Organic Harvest Month may be coming to an end, but there are so many ways to continue celebrating and supporting organic products year-round! These days, you can find organic certification on almost any kind of household product, from bedding and clothing, to beauty, bath, and cleaning supplies. But, adapting a more organic lifestyle doesn’t only apply to purchasing products, but is also demonstrated in reducing waste and recycling or re-using the things we no longer need. Little lifestyle changes can have big long-term effects on reducing waste in landfills and the presence of harsh chemicals, toxins, and synthetic materials in our lives, resulting in a healthier you and a healthier environment.
Here are some of our favorite simple ways to transition to a more organic lifestyle:
1. Make your own cleaning products and dump the toxic, chemical stuff. Try tea for window cleaning!
2. Donate clothes you don’t wear and make cleaning rags out of old, damaged clothes instead of throwing them away.
3. Throw the contents of your tea bag in your garden with the compost, your plants will thank you!
4. Wear organic cotton. You can find socks, sweaters, leggings, t-shirts, hats, and much more available in organic fabrics. Buying organic clothing supports agriculture that maintains healthy soils and protects the environment.
5. Make a pledge to cut your environmental impact by carpooling or biking to work one day a week (or more).
6. Small changes make a difference! Try making locally sourced, organic meals once a week.
7. Use a little organic olive oil or coconut oil as a moisturizer instead of buying lotions made with chemicals and synthetics.
8. Start shopping for organic cosmetics, body, and hair care products.
9. Better yet, MAKE your own organic cosmetics.
10. Support organic brands that you love to ensure that organic products stay on the shelves and become the new standard!
Happy Organic Harvest Month!
The USDA defines organic as “an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles, and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain, or enhance ecological harmony. The primary goal of organic agriculture is to optimize the health and productivity of interdependent communities of soil life, plants, animals and people.”
As a manufacturer of consumable goods, it is of the utmost importance that our product is safe and the highest quality available. This is why, since 1989, we have been committed to sourcing only certified organic teas and herbs for our products.
Throughout September we’ll be celebrating Organic Harvest Month by sharing our top reasons to consume and support organic agriculture and live an organic lifestyle.
Here are some of our favorite health benefits of organic:
- No pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or chemical fertilizers are used. Organic ensures that foods are grown without the use of these harmful substances, some of which are known to cause cancer.
- Organic farming reduces long time exposure to pesticides and chemical fertilizers, for farmers, workers, and consumers which can affect the body’s ability to eliminate toxins.
- Tea workers in India.
- Organic food is free of artificial colors, preservatives, flavors, trans fats, enhancers, stabilizers, fillers, sweeteners or other additives.
- Studies show that organic foods are more nutritious and higher in antioxidants because they are grown on more nutrient rich soil.
- Eating organic fruits and vegetables could increase your antioxidant intake by 20-40%.
- Organic farming ensures that food is not subject to any artificial human intervention or genetic modification.
- Diseases, pests, and weeds are managed through good soil health for natural plant resistance, selection for stronger plants, crop rotation, natural predators, and beneficial insects.
- Organic food cannot be irradiated. Irradiation causes changes to both macro and micronutrients in foods and creates free radicals.
- Unlike conventional methods, antibiotics, pathogens, or hormones are used in raising livestock. Organic livestock have higher animal welfare standards which lower levels of pathogens present in meat.