Organic September…

Can it really be September already??

It’s crazy to think that two thirds of the year have gone so quickly. I like September though, with the new school year starting, I’ve always thought of it as a good time to refresh things or start something new. The Soil Association have also established September as a celebration of everything organic which makes it enjoyable too.

 Organic September

Organic September is about showcasing the amazing organic products that are available, but also about highlighting the NEED for more of us to choose it. I’m sure we all know the plight of the bee – they’ve been making national news over the last few weeks as the dangers of neonicotinoids become even more apparent. It is not just the bees though, it’s the butterflies, the birds – nature in general is having a hard time. Antibiotics are becoming endangered too, with much of it being linked to intensive farming.

I don’t know if choosing organic will save the world but we can certainly give it a go. As mere mortals not much is in our power, but we can choose how and where we spend our money. Even if we’re watching our pennies, we can still make informed choices. Just switching one thing – milk, teabags – anything, can make a difference. If everyone switched their milk, big business would have to listen. It also tastes much better too.

Last year I wrote about why I choose organic and not much as changed. I’m still choosing organic produce as much as I can. My pledge was to switch my haircare to organic – I was using reasonably natural products but was finding it hard to find some really clean ones that worked for me. I tried Less Is More and haven’t looked back – I did actually falter to a cheaper brand but they didn’t compare..

This year I’m going to switch more of my textile products to organic. This is definitely a harder area to switch. Organic cotton is not as readily available and it is more expensive without a doubt. However conventional cotton is the world’s dirtiest crop, it uses 16% of the insecticides in global use. The toxic pesticides and synthetic fertilisers are not only polluting the environment and poisoning wildlife and rivers, they’re killing farmers and their families – an estimated 16,000 people a year. On top of that many farmers have taken their own lives because the stress of the business is too much. It is estimated that 30% of this cotton is genetically modified – a topic too big to even start on here. It’s crazy that something this big is still happening. Regular cotton is so readily available to us and so cheap these days, it’s criminal. But what do we do?? Same thing as switching our beauty – bit by bit and also buy less in general. That old chestnut – one investment piece of clothing is far better than loads of poor quality rubbish. I’m going to start with my towels and take it from there…

What are you going to try this Organic September?