Most people are aware that eating fresh, “whole” foods grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers is a healthier way to live. Eating organic foods is one easy way to adopt an organic lifestyle. However, you can apply organic living practices to many other areas of your everyday life.
Switch to Organic Cleaning and Beauty Products
Give some thought to the substances you use to clean your house and beautify your skin. Read the ingredients labels, but keep in mind they can be deceiving: the definitions of the terms “natural” and “organic” are often loosely interpreted. Plus, the beauty industry isn’t subject to the same labeling rules as the food industry, so reading labels becomes even more important. Check for preservatives, fragrances, and chemicals; manufacturers of underarm deodorants, skin creams, and makeup have begun to offer more natural alternatives. As you run out of cleaners and beauty products, replace them with items that don’t include phosphates, phthalates, or palm oil. Keeping it simple makes the switch even easier: lemon juice, vinegar, baking soda, and even salt can be effective cleaners.
Buy Locally and Grow Your Own Food
Attend farmer’s markets, and join a CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) group to reduce the number of miles your food travels to get to you. The best way to be sure about how your produce is grown is to grow it yourself. If you’ve never planted a backyard vegetable garden, start small with a window box or small raised bed.
Wear Organic Fabrics
As the principles of sustainability work their way into more aspects of our daily lives, clothing manufacturers are responding by using organic fabrics such as cotton, bamboo, silk, or organically produced wool. Keeping chemicals out of clothing for infants is a top concern; more parents are choosing baby clothes made from organic cotton.
Ride Your Bike
Taking public transportation is a great way to live more sustainably, but in many cities, public transportation still runs on fossil fuels. Whenever possible, use a bike to get where you’re going. Wear a helmet and something reflective, and enjoy the personal health benefits of riding a bike as part of your healthier, more organic lifestyle.
Reduce Your Use of Plastics
You may have noticed that more and more people are bringing their own reusable bags to your local supermarket. Reduce your use of plastic bags and plastic wrap, and use the eco-friendlier alternatives to food wraps that are making their way to market. Reusing lunch containers means less plastic ends up in landfills and in the ocean.
These are just a few easy ways to adopt a more organic lifestyle. Find friends and online groups to share additional ideas and practices that are healthier for you and friendlier to the Earth.