Finland has a grand organic plan. The country aims to shift 50% of its agriculture to organic production by 2030. Now that’s bold and in my view a forward looking country. You can read more about this proposition here.
Finland may only be a few years into its grand plan but as reported in Organic Monitor, Finland has recently been recognized as having the cleanest foods in the EU as determined by the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA). The EFSA assessed residual pesticides in foods and found that 72% of Finnish food products contained no traces of pesticides, which is pretty amazing.
Why is having clean and organic food important?
- It’s good for the soil
- It’s good for the environment and ecosystems
- It’s good for the workers / farmers
- It’s good for health and wellness
For more on these points go here.
A surge of interest in improving personal health and wellness through food, consumers are seeking assurances that they really can call their food their medicine. In a study assessing the characteristics and consumption pattern of organic consumers in Australia, researchers found that a majority of the 318 participants consumed 65% organic food with 35% being certified organic. These results reveal high levels of organic consumption.
So I think it’s fair to say that organic food is better for our health and wellness than conventionally grown food and organic and clean food is what consumers are increasingly seeking out. But what about what we put on our skin?
Did you know that the Skin:
- is the body’s largest organ
- protects us from pathogens and foreign matter
- can protect us from dehydration, and keeps us waterproof
- protects us from UV radiation
- communicates by sensing pain and other sensations allowing messages to be sent to the brain
- protects us through vitamin D production and release of wastes
- nurtures us through touch
All of these actions are important to our health and wellness, so I ask;
Would you prefer to put chemically laden products on your skin or real organic food?
What goes on the skin can be absorbed into the bloodstream and the organs. If what enters the bloodstream is not easily metabolized it can place a heavy load on the liver and other vital organs. On average women use 12 personal care products a day. An accumulation over time will place a heavy chemical burden on a woman’s body.
More worrying is the burden on children’s bodies. In 2004, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) conducted a study and found 13 different chemicals (commonly found in cosmetics) in teens. In 2007 the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics conducted an examination of lead content in commercial lipsticks, which resulted in further FDA testing in 2007 and again in 2010 on 400 different commercial lipsticks. The results are not good.
Consider the environmental impact
Although these findings are disheartening, the Organic Monitor suggests that cosmetic and personal care brands are increasingly formulating new products that are cleaner and have less impact on the environment. Consumers will need to be questioning ingredients as well as asking about:
- production methods – are they healthy for the workers and the environment?
- packaging – is this product excessively packaged in single use plastics?
- use – is this product laden with chemicals that enter the eco-system and have a negative effects on marine life, land animals and marine environments?
The Organic Monitor actually recommends that brands must play a role not only in sustainable production but also in changing consumer behavior.
Cosmetic companies need to engage consumers for positive change if they are to make a sustainable difference.
I hope this is the way forward.
Miessence is a brand that has incorporated sustainable business practices since its beginnings over 10 years ago and through this commitment has become an industry leader. Not only are Miessence products certified organic to food grade through ACO, USDA and IFOAM certification but the organization also has achieved Carbon Negative status (offset 10% more than calculated carbon emissions) from business and manufacturing practices through:
- Freight emission offset
- Use of renewable electricity enabling zero emissions for manufacturing
- Green office commitments
- Achieving Gold Green Biz Check status
- Sourcing organic and wild harvested ingredients from land that is certified organic
- Sourcing fair trade and ensuring farmers are paid directly and fairly for their harvest
- Encouraging and supporting ongoing education of farmers in organic principles
Here are some of the reasons clients of Organic Care HK use Miessence products:
Why are you interested in organics?
I have been aware of and a consumer of organic skin care for many years but only after falling ill with an auto-immune disease did I make organics a priority.
Huen Yee L
I wanted to do the right thing – minimize the impact we have on the planet while being able to enjoy good, quality products.
Why is using certified organic products on your skin and in your body important to you?
I can’t control some of the environmental pollutants that are a part of living in Hong Kong but I can control the quality the products I choose to consume both on the inside and those I use on my skin surface.
Huen Yee L
I feel guilt free – products I use are truly kind to the environment, as well as my body.
How do you think Miessence compares with other ‘organic’ skin and personal care brands?
That its food grade is what sets it apart as well as the fine quality of the products. You can feel the difference as soon as you use the products. I have become aware that other products that claim to be organic are actually just a ‘green-washing’ and do not have quality ingredients at all.
Huen Yee L
Just compare the list of ingredients – it’s quite obvious that Miessence has far more superior products.
Miessence prides itself on its sustainability commitment. Are these sustainability principles important to you?
Yes the company principles are important. I feel good about consuming products from a company that has high standards regarding sustainability. Miessence products are good for my health and don’t harm our Mother Earth. I love that.
Huen Yee L
Miessence’s sustainability principles are actually more important to me than the quality of the products. My family and I are trying to do the right thing – minimize our impact on mother earth. We would rather save less money and buy organically produced biodegradable products. Mieesence’s principals are compatible with ours.
Do you source organics for your food, body and family? If so tell us why these choices are important to you?
If you would like more information on Miessence products, or anything you have read here get in touch…..I’ll send you some samples to take the taste test yourself!
References / sources:
Environmental Working Group
Oates, L., Cohen, M., & Braun, L. (2012). Characteristics and consumption patterns of Australian organic consumers. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 92(14), 2782-2787. doi: 10.1002/jsfa.5664
Organic Monitor www.organicmonitor.com
Feature Image: Courtesy of Homegrown Foods