Do you ever wonder why some people promote organic foods over non-organic foods? Or, why should we buy “natural” and environmentally friendly products? I used to, but the message finally got through. Now I'm one of those “people”.
What finally started making sense to me was that “organic”, “natural”, and “environmentally friendly” was better for me and others, for the planet. Why? Because the fewer pollutants you put into yourself, the water, the land, and the air, the healthier everything is.
Why would I want to pollute my body with plastics and poisons, or my house with that either? I would not. I do not want to, so I'm cutting back on poisons and ramping up on healthy options.
I do not like not being able to drink the water or breathe the air because of pollutants and junk that others have put there. Having the ground so polluted or stripped of life that it will not support life is a total drag too. The choices I make will slowly trickle down so that the people who do the polluting will stop. If more of us make those choices the trickle will become a stream, then a river and a torrent so the change will happen faster and further afield. That's my theory, anyway.
Buying organic is becoming a lifestyle choice for me. I'm not just talking about buying organic food, I'm talking about the variety of organic products that I buy for our lives, things that should be organic or natural (not made of petroleum-based) ingredients. Environmental awareness is part of the issue at stake here.
You may be thinking, “What are you talking about, lady!”, And I would not blame you. So let me give you a start on the kinds of items I buy that are organic, or natural.
- personal hygiene items like shampoo, soap, toothpaste / powder, lip balm, and deodorant
- fabric; sheets and towels, as well as clothes I buy or make – and I really like organic cotton
- storage containers, esp in the kitchen
- paint and finishes
- flooring and counter tops
- paper products, in the kitchen, bath and office
I buy organic food as I can, locally sourced is just as important to me, sometimes giving me a bit of a decision challenge. Here are the foods I buy that are local and organic:
- grass fed beef
- free-range (truly free-range) and organic chicken and eggs
- grass fed pork
- goat cheese
- organic fruit like the peaches and apples
My greens and tomatoes are homegrown, using organic methods. I'm so, so spoiled with these delicious foods that the plan is to expand my production into a wider variety of vegetables.
Then there are the locally sourced foods we enjoy, though they may or may not be organic.
- Mouse's Chocolates
- rum (well, we have not purchased this yet, but it's on our agenda)
Foods I enjoy that I'm not growing and have not found local I go to organic or wild on include:
- berries, especially raspberries and blueberries
- organic milk, cream, half and half
- Alaska salmon
Where we're falling down is in foods My Bigger Half eats that I do not tend to eat, like rice and potatoes, frozen dinners, frozen fruits and vegetables, condiments, pasta, and canned goods. We do not buy organic chocolate, flour, butter and cheese, or avocados. We buy too many canned items (the BPA-lining scares me). Our list of purchases to improve on is a lot longer, but I'll spare you my pain.
Our cats have not started enjoying the benefit, yet, of our greener buying habits. That's going to start happening soon. Vitamins are another item we have not gone organic or locally sourced on either. And again, I think that's about to happen.
So what about other items? How do we buy organic computers or cell phones (and other electronics), kids toys (even the ones that adults use), furniture, appliances, etc? Good question, and one I'm not totally able to answer.
But I do try to be Energy Star appliances, recycle even my technology, avoid BPA in anything I buy (I wish I knew all the things it was tucked into), and buy natural fiber / materials furniture (that can mean buying antiques or used furniture). It's a process though, so I do fall down on my goals sometimes. It's a habit to go buy something new rather than look for used. It's not a solid habit yet for me to look at all the aspects of the item I'm buying to see if it fits my green ideas.
This website is all about how we, My Bigger Half and I, are getting greener, the mistakes we make, and the decisions we make that do not green us. Buying organic, natural food – especially if it's locally grown, is a priority for me. Getting smarter about eating healthy foods on a budget is a process, one I'm enjoying.
Yeah, I think buying organic is important to my health, and yours.