. Dairy is regularly consumed by youngsters, and cows are typically intensively farmed and injected with antibiotics, so it’s an excellent place to start.
2. Purchase directly from the manufacturer
Organic food does not have to be more expensive. In our perspective, it is highly dependent on where you shop. Purchasing directly from organic farms or a local produce market might be significantly less expensive than purchasing from a store.
Market sellers may or may not be organically certified, although they may apply organic methods in their business. Get to know the producers in your area and inquire about their methods of cultivation.
In the United Kingdom, certified organic vegetable box delivery services are quite popular. We eagerly anticipate receiving our weekly delivery of fresh, organic fruits and veggies.
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 can include agricultural or business ownership or investment, sharing production costs, accepting a share of the harvest, or volunteering.”
3. 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.
“On packaging, terms like ‘organic,’ ‘eco,’ ‘botanic,’ ‘pure,’ and ‘natural’ may fool us. The Soil Association asserts that “despite the fact that there is virtually little evidence to support that allegation.”
This is when consumer certification comes in handy. Organic certification agencies have severe regulations that manufacturers must follow, and only those who meet them are granted certification and the right to use their brand.
Some examples include the USDA National Organic Program in the United States, the Soil Association in the United Kingdom, and Australian Certified Organic.
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 directly, as mentioned above, you may be glad to hear directly about the processes used and to purchase products that do not bear a certification badge.
4. Produce your own
You may have the time, space, and knowledge to cultivate a significant portion of your own food. However, you might not be able to. Nonetheless, you can start at home by growing herbs, salad leaves, or sprouting seeds. 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.
5. When it comes to organic skincare, there are two options: leave-on and rinse-off.
A leave-on skin care product’s objective is to be left on the skin for as long as possible before being absorbed. Moisturizers such as creams, lotions, butters, and oils are examples of leave-on cosmetics.
A rinse-off product’s objective 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.
Start with leave-on products that are more likely to be absorbed by your skin if you’re on a budget but still want to buy organic skincare.
6. Purchase artisanal cosmetics
Because the expense of organic certification is expensive in the early phases of a business, It is possible that it will be unavailable to smaller-scale artisan or independent skincare makers (such as some of our students). 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.
7. 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, and then get started by reading our blog or signing up for one of our courses.
8. 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. Visit a park or a forest, go to the beach, or volunteer at an organic garden. You will surely feel rejuvenated by the combination of gentle movement, fresh air, and sunshine. Being outside in nature has also been shown to be beneficial to our mental health.
Suggested Read: Swachh Bharat Mission Projects in Jharkhand