Living an organic life is wonderful, but is it easy? Some people believe that it’s going to be expensive, but that’s not true for all. While there’s definitely a transition period needed to fully embrace this lifestyle, it’s not going to be difficult. From choosing what you buy to creating what you need, here are our quick tips to having an organic lifestyle.
1) Get your food in local markets.
The best ingredients are those that are fresh. Instead of getting your food in supermarkets, why not go to a local market and pick the freshest produce? Aside from supporting the independent farmers, you’ll also be able to enjoy a great organic meal. Organic does not mean costly, especially when you get locally grown food. In fact, it’s not rare to find a farmers’ market in cities. Just ask around and you’ll find one in your area.
Another good option to consider is to have vegetables delivered right to your doorstep. This is possible by subscribing to the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). This essentially allows people to get their vegetables directly from the farmers. Thus, this is another way to financially help farmers without having to go to their area. What’s even better here is that you’ll be surprised about the variety of seasonal vegetables that you can use for your next meal.
Here’s a short documentary talking about CSA:
2) Have your own organic garden.
Why not grow your own vegetables? If you have a decently sized yard, you should try harvesting your own produce. Even if you do not have the space for a traditional vegetable garden, you can go for vertical gardening instead. In case that also isn’t possible, you could search for a local community garden. Just ask if there’s still space to grow your own plants.
There are a lot of vegetables such as potatoes, onions, and radishes that are easy enough to grow for beginners. As long as you provide them with enough water and sunlight, you’ll no longer have to spend money to eat fresh produce. Moreover, this will help you become more informed about where your food comes from. You’ll have control in ensuring that your garden will only have organic lawn care such as using compost or organic fertilizer.
3) Choose non-toxic skincare products.
Regardless if you’re a man or a woman, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to have good skin. There are a lot of skincare and makeup products out there that promise you a clear and bright complexion, but are they safe for the environment? Instead of sticking to the usual big brands, you must slowly but surely shift to organic products.
Just replace one of your usual skincare products with an organic alternative until all are finally non-toxic. There are many stores that have a section dedicated to displaying the organic skincare and beauty products. You can even create your own natural skincare products if you want.
4) Think about food waste.
One of the things we have to change is how we regularly waste food and drinks. It’s not just in restaurants since we also tend to leave some food waste at home. Likewise, this is an issue that arises when you buy vegetables even at the local farmers’ market or have them delivered right to your doorstep. Be wary of how many you need before you buy them.
If you don’t think you’ll be able to use all of the products you already have in one sitting, place them in the freezer. For other types of food, you can still extend their shelf life by doing what grocery stores do. For example, you can place individual pieces of fruit and bread onto a baking sheet. Put them in the freezer for two hours, then take them out and place them in an airtight container.
5) Go for organic clothing.
Even the clothes you wear can help you live an organic lifestyle. Your next apparel should be made using materials that have been grown in adherence to organic agricultural standards. Your comfort does not have to be affected. After all, organic clothing still uses materials such as cotton, silk, and wool. The only difference is that you’re making a wise choice as a responsible consumer.
6) Carefully check the labels.
Don’t just buy a product because of a large display that says “natural.” There are many brands that mislead organic consumers in order to get a share of the market. A truly organic product should have certifications. While there are organic products that simply don’t have certifications, it’s best to find one with the USDA Organic Seal. This ensures that the food you get has been organically grown and harvested according to the standards set by the USDA.
We hope that our guide has helped you ease into the organic lifestyle better. If you have any questions, do give us a comment.