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Organic September 2022

August 31, 2022

Organic September 2022

 

Organic September begins tomorrow and we're excited for Organic Beauty & Wellbeing Week (12th-18th) where the Soil Association is focusing on Listening to Nature- focusing on innovation, the climate crisis, and how greenwashing has become a widespread issue in the beauty industry. So let's talk about why choosing organic is better for you and the planet. When looking to transition into an organic lifestyle, whether you focus on your diet or even your beauty regime it’s important to understand what ‘organic’ truly means. 

The Department for Agriculture and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) defines the term organic as an;

“agricultural systematic approach to production, working towards environmentally, socially and an economically sustainable production”. 

 Organic farms avoid the use of man-made fertilisers, pesticides, growth regulators and livestock feed additives. 

 Nature would choose organic

(Image source: Soil Association)

 

What are the health benefits to an organic lifestyle?

There are undoubtedly many benefits to maintaining an organic lifestyle, some of these benefits stem from ethical and economical reasons to make the change, however, the main benefit to an organic lifestyle has to be the reduction in our chemical intake. This intake can be digested through food and even our skin. 

Here are our top 5 health benefits: 

  • Chemical and pesticide free 
  • Doesn’t harm the environment 
  • Approved by specialists 
  • Deters future illnesses 
  • Improves mental and physical health 

There are tens of hundreds of chemicals and pesticides we find in our everyday products that we should actively avoid, one being Sodium Lauryl Sulphate. Sodium Lauryl Sulphate often found in shampoos, tooth pastes and body lotions are thought to be extremely harmful and can cause kidney damage, liver abnormalities and dermatitis. 

Other harmful ingredients include:

  • Parabens
  • Synthetic Colours 
  • Phthalates
  • Triclosan
  • Sodium laurel sulfate (SLS)
  • Formaldehyde
  • Toluene
  • Propylene glycol

 

What it means for our planet

“Making one small swap to your self-care routine is the first step to making a world of difference…small changes to your lifestyle can contribute to a system combating our climate emergency and biodiversity loss – starting with what’s in your wash bag”.  -Soil Association

Organic farming works with nature, not against it to support our soil, wildlife and ultimately our planet. By protecting vulnerable species and maintaining habitats we keep the earth in balance. 

By choosing certified organic you are- 

  • Helping to combat climate chance
  • Supporting wildlife & biodiversity
  • Supporting animal welfare
  • Reducing your eco footprint 

 

How do you become organic & how to avoid 'greenwashing'?

Organic food must be certified by law, but unfortunately there are no legal standards in place to protect legitimate organic products in the beauty industry. There are many companies that fraudulently claim their products are natural and organic. Often found laced with chemicals, this is often a misleading marketing ploy encouraging you to buy their products under false pretences. 

Whilst there is no legal aid to help combat fraudulent companies, The Soil Association endeavours to promote the understanding of certified organic products through certified symbols on products. If you see the label you can be certain that the product is cruelty free, sustainably soured and traceable. 

Look out for this symbol on your organic products:

 

 

 

Lulu & Boo Organics 
We pride ourselves on selling natural, organic products and are proud to say we are Soil Association Certified making us a brand you can trust. Our website offers an extensive list of ingredients used in each product to ensure you, our customer, that there are no nasty ingredients or preservatives. 
 
 Shop now: www.luluandboo.com
 




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