Is opting for "organic" always the way to go? What lies beyond organic? Mother Earth is asking for us to go beyond organic by creating a truly regenerative culture.
Regeneration is what lies beyond organic.
Regenerative agriculture, and a regenerative lifestyle focus on rebuilding and repairing from damage while we create healthier standards to move forward.
To be labeled USDA "organic" a product only needs to contain 95% organic ingredients. That leaves room for ingredients that may be damaging to the earth and to yourself.
So if you choose a regenerative approach, the standards are beyond organic because they focus on a holistic, systems thinking approach to a healthy future. By rebuilding healthy systems from the ground up, we can create a progressive and thriving future.
Here are some straightforward tips for living a life beyond organic.
UNCONVENTIONAL WAYS TO REVERE THE EARTH:
⫸ DON’T eat soy : This monocropped annual plant introduces toxic fertilizers and pesticides to our water system, destroys healthy soil, and causes wide scale deforestation.
⫸ LEARN to ID a new plant in your hometown. Pick up a plant ID book at your local bookshop.
⫸ COOK with perennial plants : You are what you eat. Perennial plants are resilient and regenerate our planet’s health. Recipe inspo here.
⫸JOIN our friends @PlasticTides (our partner non-profit) and SIGN this petition for environmental justice - stop Formosa Plastic from building a mega-polluting plant that will devastate the town of St. James Parish, Louisiana. And that will produce plastic nurdles (pellets) that will be released down the Mississippi and into OUR OCEAN!
⫸ Oil CLEANSE : Opt out of water based products to introduce less toxins to your body and the planet. Oils get the job done, plus have added benefits.
Why waterless skincare is a step beyond organic
A plastic issue:
7.9 billion units of plastic containers were created for the cosmetics industry in the U.S alone, in a single year (according to Euromonitor International).
The very large majority of that cannot, or do not, get recycled properly. (Though we do have manual on how to recycle!)
A toxin issue:
By nature, lotions have water in them. Water is a host for bacteria and molds, so preservatives are used. Generally speaking, many preservatives are toxins that you do not want to build up in your body, nor in the earth.
Lotions also need emulsifiers and other ingredients that help with the texture. These ingredients are often not pure plants, and may be toxins.
So without sacrificing your skin, or the planet - go beyond an organic lotion by choosing waterless skin hydration instead.
Waterless skin hydration comes in the form of pure oils and balms.