“Isn’t that a little extreme?” she looked at me skeptically.
I wanted to roll my eyes. She (a family member) wasn’t the first to question my growing interest in buying organic products. It’s just a waste of money. It’s a fad, and isn’t really any better than the regular stuff!
Yeah, I’ve heard it all before.
So I did research. I tried it out for myself. And I came to my decision.
What’s the Big Deal?
First, let’s get one thing straight. I am NOT writing to convince you to start buying organic everything. (That’s probably near impossible to do, anyway!) I am writing, however, to share what I know about organic products so that you can make your own decision! And maybe, hopefully, be a little less judgmental of mine.
Organic seems to be all the craze these days. Organic produce, organic face cream, organic diapers…
What does “organic” even mean, anyway?
Basically, if foods are labeled as such, then they are free of man-made additives. For example, organic beef comes from cows that have not received harmful growth-promoting hormones, antibiotics, or other chemicals in any way. They’re also allowed to roam out in pastures, unrestricted. (Isn’t it sad that this isn’t the norm? Shouldn’t all animals be allowed this?!)
I learned that when we consume organic products, we aren’t only protecting ourselves from unwanted chemicals, but we are supporting humane treatment of animals.
The above also applies to organic products for hair, skin, etc.
But what about clothing? Obviously our clothes don’t excrete chemicals into our bodies, so what’s the point? Well, the materials that make up organic clothes are also derived from crops that are safe from pesticides, herbicides, and Genetically Modified Organisms. Those toxins are extremely harmful to workers and animals that come in contact with them. (Yikes.)
Choosing to purchase organic products means choosing to reduce the harmful chemicals that you allow into your body, and of course your kids’ bodies! It also keeps the rest of the world safer and healthier, even if only little by little.
Without going into an insane amount of detail, those are the basic facts about organic products. And they are the reason why I choose to purchase them when I have the choice.
It’s an Experience
What’s more, I’ve been able to SEE such a difference in organic products as compared to non-organic! That’s right–it’s actually a visible difference.
Take eggs, for instance. The first time I cracked an organic egg, I noticed the deep yellow color of the yolk–much darker and more vibrant, compared to other eggs. And the flavor, my gosh! If you’ve never tried organic eggs, do treat yourself. You’ll be glad you did!
As for clothing, I love dressing my baby in organic garments most of all because they are so incredibly soft! And I just feel good about my girl wearing clothing that is environmentally friendly, and free of harmful chemical dyes. What’s not to love?
Now, I must say that if you were to come to my house today, you would not see an exclusively organic environment. No way. In fact, most of the items we own aren’t organic at all! But there is definitely a conscious effort being made to reduce the amount of chemicals and other artificial substances that fill our living space and our bodies. It’s a process, for sure–but it is one that we can be proud of.
Definitely, my family has some favorites when it comes to organic products and companies. Even if you’re not planning to go organic ever in your life, you might find it worth your while to check out some of these products–just because they’re so awesome!
Essential Elephant: Essential Elephant focuses on providing families with ethical, environmentally friendly and natural products to children and families. They have the cutest baby clothes!
The Honest Company: I love their sunscreen and baby bath essentials! And you nursing mommas, check this out. It was a saving grace my first week of breast-feeding!
Horizon Organic: This company focuses on keeping “weird stuff” out of your food! I feel good about giving my baby girl their products.
Oh by the way, these are obviously only a FEW companies that support wholesome, healthy living. In fact, many major store-brands have started carrying their own organic products. (This has made my grocery shopping so much easier and even more affordable!)
Now that you’ve learned the facts, you can decide how you feel about buying organic products. It’s totally up to you. I just encourage you to educate yourself on what is in your food, and in your other products. Whether or not the ingredients are organic, you should feel good about them! Know that you should choose products that support YOUR well-being and happiness–nobody else’s!
*Note: I am not an expert in health-related fields. I write to express my opinions, based on personal experience and research. You can find more information on websites such as USDA.gov.
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