In the past decade or so, organic-certified products have been popping up everywhere and stealing the limelight away from other items on our supermarket aisles.
From the food we eat, to the clothes we wear and the materials we use on a daily basis, non-organic products have been proven to be an important contributor to many various health problems on both the inside and outside of our bodies.
But what exactly does organic mean?
Organic.org describes Organic as products that have been created with ingredients or materials that have grown without the use of any synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, genetically modified organisms, sewage or ionizing radiation. In meat producing animals, organic means that the animals have not consumed antibiotics or growth hormones. In quicker terms, organic products are made from completely natural grown materials or ingredients.
What do the chemicals in non-organic products do to our families?
When it comes to foods, the thought of our families, including our fragile little ones, consuming produce packed with growth hormones and pesticides used to kill small animals is a complete nightmare. The majority of these toxins and chemicals are known or suspected to not only disrupt our bodies’ natural hormones by imitating estrogen and testosterone, but also causing various types of cancer. So in fact, it’s hard to comprehend why they are being used in our foods and materials at all.
But, when it comes to products we aren’t ingesting such as clothing, is it really an issue? Unfortunately, it is. We are being exposed to harmful toxins from pesticides much more than we could ever realize, some of which were originally developed for use in WWII as biological weapons. As well as ingesting the products, our skin can absorb them from chemically grown materials. Especially our babies, as they have skin that is thinner than an adults and much more porous. This means that their skin is absorbing more from the materials used on them than ours and is also less resistant to harmful substances and nasty bacteria and toxins.
How do I go organic?
Certified organic products should come from an organic farm or retailer that is registered with a regulatory body company. Organic products are regulated and are only allowed to advertise that they are organic on the front packaging if they 100% are. Most supermarkets in this day and age tend to have an organic aisle due to high customer demand for organic foods, but if you don’t see it in your local store, try an organic superstore or an organic farm shop.
As for products made from organic materials, organic cotton can be found in many stores for clothing, towels and wipes. However, due to the intensive labour involved in growing cotton naturally without pesticides or herbicides, organic cotton can be very expensive. There are many other fabrics available that are not only naturally grown, but also naturally gentle and kind to our baby’s skin, such as bamboo, polyester fleeces, minkee, zorb, micro terry and organic silk. Bamboo is a fantastic option as it grows vast without the use of chemicals or over-intensive labour, and is sustainable. Bamboo has lots of bonus qualities that are naturally built into the material, such as being hypoallergenic, antibacterial, antifungal and naturally super soft.