All things Organic September
Today marks the start of Organic September, a month that emphasises the benefits and importance of choosing organic food and produce.
According to the soil association, "Organic September is a month-long campaign to raise awareness of the many benefits of organic food and farming." Many of these benefits include supporting biodiversity and wildlife, helping to combat climate change, higher standards of animal welfare, reducing exposure to pesticides and creating food you can trust.
What does organic mean?
All foods labelled as organic must meet strict regulations. Through buying organic you are ensuring the products have:
- no artificial additives or preservatives.
- fewer pesticides.
- adhered to high standards of animal welfare.
- been produced sustainably.
- no genetically modified ingredients.
Our tips to "Go Organic"
If you're thinking of changing to organic produce it can seem daunting at first. Our advice is to start small, why not make an effort to replace just one of your everyday items each month with an organic one instead?
1.Replace one food group at a time:
You could start by growing your own fruit or veg. Creating a vegetable patch of your own is hugely rewarding and can be a place to destress after a long day.
2. Support Local:
If growing a garden isn't your thing give support to local farmers by purchasing their organic produce. Check our local markets or the organic section in your supermarket.
3. Double check certificates:
Some products may claim to be "organic" but watch out for certification marks from the likes of the Irish Organic Association (IOA). The purpose of the IOA Symbol is to show that the product has been approved by IOA and fulfils the Organic Food and Farming Standards in Ireland.
4. Switch your beauty products:
Shake up your skincare and beauty routine with organic products. Usually, these are vegan and cruelty free too, it's a win-win! Check out our skincare range here.
Always remember a small step can make a huge difference.