Organic September. What does Organic mean?

Organic September. What does Organic mean?

The organic lifestyle is becoming more popular and affordable for many. We are celebrating the organic life style all throughout the September with many organic products deals and voucher codes available.

What does ‘organic' mean?

The Department for Agriculture and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) states that: ‘Organic food is the product of a farming system which avoids the use of man-made fertilisers, pesticides; growth regulators and livestock feed additives. Irradiation and the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or products produced from or by GMOs are generally prohibited by organic legislation. Organic agriculture is a systems approach to production that is working towards environmentally, socially and economically sustainable production. Instead, the agricultural systems rely on crop rotation, animal and plant manures, some hand weeding and biological pest control’.

In other words, organic products are produced using a natural, sustainable, and environmentally friendly approach - as nature intended.

What is Organic Food?

Organic Food production means higher levels of animal welfare, lower levels of pesticides, no manufactured herbicides or artificial fertilisers, and more environmentally sustainable management of the land and natural environment, which means more wildlife.

With the current climate crisis, producing organic food is more important then ever. Organic production helps to reduce the human impact on natural habitats and wildlife as well as create quality products that are good for our health and wellbeing. Have you ever compared organic grass-fed beef flavour to standard beef, or organic chicken to the typical nonorganic one? You will spot the difference in an instant. To me, the taste reminds me of my childhood and my grandparents small holding that they would get a lot of their produce from. Great and proper taste – that’s what I call it.

If you are not vegan or vegetarian, but still care about animal welfare, choose organic meat as much as possible. Its where the quality is definitely a priority over quantity. Plus, the rich flavour will easily compensate for the smaller portion if you want to keep within the budget.

Organic vegetables taste way better too. I noticed this the most in cucumbers for some reason. An organic cucumber always has that classic “cucumber flavour” that makes your cucumber sandwich that extra little bit special. I grow lots of organic fruits and vegetables myself. Of course, when you grow your own you don’t have to certify your own produce, but you can easily keep to the best practices and use organic fertilizers and pest control. Most garden centres and mail order plant suppliers offer a wide range of organic seeds, fertilisers and plant protection to help you grow your own, and keep it organic. I often get my organic seeds from Thompson & Morgan. Don’t forget about the organic compost too. I usually get mine from the nearest farm supplies shop. They always offer home delivery too.

I recommend you check out the latest organic food voucher codes from some my favourite retailers: Planet Prganic voucher codes, Abel & Cole voucher codes, Donald Russel voucher codes, and Waitrose voucher codes

What is Organic Clothing?

Organic clothing is clothing made from materials raised in, or grown in, compliance with organic agricultural standards. Organic clothing may be composed of Cotton, Bamboo, Jute, Silk, Ramie, or Wool fibres as well as using natural colouring and eco-friendly production cycle. A more general term is organic textiles, which includes both apparel and home textiles. The technical requirements in terms of certification and origin generally remain same for organic clothing and organic textiles.

Organic cotton is kind to the skin and is highly recommended for babies and people with sensitive skin or some skin conditions. Bamboo is the latest popular alternative to cotton, that is more sustainable and uses less water to produce textiles and clothing.

Toby Tiger offers colourful organic clothing and toys for babies and children.

Is the Organic Lifestyle expensive?

Living in harmony with nature does not have to be expensive. Luckily, many supermarkets now offer organic fruits, vegetables and other organic food at very affordable prices and often very much comparable to its nonorganic alternatives. Growing your own fruit and vegetables is an amazing and cost-effective alternative to buying them from the shop. Organic gardening keeps your body and mind healthy, and helps nature around us.

Organic clothing is also becoming more and more affordable. Most major brands now offer organic fashion, and you definitely can save some pennies buy shopping with a smaller, niche brands that specialise in organic and sustainable clothing. The Earth Wardrobe will get your organic cotton basics sorted on a budget. 

Organic skincare is definitely one of the “must try’s”. Give this extra love to your skin with organic skincare products, that are often very affordable if you keep an eye on the latest organic skincare voucher codes and deals.

Organic home décor and accessories are increasingly popularity too. Use of natural materials in your home is not only on trend, but also better for your physical and mental health. Organic bedding and towels feel more snuggly. Stone or wooden floors also always look good and lasts forever.

Even if some organic products may look more expensive at first glance, always remember that they usually last much longer and are much more sustainable. It’s amazing how ‘quality over quantity’ approach can also give you great savings over time.

Don’t forget to check our organic products offers and stay in harmony with nature without breaking the bank.

Tanya Larsen

Tanya Larsen, mother of 3, keen gardener, world traveller and a business owner

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