Ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November, Organic September 2021 was a month-long initiative aiming to raise awareness and teach people about the benefits of organic living.
The campaign is centred around organic farming and food production, and the key principles of organic agriculture which are: health, ecology, care, and fairness.
The aim is to provide information about the practices involved in organic farming, and the benefits it provides to consumers, animals, and ecosystems.
One of the reasons why Organic September is so great is because it provides realistic, practical tips on how you can get involved and start actively making a difference.
We’ve picked out some of our favourite super-simple tips and ideas from Organic September that you can slot into your daily life.
Look Out for the Soil Association Symbol on Beauty and Wellbeing Products
The beauty and cosmetics world is one that you might not have realised has organic options. The easiest way to pick out organic brands and products is to look for the Soil Association logo.
Certification from the Soil Association assures you that the product contains: no GM (genetically modified) ingredients, no parabens, no synthetic colours or fragrance, no nanoparticles, sustainable palm oil ingredients, recycled packaging where possible, and that no animal testing has taken place during the production process.
Learn the Difference Between Organic, Free-Range, and Battery Hens
Understanding the difference between organic, free-range, and battery hens is helpful when it comes to making more ethical choices. The five key differences are the size of the flock, the amount of space they have, the way they’re treated, what they’re fed, and the use of antibiotics.
Organic chickens are kept in smaller flocks. Flocks adhering to Soil Association organic standards can have a maximum of 2,000 hens.
Smaller flocks mean better access to outdoor space, which organic hens must have continuously during the daytime. Organic hens are fed a GM-free diet, and there is no routine use of antibiotics - only if the animals get ill.
Find Your Nearest Zero-Waste Shop
Finding a zero-waste shop can be a huge help on your way to increasing your consumption of organic products. Many zero-waste stores provide refill services for foods such as dried fruits, nuts, and pulses, along with organic beauty products such as reusable cotton pads.
Keep Track of Which Fruit and Veg are in Season
Eating with the seasons is not only a great way to feel more in sync with the environment, but it also reduces the food miles of your meals - this means your food hasn’t had to travel as far to reach your plate. For example, some foods in season during September are: Bramley apples, tomatoes, aubergines, beetroot, and carrots.
"The benefits of maintaining an organic and sustainable lifestyle are to conserve natural resources and curb climate change. Our use of natural resources has more than tripled since 1970 and continues to grow year on year. However, if we reuse and recycle, we help slow down the consumption of these resources. Sustainable fashion reduces your carbon footprint as these materials require significantly less energy in the production phase. Our brands use materials from natural or recycled fabrics that require little to no chemical treatment and no fertilisers or pesticides when growing. One of the major elements in sustainable fashion is that it supports fairer and safer working conditions. So, sustainable fashion is healthier for people AND the planet!" - Charmaine French, Organic Expert from Tilly & Jasper.
Switch to Organic Tea & Coffee
In Britain, we drink approximately 100 million cups of tea and 70 million cups of coffee per day. Therefore, switching to organic tea and coffee is one of the easiest and most effective changes you can make to your day-to-day life. Many supermarkets stock organic and Fairtrade tea and coffee, some even offering their own versions, such as Waitrose and Sainsburys.
Look for Organic Approval Marks and Certifications
Tilly & Jasper are certified by the Soil Association, the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), and have a Fairtrade mark. Looking out for these symbols and certifications is an easy way to start recognising companies and products that are choosing to support wildlife, animals, the environment, and people.
For more information about sustainability, organic products and ideas, be sure to take a look at our blog. Whilst you’re there, why not take a look at our amazing online range too? We have organic kids clothes, eco-friendly toys, Fairtrade snacks, and so much more.