What Does It Really Mean to Shop Organic?
Often times the first connotation that comes to mind when we think of shopping organic is our groceries. And with this, most shoppers also will likely say that shopping organic is too expensive – and in some ways, they’re right. But, the one thing we often overlook when we’re debating whether to buy $2 strawberries or the $5 organic strawberries, is that this is really just a small piece of what it means to shop organic.
In its simplicity, shopping organic means to be conscious of the choices we make, and remembering that every decision to purchase organic leaves positive environmental impacts, as well as health benefits. The great thing is that we have the power to choose sustainability in all parts of our lives – our food, cleaning supplies, and of course, even clothes!
As consumers, we have a say in where we want to spend our hard earned money, and so, you may be wondering how can I get started?
And, well, we have two steps for you:
The first step is to just be mindful of the ingredients that go into the products you are purchasing. When purchasing packaged goods, take a look at the ingredients list on the back – all the ingredients should be recognizable or easily researched at the very least. When it comes to clothes and beauty products – be conscious of terms such as paraben-free and organic cotton – and make sure you’re aware of what those words are actually suggesting.
The second step is to educate yourself. We’re lucky to have sources like Google at our fingertips, and with resources like this, we should become better aware of the options that we have in the marketplace when it comes to making more sustainable decisions. There are hundreds of organizations that educate on the importance of organic goods and sustainability, and for us these resources can help better guide our purchasing decisions.
In the end, shopping organic is a personal decision. It can be expensive at times, but its importance lies in the fact that every time we make the decision to shop organic, we leave a positive impact on both our health and the environment.