3 ways shopping organic makes you better

orgnic-produce From produce to skincare, cereal and wine - you can find something organic down every aisle. It's about time! Food documentaries, juice shops, and superfood marketing are bringing the "organic is better" message to the masses. Organic Trade Association reported in 2014 that sales of organic food and non-food products in the United States totaled $39.1 billion, up 11.3 percent from the previous year. The continuous year-over-year growth in organics is proof that what started as a trendy buzzword is now a lifestyle practice that is here to stay. Shopping organic makes a difference on the planet by reducing toxins in the air, land and water. The organic difference starts in the soil and continues on to help improve your body's health. It seems obvious that going organic is better for the planet and you.

Here are 3 unique reasons why going organic improves the world:

  1. Become more mindful. When you make the decision to buy organic, you start paying attention to details. That means for as much time as spend looking for the “organic” label, you are also noticing how much is not organic. With this awareness, you become a more mindful shopper with what you buy and where you buy it.
  2. Improve local economy. Often times you will find less expensive organic produce when you shop at your local farmer’s market. That’s because the food doesn’t have to travel as far to get to you. Shop local to improve your community’s economic growth.
  3. Help your friend. When you make a healthy change in your life - like eating, using, or wearing organic products – your health improves and so does your mood. That's because when we do something we feel good about, our brains release feel-good hormones that elevate our mood. Your friends will take notice. Share your experience with them -- how did going organic improve your life and offer tips on how they can implement the change too.

3 simple ways to go organic now (what to buy first):

  1. Buy organic fruits and veggies on the dirty dozen list. Here’s your produce guide.
  2. Buy organic apparel pieces you wear most, like organic cotton socks and organic bamboo tees.
  3. Choose an organic, all-natural, all-purpose cleaner for your home. You can use it everywhere without feeling overwhelmed by chemicals.
What once was hard to buy is now easy to spot. Shop organic and make an impact in the environment and on your health.