Editor’s Note from Susan Lutz: I am constantly amazed at the array of organic products becoming available on the market, outside of organic foods. It’s exciting to see that “organic” is losing the label as alternative and instead becoming a normal, preferred way of life. From top to bottom, from pests to pets, we can all go more natural and chemical free. Price can still be an issue with a few items but adding a product here and there can be a way to ease into the system. With some strategic thinking you can choose to spend a little more on the items that really count, when it comes to organic. Here are 5 items you might not think to buy organic, but probably should.
Organic Mattress: It’s said we spend a 1/3 of our life sleeping. Imagine how many particles of inorganic chemicals we’re breathing every night. Where you rest might be a great place to control more of your environment. Wouldn’t you rather snuggle up to organic cotton or wool? An example of an organic mattress can be found at Janice’s. However, there’s no need to stop at the mattress. The entire bed can be an organic haven complete with pillows, sheets, and covers. It’ll make counting sheep so much easier and that much better for you and the planet.
Organic Mosquito Repellent: Bugged out this summer? There’s no question that DEET – the chemical used by many major brands of mosquito repellents – works. But at what price? Mosquitoes are a pesky problem, and the use of harsh, chemical-laden sprays and lotions will eventually take a toll on the liver in the detoxification process. We also must not forget that choosing chemicals also means supporting a system that makes our planet more toxic. Not only do we have to manufacture it, we have to dispose of it. I’ve fought back many mosquito climates and swear the alternatives work. The only difference is to use it often as the natural scent will wear off. A few good examples I like are Bite Blocker or Burt’s Bees Herbal Insect Repellent, which just smells so yummy it’s kind of nice to dab a little on even when there isn’t a mosquito in sight!
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