Monday, June 22, 2009

2 Go Organic or Not 2 Go Organic?

2 go Organic or 2 not go Organic?

I’ve had this discussion with several friends over the course of the last few weeks and have come to formulate some basic strategies.

While we are an Organic company, we of course would love everyone to switch to Organic products (if you haven’t already), however not very many of us have the luxury of tossing out and replacing the entire contents of our fridge, medicine cabinets, or overhauling our beauty routine.

I’ve put together a few basic strategies that might help you along in your decision process....
    • If you’re out of something you normally buy or consume, why not try out an organic version of the item?
    • If you put it in your body or on your body – consider what your body is absorbing. It could be a tone of chemicals, pesticides and hormones used to protect crops, preserve product shelf life, and grow larger animals (if you’re a meat eater). Perhaps switching to Organic vegetables to eliminate the possible pesticides, or switching to a different meat supplier or dairy farmer who practices hormone free sustainable farming? You might be surprised that the slight increase in price not only makes up for the lack of un-necessary additives to our food, but it also might taste better.
    • Consider switching to a re-usable shopping bag. Plastic shopping bags inevitably end up in landfills across the country, in our oceans and lakes (killing marine animals that ingest them mistaken them for food), and most plastic bags take over 400 years to biodegrade. That’s 400 years of the bags breaking down into the soil and water which is eventually consumed by animals, used on farms and might make it’s way back to our dinner table, and into our body products. Consider collecting your plastic bags and turning them into a recycling centre, then switching to a reusable bag.
    • If you live in an area that would allow you to plant a garden, you would then have your own supply of fresh, chemical free fruits and vegetables that are in season and right in your own backyard! Grace & Pepper is proud to have planted our first corporate garden, 2 pepper plants and 1 tomato plant!
These are just a few ideas, I could go on for pages and pages, but I wanted to give you an idea of how easy it is to make a few small changes that won’t hurt your budget, and might have a positive impact.

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