10 years ago the word organic was reserved to the vocab of the new age hippies but these days more and more people are making the switch to natural and organic products. Organic produce is readily available in supermarkets and brands specialising in organic are on the rise. But is switching to organics right for your family? Sara Keli shares three questions you need to ask yourself when thinking of making the switch.

Do you know enough about natural/organic products?

Just because you read something on the internet doesn’t mean it is true. And likewise, if a friend is telling you about the benefits of switching to natural or organic products, you should always do your own research to check the validity of claims made. Through online toxin-free store, Biome, I was introduced to the term “Greenwashing”, that is where claims made about “natural products” are misleading or glossed over. If you are switching to natural/organic then be sure you know what you are buying and that you are actually getting what you pay for.

Can you afford it?

Organic products can often cost more, so if buying them for your family is going to send you broke then perhaps you need to reconsider. But if after doing your own research, you decide that there are great benefits in switching to organic for a particular product then you can make a single switch without needing to clear out the whole house to go 100% natural! It doesn’t have to be an all in approach so weigh up the cost vs. the benefit and make a decision from there.

Why are you making the switch?

There is a wealth of information out there these days about organic/natural living. You know your family and your needs and are the best person to make decisions for that. Listen to what others share but don’t feel pressured to make your decisions based on what they are doing. At the end of the day you are doing the best for your family – don’t feel guilty about that. Whether you go all organic, just a few products or stick with what it is that you already use, you should never feel that there is anything wrong with the choices you make.

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