Go Organic This Month With These 4 Easy Food And Lifestyle Switches
This month, The Soil Association is leading a campaign in the UK with the aim of growing the organic market. There's only a few more days left of September and we want to help you make more organic choices before the month is out! See the small changes you can make below that will have a big positive impact on your wellbeing and the environment.
Choose an organic banana
Making more conscious choices and switching to organic doesn't have to be a mass overhaul of your shopping basket - it can happen incrementally, one step at a time. The next time you're picking up the ingredients for your smoothie, see if you can buy an organic banana. Knowing that it hasn't been sprayed with synthetic pesticides, artificial chemical fertilisers or herbicides immediately makes an organic banana taste better to me.
See if you can find organic bananas that are grown under the Fairtrade scheme too. This ensures producers in developing countries get a better deal; there are more opportunities for farmers and workers to improve their lives, communities and protect their environment.
Duchy Organic bananas with their new recyclable band
And you can take this one step further: if you're buying bananas online or in a supermarket, try and choose an organic brand that is not wrapped in plastic. Waitrose recently replaced plastic bags with a recyclable sticky band on Duchy Organic bananas, with the supermarket estimating this change will save eight tonnes of plastic a year. It's a temporary step before compostable bags for Duchy bananas are introduced.
Upgrade your free range eggs to organic
Egg labelling can be confusing and it can be difficult to know the difference between the choices available to us. According to The Soil Association, in the UK, we consume more than 12 billion eggs a year - but only 2% of these are organic, while up to 47% are from free-range hens, 48% are from caged birds and the remainder are from hens reared in barns.
Choosing free range eggs is a great step in choosing eggs from hens that have more space to roam outside, rather than being cooped up in tiny cages all day. But you can take this choice further when you upgrade to organic eggs. The standards are higher than free range: hens have continuous access to an outdoor range, enjoy higher standards of animal welfare (e.g. no beak trimming), are kept in smaller flocks (max 2,000 vs 16,000 in free range systems), are not given routine antibiotics and are fed a GM-free diet.
By choosing organic eggs, you're supporting the highest standards of animal welfare in farming
Buy an organic cotton t-shirt
Choosing organic products is not limited to food in your grocery shopping. Organic choices can be made in your clothing choices too. When was the last time you looked at a clothing label? It's not something we think about as frequently as we do with food labels, but it's time we did.
The fashion industry is the second most polluting industry after crude oil - and only 1% of clothing is recycled, according to a report published by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation last November.
If you're buying new clothing, scouting out clothes that have come from an organic source is more valuable than ever before. So the next time you need a new t-shirt, see if you can find an organic cotton one. Look for the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) logo which is recognised as the world's leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres. It ensures high environmental standards, along the entire organic textiles supply chain, and high social standards are complied with.
By choosing clothing made from organic cotton, you're helping the environment and reducing pollution in the fashion industry
Choose an organic face oil
And of course our skin can enjoy the benefits of organic skin care too. If you're going to make one switch this September, how about starting with our Organic Facial Oil. All of the beautiful, certified-organic, plant-based oils we use in this blend have been grown in rich soils where the quality and integrity of the ingredient is not compromised, meaning richer nutrients for your skin.
The Organic Facial Oil contains organic argan oil which has been hand-gathered by a co-operative of Berber women in Morrocco which means they've been paid a fair wage for their work. Argan oil helps to balance skin by regulating the skin's production of sebum, making it an excellent ingredient for both oily and dry skin. And what's more, the Organic Facial Oil is certified Vegan and Cruelty Free too, meaning no animal-derived ingredients have been used, nor any animal testing permitted in the production of this face oil.
The Organic Facial Oil is 99% organic and 100% natural
What's the one change you're making this month? We'd love to see which changes you're making this Organic September! Share them with us on Instagram @bysarahlondon #OrganicSeptember #ChooseOrganic.
Written by: Lauren, COO, BY SARAH
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