If you’re anything like me, you tend to find yourself in knots over the conflicting information out there about shopping green…
I mean, various reports tell me that if I have to buy non-organic fruits and veggies, I should go for non-organic bananas and organic apples because bananas contain fewer pesticides than apples. But anyone who knows anything about banana production knows that buying non-organic bananas is a death sentence for the plantation workers. Besides, Quebec has a booming apple industry and given the facts that the 100 mile diet is the most sustainable and that I’m supposed to support local agriculture, shouldn’t I buy the Quebec apples instead of the organic American ones? And what about the fact that non-organic produce sometimes tastes better but often there is no noticeable difference? Ack! Too many questions.
I know, I know: local, organic, and fair trade is best!
But what about green-washing?
Oy Vey, I’m exhausted already!
And don’t forget make-up:
I buy Lavera, Dr Hauschka, and Weleda skin/cosmetic products. According to SkinDeep these choices, albeit from organic, sustainable companies, are still fairly toxic. This caused me a certain amount of consternation… I mean, was the answer really to go back to back to companies like Neutrogena, with its low toxicity score (Neutrogena doesn’t test its final product on animals but says nothing about base ingredients or paid research by other companies) but is a member of the less that consumer friendly/ethical Johnson and Johnson corporation, which tests on animals and has a bad track record?
Here’s the thing that I’m trying to get at… every choice you make has a counter choice and effect. At the end of the day, the exhausting process of researching your purchases can be overwhelming so we need to find a happy medium.
So while the make-up I buy doesn’t have a perfect score, it uses sustainable business practices and certified organic ingredients. And the bananas are organic as often as possible and the apples are always local (preferably organic too but not always). And peaches, well from now on in I will no longer buy peaches that aren’t organic for the sheer fact that non-organic peaches SUCK!