The organic home: for minimalist living

Living Organic July 03 2017, 0 Comments

What does it mean to ‘live organic’? Is it eating healthy organic food, or being mindful or wearing only vegan clothing?  Is it surrounding yourself with natural products or brands that focus on sustainability? We’ve considered the five most important factors:

1 - What you eat as organic

The first step to organic living is eating organically.

But what does this exactly mean? Eating organically means to consume foods that come from organic sources. More precisely, this means that the fruits and vegetables you consume should not be cultivated with any chemicals or additives, and meats should be free of hormones and preservatives. As additives can have harmful effects towards human health, it is crucial that we safeguard ourselves against these dangers. This is particularly the case for processed meats, as the hormones affect and can overstimulate the growth of our children.  

2 - What you wear as organic

Living organically can also mean to dress organically. This means to wear organic clothing that are free of herbicides, pesticides, or genetically modified seeds. The manufacturing process of a piece of organic clothing is also much more environmentally-friendly. For example, organic cotton farming emits much less CO2 (which contributes less to the greenhouse effect), and uses much less water than traditional farming methods.

3 - What you wash in or touches your skin should be organic

Living organically does not mean that you have to abandon all your cosmetics, so don’t worry makeup lovers! You can still polish and take care of your skin with organic products, and there are plenty of ways to do so. Aloe is obviously one of them, but a new wave of products are emerging with 'skin superfoods' - coconut oil, apple juice, argan oil, green tea, sunflower oil, the list goes on.... Our skin is arguably one of the most important organs in our body (and the largest) - it plays an important role in our immune system, and is the first point of contact against harmful bacteria. It is important we take good take care of our skin, and utilising organic skin care products help keep ourselves clean and germ-free.

4 - The organic products in your home

Although less common, ‘organic housekeeping’ is a practice that makes use of natural ingredients to clean dishes, clothes, and furniture. Most people have never heard of the concept of ‘organic housekeeping’, but it should surely be adopted by all families as it is so simple, yet so effective. With vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, and olive oil, organic cleaning products can be made in a matter of minutes. For example, mixing ¼ cup of lemon juice with a quart of warm water will produce a cleaning product that effectively removes grease on wooden and metal surfaces. Give organic housekeeping a try and you will surely not regret it.

5 - Your compassion for the people and environments that go into making what you purchase organic.

This is kind of a bit soft and fuzzy... but we think it's also important.  Any kind of lifestyle is about a mindset, and usually a mindset of continuous iteration.  It might not be practical for you to make your own cleaning products... just choose ones (for instance by our fellow Public Benefit Corporation METHOD) that do the trick.