Happy New Year everyone! Can you believe it’s 2017 already? The beginning of a new year is a great time to make a fresh start, make some changes and set some goals for the upcoming year. One resolution many people make is to try to be healthier; to look after themselves more and eat better. Maybe you’ve been considering switching to organic or maybe you’ve already started but want to do more….for many people, making the switch can be hard. Sometimes, it can see expensive and trying to make a big change and do everything at once can be overwhelming. If you want to live a healthier life but just don’t know where to start we suggest you start with just one thing. Choose one thing in your life and make the switch to organic. Try it out for a few weeks or even a few months. Then try something else and keep going! It’s all about making small changes and doing one thing at a time. Don’t know what to do first? Here are some suggestions:
Fruit and Veg
Yes, on the face of it buying organic fruit and veg can seem more expensive, but really what price do you put on your families health? If you asks us, the benefits will always outweigh that little extra expense but if you want to start somewhere we suggest focusing on ‘The Dirty Dozen’. The Dirty Dozen is a list of the top twelve fruits and vegetables which have been shown to contain the highest amount of pesticide residue. In 2016 these were:
If you can only afford or commit to buying some of your fruits and vegetables as organic then make it these! You could also consider purchasing or taking out a subscription for our weekly mixed bags which will give you a good variety of fruit and vegetables to form the basis of your weekly menu.
Staple food items
Think about those items that are included in your family diet on a daily or even weekly basis. Things like Eggs, Bread, Oil, and Butter are a great and easy place to start. We stock all of these items and more everyday necessities at The Organic Place.
Meat is a staple in many families diets and more and more people are now choosing organic. Because we love to support small business and Aussie farmers we can highly recommend Colin and Sally’s Organic Lamb and Beef for meat. In the words of Colin and Sally “small-scale organic farming is essential to the future of sustainable agriculture and for the preservation of small, vibrant communities and local economies. Buying direct from a farmer that you can get to know and trust is a great way to support healthy eating and inclusive communities. We are members of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance – a collaboration of organisations and individuals working together towards a food system in which people have the opportunity to choose, create and manage their food supply from paddock to plate.” Sound’s pretty good to us!
We use so many different types of cleaning products in our house everyday that are filled with dangerous chemicals and toxins. If you were to read their labels and research each ingredient you would be shocked at what you would find. Research shows that more than 150 chemicals that are commonly uses in our homes are related to causing allergies, cancer, birth defects and psychological disorders. Common household cleaners also cause 95% of childhood poisoning incidents. Not to mention the damage that is done to the environment and animals when it’s washed down the drain. You don’t need nasty chemicals to kill germs, in fact quite often they kill not only the bad but, also the good bacteria in our home which we actually need!
You can try making your own cleaning products by using natural ingredients like lemon, lavender and water. Or you can choose cleaning products which contain only natural ingredients. We have chosen to stock Abode Healthy Home Products in our store. You can find the whole list of ingredients HERE and you can purchase the range (including laundry powder, bathroom cleaner, and dishwashing liquid) HERE.
Skin Care Products
It’s not just about what you put into your body but what you put on it as well. Your skin is your body’s largest organ and can absorb chemicals from anything you apply to it, including make up, soaps, mouisturisers and sunscreen. Many everyday skin products contain a whole host of synthetic chemicals. Parabens and phthalates are two common examples that are used extensively in skin care and cosmetic items. Both of these compounds have been linked to cancer and type two diabetes and the Environmental Protection Agency has warned against their exposure. We use a lot of different products on our skin everyday so again, just start with one thing. Change your sunscreen or your soap, use coconut oil instead of moisturiser or look for certified organic make up.
There are many organic products now available; wide ranges of food items and even clothing, and the more we buy, the more suppliers will see the importance of providing consumers with organic choices. It starts with small, simple changes. It starts with us.
What organic items do you buy? What barriers do you face when purchasing organic? We’d love to hear your thoughts!