Your choices matter, you matter, the health of your skin matters, so by choosing Certified Organic or Biodynamic skincare goes far beyond just your skin. Whether you realise it or not, you are now part of the movement to make positive changes in the world, your future self will thank you, as will our future generations.
Organic and Biodynamic farming, what does that really mean?
Organic and biodynamic are very similar; both are grown without chemicals and GMOs. However, biodynamic goes one step further. It is a holistic practice where all things are considered living interrelated systems – animals, plants and the solar system.
Biodynamic agriculture also incorporates astrological influences. Rudolf Steiner, the founder of biodynamics, believed that much like the moon affects the tides, so does it affect the growing phases of planting and harvesting. Complex stellar calendars chart the influences of the moon and other planets for gardeners and farmers to follow.
Because organic products use naturally grown ingredients that are free from health harming pesticides and fertilisers, they don’t leave a harmful footprint on the planet, particularly the soil, water, and air.
Organic farming is also better for wildlife, causes lower pollution from pesticide and fertiliser sprays, and produces less carbon dioxide and less dangerous wastes.
By using organic skin care products, you’re helping to minimise your environmental impact and support the sustainability of our environment. Plants grown both organically and biodynamically are found to contain a higher levels of vital antioxidant vitamins than non-organic plants. Because they are grown without herbicides and pesticides, their organic ingredients are also free from that contamination, which means the same for your skin and body.
Preserving the environment
Supporting // Organic farming, when you choose to purchase a Certified Organic Skincare product you are directly supporting organic farmers. If you want more organic options, at more reasonable prices, vote for it with your purchasing power.
Saying NO to GMOs // Genetic modification is not legally permitted in organic farming procedures.
Fair trade wages // Supporting fair trade protects workers to be sure their wages are sufficient to meet their basic needs. The fair trade certification is closely regulated and it also protects farmers, as crops cannot
be sold below a predetermined cost, keeping large farms from driving small farms out of business. Fair trade products must be sourced ethically, which means no GMO items can be certified as fair trade.
Reduced carbon footprint // Organic farming methods use less pesticides and potentially damaging chemicals which can be harmful to your health and that of the environment, along with less fossil fuels, it has less of an environmental impact than conventional farming methods.
Our Guiding Principals to ‘Slow Beauty’
How can the entire process for creating Human & Kind Organics Products leave the world in a better place?
- Ingredients // Incorporating only sustainable, plant based, certified organic and or Biodynamic, eco-cert and Cosmos approved, ingredients into our formulations.
- Bottles // No plastic policy choosing to house our precious ingredients in Miron Glass bottles (fully recyclable and made from sustainable ingredients.)
- Packaging // All fully recyclable and or biodegradable, printed with plant inks.
- Supporting Others // Select, rare, botanical oils are sourced directly from cooperatives in remote regions around the world. These cooperatives support the local communities by providing fair trade options or employment – ensuring faming methods used are (organic / biodynamic) and sustainable.
By choosing to incorporate more sustainable living principles into your every day life you too, can make a big difference, here’s how:
Sustainable living is based on four main pillars:
- Minimising waste
- limiting the use of Earth’s natural resources
- wise use of the environment
- Ensuring quality working/living environments.
9 Small changes you can make – starting now
- Stopping the use of plastics // Plastics are a growing problem in our environments taking billions of years to decompose, containing hazardous chemicals which are associated with the deaths of thousands of marine mammals, sea turtles, seals and seabirds, due to ingesting the plastic or having been trapped in them.
- Reducing household energy use // Turning off lights and appliances when not in use, installing energy-efficient appliances, hang clothes to dry instead of using the dryer, use a programmable thermostat that regulates the indoor temperature along with replacing incandescent light bulbs with led bulbs. The installation and use of solar or wind power is another practical way of reducing energy costs, and is now becoming accessible to more people, with costs often being supplemented by governments.
- Grow your own food // Plant a few plants and vegetables where every you can find room – along the driveway, in your front garden or in a window box. Grown herbs in pots inside when possible – now thats what I call fast food!
- Conserve water // Limiting water in the house by installing water-efficient toilets, using water-efficient washing machines and dishwashers, and the use of water-saving shower heads can significantly reduce water usage. In your garden, plants that are drought tolerant are the best requiring less watering. Rainwater tanks are a wonderful addition to your home and your garden.
- Up-cycling // Reusing plastic packaging, bottles and cups for other purposes. The same applies to common products you may have at home, think mugs, magazines, shoes and clothes. Instead of throwing stuff away, resale or donate to give them an extended lifespan.
- Cooking your own food and eating locally // Cooking food yourself will ensure you know what you are consuming, being healthy by limiting processed foods, and at the same time cutting back on your spending. If you do dine out, chose to eat locally, by supporting a small business you are also lessening the use of a car cutting down your carbon footprint.
- Recycle // Local recycling schemes provide an opportunity of sustainable living, by having glass or plastic products along with any obsolete electronics such as TVs, laptops, refrigerators, washing machines, batteries, and mobile phones ect collected by appropriate recycling companies, or by taking them to local recycling centres.
- Green transport // Carpooling, using public transport or the rail system, cycling, and walking are some of the most efficient and sustainable practices. Helping to reducing fossil fuel emissions.
- Downsize your house // Choosing to live in small home encourages less clutter reduces the cost of living, your utility bills will be smaller just like your house! required. Small homes are resource efficient and reduce material wastage therefore can contribute towards saving the planet’s resources for our future generations.
CONCLUSION: Personally I have made a few changes in addition to working on the 9 ideas above –
- I have switched to solid shampoo and conditioning bars.
- Solid soap bars.
- Facial Cleansing balms and oils.
- Water free face masks ie powder based that you can mix with your chosen liquid at home (to activate the mask).
- Use hemp face washers and make up removing pads – Hemp is sustainable, biodegradable and re-useable.
- I only create (the luxury of being a formulator!) or purchase a new personal care item when I have finished with my current product.
- These small steps lessen my water usage and my exposure to preservatives – as waterless formulations do not need to be preserved, lessening my exposure to preservatives and helping me live a more healthy and sustainable life. Note: I fully support the use of preservatives for water based formulas read my Blog “Why Use Preservatives In Cosmetics?” for a more detailed explanation.
Let’s keep the conversation going, let me know what you are doing, have you any great ideas or tips to share – this helps us make more informed choices, so please leave a comment below!
Until next time..
be human, be kind, be you.
- Australian Certified Organic