From the fruit and vegetables you eat, to the clothes you wear and the bedding you sleep in; there are organic options for all. Often considered the expensive option, we discover why organic costs more and whether it's worth the extra cost.
We all want the best for our families and proper nutrition can play a big part in keeping our loved ones healthy. Organic farmers must follow a strict set of guidelines to merit the ‘organic’ label, meaning you know the quality is always to an approved standard. In the U.S organic food cannot be genetically modified, contain hormones, antibiotics or non-natural fertilizers. Substantial research has taken place in the U.S and Europe over the last few years; in order to establish if organic produce is really more nutritious than standard produce. Research concludes that there are more antioxidants, and less pesticides, in organic produce. In order to get the same amount of antioxidants from standard produce it is estimated you would have to eat 2-3 more portions of fruit or veg a day. Considering the nutritional value, the cost of organic produce might well be a bargain after all.
You might have heard the news - Cheap fashion is out. Sustainable fashion is in! Whilst some worry that these sustainable options are not affordable to all, the emphasis really is on quality not quantity. As Vivian Westwood once said "Choose well. Make it Last". So what's the lowdown on organic textiles? We all know that plastic is bad for the environment, but many of us don't realise that our clothing is often made from plastic. This causes a whole load of issues - every time you wash the clothing tiny plastic fibres are released in to the water supply, eventually ending up in the ocean. These clothes will also be around a lot longer than we will. The alternative is to choose natural materials and, although cotton is a step in the right direction,organic cotton wins hands down. The reason for this is the amount of pesticides used on standard cotton crops. Similarly to organic food, organic cotton must abide to strict guidelines meaning it really is worth the price-tag.
Is it worth it?
In short, yes! Even if buying organic means we need to buy less overall, that can only be a good thing. I'm not suggesting swapping your whole weekly shop for a small amount of organic produce, it's about being sensible with our purchasing decisions. A lot of food and clothing gets thrown away; so perhaps if we were to change our focus to buying less items that cost more (for good reason) we would be more likely to actually use these items and make them last rather than chucking them. Whatever your opinion, I'd love to hear it!
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