You’re standing in the supermarket aisle; you’ve made a shopping list that Jamie Oliver would be proud of and you’re ready to kick off your healthy eating plan. But as you reach for the organic item you notice one next to it looks the same and as it’s mass-produced its almost it’s half the cost. Combine this with the ever-changing fashion landscape, where trends and brands readily promote ‘fast fashion’ items that are produced unethically and therefore sold cheaply. All this creates the classic cash versus quality battle in your mind, and in the current climate, this is a dilemma that seems to challenge most of us on a weekly basis. Do we want to opt for a cheaper clothing item for our Friday night out, knowing full well it’s not been ethically produced? Do we purchase that cheaper cut of meat for the meal with the in-laws, even though it’s not been organically produced?
It’s safe to say our shopping habits and the way we engage with brands has changed, consumers are not only concerned with price but also where the products are sourced, and how ethical the company is that produced the products. Big-name brands like Adidas are making trainers from recycled plastic and Iceland and Sainsbury’s are committed to reducing the amount of plastic packaging they use.
Even though brands and consumers are making big changes, we’re not going to pretend that opting for an organic choice isn't typically more expensive, in fact, they estimate that food produced organically can cost as much as 10- 30% more than mass-produced food and organic cotton is normally 20-30% pricier than just regular cotton.
We know that in an ideal world, organic items wouldn't come with such a premium price tag, in fact, it would be less expensive than standard items. But why are they more we hear you ask? Well, the simple answer is they care more so it costs more. Things like the protection and avoidance of pollution and chemicals take more time to manage, it takes more hard work and therefore more time and people. Another argument is the demand, as organic food isn’t as in-demand the items aren’t produced in enough amounts to reduce the overall costs, but as more people move towards an organic lifestyle this could change!
Don’t panic just yet though, as organic advocates ourselves we’re here to help, so with that in mind here are our top tips on how to eat and buy organic on a budget:
If you can’t beat them join them
If the big supermarkets are too expensive why not look up some smaller independent shops in your area. With just with a bit of googling you can find out where your nearest smaller organic stores are, as well as saving some pennies, you’ll also be helping local businesses opposed to bigger corporate chains.
Or go one further than that and grow your own organic food at home for free!If you’re in a flat, you could grow items on your windowsill or only have a small house why not transform a small area of your garden into a vegetable patch? If you’ve never done this before our top tip is to start with something small like herbs, as these can be expensive to buy with a very short shelf life, but it is really easy to grow at home. Once you’ve mastered this you can move onto the other items!
Plan first, shop later
Another great tip is to plan before you go shopping, as the likely hood of walking into your local high street clothing store and finding something organic that you actually like may be slim. But with a little research in advance, you can plan where to purchase from. Another great thing is you can shop organic without even leaving the comfort of your own home, as many organic clothing stores are now online. And, of course, if you’re looking for organic babywear then here at Isaac Anthony, we have an incredible range of adorable items all made from organic cotton and all certified by the Global Organic Textile Standards.
Keep it clean
We know that doing a full food shop completely organic might not always be achievable. So why not just focus on the parts that matter? Did you know that every year there are two lists produced one titled ‘the clean fifteen’, made up of the least chemical and pesticide-ridden food items, so basically, the items that you are better to buy conventionally as they have less chemical risks? The second list is ‘the dirty dozen’, which is quite the opposite of the clean fifteen, this list displays items with the highest amount of pesticides in, so these are the ones you should prioritise buying organically.
In it for the long haul
Now we’ve all heard the saying ‘quality over quantity’ and this has never been truer than when it comes to shopping for organic clothing. An easy way to choose an item is based on the fabric, synthetic fabrics like nylon, acrylic, etc. are most likely to fall under the quantity category, as they are mass-produced and often blended with some types of plastic. Instead check the labels for items made from natural fibers like cotton, wool, silk, and linen, these materials are also more durable with organic cotton lasting up to five times longer than standard cotton. But there's no need to check our tags as organic material is the only material we use here at Isaac Anthony!
Isaac Anthony was founded by Natalie Shore, an organic and ethical produce advocate. The way clothing and organic products are produced is something that’s always been extremely important to her. Therefore when she decided to embark on building her own business she made sure that it adhered to all her ethics.
As a result of this, every single item of clothing from Isaac Anthony is made from organic fabrics, and all the materials are sourced from ethical suppliers that have been certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard. This means when you shop with Isaac Anthony, you're not only getting beautifully made organic clothing for your child, but you're also supporting the fair-trade industry and helping to protect the environment.