What was your small change?
Charmaine Coutinho - 01 October 2013
The last month, has seen our friends at the Soil Association holding its Organic September campaign, Small Changes, Big Difference. It’s a campaign designed to encourage people to switch to organic products by making one small change at a time that ultimately, will make a big difference. Changing to organic milk for example. Or organic fruit and veg. Or maybe making your weekly Sunday roast dinner an organic one. There are plenty of things to do and the Soil Association has been making daily suggestions to give you some inspiration.
Naturally, we wanted to get involved as it complements our beliefs exactly. We want to give people the chance to make simple choices that will have a lasting, positive impact. Not only are we sponsoring the campaign, Good Energy employees wanted to take up the challenge too.
James, a Trading Analyst told me. “I’ve always been a bit sceptical of organic food. I see it as more of a label rather than anything meaningful. But I’m willing to learn, investigate and find out a bit more about it. I’m going to do a price comparison of organic and non-organic fruit and veg during September to find out how much more expensive organic food is and is it worth the price tag.”
While Felicity, our Generation Projects Coordinator explained. “I’m always buying presents. My friends and family seem to constantly be having birthdays so when I was asked to be involved with Organic September, I thought I’d use it to start thinking a bit more about the presents I buy. I’ve already started in fact. Last week, I bought my friend some organic flowers. They were beautiful and I knew that they were grown free from pesticides and fertilizers, helping to maintain safe habitats and ecosystems. Cut flowers take longer to grow than they are enjoyed for so it’s good to know that such a short lasting pleasure isn’t harming the environment.
I’m not sure yet what my next present will be, organic clothes? Chocolates? Soap? Make up? Oo there are endless possibilities!”
As for myself, having switched my cleaning products a while ago, I’ve been meaning to also change to organic beauty products for a few years now, but convenience and price has often taken precedence despite my best intentions. So Organic September gave me the chance to put my money where my mouth is.
I’ve realised I don’t really know the impact that chemicals from these products have on the environment or even on my body. I see all these soap suds going down the drain and it distresses me. What’s in there? Who and what is it harming? Should I wash my hair less? Should I give up on personal hygiene? Well, no, obviously. But I want to make sure I’m not adding unnecessary strain on the environment.
What would your small change be? You can still make your small change pledge for Organic September and support organic producers and businesses in their important work by buying organic products. Another small change you can make is to switch to Good Energy – we’ll give you £40 off your first bill, as well as giving the Soil Association £10 to support their vital work. Find out more here.
Charmaine Coutinho is Business Development Manager at Good Energy. Good Energy supported the Small Changes, Big Difference campaign, and the Soil Association thanks it for its support.