We need to consider the huge volumes of materials we consume in support of our lifestyles. Harsh materials such as bricks, cement, iron, fossil fuels, chemicals and pesticides pollute our air, soil and water supply - killing wildlife and poisoning the food chain. About 25 tons of pollutants are generated per American per year. Use of pesticides is detrimental not only to the people working with them, but also to people living in the area, as pesticide run off contaminates nearby water supplies and soil. Many toxins escape into nature from wastewater treatment plants and septic systems that are not designed to handle many of the chemicals used in products today. Consider the problem with personal care products that wash down the drain and potentially settle in rivers and streams. Why use organic products? The answer is there is no easy way to rid our environment of the toxicity caused by the processing of nonorganic products.
“The earth we abuse and the living things we kill will, in the end, take their revenge; for in exploiting their presence we are diminishing our future.” Marya Mannes (1904–1990)
Grown with natural rather than synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, consuming less energy and less fuel, emitting less toxic gases - organic products actually have a lower carbon footprint. Eco-friendly processing does not compromise workers' health, helps reduce water and electric use and reduces toxic runoff. Strict testing ensures the absence of contaminants like nickel, lead, formaldehyde, amines, pesticides and heavy metals. Organic and natural clothing, products and accessories are made using organic raw materials, such as cotton grown without pesticides and hemp that requires zero pesticides, replenishes the topsoil and yields a protein source for man. Organic products do not involve the use of harmful chemicals and bleaches to color fabrics—and are made by people earning fair wages in healthy working conditions. When looking for products that reduce wear and tear on the earth also consider natural and organic wool, bamboo, silk, sea cell, soya and sasawashi. Many people wonder why wearing organic clothing and using organic products should be a concern since no one is going to ingest it. However, what people wear and use does impact the environment.
Use of organic products takes into account the environment, the health of consumers and the working conditions of people. Manufacturers adhering to organic practices are eliminating toxins from being introduced into the environment improving air quality, not contaminating our water and soil and providing better quality products for our bodies and our health.