September 8, 2021
IT'S ORGANIC SEPTEMBER
What a year 2020 has been so far! We’ve seen changes bigger and more far reaching than we could ever have imagined. And while we face climate change and widespread deterioration in wildlife, it’s now more important than ever to make small choices that will have a BIG impact on our environment.
‘Did you know that organic farms have around 50% more bees, butterflies and other pollinators?’ – The Soil Association.
There are so many benefits of opting for organic food, beauty products and clothing! By organic we mean:
- There’s fewer pesticides in our food and no artificial fertilisers
- Organically raised animals are not given growth hormones, routine antibiotics or fed animal by-products
- Many beauty products can use skin disrupting chemicals while organic products are perfume free, non-irritating and generally no more expensive
- Organic cotton uses up to 91% less of our precious water
- It’s better for the environment
What exactly is Organic September?
The Soil Association wants to help raise awareness of genuine organic products. Organic September is a month-long campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of organic produce on our health, the planet and also the increased welfare standards that help give animals a better life. We want to join in and create awareness this month.
We also want to encourage your awareness to ‘green washing.’ Where companies can brand things as ‘organic’ without them actually fitting the standards! The organic cotton we use in our clothing is GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified – the strictest certificate for organic textiles. So you know the product you purchase from us is strictly organic at every stage. Check out our previous blog “Getting to know your Clothes” to find out more about the certifications behind our clothing.
Featured: Oakley Navy Organic Cotton Polo Shirt
How can I get involved?
One of the very easiest things you can do is buy food grown locally. This has three incredible benefits:
- You are supporting your local farmer and the money stays in your local economy
- It has travelled the least number of miles and therefore carbon emissions are lower
- It’s fresher so it’s better for you and will taste so much better – we promise
Other ways to get involved:
- Subscribe to a veg box – they are increasingly popular and so convenient. Have nature delivered to your door!
- Visit your local market or even just buy some organic tea and coffee; this is such a small change but imagine the impact if everyone did this.
- Search for clothes made from natural fibres.
We are proud of using organic cotton to make our clothes, because it’s grown without the use of chemicals and it’s processed and dyed without using any toxic substances. Cotton produced this way is more durable and longer lasting, kinder on your skin and it’s so much kinder on the people who produce it.
Head to the Soil associations website for more info on #organicseptember! https://bearpa.ws/3ieIll1
Featured: Aspen Camel Organic Cotton T-Shirt
PAWS FOR THOUGHT:
As we continue to emerge from the economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, governments, organisations and individuals all face a choice about the type of recovery and future we want for ourselves and our children. We believe there is an opportunity to build a better future that respects the natural world, in turn allowing humanity to thrive in a sustainable way. From what we choose to eat to what we decide to wear - the decisions we make on a daily basis have an impact. We have more power as individuals than we sometimes realise.
The power and influence humanity has over the natural world was laid bare by the recent UN report into the bio-diversity crisis which detailed nature’s dangerous decline, illustrated with devastating clarity by Sir David Attenborough in the recent programme Extinction broadcast on the BBC. Put simply, together we must act to protect nature and ultimately ourselves.
A final note from - The Soil Association:
‘This year has brought more changes to our world than anyone could have foreseen. With more of us seeking solutions to help restore nature, health and a safe climate, becoming part of the organic movement this year can help make a world of difference.’