What does an organic lifestyle mean? What does it take? And most importantly, how can you do it? You don’t have to join a commune or read ancient texts to get the benefits of organic living. In fact, most people find that it comes naturally as they start making more healthful choices about food and other day-to-day necessities that impact your home, kitchen and body. Here’s how to get started living an organic lifestyle today, and where to look for more help and information along the way.
DIY Home Cleaners
Home is where the heart is – Anonymous. No truer words were ever spoken! If you want your home to be a place where everyone feels relaxed and comfortable, then follow these simple tips on how to live an organic lifestyle: 1) Clean your house with eco-friendly cleaners, such as vinegar and baking soda. 2) Cover your furniture with mattress or pillow protectors, so it’s protected from dust mites and bugs. 3) Replace all the toxic chemicals in your kitchen with natural cleaning solutions such as tea tree oil, lemon juice and distilled white vinegar for disinfecting surfaces and wiping down cabinets. 4) Put natural wood or fabric softeners into the dryer rather than using harsh chemicals that can release dangerous fumes into the air while they’re being heated.
DIY Personal Care Products
People don’t need to compromise health for personal care when there are so many natural ingredients. Making your own personal care products can also help save money. These are my favourite recipes from one of my favourite books, Live Organic Lifestyle by Leda Schulz. -You’ll need: • Vegetable Glycerine • Sweet Almond Oil • Coconut Oil • Beeswax • Essential Oils (lavender and rose)
-Glycerine is the base ingredient and a solvent that helps combine all the other oils and make a blend which will be stable in both hot and cold weather. -Mix equal parts sweet almond oil, coconut oil and beeswax then add a few drops of lavender or rose essential oil (you can adjust these measurements to suit your needs). You can mix any oils you like with this recipe. The key is consistency; you want it at about a butter consistency, so it melts into the skin quickly without being too greasy or too dry.
DIY Beauty Products
The way we dress our faces can say a lot about who we are as individuals. It’s also a window into how deeply you care about your body and the planet. The choices we make in personal beauty routines go beyond skin deep. When it comes to makeup, there are many natural brands making mascara, eyeliner, lipstick, foundation and more from ingredients sourced from fruit, coconut oil, sugar and more. Not only is this type of makeup better for your skin, but these brands often use recycled materials or sustainable harvesting practices that make an impact on the environment too. Plus, they smell delicious!
Cook With Organic Food
Organic food is grown and produced without the use of synthetic pesticides, fertilizers or preservatives. Organic food is healthier for you because it contains more vitamins, minerals, and less saturated fat.
Organics are also good for the environment because they promote biodiversity, reduce soil erosion, and have a smaller carbon footprint. Plus, there are more opportunities in the job market in the organic industry than any other sector of agriculture. Find locally grown produce at your farmer’s market or grocery store.
Also look into ordering from an organic delivery service like Hello Fresh or Blue Apron if cooking isn’t your thing!
Buy Organic Clothing
Organic clothing is a great way to support sustainable living. It is made with natural fibres and free from toxic chemicals, so you don’t have to worry about your clothes harming you. Organic clothing is also very trendy right now. The styles are just as beautiful, and they’re created in a sustainable way that honours the planet. Here are some of my favourite brands for buying organic clothing. 1)For example, Stella McCartney creates amazing feminine pieces that are completely free of PVCs and synthetics. 2) Vivienne Westwood offers unique creations featuring eco-friendly materials like hemp, bamboo, and organic cotton. 3) Other companies worth checking out include Eliza J., Free People, Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, H&M (many of their products are at least 50% organic), and Lululemon (in addition to athletic wear they offer many other fashion lines). You can also find many eco-fashion designers on Etsy or online boutiques who specialize in one style or type of clothing such as denim or dresses.
A great way to start living an organic lifestyle is by buying more of your groceries from the grocery store. Buy fresh fruit and vegetables that are in season, try new things, and buy high quality meat if you’re a meat eater. It’s important not just what you put into your body but also what you put onto it. You can purchase natural cosmetics, hair care products, and skin care products at most health food stores or online. Avoid using pesticides on your lawn and garden and wear protective clothing when doing heavy yard work. Try eating some locally grown produce by joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program or checking out local farmers markets.
Shop at Thrift Stores
Do you love fashion, but can’t always afford the newest and latest trends? Consider shopping at thrift stores! Thrifting is a great way to find that perfect look for your body type and wallet. Sometimes you’ll find something right away, other times it might take some time. But if you’re patient enough, you’ll be able to snag some really great finds in no time.
Before buying any clothing item from a thrift store, make sure it’s clean! Check the tags for any stains or holes in fabric. You want this clothing item to last you a while so do your research before purchasing!
When trying on clothes from a thrift store, make sure they fit well.