Having suffered from mercury poisoning because of my dental amalgams I now have a keen interest in non-toxic skincare, and as far as possible I use organic products.
One thing I am often asked is what is the difference between “non-toxic” and “organic”.
The dictionary definition of “toxic” is poisonous so “non-toxic” simply means a product is not poisonous. However, the dictionary definition for “organic” can be defined in two distinct ways.
It should mean grown and cultivated without the use of chemicals but some manufacturers are deceitful because they adopt the chemical definition.
The chemistry definition of organic means a compound containing a carbon atom. Since carbon is found in anything that has ever lived, methylparabens which comes from petrol chemicals and crude oil can legally be described as an ‘organic preservative’.
It is used in many body creams, washes, lotions, anti-perspirants and deodorants, and one study has linked it to breast cancer.
The only way customers can be assured that they are purchasing real Organicproducts, produced without the use of synthetic chemicals, toxins, and GMO’s is to purchase products, which have been organically certified with a leading independent certifying body. These are a third party quarantee of quality.
Certified Organic products are grown and processed without the use of synthetic chemicals, fertilisers, or GMO’s. It is an innovative method of farming and production and is increasingly being recognised as being on the leading edge of food and fibre technology into the future.
Organics is not just chemical free by testing. Itis about the way the product ingredients have been grown, prepared, processed and packaged.
Five Benefits of Choosing Certified Organic
1. Good for the soil
Organic systems rely on a modern and scientific understanding of ecology and soil science, while also depending on traditional methods of crop rotations to ensure fertility and weed and pest control.
2. Good for the environment
Organic systems aim to reduce dependence on non-renewable resources. Organic production aims at all times towards sustainability whilst having best management of the environment and wildlife as a priority.
3. Good for people
Organic based ingredients have been shown in a number of studies to contain more vitamins, nutrients and cancer-fighting antioxidants than non-organic ingredients.
4. No synthetic chemicals
Organic systems prohibit the use of artificial chemicals, pesticides and fertilisers.
5. No GMO’s
Certified Organic products are produced without GMOs, which are prohibited in the standards for organic food and farming.