Tips to going Organic

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17 Tips to Go Organic. Tips include Reducing usage of Processed foods, using natural sweeteners, buying eco friendly Cosmetics, using Organic Mattress, avoiding plastic containers and cutlery, using powder detergents,using drip irrigation for plants  etc.

  1. Reduce or stop your consumption of processed foods and use more fresh food.
    • Helps the environment by reducing energy consumption – As processed foods have either been partially or fully cooked which utilizes energy and we reheat it again using even more energy.
    • Good for you – Most processed foods have some hydrogenated oils and other un-healthy additives which we would not otherwise consume.
  2. Use more natural sweeteners – Buy local honey and try using it. It will help support local farmers and the environment. On the health side Honey might also help improve one’s immune system.
  3. Buy organic eco friendly Cosmetics
    • Organic makeup is only part of it; consider its packaging too. Some of the containers are designed to bio-degrade.  An e.g. is Cargo’s Plantlove lipstick – A lipstick tube made entirely out of corn – a renewable and abundant resource. This environmentally-friendly innovation also emits less greenhouse gases, which many scientists believe to be the major cause of global warming. The outer carton is made of flower paper embedded with real flower seeds. Simply moisten, plant, and wait for a bouquet of wild flowers to grow!
    • Organic makeup is good for your skin as there is no harmful substance in there that can cause any side effects as such.
    • Also try natural face packs and beauty treatments.
    • Certified Organic products are grown and processed without the use of synthetic chemicals, fertilizers, or GMO’s (genetically modified organism). It is an innovative method of farming and production and is increasingly being recognized as being on the leading edge of food and fiber technology into the future.
  4. Buying organic mattresses – When you buy a mattress as per the US law it has to be flame retardant, for that purpose it is coated with flame retardant chemicals which we breathe in while asleep. The Organic option is a woolen mattress – Wool is naturally flame retardant and it is stuffed with natural latex to make mattresses. Latex is sustainably manufactured hence wool mattresses would be a better choice for the environment and you.
  5. Organic Diapers.
  6. Try to avoid plastic containers and cutlery as much as possible. – Anything made with plastic starts as oil and never degrades.
  7. Never use plastic in microwaves. – FDA says heating plastic releases some chemicals (well within safety margins), but why ingest chemicals which can totally be avoided?
  8. Use powder detergents – Liquid detergents use water 70-80% of it is water, which is a precious commodity and also requires non-biodegradable packaging to get it to customers.
  9. Avoid non-stick pans – Non-stick pans when heated release toxic emissions which have been found to be harmful to birds, use iron or stainless steel instead.
  10. Use low-flow fixtures – Low flow fixtures reduce water consumption (Ultra low flow toilets use around 1.6 gallons of water where as standard toilets use up to 6 gallons and more).
  11. When buying pet litter consider buying pine, wheat, or corn based litter instead of clay based litter which contains carcinogenic crystalline silica which is obtained by open pit mining. Bio-degradable litter can be recycled in your garden as manure without harming the environment.
  12. Packing peanuts – Buy biodegradable packing peanuts when packing stuff for moving, this is cornstarch based and dissolves in water. Old clothing and paper are also inexpensive and biodegradable packing supplies.
  13. Use drip irrigation to water plants – Drip irrigation helps reduce water consumption by taking away the evaporation associated with sprinklers.
  14. Composting – As per the EPA about 24% of waste in all landfills is yard debris and food waste. An indoor composter like Naturemill and will provide free manure every 2 weeks.
  15. Switching off your PC when not in use – Just putting your computer in sleep mode when not in use (like at night or even when you take a lunch break) will save 25% power of what is consumed if it was left on. (Free PC software at www.co2saver.snap.com will put your PC to sleep when not in use and will also tell you how much energy was saved.) Turning off a PC also extends longevity of the system as the heat when it runs is what speeds up its disintegration.
  16. Lawn – Planting no- mow grass helps in reducing the number of times you have to mow your lawn considerably. One example is the non-genetically modified Supine bent which needs mowing only once a month.
  17. Lawn mower – Using a green lawn mower is healthier for the environment and for you. An e.g. is Neuton Power , The Neuton Mower gives you the powerful performance of a gas mower with convenience of battery technology. There is no gas or oil to spill and no engine emissions to pollute the air.

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