There are currently around 80,000 chemicals in commercial use in the world – scary, huh?
Thankfully not all of them are toxic to us and the environment, but many are. They can be found in our food, toiletries, clothes, homes, gardens and even in the air we breathe. Chemicals not only introduce new toxins to our bodies, but they also interfere with the body’s natural ability to fight toxins.
Natural living involves making small, positive changes to eliminate – or at least minimise – chemicals from all aspects of our lives. It requires working with nature to create a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable future for ourselves and for our planet. It also means choosing organic products over non-organic or synthetic ones.
So what exactly does organic mean? It means that the product is made or grown from natural matter and has not been produced by adding chemicals or synthetic substances to it. Organic products tend not to be tested on animals as this is generally against the principles of those businesses, even though no harm would come to the animals because of the gentle, natural ingredients. What’s more, organic businesses generally don’t produce toxic by-products which pollute the planet.
The organic industry has already grown dramatically over recent years, driven largely by our desire to be healthy and to protect the environment. These days, consumers have so much choice and can readily buy into organic options if they choose to. The Natural Network hopes to inspire and encourage you to use your consumer power to continue to drive the industry forward to a more mainstream level.
Below are some brief and general reasons why we should ‘go organic’ in various aspects of our lives.
There is strict legislation regarding organic food in the EU. Those involved in producing, storing, importing or selling organic food must first register with an authorised organic control body – applications and inspections are carried out to ensure that standards are met.¹
Worryingly, there is currently no legislation for organic toiletries and cosmetics. This means that a beauty product could be labelled ‘organic’ or ‘natural’ when, in fact, it could contain synthetic ingredients and only be 1% organic.² This is why it is so important to always read the ingredients and know what you are putting in and on your body.
The Natural Network will never intentionally endorse or sell a product that is not organic. We take time to look at and to understand each ingredient – as should you.
¹ Soil Association www.soilassociation.org/what-we-do/organic-standards
² Soil Association www.soilassociation.org/certification/health-beauty-certification/why-certify-with-us