When most people hear the word organic, they usually think of food that is grown without the use of pesticides and fertilizers. But the term organic can apply to other things as well. In fact, it can be used to describe a whole lifestyle that is built around living in as healthy a way as possible while protecting the environment.

It can apply, for example, to the way you clean your house if you use organic products, to reducing the amount of waste you produce, and to the way you travel by reducing your carbon footprint.

Here are a few tips on how to live an organic lifestyle.

  1. Organic food.

This is the most well-known way to follow an organic lifestyle. When you shop, you should look for foods that are certified organic – no chemicals were used to grow them, such as pesticides for fruits and vegetables or synthetic hormones and antibiotics for meat products. Moreover, organic foods are healthier. You don’t have to worry about ingesting any chemicals, which can build up in your body, and they have more nutrition and taste better.

Part of an organic lifestyle includes buying your food locally whenever possible because it helps support your local economy. Buying locally also reduces pollution because the food does not have to be transported a long distance.

Prepare the food at home. This way you know that what you are eating is organic.

  1. Environmentally safe cleaning products.

There is no definite way to classify a cleaning product as organic. You should generally look for cleaners that are safer for the environment. This includes products that do not contain phosphates or phthalates. There are also natural cleaners you can use, things such as baking soda, lemon juice and white vinegar.

  1. Organic cosmetic products.

It is not as easy to determine as it is with food whether cosmetic products are organic, since they are not regulated as closely as the food industry is. What you can do here is again to look for products that contain mostly natural ingredients, such as natural oils such as jojoba, olive or coconut oil.

  1. Buy used clothing.

Again, the focus of an organic lifestyle is on protecting the environment, and buying used clothing is another way of doing that. The next best thing is buying clothing that uses organic materials.

  1. Traveling organically.

To help protect the environment, drive a fuel-efficient car – even a hybrid if you can. Take alternative forms of transportation, such as train, bus, bicycle, and walking.