The word ‘organic’ probably brings to mind images of fresh produce, earthy textures and sustainable harvesting practises. While most people have a vague idea of what an organic product is in their mind, it’s important to identify what the term actually means when used to describe the goods we choose to buy.
Making the switch to true organic living is going to mean switching to buying products that meet an adequate standard for ‘organic’, as well as learning fresh and quick recipes that make use of naturally cultivated ingredients. The first step is to establish a clear definition of organic when describing ingredients in pharmaceutical products, food, supplements, and anything else that you apply to or put inside your body.
Organic has different meanings depending on the context it is being used in. For example, in the context of chemistry, organic simply means chemical compounds that contain the element carbon.
When talking about food labelling and labels, organic means that no artificial (man-made) chemicals were used in their cultivation. For fruit and vegetables to be classified as organic, they would need to have been cultivated in soil that was not treated with any artificial compounds.
Unfortunately, confusion about the true definition of organic has caused many product manufacturers to take advantage of vague definitions to sell their product. Different jurisdictions have different laws about what is legal to define as organic and it is worthwhile doing your research into this, as you may think you have switched to organic living but are only being fooled by clever marketing.
Switching to organic living
With a clear definition of organic in mind, you can then begin to change your buying behaviour. Abruptly switching to organic substitutes for the produce and cleaning products you use in your life might make it harder to adjust if you do too much at once – it can be a good idea to ‘ween off’ your use of these goods in a gradual way.
Whatever approach you choose to take, you need to be thorough to truly achieve a state of organic living. This means switching to a new organic source for everything, from where your food is cultivated to what kind of moisturiser you use
Many brands are specifically dedicated to providing their customers with organic goods, many of which will also be vegan and ethically sourced. They usually carry products such as organic sunscreens, cleansers, exfoliants and many more essentials for your daily routine.
Sticking with and promoting organic living
If you are starting to feel like you’ve reached a point where most if not all of the goods you use can be classified as organic, then your ongoing goal is to both maintain and promote this new lifestyle. Try to demonstrate the positives of organic living to family and friends, encouraging them to investigate it further for themselves.
Additionally, look into connecting with other people who are also making the switch to organic living and conference with them to see what kind of advice you can glean from each other. You might be able to discuss the price of organic eating and how to find the most affordable solutions, for example. By doing this, you will build a network of like-minded people who are going to come in handy when you’re looking for opinions on other organic food and cleaning products that you want to try.
Try forming a small group made up of your friends and family members who want to try switching to an organic lifestyle and either meet up or simply chat online about where to find the best options. This will help keep you all on-track and provide valuable support for those who might be faltering.
Adopting an organic lifestyle has a wide variety of benefits, but you want to make sure that you are truly benefiting from the switch and not blindly following a buzzword around, as this can lead to your exploitation by those who seek to use the appeal of the word ‘organic’ to make a quick buck. Find out what organic living means to you and make sure you connect with like-minded people so that you can reinforce each other and ensure that you don’t compromise on the goal you are collectively working towards.