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Eco-friendly generation Y boosts demand for chemical free products

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Georgia-Mae Inch and Anna-Lisa Persson have a healthy bite to eat at Sun and Earth Organics. Picture: Mark Calleja

Jackie Sinnerton of the Courier Mail reports on a new trend among young people to go organic:

Brisbane teenager Anna-Lisa Persson, 18, has recently moved out of home and always shops for beauty products that are kind to the skin as well as the environment.

‘It’s a bit of a trend for young people to go organic. It might seem more expensive but, in the long run, the products last longer and it’s a good investment all around,” she said.

Georgia-Mae Inch, 18, also from Brisbane said organic food tastes fantastic and makes you feel so much better.

‘I love the chemical-free ice cream and popcorn,’ she said.

Andrea Raftesath, manager of Sun &Earth Organics at New Farm, agreed business was booming.

‘Of course a lot of customers are seeking out foods because they are lactose intolerant or have allergies to gluten or nuts. But the profile of the customer is changing and often it is simply people who feel run down wanting to clean up their diets,’ she said.

And according to Tracey Loiterton of Wray Organic at Enoggera, Brisbane, there has been a shift in people’s attitudes to health foods and Queenslanders are now more wary of what they put in their bodies.

Author: Daniela

I will forever be grateful that, early in life, I was introduced to the utility and beauty of hand crafted products - from the symbolic motifs sewn into the coarse linen fabric of Croatian traditional wear to the colorful Kilim carpets that decorated the parquet floors in my grandmother's living room. I treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," the smell of the flower stalls in the open air market where my grandmother bought produce early every morning for the day’s meals, and the summers spent at my great grandmother's where the village wags would come to gossip over thick, black Turkish coffee in the cool stone kitchen. Someone noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world - one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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