Why Buy Organic Products?
Perhaps the better question is, why not buy organic products? Here are 8 reasons to convince you.
1. Saves Money
When deciding on an item to buy, it is often tempting to go with the one that has a cheaper price tag. This seems to make sense at the time of purchase, but what about for the longer term?
If you can get past the instant gratification of buying a cheap product, think about how long it will last. Over time, you will end up buying more and more cheap items until you’ve spent more money than what it would have cost to buy an ethically produced and durable product from the beginning.
This is where buying for life truly shines. If you’re able and willing to make the upfront investment, buying products that last will help save you money in the long run.
2. Better for the Environment
The cosmetic, fashion and household cleaning industries all take a heavy toll on the planet.
From the large amounts of pesticides used to grow cotton, to the thousands of chemicals used in cosmetics and cleaning products, a heavy burden has been placed on our waterways and wildlife.
Using products that contain ingredients that are sustainably sourced makes good sense.
3. Better for Your Health
Many of us work hard to stay healthy through regular exercise and limiting foods that we know aren’t healthy for us.
But what about the fact that at least some of the chemicals we douse ourselves with every day are known irritants, allergens and can even cause cancer?
Scientists are learning more every day about the long term effects that these chemicals are having on us.
Until the truth gets sorted out, it makes sense to limit our exposure to chemicals just as we do with food that we know isn’t good for us.
4. Better for Your Kids
With the arrival of children, many parents start to think about what they are bringing into their homes – from everyday cleaning products to the lotions, powders and soaps used to care for their baby’s skin.
By using safer products, the risk of chemical burn to the skin or eyes is eliminated and the air quality in your home is improved.
Using natural products means there will be no strong chemical odors, just the scent of natural essential oils.
Natural products also lower the risk of respiratory problems such as asthma and lowers the risk of skin conditions or irritation, including eczema.
5. Better for Your Pets
Don’t forget that your pets are also affected by all of the chemicals in your home. For instance, it may look cute to see your pet licking up food scraps from the kitchen floor, but he is also ingesting your floor cleaner as well.
And pet products don’t have the same stringent requirements for safety that human products do. A great example is flea collars – they are known to cause neurological disorders in dogs and kidney failure in cats.
Don’t assume that the manufacturer of your pet products feels the same way about the safety of your pets as you do.
6. Feel Good About Your Purchase
According to Business Insider, a study by Ogilvy Earth found that 80% of American shoppers want to make more sustainable choices, but only 20% actually follow through. So go for it, and spread the word. We have the tools to move towards a more sustainable, less wasteful lifestyle; don’t be scared to evangelize and change your community’s lives alongside your own.
7. Creates a Demand
The fashion industry has often told us, the customers, what we should and shouldn’t be wearing. However, the tide is beginning to turn as more and more manufacturers are opting for eco-friendly ingredients and materials.
This is due to the fact that more people are demanding responsible alternatives that are high quality and durable.
The bottom line? The more people buy, the more manufacturers will respond to the demand.
8. Supports Socially Responsible Companies
There are companies who are passionate about creating the best quality products in the most ethical manner. There are also companies who are mostly concerned about profit and making a quick sale. At which company would you most want to spend your hard earned dollars?
There really is no good alternative to going organic. It is ironic that the very things we are using to restore the appearance of youth are damaging to our health and our environment. You would never think twice about eating food that contains cancer causing agents, so why allow so many of them into your house?
At a minimum, it is wise to start reading the ingredient labels of the products you buy. If there are ingredients listed that you can’t pronounce, you may want to think twice about buying that product.