Small Changes Make a Big Difference: The Importance of Non-Toxic Products to Our Health & the Organic Solution

Speaker: Sapna Singh
Written by: Sheena Jain & Esha Jain

Sapna Singh, a member of “Nature’s Tale” outlined her process in discovering the importance of non-toxic products to our health and the small steps that she has taken, in order to make a greater impact when it comes to determining an organic solution. Below outlines the different stages that she came across during this process including: problems encountered, initial actions, next steps as well as focus points.

1) SOME PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED WHEN TRYING TO TAKE STEPS IN COMING UP WITH AN ORGANIC SOLUTION:

  • Cost
  • Access
  • Obtaining information and education
  • Doubt and hesitation
  • Questioning whether natural products are as good as standard products
  • Understanding that change is hard especially when it comes to beliefs and behaviours  

2) INITIAL STEPS: READING DAVID SUZUKI’S DIRTY DOZEN & AUTOBIOGRAPHY WHICH LEAD TO THE FOLLOWING:

  • Questioning ingredients
  • Being upset and angry with what was found
  • Reading ingredients
  • Self-educating on alternatives and what can be done

                → Consulting www.ewg.org database to determine which products are safe/unsafe

  • Emailing companies and asking questions
  • Talking to vendors

3) WHAT NEXT?

LITTLE STEPS START SWITCHING PRODUCTS    (from conventional to organic)IF RUN OUT OF A CONVENTIONAL PRODUCT REPLACE IT WITH AN ORGANIC PRODUCT

(Instead of buying more of the conventional one)

HEALTHIER CHOICES

 

4) FOCUS POINTS

Current issues/Status quo/problemsStatus quo is harmful to our health because…The proposed solutions/alternativesThe solution improves our health by…The audience can protect their health

- Changing everything at once is hard

- Belief that small action we take does not make a difference

- Neglecting our health

- Impact on people who produce the product

- Impact on planet

- Moving towards organic, fair trade, sustainable products and supporting local entrepreneurs when possible- Better overall healthier self- (i.e. through educating themselves)

Therefore, as demonstrated, although making the transition from toxic to organic does not happen overnight, we must remember that it is a journey and that small changes can essentially make a big difference in the end.