It’s that time again! Any excuse is a good excuse for a get together but the World Fairtrade Challenge is one truly important occasion. It doesn’t matter how big or small your even is, you’ll be joining hundreds of thousands from across the world as you celebrate, raise awareness and support everything Fairtrade, something that is very close to our hearts.
How organic-aware are you? Do you often choose organic products over their alternatives or does it depend on what you’re buying? Let’s face it, we all get stuck in shopping habits, buying the same brands over and over again without giving the organic aisle a second glance. But once you compare organic varieties to the mainstream versions, you’ll never think twice about your choice again.
Organic Coffee vs Non-Organic
Take coffee for example! Did you know that the coffee plant is one of the most chemically drenched crops around? This impacts everything from the soil, the local water supply, the beans themselves and the taste of the coffee. Think of how much coffee we consume every day… why put chemicals into your body if you don’t have to? Organic coffee has been proven to taste better as beans absorbed flavours from the environment around them and no one wants to drink coffee that tastes like fly spray!
The ‘organic’ label has been misused by some organisations who simply add it to their packaging with very little to no accountability. The great thing about the Australian Organic ‘bud’ logo, however, is that it indicates that the organic product you’re buying can be trusted. Products that display this label go through a strict certification process and ongoing checks. Every organisation involved in the processes of a wide variety of products is tracked and analysed so that nothing falls through the cracks. There are many ‘hoops’ to jump through just to get the bud on the packaging so you as a consumer can rest assured that what it’s claiming is what you’re getting.
Organic Awareness Month Events
Throughout September the organic industry is going into hyper-drive, celebrating everything organic from meat to coffee, chips to wine! Australian Organic is challenging all of us to buy one extra organic product a week, to buy something certified organic to wear – to mix it up, to break out of our ‘easy’ habits and make a positive impact on our own health and our environment. Head to their Facebook page for more info on events, clients and products to kick-start your own Organic Awareness month.
Go Organic and WIN!
Choosing organic products is a win for everyone, but during September you can WIN some really amazing products and experiences. Head over to Australian Organic on Instagram (@australianorganic) to see which prizes are up for grabs. Each week of September, there’s a different prize on offer and this week it’s a gem! Australian Organic are giving away a fabbo Organic Gift pack with loads of amazing goodies. Check them out!
Which product will you switch over to organic this week?
More from Sacred Grounds:
It’s that awesome time of year again when coffee goes to work to help those in need. CafeSmart is a national movement to create awareness and raise funds for the homeless. It’s such a simple idea with such a profound impact on all it touches.
Most of us love a good party – a time to celebrate, well, anything, really as long as we have our favourite people in attendance, the reason doesn’t really matter…or does it? As much as we love gatherings, imagine celebrating something that makes a real difference in the world, imagine getting together with your pals to increase awareness and to enjoy things that will create equality and justice for the poor among us. Sound good? Well, do we have an event for you!
Prepare your tastebuds, the SOL Living Autumn Harvest Market is back and Sacred Grounds will be there with awesome coffee to try and buy. Ok so besides some pretty fine coffee, you’ll be able to test-taste some amazing food including cheese, gelato and homemade chocolates – the three most important food groups, right?
Drink Coffee, Do Good – 05.08.16
We love a worthy cause and if you checked in to our blog last week, you would have read all about the amazing CafeSmart day coming up this Friday! (If not, take a read here…) It’s always feels good when we can use our favourite thing in the world, coffee, to help those in need. And this is a very simple way to give back.
There are so many great causes going around and this is one of them. On the 5th of August, cafes around Australia will join together to raise money for the homeless! How? Each participating cafe will contribute $1 per coffee sold on the day to StreetSmart – an organisation that provides assistance for the homeless or those on the brink of homelessness.
Something BIG is brewing in Sydney, can you sense it? My nose is twitching, my tastebuds tingling at the thought of everything coffee soaking up the spotlight in this year’s Aroma Festival in The Rocks. This incredible event kicked off on the 11th July with a variety of coffee-indulging workshops. But the main event is yet to come.
There’s a sleepy seaside village – I wonder if you’ve heard of it? It’s called Manly – located on the northern beaches of Sydney. Far from sleepy, actually, this place is pumping! Not only does it have some pretty amazing beaches to lounge on but its food scene is impressive, to say the least. Manly residents are a healthy bunch, with a large percentage having a passion for organic, sustainable and ethical living.
It’s that time of year again where we hop on a plane, dust off our best Victorian accent and head down to the Melbourne International Coffee Exhibition (MICE). This event gets our creative juices flowing, there’s so much to taste, see and learn! Have you been before?