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Posted by maricki   @   14 April 2010

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Apr 23, 2010
#1 Ella :

Hi, Since yesterday was Earth Day and there are a lot of information about how to go green I would like to ask a question that bothers me every day when I am at the supermarket. What is the difference between organic food and natural food?

Apr 23, 2010

Hi Ella,

That is a really good question because we often assume that “natural food” are foods that do not contain any artificial ingredients. In reality, there are no official rules or standards to define the term “natural”. Natural food is a widely used term with no legal definition. Natural food is not necessarily organic food.

Organic food, however, is a certified term. Organic products are inspected and certified at every stage of production. Everyone who produces or modifies a good that is labelled as organic must obtain a certificate. That way the entire production process of organic foods is traceable. In fact, organic coffee is usually not only organic but fair-trade as well, which is a good way to support fair labour conditions in developing countries.

The Shopaholic Team

May 19, 2010
#3 Bronwyn :

Hi, I’m living in a very old building and I feel that I have to fix some stuff especially in the bathroom. What kind of bathroom fixtures are environmentally friendly? I want to save water and money. Thanks.

May 20, 2010
#4 The Shopaholic Team :

Hello Bronwyn,

especially in the bathroom you can do a lot to safe water. It starts with preventing the taps from dropping and ends with a toilet run by rain water. I would recommend you to start with a new shower head which can save up to 75% of water. You can compare different shower heads on our blog post Top 5 Water Saving Shower Heads. Another great option is getting water saving sink taps and a thermostatic shower valve instead of two taps. It is faster to regulate water temperature in the shower with a thermostatic shower valve. You can save a lot of money just by turning off water while foaming yourself. One more option to consider is an eco-friendly toilet. A water saving toilet uses up to 35% less water than an average toilet. These types of toilets have two buttons to control the amount of water flushing. If you can implement some of it, it is good for the environment and great for your wallet!

May 25, 2010
#5 Julia :

Hi there,
I want to go green with my clothing. I have had enough of H&M and Top Shop. I can't wear clothes anymore which are manufactured in factories in the East. Could you help me out with some ideas and places how I can buy organic and local clothes? Cheers, Julia

May 26, 2010
#6 The Shopaholic Team :

Dear Julia,

If you are looking for clothing that is produced anywhere but Asia, there is unfortunately very little. Nonetheless, there are ways to avoid buying clothes from sweat shops in developing countries. It is well worth supporting the green movement in the apparel industry.

Buy clothing that is manufactured in socially responsible factories or is marked as ‘fair-trade’, which means that the factory has implemented fair labour conditions for workers and for the supplier. Clothing made of organic cotton or hemp are good alternatives and this is usually produced in an eco-friendly way. At you can find a selection of clothing made of organic materials and most cities have small boutiques that specialize in selling organic and fair-trade clothing.

Another option is to wear vintage clothes. In second-hand shops you can find a huge selection of clothing which was produced before the clothing production industry shifted to Asia. In addition, buying second hand clothing doesn’t support cheap, unfair clothing production in developing countries because all the profits go directly to the secondhand store and not to companies that support sweat shops. And lastly, you can find great deals on high quality clothing in second-hand shops.

Let us know if there is anything else we can help you with!

Sincerely yours, The Shopaholic Team

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