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Organic living is a lifestyle choice that seeks to reduce the use of toxic materials and chemicals in our daily lives. It looks for ways to improve our health, environment, and overall quality of life by reducing the number of synthetic chemicals we come into contact with. Practising organic living in your household can be as simple as changing what you buy or making small changes to how you clean or store food. This article will discuss some tips on how to begin incorporating organic living into your home.
1) Choose natural cleaning products:
The majority of commercially available cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can be hazardous to human health and the environment. Instead, look for brands that are labelled “natural” or “organic”, opting for plant-based ingredients such as essential oils and vinegar. When shopping, check the labels to ensure you purchase products containing non-toxic ingredients.
2) Ditch disposables
Plastic bags, paper towels, and other single-use items create huge waste and can be difficult to recycle. Try switching out your disposable items for reusable alternatives such as cloth grocery bags or steel straws. Not only will this help reduce the amount of waste you produce, but it will also save you money in the long run.
3) Eat organic foods
Organic foods are grown without synthetic fertilisers or pesticides, making them healthier for both humans and the environment. To make sure you’re buying authentic organic foods, look for the USDA Organic seal of approval. Eating organic produce is also a great way to reduce your exposure to food-borne illnesses caused by chemicals used in conventional farming. For example, if you give your baby organic baby food, you can be sure that it doesn’t contain any synthetic fertilisers or pesticides.
4) Use natural pest control
Getting rid of pests without using toxic sprays and baits is possible. Start by identifying what type of bug you’re dealing with and then use natural methods such as traps, deterrents, or botanical insecticides to get rid of them. If all else fails, contact an exterminator specialising in organic pest control methods.
5) Invest in green energy
Investing in green energy will help reduce your carbon footprint while saving you money on your electricity bill. Most utility companies offer green energy options such as solar or wind power, and many also offer incentives for investing in these sources of renewable energy. Additionally, consider using LED light bulbs, which use up to 80% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs.
Living an organic lifestyle isn’t difficult if you take small steps to reduce your exposure to synthetic chemicals and materials. Consider switching out your cleaning products for natural alternatives, ditching disposables, eating organic foods, using natural pest control methods, and investing in green energy. These changes may require some upfront cost but will help improve the health of your family and the environment in the long run. Practising organic living is a great way to ensure that you are doing your part to protect the planet.